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IT Newslett for Students - Mar 2014
for Students Mar 2014

Malicious Android Apps

PandaLabs, the Cloud Security Company, has identified malicious Android apps on Google Play that can sign up users for premium SMS subscription services without their permission and so far it has infected at least 300,000 Android users, although the number of malicious downloads could have reached 4 times higher i.e. 1,200,000 users.

Without the user knowledge, the app will get the phone number of the device, will go to a website and will register it to a premium SMS service. This service requires a confirmation to be activated, which means it sends an SMS to that number with a PIN code, which have to be entered back to end the process and start charging you money. This app waits for that specific message; once it arrives, it intercepts its arrival, parses it, takes the PIN number and confirms your interest in the service. Then it removes it, no notification is shown in the terminal and the SMS is not shown anywhere. Again, all this is done without the user knowledge.

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System Maintenance Schedule for Mar 2014

Sat, 1 Mar 2014 10am to 2pm

There will be a scheduled MEL maintenance on Saturday, 1 Mar 2014, 10am to 2pm. Momentary slowness when accessing MEL, may be experienced during the maintenance period.

Sat, 1 Mar 2014 9am to 4pm

Student Password Reset System
There will be a scheduled Student Password Reset System maintenance on Sunday, 1 Mar 2014, 9am to 4pm. Student password reset will not be possible during the maintenance period.

Sun, 2 Mar 2014, 1pm to 4pm

NPAL Student System
There will be a scheduled NPAL Student System maintenance on Sunday, 2 Mar 2014, 1pm to 4pm. All NPAL Student services will be unavailable during the maintenance period.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
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