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Kaspersky Lab: United States users faces most amount of spam attacks

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 8, 2014 3:46 am

Spammers are enjoying a new technique in which they imitate messages from legitimate mobile applications, and the United States is the most targeted country for spam, according to a new report from Kaspersky Lab. However, total spam email traffic decreased 6.42 percent to 66.34 percent, though spammers are becoming more creative with their strategies.




China, the United States, and South Korea remain the largest spam sources - and the priority for cybercriminals remains stealing confidential data.


"Recently we have seen a growth in the number of attacks targeting mobile users," said Darya Gudkova, Kaspersky Lab Head of Content Analysis & Research Department, in a press statement. "Gadgets have become popular even among those who had little interaction with computers and are less familiar with computer security. This opens up new vectors of attacks for spammers and phishers. To protect themselves, users should remember not to open emails from unknown senders and especially not to click any links in these emails, which inevitably pose a risk to user security. Clicking unsafe links threatens user security regardless of which device is used - they pose a danger to desktop computers and mobile gadgets alike."

Hands-on with Huawei's new Ascend P7 smartphone

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 8, 2014 1:43 am

This morning Huawei launched its next-gen flagship smartphone in Paris, France, and TweakTown's Johannes Knapp was at the event to check out the device in person. The new Ascend P7 is a high-end class Android-based smartphone that features a 5-inch 1920x1080 resolution screen, a 1.8GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. 4G LTE connectivity is on hand as well as a 13-megapixel read facing camera with an 8-megapixel front imager for selfies.



"Huawei's relentless commitment to developing premium quality smartphones over the past three years has paid off. We are now ranked number three globally in terms of smartphone shipments, and our brand recognition is growing steadily in key regions such as China and Western Europe," said, Richard Yu, CEO, Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG). "Today, the launch of Huawei Ascend P7 once again challenges existing industry standards by redefining smartphone design, camera experience, and connectivity, to provide people with an unprecedented mobile experience."

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Accused UFC pirate suffers from mental illness, can't pay up fines

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 8, 2014 1:38 am

After learning he's the target of a $32 million lawsuit from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), accused pirate Steven Messina says he suffers from mental illness and can't afford the significant civil lawsuit. The parent company of the UFC, Zuffa, is now seeking $150,000 for every act of infringement, $110,000 for using UFC content without permission, and $60,000 for intercepting UFC content, plus legal fees.




The UFC says Messina made money from the pirated streams, though he refutes the accusation: "Most of the time I barely had enough to cover an event's cost after donations and would use my own money saved from medication and doctors. In total, I've probably made no more in a year than $450-$550 in donations. But that just helped me pay for a few months of medical expenses, as well as maybe four or five fight cards. I always ended up paying out of my own pocket though, as I've had money from my previous job saved in my checking account."


Zuffa will continue to fight against organized piracy that streams its events, especially pay-per-view fight cards, and is currently interested in targeting websites that host the events. Regardless of what happens from this outcome, there are numerous ways to illegally stream content.

Roadshow details upcoming dual Wolf Creek 2 Blu-ray releases

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: May 8, 2014 12:31 am

Fresh from its February theatrical release in Australia, pulling in $4 million against a $7 million budget, Roadshow Entertainment have announced the local home video release of Wolf Creek 2 on the eve of the film's limited U.S. release.




The film will be released in two different versions on June 25, the first in a 104 minute MA15+ theatrical cut, which also features an audio commentary and deleted scenes, alongside a harder 106 minute R18+ cut which will be released as a retailer exclusive. The latter edition will include the aforementioned bonus features, coupled with a 'The Making of Wolf Creek 2' documentary.




We took a look at the film in our theatrical review back in February here, alongside its predecessor on Blu-ray here.

Russian bloggers must register with national media office

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: May 7, 2014 11:56 pm

Russian president Vladimir Putin is cracking down on Internet bloggers in his country, forcing them to register with a national media office. The new "bloggers law" forces bloggers to follow the same laws as larger media publications - and any blog with more than 3,000 readers must register, including traditional blogs and microblogs.




Bloggers in Russia also are no longer allowed to remain anonymous, and all published blogs must include contact information. This new law is designed to help clamp down on criticism against the government. The new law goes into effect on August 1.


"Like previous reforms, this bill's sole aim is to increase control over online content," according a statement from Reporters Without Borders. "At a time when independent media are facing an unprecedented offensive, this is likely to reduce the space for free debate even further. The long list of new prohibitions offers many new possibilities for censoring bloggers when most problems could be solved under existing legislation."

Cybercriminals target users with phishing scams aimed at mobile apps

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 7, 2014 11:23 pm

Cybercriminals are using social engineering techniques to exploit trust and compromise users, now finding mobile apps a great method to infect smartphones and tablets. Many mobile users, especially those unfamiliar with security measures, are willing to click suspicious links and install third-party applications.




"To protect themselves, users should remember not to open emails from unknown senders, and especially not to click any links in these emails, which inevitably pose a risk to security," said Darya Gudkova, Kaspersky Lab head content analysis, in a statement to CIO. "Clicking unsafe links threatens user security regardless of which device is used - they pose a danger to desktop computers and mobile gadgets alike."


Malware creators are becoming more creative in their efforts, and find phishing to be a successful technique to compromise users.

Cryptolocker ransomware now can hit Google Android devices

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 7, 2014 10:11 pm

The Cryptolocker ransomware, which previously only targeted Microsoft Windows machines, has shifted towards the open source Google Android operating system.




"If you land on it with Android then you'll be redirected to a website that will push the download of the APK to the mobile without interaction," a security researcher said. ""Note: no installation. User has to do an action. So it's social engineering... the locker is kind of effective. You can go on your home screen but nothing else seems to work. Launching Browser, calling apps, or 'list of active task' will bring the locker back."


A survey published earlier in the year found that 40 percent of companies infected with Cryptolocker chose to pay the ransom - everyone else is left to rely on system backups to restore files. In addition, cybercriminals are finding other forms of ransomware to be successful attack methods to compromise systems, and receive payment to limit additional harm.

Microsoft says malware infection tripled in 2013, as threats evolve

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: May 7, 2014 9:20 pm

The overall number of Microsoft Windows vulnerabilities has increased 12.6 percent year-over-year, according to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report (SIR), covering July to December 2013. During Q3 2013, 5.8 of every 1,000 Windows computers reportedly suffered from malware infection - and jumped to a whopping 17 computers per 1,000 during Q4.




However, severe Windows vulnerabilities reportedly declined 70 percent between 2010 and 2013 - as Microsoft continues to increase security - but the sophistication of current threats are giving computer security companies fits. Cybercriminals are using social engineering to get users to click on malicious links, or install malware bundled with legitimate software, the report also indicates.


Malware authors are finding a great market, in which they can launch mass attacks for a low price and little risk of being prosecuted. To make matters worse, next-generation malware is able to easily circumvent anti-virus software that traditionally kept PCs more secure.

Mediabridge threatened a user for posting a negative review in Amazon

By: Roshan Ashraf Shaikh | More News: Networking | Posted: May 7, 2014 9:05 pm

Mediabridge didn't seem to like an end-user's review that he posted in Amazon about its Medialink router. But rather than taking it as a feedback, the company's lawyers threatened the user instead. The user then posted about the incident on Reddit, following the photo shots of the letters sent by the lawyers for MediaBridge.


The problem also escalated when the user highlighted that the Medialink MWN WAPR300N Wireless-N broadband router is actually a Tenda W36R router. The user also highlighted that the source of his claim is a review website small net builder who specifically mentioned that the Medialink MWN-WAPR300N router is in reality a Tenda 2368R, according to the FCC filings.


The user also expressed his opinion that some of these Amazon reviews are suspicious, and said that how can he trust Amazon review if he was legally threatened for leaving a negative review. In the end, the user posted that others should save their money and buy routers from established brands such as ASUS, TP-Link, Linksys or Cisco.

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Apple's suppliers begin shipping first batch of parts for new devices

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: May 7, 2014 8:11 pm

Apple fans will be happy to hear that the company has began to ramp up production on its next-generation of iPhones and iPads that will be released later this year. The news comes in from insiders from Apple's supply chain that stated that new fingerprint scanner sensors have begun rolling off production lines in mass quantities.




The reports go on to say that the fingerprint scanners vary in design which means that the new iPhone models as well as the upcoming new generation of iPads will feature the Touch ID systems. While no tangible evidence exist to support this claim, we do know that Apple loves integrating its iPhone features into its iPads about a year after release, so this rumor is most likely true. No mention was made regarding the status of the issues that are said to be plaguing Apple's new 5.6-inch screen for the iPhone 6S.