Cyber criminals are increasingly focused on exploiting vulnerabilities and installing malicious software for profit, with underground trading places providing tools to make cyberattacks easier. To make matters worse, there is an increasing number of criminals willing to modify malicious code - or rent their services - to groups willing to make payments.
Most organized hacking seems to be traced back to eastern Europe and China, but recently major exploits tend to indicate criminal groups in Spain and other parts of western Europe. However, some previous malicious code revealed code writers were intentionally trying to leave bread crumbs that would make authorities waste time searching elsewhere.
Hackers and cybercrime used to be a rather solitary effort, the ability to work as a team and share thoughts and ideas leads to more sophisticated attacks reaching the wild even faster.
Apple controlled the United States smartphone market in 2013, capturing 45 percent throughout the year, according to The NPD Group. The smartphone industry as a whole jumped 21 percent for American consumers, with 121 smartphones sold to consumers and business users.
In the United States, the top smartphone brands were the following: Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, and Motorola - and companies such as Lenovo and Huawei are reportedly interested in focusing more in the US market.
"In general, 2013 was a year of smartphone market stability for the US," said Stephen Baker, NPD VP of industry analysts, in a press statement. "Overall industry growth was similar to that of 2012, and while the major hardware brands saw their shares increase marginally, the space between Apple and Samsung and the rest of the industry expanded once again."
At a time when every major business agreement is a victory, smartphone maker BlackBerry will team up with automaker Ford for its next-generation Sync platform. Ford is working with Microsoft to help provide technology to Sync, but Ford reportedly wants to shake things up a bit.
The BlackBerry QNX platform will be cheaper for Ford to license than Microsoft's technology, and will benefit from increased QNX flexibility. The platform is available in Audi and BMW car models, with QNX used for U.S. military and critical infrastructure efforts.
There is a fight to bring technologies into vehicles, with Google partnering with General Motors, Hyundai, Honda and others - and GPU manufacturer NVIDIA also is partnering to offer Android in vehicles. Ford officials not surprisingly didn't confirm the news when contacted by Bloomberg, though shows how serious the auto maker is to improve Sync.
Now that Respan Entertainment's Titanfall had a successful BETA testing on XBox One and on PC, its just a matter of time that the game will soon be released. Even in many retail stores and via online, pre-orders for Titanfall has started. That wouldn't really stop information to leak just yet!!
The response from Titanfall's BETA testing was great as million of gamers participated in it. The game is expected for release by next month. One of the aspects that would be present on Microsoft's gaming consoles are the achievement list. A member from neoGAF posted a total of 35 achievements of the game for XBox 360 and XBox One.
The UTorrent dev team released 3.4 version of the client with a promise that it would change the way uTorrent chooses peers and therefore improves the download speeds and preventing DDOS attacks.
Other than the bug fixes and new features, BitTorrent's Adam Kelly explained how the new system works. He said,"If a BitTorrent client chooses poorly, or if there are malicious actors in the swarm, the connections between clients are not well distributed through the swarm, leading to a large number of hops from node to node. That slows down the ability to each client to pass data on to the next."
The Federal Court in Canada has ordered Ontario based internet service provider 'TekSavvy Solutions' to cough out names and addresses of 2,000 subscribed who are suspected to use peer-to-peer client to down movies illegally which is owned by Voltage Pictures who made movies movies such as The Hurt Locker and Dallas Buyers Club.
This is considered as a pivotal moment to catch movie pirates. As said by Voltage Pictures' Lawyer James Zibarras, the decision marks a shift from a time when BMG Canada Inc.'s attempt to track down illegal music downloaders was turned down by the court. He said,"That was heralded by many people as a kind of green light for downloading. This is the first time that case has been reconsidered by the court."
Online radio service Pandora recently started offering audio political ads based on user listening experience, with the company using algorithms to best determine political affiliations.
The ability to somewhat accurately predict political leanings of its 73 million active monthly users is a unique offering to allow for more accurate ad placement. Election results are compared to each subscriber and their geographic location and musical preferences, and then artists are categorized on whether more popular among Democrats or Republicans.
Google has now provided a useful tool to get rid of those annoying subscriptions that you may or may have not signed up for, and even troubles locating the unsubscribe button in those unwanted promotional emails.
From this week onwards, Google will provide a clearly marked 'Unsubscribe' link for Gmail. The link will be present on top of the header field in the emails.
We've heard about Sony's VR headset quite a few times now, but it looks like we'll see the Japanese electronics giant unveil its PlayStation 4 virtual reality headset at the 2014 Game Developers Conference next month in San Francisco.
TechRadar has an "inside source" who told them that Sony's VR headset is coming along well, with the source saying: "The quality and resolution are really, really good. People will definitely be impressed with what Sony's built". Sony was expected to unveil its VR headset earlier, but the company wanted extra time on the device before it officially unveils it.
The source added: "Sony has deliberately taken its time to tweak and polish the headset before revealing it". Sony already has a few VR headsets, but this new device is made purely for gaming. VR gaming will be big business in the years to come, so Sony arriving on the market first with a consumer VR device will be a big bragging point for the company.
Alcatel is launching quite the number of smartphones this week, starting with the new Idol 2 smartphone. The Alcatel Idol 2 is a 5-inch smartphone, but it is also joined by its 4.5-inch brother, the Idol 2 Mini. Each of the new smartphones will arrive with 3G support, but will be joined by an "S"-branded LTE version.
The Idol 2 Mini is just 8.5mm thick, and will arrive to the market first, most likely in the first week of next month. Both smartphones will feature qHD displays, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, Android 4.3 which is upgradeable to 4.4, NFC, an 8-megapixel rear-camera, backed up by a 2-megapixel front shooter.
The 3G-capable Idol 2 Mini will start at 169 euros (or $232) while the 4G version will be priced at 209 euros (or $287). The 3G model will arrive with a plastic build, while the 4G version arrives with a metal back and plastic at the top and bottom. There will be four colors on offer, too.