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US government cracking down, says 'no more free passes' to hackers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 11:55 am

The United States government understands it is a prime target for cybercriminals across the world, especially organized crime and state-sponsored hackers trying to conduct cyberespionage. John Carlin, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, spoke during RSA about the mentality of teaching foreign actors "that it is not okay to steal from American companies."

 

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Even though the NSA has sophisticated cyberespionage capabilities, the government didn't pay enough attention to keeping critical infrastructure secure. The government is trying to catch up and will make changes, but is ready to put political and economic pressure on select governments for their cyber actions.

 

However, there are more aggressive tactics possible, including the indictment of five senior leaders of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in China last year - and economic sanctions placed on North Korea for its reported involvement in hacking Sony.

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Federal government trying to compete with private sector for workers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 10:45 am

The US government wants to improve its cybersecurity and recruit skilled workers, but is struggling because of lackluster recruitment programs leading to an underwhelming cybersecurity labor pool, according to the Partnership for Public Service and Booz Allen Hamilton.

 

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In 2014, there were almost 70,000 cyber intrusions that negatively impacted the governments' networks and systems, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) reported earlier in the year.

 

"Our interconnected world requires a seamless team of cyber defenders to protect our networks," according to the report. "Those defenders must be able to operate quickly and collaboratively in ways that cut across both private and public organizations."

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Elephone to release smartphone with both Android 5.0 and Windows 10

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 9:35 am

The world of smartphones is about to be blown open by Chinese smartphone manufacturer Elephone, which is poised to release a new handset in June which will run two operating systems: Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Windows 10.

 

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The new smartphone will feature a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 display, 4GB of RAM, fingerprint security, a 21-megapixel rear-facing camera with a Sony IMX 230 sensor, and a 3800mAh battery. The processor will be a 64-bit capable chip, with two versions of the handset being made available. One of them will feature the cheaper MediaTek processor, while the other will be powered by an Intel processor.

G.SKILL blow the RAM market open with 128GB kit of DDR4 2800MHz

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 8:17 am

G.SKILL continues to dominate the RAM market with the announcement of the world's first 128GB kit of 2800MHz DDR4 RAM, which comes in 8x16GB sticks. We have memory timing of CL16-16-16-36 at 1.35V, with the new kit falling into their growing Ripjaws 4 line of RAM.

 

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The new sticks are from Samsung, with their 8Gb ICs baked onto G.SKILL's product at the impressive 20nm process. This has allowed an entire new level of performance, and with 16GB sticks, something that has previously only been attainable by server memory. The new 128GB kit is perfect for the high-end workstation, with G.SKILL's new Ripjaws 4 128GB kit already validated on the ASUS X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard, running in its intended quad-channel.

 

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Tequila Huang, VP of Research & Development with G.SKILL said: "During development of these DDR4 16GB modules, we see amazing future potential for 128GB (16GBx8) memory kits in extreme high capacity operation on upcoming platforms. We will be witnessing the beginning of a new set of standards for extreme capacity and performance DDR4 memory kits on both current and future computing platforms. Needless to say, we are very excited for this release".

Facebook: "Oculus is very much in the development stage" still

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 7:32 am

We're four months into 2015, and we still don't know when the Oculus Rift is coming out. But during Facebook's recent earnings call, where we found out 1.44 billion people use the social network each month, the company said: "We have not announced any specific plans for shipment volumes in 2015 related to Oculus". The last time we had a play with the Oculus Rift, was the Crescent Bay prototype at CES 2015 earlier this year.

 

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The statement came from Facebook CFO David Wehner, who added: "Oculus is very much in the development stage, so it's very early to be talking about large shipment volumes".

 

With competition heating up in the VR space thanks to the likes of Sony and its Project Morpheus headset, but more so with HTC and Valve with their Vive headset, Oculus VR might not have the dominance in the VR industry that most thought they did previously. Things could change very quickly, and I think they will, which is why I'm hoping is the reason behind Oculus VR being so quiet about it all.

Acer announces 34-inch 21:9 ultra-wide monitor with NVIDIA's G-Sync

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 6:52 am

Acer has just unveiled its new XR341CKA, which is a 34-inch curved 21:9 ultra-wide monitor with NVIDIA's G-Sync technology. It's the world's first curved monitor to feature NVIDIA's G-Sync technology, too.

 

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The new 34-inch monitor features a resolution of 3440x1440, and should be quite the sight with its IPS panel and 178-degree viewing angles. We have 100% of the sRGB color gamut covered, which will have photographers and video editors checking their wallets. Display input wise, Acer has provided the XR341CKA with DisplayPort, HMDI and a buit-in USB 3.0 hub for the ultimate in convenience.

 

Acer is pricing the XR341CKA at $1299, and will have it launch in September in the US.

Marvel announces partnership with Telltale for a brand new game

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 6:25 am

Telltale has been busy of late with their popular The Walking Dead games, but during a special event held in San Francisco, the studio announced it had teamed up with Marvel Games, with a new game expected for 2017.

 

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The studio said: "Announced this evening in San Francisco, we're excited to reveal an all-new partnership with the incredible team at Marvel Entertainment. We'll be teaming up on the development of an upcoming Telltale game series project set to premiere in 2017!"

reTXT Labs launches ultra secure, simple to use mobile messaging app

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 2:55 am

reTXT Labs recently launched reTXT, a secure and private mobile messaging app, so users have more control of text messages. The messaging service uses end-to-end encryption to help make sure outsiders are not likely to be able to snoop on messages. It's a unique offering for consumers, as most of the security-focused messaging services are designed more for the corporate world.

 

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reTXT users can edit sent messages, delete sent messages, clarify any misunderstood messages, name group message threats, and opt in or out of group messages. In addition, it's even easier to send photo and video messages or use a device's microphone to send voice messages, the company noted.

 

"The tools we provide make texting and messaging easier for the person who communicates privately with family, friends and colleagues every single day," said Kevin Wooten, co-founder and CEO of reTXT Labs.

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Final 'Ex Machina' trailer filled with tech giants AI concerns

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 12:40 am

After a limited worldwide theatrical release, the 2015 sci-fi thriller 'Ex Machina' is now opening wide across the world to positive reviews and now the film's distributor A24 has released a smartly edited trailer is littered with quotes from tech luminaries such as Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Larry Page and Professor Stephen Hawking over their concerns regarding artificial inteligence.

 

 

The r-rated micro-budgeted experimental film starring Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac (both to be seen next in 'Star Wars' sequel 'The Force Awakens' and Alicia Vikander and helmed by Alex Garland is earning much applause for its vision of the near future, earning an 88% fresh rating from aggregate reviewer Rotten Tomatoes.

 

'Ex Machina' is now playing in the United States, and will hit select screens in Australia on May 7th.

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FireEye: Becoming even harder to identify and track cybercriminals

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Apr 24, 2015 12:25 am

Cybercriminals, largely motivated by breaching networks to steal money and collect personal information, are becoming more difficult to identify, according to a leading cybersecurity expert.

 

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"In 2010, when responding to breaches, almost every time we'd look at the evidence and we kinda knew who [the hackers] were," said Kevin Mandia, president of FireEye, in a statement published by Re/Code. "Right now we're starting to get more groups that we're labeling unknown. We have like 400 of them."

 

There is increased focus on cybersecurity, but trying to accurately identify and track threat actors - while preventing them from breaching networks - is an extremely complex issue. Unfortunately, companies must realize that they are likely to suffer a data breach at some point, and should focus more on breach crisis to ensure they can bounce back as quickly as possible.

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