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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on October 31, 2017 Permalink |
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    S&P 500 to exclude Snap after voting rights debate 

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on October 31, 2017 Permalink |
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    Malicious crossenv package on npm 

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on October 31, 2017 Permalink |
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    Nearly All Binary Searches and Mergesorts Are Broken (2006) 

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on October 30, 2017 Permalink |
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    Western Digital My Cloud Home Personal Cloud Storage Wireless Drives Launched 

    Highlights Western Digital has launched a new My Cloud Home storage solution It can even stream videos, movies on smart televisions The My Cloud Home drives come with a starting price of $159.99

    Data storage solution company, Western Digital has launched a new wireless cloud storage drive, My Cloud Home. The Western Digital My Cloud Home NAS storage drives breaks the design monotony of cloud server storage drives, and comes with a makeover exhibiting a slimmer look and angular pattern laid across the lower half of the front panel. The drive can access data from up to 14 different devices, in addition to user’s social media accounts and cloud services. It will be exclusively sold on BestBuy in the US at a starting price of $159.99 (roughly Rs. 10,240) for the 2TB storage variant, and it will only be sold select partners outside the US.

    The WD My Cloud Home NAS drives aggregate all the photos, videos, music, files, and other data from a number of sources like smartphones, computers, USB disks, cloud services, and social media accounts in one place. The entire contents can also be shared with family and friends on accessible devices with an Internet connection with the use of My Cloud Home app. Moreover, the app can also be used to stream content on a smart television using the Plex app.

    As for the pricing, the Western Digital My Cloud Home’s other storage variants cost $179.99 (roughly Rs. 11,520) for 3TB; $199.99 (roughly Rs. 12,800) for 4TB; $259.99 (roughly Rs. 16,700) for 6TB, and $319.99 (roughly Rs. 20,470) for 8TB. They all come with a two-year limited warranty.

    “Consumers seek a way to effortlessly consolidate their growing mounds of photos, videos and other files with a solution flexible enough to accommodate content from all of today’s devices – from smartphones to computers and from drones to social sites,” said Jim Welsh, senior vice president, Client Solutions, Western Digital. “Enabling consumers and professionals to master their digital lives from anywhere in the world is a priority for Western Digital.”

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    Tags: Western Digital, Western Digital My Cloud Home, My Cloud Home NAS Storage Drive, PC, Laptops

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on October 30, 2017 Permalink |
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    Logitech Craft Keyboard With ‘Crown’ Dial, MX Sound 2.0 Speakers Launched 

    Highlights Logitech Craft keyboard features a Surface Dial-like ‘Crown’ MX Sound 2.0 speakers work with and without the AUX cable Both the products will be available in October

    Computer peripherals manufacturer Logitech on Thursday introduced two new products to its lineup of wireless desktop PC accessories – Craft keyboard and MX Sound 2.0 speakers. The Logitech Craft – which comes with the company’s Flow multi-device switching feature – is essentially an advanced keyboard for creatives that allows them to adjust values like brush size with a touch-sensitive input dial called the Crown – just like Microsoft’s Surface Dial. Besides, the Logitech MX Sound 2.0 speakers are Bluetooth speakers (with wire support) with backlit buttons that seamlessly withi. Both the products will be available to purchase in October at a price of $199.99 (roughly Rs. 12,780) and $99.99 (roughly Rs. 6,400) respectively.

    Logitech Craft keyboard
    Starting off with the Logitech Craft keyboard, it features Crown, an aluminium touch-based dial that works exactly like Microsoft Dial. You can assign certain values to be manipulated while making a digital art, or even working on a Microsoft Excel sheet. The parameters like brightness, contrast, colour, brush size, chart type, font size, volume, and app navigation can be changed using the Crown by tapping and turning it, in addition with the ability to assign separate apps to be triggered by just a tap.

    The Logitech Craft keyboard also features smart illumination technology with backlighting system that can detect the hand movement and adjust lighting automatically depending on the room conditions. It also supports up to three devices at any given time, which can be chosen to work on by touching an Easy-Switch button on both Windows and Mac platforms. As we said, Logitech Craft keyboard will be shipping in October.

    “Our new flagship Logitech Craft keyboard is for all creators who spend a lot of time designing and creating – who want to work with greater precision and feel connected to their work,” said Art O’Gnimh, global head of keyboards at Logitech in a statement. “The creative input dial gives you instant access to the functions you need, the moment you need them, allowing you to increase your productivity by simply touching the dial. Craft puts you in your creative element – every time you sit at the desk.”

    Logitech MX Sound 2.0 speakers

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on October 30, 2017 Permalink |
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    Samsung Portable SSD T5 Launched in India Starting at Rs. 13,500 for 250GB 

    Highlights The solid state drive uses Samsung’s 64-layer V-NAND technology It is available in Deep Black and Alluring Blue Pricing starts at Rs. 13,500 (250GB) going up to Rs. 80,000 (2TB)

    Samsung Electronics on Friday launched the Samsung Portable SSD T5 in India. The solid state drive uses the company’s latest 64-layer V-NAND technology that enables it to deliver industry-leading transfer speeds of up to 540MBps with encrypted data security. The SSD is already available to buy in the country via major retail outlets.

    The Samsung PSSD T5 is already available in two distinct metal finishes – Deep Black (1TB and 2TB models) and Alluring Blue (250GB and 500GB models) for Rs. 13,500 (250GB), Rs. 21,000 (500GB), Rs. 40,000 (1TB), and Rs. 80,000 (2TB).

    “At Samsung, we work towards delivering meaningful innovations and the Portable SSD T5 continues our legacy of leadership and innovation. We are confident that the T5 will exceed consumers’ expectations for external storage by offering 4.9 times faster speeds than external HDD products and a solid metal design that is lightweight and conveniently pocket-sized. T5 is surely a stunning proposition for Power Users like Media Professionals, Technology Enthusiasts, Content Creators and Business Professionals,” Sukesh Jain, Vice President, IT & Mobile Enterprise Business, Samsung India, said in a statement.

    The new Samsung PSSD T5 is claimed to be designed especially for content creators, business and IT professionals as well as mainstream consumers to give instant and easy access to data. Samsung also says the T5 is smaller than an average business card (at 74×57.3×10.5mm) and weighs as little as 51 grams, fitting in the palm of your hand.

    The T5 can withstand accidental drops of up to two meters (6.6 feet) because it has no moving parts and has a shock-resistant internal frame. It features optional 256-bit AES encryption, and has a USB Type-C port alongside a USB Type-C to Type-A cable.

    Written with inputs from IANS

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    Tags: Samsung, Samsung SSD, Portable SSD, Samsung PSSD T5, Samsung PSSD T5 Launch, Samsung PSSD T5 Price, PC, Laptops, India

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on October 29, 2017 Permalink |
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    Western Digital CEO Apologises to Toshiba for Friction Over Chip Unit Sale 

    Highlights WD apologised to Toshiba’s CEO for strained ties Apple, Bain Capital bidding for Toshiba’s chip unit Apple concerned about pricing power if Toshiba strikes deal with WD

    The head of Western Digital apologised to Toshiba’s CEO for strained ties after it sued the Japanese company to keep their memory chip joint venture from being sold to rival bidders, according to a letter dated August 11.

    “I understand that the litigation and ongoing disputes have created significant ill will for some within Toshiba. This is regrettable and I am deeply sorry for the feelings this has created,” Western Digital Chief Executive Stephen Milligan wrote in the letter, which was seen by Reuters.

    Milligan also sought in the letter to reassure Toshiba CEO Satoshi Tsunakawa that the US firm would address any concerns that Apple, a key customer of Toshiba’s NAND flash memory chips, might have if a deal with Western Digital was struck.

    Apple has joined a rival consortium led by Bain Capital that is bidding for Toshiba’s chip unit, sources with direct knowledge of the matter have said.

    People familiar with the talks have said Apple is likely concerned about being on the backfoot in pricing power if Toshiba, the world’s No. 2 producer of NAND chips, struck a deal with Western Digital, which ranks No. 3.

    Representatives of both Western Digital and Toshiba said they could not immediately comment on the letter.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on October 29, 2017 Permalink |
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    Lenovo at IFA 2017: Yoga 920, Yoga 720, Miix 520, Explorer Mixed Reality Headset, Home Assistant Pack Launched 

    Highlights Lenovo has launched two new Yoga 2-in-1 convertibles Pricing for Lenovo’s Mixed Reality headset was also revealed Home Assistant Pack is an Amazon Alexa-driven speaker

    At IFA 2017 in Berlin, Lenovo took to stage on Thursday to launch a slew of products in its Yoga and Miix range of convertibles, apart from unveiling its mixed reality headset and a smart speaker. The Chinese company launched Yoga 920 and Yoga 720 2-in-1 convertible laptops, the Miix 520 detachable 2-in-1, Lenovo Explorer Mixed Reality headset, and an Amazon Echo-like smart speaker called the Home Assistant Pack, an Alexa-powered device that’s meant to augment the Tab 4 series of tablets from the company

    Lenovo Yoga 920 price, availability, specifications

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on October 29, 2017 Permalink |
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    AMD Ryzen Pro Processors for Business PCs Launched 

    Highlights The Ryzen Pro desktop processor is an 8 core and 16 thread CPU Much of the AMD business share is in consumer PC segment AMD is “not happy” with its current share in India

    Chipmaker AMD has unveiled a new line of microprocessor chips called ‘Ryzen Pro’ for commercial desktop workstations to be available in India and other countries by end of this year.

    At the global launch of Ryzen Pro yesterday, leading PC makers HP, Dell and Lenovo introduced new high-end workstations using Ryzen Pro to meet the demand of today’s toughest computing-tasks.

    HP’s Elitedesk 705 G3, Dell’s Optiplex 5055 and Lenovo’s ThinkCentre M715/Thinkpad A 275 and A475 are slated for global launch later this month.

    “This is an important year for AMD. The new Ryzen Pro processors are for commercial usage. It is powerful, secure and reliable. It has incredible level of performance,” AMD senior vice president Jim Anderson said.

    The Ryzen Pro desktop processor is an 8 core and 16 thread CPU and much faster than the rival Intel’s ‘Core i7’ which is of 4 core and 8 thread, he added.

    So far this year, the company has launched high-performance chips Ryzen 3, 5 and 7 for consumer PCs, a chip named Epyc for corporate servers and also a revamped graphics chip called Vega.

    Much of the AMD business share is in consumer PC segment and with Ryzen Pro it aims to gain more share from commercial side, Anderson said.

    Talking about growth prospects in India for its products, he said the company is “not happy” with its current share but “I think the market like India is a perfect opportunity for this kind of product.”

    The company, which has two R&D centres in India, is taking measures to improve brand awareness and trying to overhaul the marketing strategy to push its products, he said.

    The Ryzen line of processors launched for consumer PCs is taking share of the top competitors and Ryzen Pro will help them grab more share in the commercial segment in India, he added.

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    Tags: AMD, AMD Ryzen Pro, PC, Laptops, India

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on October 28, 2017 Permalink |
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    Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Mixed Reality Headsets to Launch on October 17 

    Highlights Microsoft will roll out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17 The company announced the major Windows 10 update earlier this year Microsoft also shared update on Windows Mixed Reality Headsets

    At its keynote hour at IFA 2017 trade show, Microsoft said Friday it will start rolling out Windows 10 Fall Creators Update on October 17, delivering the third major update at no charge since the company moved its operating system to a service model.

    Announced earlier this year at the developer BUILD conference, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update brings several new functionalities to the desktop operating system including Timeline, Clipboard, and improvements to how OneDrive works on Windows 10 PCs.

    Timeline, an improvement for the Task View feature, brings what one can say “memory” to list apps and workspaces that a user was using previously on. The company says this will enable customers to quickly recall what they were working on not just the device, but other connected devices and get through the work.

    In line Timeline is a feature called Pick Up Where You Left Off, which will let people resume sessions on multiple devices, Microsoft said. This feature can especially come in handy for users who keep switching between their phone and computer all day.

    The company is also introducing what it calls “Fluent Design” language, which brings uniformity across its apps in how they look and function. The other interesting feature Microsoft is delivering with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is OneDrive Files On-Demand, which will enable users to download select files from OneDrive without syncing the entire folders, a functional flaw many have complained about over the years.

    On stage on Friday, Microsoft executives also announced that the company’s OEM partners will be releasing the first batch of Windows Mixed Reality headsets starting October 17 to consumers. Acer’s Mixed Reality headset starts at $299, while the one from HP is going to cost a user $329. Dell and Lenovo have also announced their Windows Mixed Reality headsets and both will retail at $349.

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    Tags: Windows, Windows 10, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, Windows 10 Fall Creators Update General Availability, Microsoft, Windows Mixed Reality Headsets, IFA, IFA 2017

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on October 28, 2017 Permalink |
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    AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X CPU Launched at $549 

    Highlights The Threadripper 1900X has 8 cores and 16 threads It will use the same TR4 socket as the rest of the Threadripper CPUs It’s priced at $549

    Back in July, AMD confirmed the existence of a third member of the Ryzen Threadripper processor lineup and now, the company officially launched the Ryzen Threadripper 1900X processor at a price of $549 (roughly Rs. 37,330). This is currently the least expensive CPU in the Threadripper lineup, which makes it an interesting choice for enthusiasts shopping on a budget.

    The Ryzen Threadripper 1900X features 8 cores and 16 threads, joining the 12-core and 16-core Threadripper 1920X and 1950X. It has a base clock speed of 3.8GHz, a boost clock of 4.0GHz and an XFR limit of 4.2GHz. The CPU uses the same X399 platform as its bigger siblings, which sets it apart from the octa-core Ryzen 7 family because it will be able to work with the full complement of 64 PCIe lanes, and has a 180W thermal ceiling for overclocking.

    AMD is aiming Threadripper at content creators, gamers and overclockers who want the best performance without spending too much. These CPUs are physically much larger than mainstream ones, and use a different socket called TR4 and are certified VR-ready. They support quad-channel DDR4 RAM and feature 64 lanes of PCIe bandwidth for high-speed components such as graphics cards and SSD arrays.

    Because the Zen architecture is common between Ryzen product families, Threadripper CPUs are based on the same Infinity Fabric interconnect between internal clusters called Core Complexes, and have the same benefits including XFR which boosts speed beyond the rated limits when thermal conditions allow it, and SenseMI which adjusts operating parameters dynamically using hundreds of embedded sensors.

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    Tags: AMD Ryzen Threadripper 1900X, AMD Ryzen Threadripper price, AMD Ryzen Threadripper price in India, AMD Ryzen Threadripper specifications, AMD Ryzen Threadripper launch

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on October 28, 2017 Permalink |
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    Lenovo’s IFA 2017 Yoga PCs Lineup to Launch in India Around Diwali 

    Highlights Lenovo launched new Yoga 920 and Yoga 720 convertibles last week at IFA It also launched the Miix 520 2-in-1 detachable tablet Lenovo also unveiled its new Moto X4 smartphone at a price of EUR 399

    Chinese technology giant Lenovo is betting big on the premium tag with introduction of a new series of ‘Yoga’ PCs that are slated to hit the Indian market during the festive season.

    The launch of the products, a sign the company is expanding its premium portfolio, was announced at the annual IFA show in Berlin on Friday.

    The Yoga 920 – a convertible laptop – priced over $1,399 (roughly Rs. 1.22 lakhs) will hit markets worldwide from October and is expected to be available in India during Diwali, an official said in Berlin.

    However, the company is yet to announce the launch date and price for the Indian market.

    Weighing 1.37kg, the Windows 10 operating system-powered PC has a long-range voice-activated support, a Lenovo Active Pen 2 stylus, a biometric fingerprint reader for instant log-ins, with an in-built camera.

    The second device – Yoga 720 – (12 inch) is a 2-in-1 convertible weighing 1.15kg, with prices starting at $649 (roughly Rs. 42,000).

    Lenovo has also announced the launch of ‘Miix 520’ – which features a detachable 12.2-inch screen, priced $649 onwards. The detachment feature allows the PC to be used as a standalone tablet PC.

    Ken Wong, President of Asia Pacific and Senior Vice-President at Lenovo Group told PTI that the Indian market is moving towards more premium products.

    “The market is actually moving towards more premium. We actually see more growth from the premium side of the market. On the premium side, I think there are a couple of things coming up (for India),” Wong said here.

    According to research firm IDC, Lenovo held a 16.9 percent market share in the overall traditional PC market in India during the April-June 2017 quarter, occupying the third spot after HP and Dell.

    Lenovo has also unveiled a 5.2-inch water-resistant Moto X4 smartphone. Powered by 2.2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor, the device will be available worldwide at EUR 399 (roughly Rs. 30,300).

    “For consumers who refuse to compromise, the stunning glass metal-designed 5.2-inch Moto X4 features an innovative dual rear camera system for the latest in advanced imaging. An adaptive low and light selfie cam will always present you in the best light,” said a product guide.

    But the show stopper for the Lenovo camp here was the ‘Star Wars : Jedi Challengers’ app-based augmented reality (AR) device.

    Aimed at Star Wars fans, the device offers a real fighting experience the lightsaber against the menacing Star Wars villains like Kylo Ren, Darth Maul, Darth Vader and the others.

    The product comes as an exclusive tie-up between Disney and Lenovo. The AR device will be available from October in the US and select countries at an estimated price of EUR 249.

    With its ‘Different is Better’ tagline, Lenovo said it sees lot of potential in the gaming business globally and it is also becoming one of the dynamic segments in India.

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    Tags: Lenovo Yoga 920 Specifications, Lenovo Yoga 720 Specifications, Lenovo Miix 520 Specifications, Lenovo Yoga 920 Price, Lenovo Yoga 720 Price, Lenovo Miix 520 Price, Lenovo Explorer, Lenovo Explorer Mixed Reality Headset, Lenovo Home Assistant Pack, Wearables, Mobiles, Home Entertainment, Tablets, PC, Laptops

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on October 27, 2017 Permalink |
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    Intel Judgement Critical for Other EU Antitrust Cases 

    Highlights EU will give its ruling over Intel’s chip pricing case on Wednesday Qualcomm Inc. could be the most directly affected by the ruling It will also affect EU’s antitrust fine on Google that it imposed in June

    Europe’s top court will rule on Wednesday whether US chipmaker Intel offered illegal rebates to squeeze out rivals in a judgement that could affect EU antitrust regulators’ cases against Qualcomm and Alphabet’s Google.

    The ruling by the Luxembourg-based Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) could also provide more clarity on whether rebates are anti-competitive by nature or whether enforcers need to prove the anti-competitive effect.

    The European Commission in a 2009 decision said that Intel tried to thwart rival Advanced Micro Devices by giving rebates to PC makers Dell, Hewlett Packard, NEC, and Lenovo for buying most of their computer chips from the company.

    It handed down a EUR 1.06 billion ($1.3 billion) fine, a record that was subsequently eclipsed by the EUR 2.4 billion fine levied on Google in June this year.

    A lower court upheld the EU competition authority’s decision in 2014, but last year an ECJ court adviser backed Intel’s arguments.

    An adverse ruling for the Commission on Wednesday could result in a radical review of ongoing cases, said Andrew Ward, a partner at Madrid-based law firm Cuatrecasas.

    “A loss in such a high-profile case would be embarrassing (for the regulator),” he said, adding that it might mean that long-established theories and processes would need to be reassessed.

    “Losing against Intel would clearly be a blow to the Commission and a confidence boost for Google, since on the face of it the theory of harm is much more established in the Intel case.”

    Google has come under fire from the EU over its Android smartphone operating system and online search advertising.

    US chipmaker Qualcomm, meanwhile, faces EU charges of using anti-competitive methods to squeeze out British phone software maker Icera and of making illegal payments to a major customer for exclusively using its chipsets since 2011.

    It would be a rare departure, however, for the ECJ to go against the Commission.

    “If the Commission wins, it will be business as usual. They will be even more confident in their agenda,” another lawyer said.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on October 27, 2017 Permalink |
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    Tech giants take out big Android DDoS botnet 

    Google removes hundreds of infected Play Store apps.

    A joint operation by security vendors, content delivery networks and Google has resulted in the abolition of the large-scale WireX Android botnet.

    Researchers from Akamai, Cloudflare and Oracle’s Dyn worked with their counterparts at security vendors Flashpoint, RiskIQ and Team Cymru on the anti-botnet operation, after discovering denial of service attacks emanating from Android devices compromised by WireX.

    WireX appeared earlier this month, performing minor volumetric denial of service attacks that went unnoticed at the time.

    Towards the middle of the month however, WireX attacks from over 70,000 IP addresses were discovered, hitting both content delivery networks and providers. In some attacks, over 160,000 IP addresses were involved, Akamai said.

    The attacks were HTTP GET requests, and arrived from more than 100 countries, an unusual trait for DDoS botnets, the researchers said.

    WireX can also encrypt the data it sends with transport layer security (TLS), making it difficult to separate out attack traffic.

    Google was alerted to the existence of WireX by the vendors and removed over 300 infected Play Store apps that hid the malicious features from users.

    Its PlayProtect anti-malware feature now prevents apps that contain WireX from being installed. Google is also removing the malware from devices.

    It is not yet known who is behind the attacks, which mostly hospitality industry sites. 

    Analysis of the malware suggests WireX started life as a click-fraud bot targeting advertising companies to generate fake impressions.

    The tech companies were inspired to collaborate on the effort after seeing the response to the large-scale Mirai botnet attacks earlier this year.

    Mirai crippled companies such as Oracle Dyn, and saw content delivery networks capture and analyse DDoS traffic to help security vendors identity the malware activity.

    The researchers believe such collaboration between competing companies will help the industry handle internet-wide security problems.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on October 27, 2017 Permalink |
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    Hackers to compete in Australia’s first defence cyber challenge 

    Seeking to fill skills shortage.

    Australia’s first defence industry cyber challenge will kick off at the University of Adelaide today, in an effort to upskill and nurture home-grown infosec talent.

    The competition seeks to address fast-growing demand for cyber security workers, according to AustCyber (formerly known as the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network) chief Craig Davies.

    Davies said at least 11,000 qualified cyber security personnel are needed in Australia today.

    The competition is sponsored by security vendors Dtex and ThreatMetrix, with Saab Australia, Boeing Defence, and Nova Systems also chipping in. 

    It will be officially launched today by the federal minister for the defence industry, Christopher Pyne. 

    There are two challenges for competition participants: the first is a capture-the-flag pentesting challenge in which participants have to gain access to a restricted payment processor portal and retrieve a file with historical transactions.

    In the second challenge, participants will be given metadata to analyse in order to investigate a data breach.

    Among the prizes to be won are three- and five-day security workshops in Canberra. Boeing is also offering a customisable paid internship for undergraduates.

    Female participants can win a 13-inch MacBook Pro as well as 12-month mentoring program by a group of prominent female cyber security experts.

    Entries close September 9, and winners in the defence industry cyber challenge will be announced in Sydney on September 27.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on October 26, 2017 Permalink |
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    Massive spambot captures 711 million email addresses 

    Largest-ever data dump.

    A massive trove of email addresses used by spammers has been published online.

    It came to light after a French security researcher known as Benkow pointed the Australian operator of leaked credentials check site HaveIBeenPwned.com, Troy Hunt, to a server called Onliner Spambot.

    The server, hosted in the Netherlands, contained a vast amount of email addresses stored in database files without any access controls, making the data available to anyone.

    Benkow said the Onliner Spambot has been active since 2016, and was used to spread the credentials-stealing Ursnif banking trojan. 

    The largest Onliner Spambot file is 14GB. An Australian-specific email address database contained 12.5 million rows, Hunt said.

    Overall Hunt tallied up some 711 million email addresses in spam databases and said it comprises the largest data set ever loaded into HaveIBeenPwned.

    A large amount of the listed addresses in the Onliner dump are paired with mail server account passwords.

    With account passwords, Onliner is able to send spam from user accounts via their internet providers’s mail servers, making them appear as legitimate messages that bypass anti-junk mail measures.

    Hunt noted the email addresses with passwords matched those leaked in the 2012 LinkedIn data breach.

    The Onliner Spambot lists also contain many email addresses that appear to have been scraped from websites.

    These addresses are often malformed due to bad parsing by the web scraper. Hunt said this means the actual number of email addresses for real humans in the databases is somewhat less than 711 million.

    Benkow was able to identify a list of two million addresses as having originated from a Facebook phishing campaign.

    As of writing, it is not known who is behind the Onliner Spambot.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on October 26, 2017 Permalink |
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    Hackers launch massive Locky ransomware campaign 

    More than 23 million messages sent.

    Researchers are warning that miscreants have sent a massive amount of phishing emails that will attempt to download the Locky ransomware and encrypt user files.

    Security vendor AppRiver said it has seen more than 23 million messages sent in the attack. It claims the campaign is one of the largest ransomware attacks seen so far.

    The email messages are non-descript with subject lines such as “please print”, “documents” and “scans”, AppRiver said.

    Clicking on the ZIP compressed attachment launches a Visual Basic Script file that downloads Locky and executes the ransomware.

    Locky encrypts files on victims’ computers, appending the .lukitus suffix to them. Users are instructed to pay a ransom of 0.5 Bitcoin (A$2975) to decrypt the files.

    Victims are asked to install the anonymising The Onion Router (TOR) network browser, which takes users to a decryption service if they pay the ransom. Whether or not the attackers will provide a working decryptor after being paid is unclear.

    Locky has been active since early 2016 and has been updated this year. It spreads as an attachment to spam emails.

    There is currently no way to decrypt the scrambled files created by the Locky Lukitus variant.

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  • jkabtech 4:17 am on October 26, 2017 Permalink |
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    University loses $11.9m in phishing attack 

    In one of the biggest ever heists.

    Canada’s MacEwan University has been lured into handing over C$11.8 million (A$11.9 million) to malicious actors after falling victim to a phishing attack.  

    The university today revealed it had earlier this week been tricked into changing the electronic banking details for one of its major vendor partners through a series of fraudulent emails.

    It resulted in the transfer of C$11.8 million to a bank account university staff had believed belonged to the vendor.

    “There is never a good time for something like this to happen. But as our students come back to start the new academic year, we want to assure them and the community that our IT systems were not compromised during this incident,” university spokesman David Beharry said in a statement.

    “Personal and financial information, and all transactions made with the university are secure. We also want to emphasise that we are working to ensure that this incident will not impact our academic or business operations in any way.”

    After discovering the fraud the university began pursuing efforts to recover the money.

    It is working with the Edmonton police force as well as law enforcement in Montreal and Hong Kong and the affected banks to trace and recoup the funds.

    So far it has managed to trace C$11.4 million to accounts in Canada and Hong Kong. The money has been frozen as lawyers attempt to recover the funds.

    The university said it had no information on the status of the remaining balance at this time.

    The theft is one of the largest disclosed cash heists to be perpetrated through a single phishing attack.

    MacEwan said it has put in controls to prevent any recurrence and has established an internal audit group to investigate the matter.

    “Preliminary assessment has determined that controls around the process of changing vendor banking information were inadequate, and that a number of opportunities to identify the fraud were missed,” the university said in a statement.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on October 25, 2017 Permalink |
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    Defence is building a system to control autonomous fleets 

    NSW to host Five Eyes demo.

    Five Eyes intelligence representatives will converge on the NSW south coast next year to check out a system that can be used to take command and control of autonomous fleets.

    The technology demonstration is scheduled to run over a three-week period in November 2018 at Jervis Bay on the NSW south coast, which hosts a sizable Defence base.

    It is understood that military subject matter experts from Australian, British and US air forces have already conducted trials of a US-developed “human-machine command and control system”.

    However, it appears a more advanced version of the system is set to be demonstrated for Five Eyes members next year.

    Five Eyes is a signals intelligence alliance between Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    “The human-machine command and control system … allows a team oversight control of a large number of unmanned vehicles across multiple environmental domains,” Defence revealed this week.

    “A Five Eyes demonstration with increased platform autonomy, autonomous cross-domain (air, sea and land) cueing and tasking is scheduled for 2018 in Jervis Bay.”

    The demonstration is being conducted under the auspices of Program Tyche, a multi-year strategic research initiative overseen by the Defence Science and Technology (DST) Group.

    Tyche’s aim is to place Australia in the top five creators worldwide of trusted autonomous systems (TAS).

    The Tyche program first gained DST funding in July 2015, and now has researchers across Australia working on various projects that intersect autonomy, robotics and artificial intelligence.

    It is expected to be transitioned into a Defence-led cooperative research centre (CRC) sometime this year.

    Defence Minister Christopher Pyne announced last month that the CRC would receive $8 million annually out of the $730 million next generation technologies fund announced earlier this year. However, the government funding has been capped at $50 million over the next seven years.

    Pyne did not mention the TAS CRC’s origins in the Tyche program.

    Though it has been possible to track some directions that Tyche has led Australian researchers in, Defence this week provided a complete picture of the work and progress to date.

    A new report on the program showed that research has been divided into four pillars.

    Part of the program is about making sure humans are able to effectively work alongside autonomous machines in “uncertain” environments.

    This includes how the machine – and its software – is able to establish “trust” with humans that are in close proximity “to make or recommend life or death decisions”. Other research looks at how the machine copes if it is interrupted.

    Further research aims to “establish a credible Australian swarm robotics/capability program” that could be applied in the operation of fixed-wing UAVs, as well as improve the ability of autonomous vehicles to perceive and adjust to changes in terrain or other operating conditions.

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on October 25, 2017 Permalink |
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    Malware spreading through Facebook Messenger 

    Don’t click on links.

    A new advanced malware is spreading via Facebook’s Messenger app, researchers have warned.

    Kaspersky Labs researcher David Jacoby came across the malware after a Facebook friend sent him a link to a purported video file in Messenger. The link, when clicked, triggered the infection via a Google Docs file.

    The Google Docs file is a fake video that redirects users to several websites that extract information such as operating system and web browser type.

    Moving users through a set of websites allows the malware writers to plant tracking cookies on web browsers to monitor victims’ activity, and display ads.

    Jacoby said the malware works across Windows and macOS, and is independent of browser type.

    The malware also attemps to download more files, although Jacoby noted that they were adware and not malicious code like Trojans and exploits.

    It is unclear how the malware spreads via Messenger. Jacoby speculated it could be through stolen user credentials, browser hijacking or clickjacking. He is conducting further research to find the dissemination vector.

    Users are advised not to click on random links from Facebook friends in Messenger.

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