App trap alert: Delete these two apps from your smart phones immediately!

07:33 PM | 18 Jul, 2023
App trap alert: Delete these two apps from your smart phones immediately!

As many as 1.5 million Android users' security and privacy are at danger because two file management applications available on the Google Play Store have been found to be spyware. These applications act dishonestly and covertly transmit private user information to malicious servers in China.

This ominous intrusion was discovered by Pradeo, a top mobile security firm. 

According to the research, the same organisation is responsible for both spyware applications, File Recovery and Data Recovery, which has had over a million downloads, and File Manager, which has received over 500,000 downloads. 

These ostensibly innocent Android applications, which activate automatically when the device reboots without user input, employ similar harmful techniques.

Both applications guarantee users that no data is taken, but Pradeo's analytics engine has discovered that a variety of personal information is really gathered without users' awareness. This is in contrast to what they say in the Google Play Store. Contact lists, media assets (pictures, audio files, and videos), real-time location, the mobile country code, information about the network provider, the SIM provider network code, the operating system version, and the device brand and model are among the stolen data types.

The volume of data that these spyware programmes send is particularly concerning. Each programme sends out more than one hundred times, which is a lot for harmful actions. Once the data has been gathered, it is transferred to several servers in China, which security experts consider to be harmful.

Even worse, the creators of these spyware programmes have employed cunning strategies to make them seem more trustworthy and make it challenging to remove them. 

Hackers artificially raised the amount of app downloads using install farms or mobile emulators, giving the impression that the apps were more reliable. Additionally, both applications feature sophisticated permissions that enable them to conceal their icons on the home screen, making it hard for unwary users to delete them.

Pradeo offers security advice for both people and companies in light of this alarming finding. 

When installing applications, users should exercise caution, especially if they claim to have a significant user base and lack ratings. To avoid breaches like these, it is crucial to read and comprehend app permissions before approving them.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 10 Dec 2023

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against the US dollar, and other currencies in the open market on Sunday.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Sunday, the US dollar was being quoted at 283.4 for buying and 285.95 for selling.

Euro comes down to 307 for buying and 310 for selling. British Pound rate remains unchanged at 358.5 for buying, and 362 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED witnessed slight drop and new rate stands at 77.2 whereas the Saudi Riyal remained stable at 76.

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 283.4 285.95
Euro EUR 307 310
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 362
U.A.E Dirham AED 77.2 78
Saudi Riyal SAR 76 76.8
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 755.82 763.82
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.82 40.22
Danish Krone DKK 41.14 41.54
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.37 36.72
Indian Rupee INR 3.41 3.52
Japanese Yen JPY 1.39 1.45
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 922.14 931.14
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.82 61.42
New Zealand Dollar NZD 175.33 177.33
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.12 26.42
Omani Riyal OMR 738.71 741.76
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.07 78.77
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 27.32 27.62
Swiss Franc CHF 324.5 327
Thai Bhat THB 8.08 8.23

Gold price drops in Pakistan; Check out today gold rates here

Gold prices decreased in local markets in line with the trend in the international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 10 December 2023

On Sunday, the price of a single tola of 24-karat gold stands at Rs216,300, and 10 grams of 24k gold costs Rs185,450.

Single tola of 22 Karat Gold price costs Rs198,274, 21 karat rate per tola costs Rs189,263 and 18k gold rate is Rs162,225 for each tola.

In the global market, gold prices hovers around $2,004 per ounce, after drop of $23.35 on Sunday.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Karachi PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Islamabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Peshawar PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Quetta PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sialkot PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Attock PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujranwala PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Jehlum PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Multan PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Bahawalpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Gujrat PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nawabshah PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Chakwal PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Hyderabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Nowshehra PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Sargodha PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Faisalabad PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486
Mirpur PKR 216,300 PKR 2,486


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