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30 Japanese government agencies and companies face cyberattacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 7, 2014 6:36 pm

At least 30 different Japanese government ministries and other organizations have faced cyberattack threats since May 2009, with many hijacked PCs and servers phoning home to Chinese-based servers. Japan is one of the most tech-savvy countries in the world, though is often overlooked in regards to cyberattacks that must be addressed. Much like other western countries, cybersecurity has become a major political talking point in Japan, in the country's effort to stay safe from espionage and theft.


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Specifically, Japan must defend against a higher number threats from China and North Korea - and with China conducting cyberespionage operations against the United States and its partners, there is no surprise Japan is a popular target. The country saw 12.8 billion cyberattacks in 2013, according to the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).


Japan also saw a lot of attacks from the United States, Russia and Brazil, including distributed denial of service (DDoS) and phishing attacks, along with network probes.

U.S. government warns of traffic-sign hackers, as incidents increase

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 7, 2014 5:15 pm

After a few road signs were hacked, the government is warning cities and highway operators using signs manufactured by Daktronics of possible cyberattacks. The United States Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team (ICS-CERT) released a statement saying operators should prepare "defensive measures" against these types of attacks. The ICS-CERT team said hackers have published a guide on how to compromise Daktronics systems to alter the normal message.


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"CIS believes it is likely that a small percent of Watch Dog players will experiment with compromising computers and electronic systems outside of game play," according to a recent report from the Center for Internet Strategy (CIS).


Years ago, vandals would write messages such as, "Warning, Zombies Ahead!" on road signs - and only small number of incidents have been reported. However, authorities were immediately concerned, because changing road signs can be a serious public safety issue, and the signs often help drivers deal with possible traffic and road issues.

MSI tease its beautiful new Twin Frozr V cooler

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 7, 2014 4:32 pm

Computex 2014 - While it's not much; over at the MSI booth we saw the company showing off the heat sink prototype for its next generation Twin Frozr cooler the Twin Frozr V. To the right you can see that it's going to be come in under the Gaming Series as you'd expect and use MSIs Propeller Blade Technology.


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Looking in a bit closer we can see the massive heat sink that will sit over the core and what looks to be a total of six heat pipes coming out of the card. You can see based on this design it will of course be a dual fan setup and surely an improvement over the current Twin Frozr IV cooler. We can't deny, though, that the current Twin Frozr IV is one of the best VGA coolers on the market. It will be interesting to see just what kind of improvements the latest version brings to the table when released.

Microsoft warns against registry hack to update Windows XP

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 7, 2014 4:25 pm

Current Microsoft Windows XP users making tweaks to the registry to receive support for XP until April 9, 2019 was quickly discovered by Microsoft. A registry hack is available for both the 32-bit and 64-bit copies of XP, though Microsoft and security experts still recommend migrating to Windows 7 or 8/8.1.


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The registry hack tricks traditional desktop versions of Windows XP into thinking it's really a copy of Windows Embedded POSReady 2009, a version of Windows designed for point-of-sale machines. However, Microsoft warns the security update won't make XP fully secure, and it's still advisable to upgrade to a newer OS.


"We recently became aware of a hack that purportedly aims to provide security updates to Windows XP customers," a Microsoft statement said. " The security updates that could be installed are intended for Windows Embedded and Windows Server 2003 customers and do not fully protect Windows XP customers. Windows XP customers also run a significant risk of functionality issues with their machines if they install these updates, as they are not tested against Windows XP."

MSI tease DDR4 wielding X99 motherboard

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 7, 2014 3:32 pm

Computex 2014 - While being spoken about a little; the upcoming X99 platform continues to be quiet around the show with few companies showing it off. Over at the MSI booth, though, we got a chance to take a look one of their upcoming boards based on the chipset. The blue and black color scheme is fairly common and we'll indeed see it fall under the GD naming scheme.


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Taking a look at the specification sheet next to the board you can see a number of the main features including support for HSW-E or Haswell-E 8-Core Extreme Edition processors utilizing the 2011 socket design. 8 DIMM slots give us support for up to 64GB of DDR4 at speeds going too 2666MHz DDR via overclocking.


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You can also see that we've got four PCIe x16 slots, two PCIe x4 slots, M.2, SATA Express and SATA III slots along with 12 USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit networking via the I218-V chip. As for MSI specific features you can see Military Class 4 and OC Genie 4 is being offered on the model.

MSI GTX 780 Ti Lighting - the GPU you can't buy

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 7, 2014 2:43 pm

Computex 2014 - The Lightning Series from MSI has been one of our favorites for as long as we can remember. When we saw the GTX 780 Ti Lightning at the corner of our eye when walking around the MSI booth, we found ourselves instantly excited with just what was being shown off.


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Carrying the massive triple fan Twin Frozr cooler and sporting Lightning features like GPU Reactor, Military Class 4 Components, Enhanced Power Design and Triple Force Architecture we knew that this was a card we must have. To then be told that the card wouldn't hit the market, though, was quite upsetting. Due to NVIDIA not allowing MSI to increase the voltage specification, MSI have decided to not release the model as it wouldn't give users the Lightning experience that they have come to known.


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A small amount of the cards have been made which will be used by overclockers. With a modified BIOS they can increase the voltage to levels that continue to be safe while using LN2 cooling. It's really disappointing we'll never get a chance to test this model.

LG unveils the G3 smartphone for consumers in the United States

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 7, 2014 2:16 pm

Korean company LG Electronics recently unveiled the G3 smartphone that will be available later this summer in the United States. The device will receive support from Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint, so consumers will have plenty of opportunity to purchase LG's flagship device.


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Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, the phone includes 3GB DDR3 RAM, a 5.5-inch color display, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and runs Google Android 4.4.2 KitKat.


"With the LG G3, we've developed a premium smartphone that provides a one-of-a-kind simple and intuitive user experience," said Morris Lee, LG MobileComm Senior VP, in a press statement.

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EA will release Battlefield: Hardline on October 21, unveils trailer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 7, 2014 1:16 pm

We knew it was coming thanks to a leaked trailer, but now EA has let the cat out of the bag with an official trailer for Battlefield: Hardline. Not only that, but the company also unveiled a full release date: October 21.



The trailer doesn't show off too much, but that's because E3 2014 is right around the corner. For me, it looks like Payday mixed with Bad Boys, which is something that you can't complain about. The full reveal by EA will take place next week, something that I'm sure a lot of gamers are looking forward to.

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ASRock updates its M8 system to the new Z97 chipset

By: Shawn Baker | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Jun 7, 2014 1:04 pm

Computex 2014 - Last year we got a chance to see ASRock team up with BMW Designworks USA to create a new barebone system. The M8 was born and we found ourselves instantly in love with what was being offered by the company. Jump forward a year and ASRock have taken the cover off an updated version of the great looking M8 system.


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While the chassis looks the same; inside we've got a few new key components to bring it into 2014. First we've seen the ITX motherboard get updated to the latest Intel Z97 chipset bringing support for the latest crop of processors. The other big upgrade is the power supply which now sees an SFX 600 Watt unit. This gives us the chance to install a higher-end video card without a problem continuing to show us that you can pack some serious punch into a nice slim system.


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As for the rest of the system you can see not too much has changed. We've still got the A-Command OLED button that gives us the ability to see a bunch of different settings. Other features include USB 3.0, 4-in-1 Card Reader and Gigabit LAN alongside Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11ac support.

Angelbird demonstrates SSD with Novachips Bugatti controller

By: Paul Alcorn | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 7, 2014 12:48 pm

Computex 2014 - Angelbird gave us a look at their upcoming Novachips Bugatti-powered SSD ad the new X2 Wings.


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This is the new Angelbird X2 Wings. This AHCI compatible PCIe card is bootable and utilizes an undisclosed RAID controller to aggregate the performance of two SSDs in RAID. The card can be a bit power hungry, pulling over 75 Watts. There is a embedded power connector to assist with external power. There is also backlighting during operation to appeal to the enthusiast crowd.


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The NVS 3600A is a 10 channel controller that works in concert with 256MB of DRAM in this configuration.

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