Minecraft Fleeceware Scams Millions of Google Play Users

According to digital security experts, Minecraft players who use the Google Play Store to download unofficial third-party apps have come under threat.

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If you download apps related to the extremely popular title, most of which modify the game in some way, you may have opened yourself up to some real-life Creepers and it could be costing you real-life money.

Minecraft Users Get Targeted by Rogue Apps

In a recent press release, Avast has identified several apps that are harmful to Minecraft players and also to a handful of Roblox players.

These apps are also known as fleeceware. Not because they’re cute and blocky like Minecraft sheep, but because they fleece their subscribers out of their hard-earned money.

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The apps work by luring Minecraft or Roblox fans in with attractive deals, such as new skins for characters or in-game modifications that can change the way you play entirely.

These sign-up deals are usually only available for a couple of days, during a

Extending the lifespan of N95 masks

Through a collaboration between the Canadian Light Source (CLS) and the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac)—both national research facilities at the University of Saskatchewan (USask) —scientists hope to understand the structural changes happening inside N95 respirator masks after being sterilized for reuse.  

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Cutting-edge techniques unique to the CLS enable the team to analyze minute details in the masks that would be impossible to see with other methods. CLS Industrial Scientist Toby Bond is using X-rays produced by the synchrotron to see the tightly woven, microscopic fibres that are crucial to the filtering power of N95 respirators.  

N95 respirators get their name from their ability to filter at least 95 per cent of particles circulating in the air. These particular masks are used by frontline health-care workers for protection against COVID-19.  

However, N95 masks that were intended for one-time use were in short supply globally during the height of the pandemic this spring, and continue to be chronically unavailable in most parts of the world. As a result, health-care agencies and researchers have been looking for ways to sterilize masks for reuse to help ensure an emergency supply.