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Apple Will Release macOS 12 Monterey Globally on October 25

Following the announcement of Apple’s next-gen macOS 12 update, dubbed macOS Monterey, at its WWDC 2021 developer conference earlier this year, the company seeded several betas of the desktop OS for beta testers. Now, after launching its latest M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models, the Cupertino giant has announced the release date for the public version of macOS Monterey – October 25.

The new macOS update will come as a free OTA update for all compatible Mac devices on October 25 next week. You can check out our dedicated story on which Mac devices will receive the macOS Monterey update via the corresponding link.

Now, for those unaware, we have already seen various new features that Apple released for macOS Monterey in the developer and public beta of the update. Moreover, macOS Monterey will bring several features that will be exclusive to the M1 Macs.

The new features of macOS 12 Monterey include SharePlay for FaceTime, new Safari features, and Universal control that will enable Mac and iPad users to easily transfer files between each other. However, some of the features may not make their way at launch as Apple, in its official press release for the new MacBook Pro models, stated that features like SharePlay and Universal Control are coming “later this fall.” Hence, chances are Apple will roll out the missing-at-launch features via a later update.

So, if you own a macOS 12 Monterey-compatible device, you can check for the OTA update on October 25 (Monday). However, if you want to try out some of the new Mac features right now, you can check out our story on how to download and install the public beta of macOS 12 Monterey right here.

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Google Says, Most Searched Word In Bing Is ‘Google’

Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has revealed that the most searched word in Bing, Microsoft’s alternative is ‘Google’. 

According to Google, this is a clear reference to the fact that the first thing users do when they end up in Bing is to search Google to find something else. However, the company has not done it just to mock its rival, but as part of a legal strategy. 

According to Bloomberg, the plan of Moutain View company is to use this type of data to avoid paying a millionaire fine in Europe. This news comes after Alphabet has been defending itself against a European Union antitrust fine, arguing that the company had been putting pressure on Google and Android users to force the use of Mountain’s company’s apps and services. 

According to a statistical compilation of Ahrefs, “Google” is effectively the most entered term globally in Bing, with 40.96 million monthly searches. This figure “represents 13.2% of the entire global search volume,” they explain. YouTube is in second place in the ranking, with 35.28 million.

The lawyer’s argument maintains that users seek to use Google as their alternative and that at no point do they force users to abandon Bing. In short, the idea is that users leave Bing on their own.

In addition, it is most likely that the search for this term is due to the fact that, when we first configure Windows and enter Microsoft Edge, it opens Bing by default. Many users search Google not only to use the search engine but to download Google Chrome.

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GriftHorse Android Malware Distributed Through Play Store Infected Over 10 Million Devices

The Zimperium zLabs security team has discovered a new dangerous Android malware, named GriftHorse, that has already affected 10 million devices in 70 countries around the world. 

GriftHorse, a Trojan found in applications that appeared to be legitimate but silently subscribed victims to premium SMS services. According to the security experts, it has been active since November 2020, and GriftHorse operators are believed to “earn” between $1.5 million and $4 million a month. They even qualify GriftHorse as one of the most “widespread” malware campaigns of 2021.

This research has been made public on the Zimperium blog, with the collaboration of researchers Aazim Yaswant and Nipun Gupta. They have detailed the way that malware works.

The versions of GriftHorse noticed by experts were distributed through the official Google Play store and third-party application catalogs — disguised as other harmless applications. By installing itself on the victim’s phone, it fills the device with so-called popups that show forged advertisements and, above all, false notifications of prizes, offers, etc.

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If the victim clicks on one of these notifications, they are redirected to a page where they are asked to verify their phone number, ostensibly to access the offer. In fact, here, users subscribe to paid SMS services, the cost of which sometimes exceeds $35 per month. This money ends up going into the pockets of the GriftHorse operators.

The campaign uses at least 200 trojanized mobile apps, making it one of the largest fraudulent transactions uncovered this year. Malicious apps fall into a variety of categories ranging from Tools and Entertainment to Personalization, Lifestyle and Dating, allowing attackers to scale up their attacks.

Like banking Trojans, GriftHorse does not exploit any vulnerabilities in the operating system but uses social engineering techniques to force users to subscribe to a premium service.

The researchers reported their discovery to Google, and the rogue apps were removed from the Play Store. However, they are still available in untrusted third-party repositories.