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McAfee says cyber espionage attacks will only increase in 2015

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 1 hour, 4 mins ago

Cyber espionage is a growing underworld business, with small nation states and foreign terror groups continuing to launch cyberattacks against enemies, according to a report released by McAfee Labs. Everything from distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks to malware being delivered via social engineering techniques are being added to cyber arsenals, used by increasingly sophisticated groups.

 

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Established nations with cyber warfare programs will look for stealthier methods to gather intelligence and cripple political and military rivals - and developing cyber espionage programs remain dedicated to stealing finances and causing disruptions.

 

"Of particular note, McAfee Labs now sees sophisticated Eastern European cybercriminals shifting from quick, direct attacks on financial-institution customer credentials (leading to financial theft) to a more sophisticated advanced persistent threat (APT) approach in which they collect intelligence that they can either sell or use at a later date," according to the McAfee report.

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BlackBerry's revenue drops 34%, ending the year on a bad note

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 3 hours, 43 mins ago

BlackBerry's revenue dropped 34 percent during its fiscal third quarter, posting a net loss of $148 million, ending Q3 with $3.1 billion in cash. It may seem like a major financial loss, but the Canadian smartphone maker lost $4.4 billion during Q3 last year, and was a slightly smaller loss than reported during Q2.

 

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The company expects it to take a "couple of quarters" before sales begin to increase, as BlackBerry still struggles to compete against the Apple iPhone - and smartphones from Samsung and other manufacturers using Google Android.

 

Here is what Chen said during the financial call: "Things are happening. I'm encouraged that they are happening, but I wouldn't say that all things are well. I mean we still need a lot of work and a lot of attention and working well together and that's what I'm spending most of my time on."

Bitcoin advocate Charlie Shrem given two-year prison sentence

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 40 mins ago

Bitcoin supporter Charlie Shrem, 25, was given a two-year prison sentence for his role in sending $1 million in bitcoins to Silk Road. He pled guilty earlier in the year for aiding and abetting an unlicensed money transmitting business. Shrem was a former vice chairman for the Bitcoin Foundation, and must also forfeit $950,000 for his role in the operation.

 

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Shrem was described as someone who "excitedly" participated in the "very innovativeness" of drug trafficking, according to U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff. The bitcoin supporter faced up to five years in prison, while the court wanted a 57-month term - as Shrem's BitInstant company knowingly processed bitcoins that were used to sell and purchase drugs via Silk Road.

 

Shrem offered the following statement via Twitter: "I've been sentenced to 2 years, to self surrender in 90 days. Considering I was facing 30 years, justice has been served. #Bitcoin."

Mark Wahlberg will be back for 'Transformers 5' after all

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 hours, 29 mins ago

Despite both 'Transformers: Age of Extinction' lead Mark Wahlberg and director Michael Bay pouring cold water on their return for the inevitable 'Transformers 5', it seems both may have had a change of heart.

 

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Speaking to ComingSoon, Wahlberg confirms he is "committed to doing a couple more" and will reprise his role as streetsmart inventor Cade Yeager. But even more surprising is his theory that Michael Bay will also be back, saying "I can't speak for Mr. Bay, but something tells me we'll be on set soon".

 

Bay has long held that 'Transformers 4' would be his final entry in the franchise, despite claiming the same following the previous film 'Transformers 3' in 2012. Wahlberg will be next seen in the sequel to Seth McFarlane's comedy 'Ted' in 2015.

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Sony admits US console fight growing as Xbox One price cuts working

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 5 hours, 48 mins ago

It will be fun to see analyst sales figures for console sales after Christmas, as Sony Computer Entertainment CEO Andrew House admits the Xbox One is giving the PlayStation 4 a run for its money. Even though sales are described as "in line" with Sony's previous expectations, the cheaper price tag for the Xbox One has led to a significant sales bump for Microsoft.

 

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The Xbox One starts at $350 in the United States, while the PS4 is available starting at $400. The $50 price cut was announced in November and will continue to January 3, 2015.

 

It appears to be a good time to be a console gamer, as both companies also have several appealing console/game bundles available. Expect continued price cuts and increased competition from both companies in 2015, while they try to woo gamers to their respective platforms.

T-Mobile was busted and will pay $90 million for cramming behavior

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 6 hours, 20 mins ago

T-Mobile will have to fork over $90 million in refunds, fines and penalties for its longstanding "cramming" behavior, hitting its subscribers with unauthorized charges - and refusing to issue refunds when some subscribers found the charges.

 

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"This is a major settlement that will put tens of millions of dollars back into the pockets of consumers," said Jessica Rich, director of the FTC Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a statement. "This case is about a core principle, that no business should bill a consumer for charges they did not authorize, period."

 

Cramming behavior seems to be quite popular among wireless carriers, and the most common type of cramming is premium Short Messaging Service (PSMS), normally focused on gossip and jokes of the day. AT&T and T-Mobile have already settled cramming cases, while Sprint is just beginning to face its own problems.

Obama: Sony 'made a mistake' in its decision to pull 'The Interview'

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 hours, 48 mins ago

The decision by Sony Pictures Entertainment to pull "The Interview" due to a cyberattack and subsequent terror attacks has drawn criticism from actors and President Obama.

 

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"Sony is a corporation. It suffered significant damage," Obama said during a press conference. "There were threats against its employees. I'm sympathetic to the concerns that they faced. Having said all that, yes I think they made a mistake. We cannot have a society in which some dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States. I wish they'd spoken to me first. I would have told them: 'Do not get into the pattern in which you are intimidated.'"

 

However, Sony is defending itself from Pres. Obama's statement and criticism from actors, many American citizens, and others criticizing the company.

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ISIS allies reportedly stepping up cyberattacks against media, rivals

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 6 hours, 53 mins ago

Cybercriminals with alleged ties to ISIS recently tried to spread malware onto a Syrian citizen media group after posing as Syrian-Canadian citizens, according to a report from Citizen Lab. The social engineering attack took place in late November, and shows the group is continually putting more effort into its cybercriminal abilities. The attempted malware attack was targeted to the Raqqah is Being Slaughtered Silently (RSS) group, and the email was worded in a manner to trick organization members.

 

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"This bears little resemblance to anything we've seen from the usual suspects," said John Scott-Railton, the report's co-author, noted in a statement given to CBC. "That, combined with who they are targeting... gives us pause and makes us think that maybe we're looking at ISIS malware."

 

ISIS has used the Internet, specifically social media, as a tool to recruit and spread propaganda. However, the group has run into problems, as the Anonymous hacker collective and other groups have disrupted their online operations.

Capcom announces Street Fighter 5 is being built with Unreal Engine 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 25 mins ago

Capcom has announced that the upcoming PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive Street Fighter 5 is being built around Epic Games' very gorgeous Unreal Engine 4 technology.

 

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Bochan Kim, a Producer with Capcom said in a press release from Epic Games "Our goal with the next generation of Street Fighter is to take our beloved fighting game franchise and bring it to our fans in the best way possible. In order to fully deliver on that promise, we know we have to incorporate the latest and greatest technology available, which is why we partnered with Epic Games to power Street Fighter V using Unreal Engine 4." Territory Manager of Epic Games Japan, Taka Kawasaki said "This opportunity to help the development team using Unreal Engine 4 for the new title is a great honor for Epic, and I couldn't be more proud."

 

Fighting games seem to be adopting Unreal Engine 4 more, with Bandai Namco announcing back in July that Tekken 7 would be powered by Unreal Engine 4. Expect the Unreal Engine 4-powered Street Fighter 5 to hit the PS4 and PC sometime next year, which will support cross-platform play between the PS4 and PC.

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 will debut a streaming rearview video mirror

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 7 hours, 45 mins ago

The 2016 Cadillac CT6 will include a custom rearview mirror that provides high-resolution streaming video, so drivers can have an enhanced rearward vision. The camera will be located on the CT6's rear bumper and will be able to stream directly to the mirror, increasing the driver field of vision up to four times over just a regular rearview mirror, researchers say.

 

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General Motors partnered with Gentex Corp for the mirror and Sharp for the HD camera and video processing technology. New vehicles have a large focus on infotainment and navigation features, but safety features are a major push forward for connected vehicles.

 

"The closest comparison to this kind of rear vision would be driving a convertible with the top down," said Travis Hester, Cadillac CT6 executive chief engineer, in a press statement.

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