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Cryptolocker ransomware forces Vermont chamber of commerce to upgrade

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 6:53 am

The Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce recently suffered a major annoyance after needing to spend $5,000 to upgrade PCs, servers and HDDs that were crippled by the Cryptolocker ransomware.


The chamber wanted to pay the ransom but suffered a power failure, losing the connection with the Cryptolocker cybercriminals.




"We had to replace our entire computer system because of it," said Joann Erenhouse, Bennington Area Chamber of Commerce director, in a statement to local media. "Right now we are just about up and running."


Similar to other forms of malware, users are the first line of defense, but tend to be too fast to read emails and open attachments from unknown sources.


Cryptolocker is an especially tricky piece of ransomware, with infected users typically forced to pay the ransom - or restore from what hopefully was a recent backup. Almost 40 percent of affected companies choose to pay the ransom, which is typically pay $500-$750 - or face having files permanently encrypted.

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Anger rises as eBay Australia hike seller fee costs, set to start soon

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 6:20 am

Just when it seemed that eBay has finally stabilized their ever changing fee and user structures, Australian users have been slugged with an additional new 10% postage charge in an email sent out to registered users earlier today.




Under the auspices of the otherwise innocently named "Changes to the fee structure", from May 6th sellers will now be charged a flat 9.9% fee on the price of all goods sold, including the price that sellers charge for postage. Whilst eBay are continuing to encourage sellers to not charge buyers for postage, TweakTown has spoken to a number of sellers disgusted to eBay's latest fee hike, whom have indicated that they will have no choice but to charge higher rates for postage to compensate for this charge.


Some have indicated that this change will unfairly target Australians in favor of overseas sellers, whose cost of shipping goods is negligible, compared to the rising costs of shipping goods via Australia Post.

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Fareit Windows trojan also loads nasty piece of ransomware on PCs

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 3:02 am

In a double whammy, the Fareit Trojan targeting Microsoft Windows PCs also has been found to spread the Cribit ransomware, as security researchers transition to defend against sophisticated cyber threats.




There are two versions of Cribit in the wild - one version encrypts files on the infected PC and shows an English ransom, while the other version has messages also available in Chinese, French, Arabic and Spanish, researchers note.


"After all, cybercriminals are after one goal: to get a person's money," said Christopher Budd, Trend Micro threat communications manager, in a statement to SC Magazine. "Returning/decrypting a victim's files won't certainly be a priority or major concern for these people. Additionally, paying the ransom may encourage and help expand the operations of cybercriminals."


Cybercriminals are gladly enjoying the use of sophisticated malware to compromise devices, in an effort to steal information - and now to demand monetary payments for releasing a computer from malicious and disruptive software.

Walking through NVIDIA's GTC 2014 event with Google Glass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 2:13 am

GTC 2014 - The GPU Technology Conference that is still on-going here in San Jose, California, has been a great event, for many reasons. There are so many technologies being showed off, that are powered by NVIDIA technology. But, what better way to experience it than video, right? Well, how about through the first-person perspective with Google Glass?



What you're seeing above, to my knowledge, is a world-exclusive view of GTC 2014 through Google Glass. It's an incredible way to show you what I see when I'm walking around, and because we were walking through the halls early, we didn't have to fight through crowds of people. This helps with the noise levels - something I thought wouldn't be too good through Glass, but came out surprisingly clear.




There's plenty to watch in the 8-minute video, with NVIDIA-powered cars, crazy triple 4K NVIDIA Surround setups with four-way GPUs, and much more.

LeakedTT: Samsung's Galaxy Tab 4 appears in newly leaked photos

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 12:54 am

Today we got our first glimpse of what could be Samsung's newest budget-friendly tablet, the Galaxy Tab 4. The 7-inch device was outed in the form of what appear to be actual photos instead of the usual PR Renderings. The leak comes from everyone's favorite leakster,@evleaks, via his Twitter account.




The images show that the small tablet will arrive in both black and white trim, and will feature Android 4.4. The Galaxy Tab 4 look more like a giant Galaxy S5 than anything, and rumors suggest that it will be a low to mid-range device. The screen will feature an 1280x800 pixel resolution, while a quad-core 1.4GHz processor will handle the devices computational needs. It will most likely arrive in 16GB and 32GB models, and no microSD slot sill be available.

BlackBerry CEO warns of war against future smartphone leaksters

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Mar 27, 2014 12:09 am

Leaks are something everyone has come to expect when it comes to new mobile devices that are preparing for launch. Take the recently launched HTC One M8 for example, the device was leaked several weeks in advance, and almost every single rumor and leaked imaged turned out to be 100-percent accurate. While companies like HTC and Samsung may not care much about early leaks, BlackBerry appears to not only care, but putting a plan into action to snub would-be leaksters before they have a chance to divulge product information.




BlackBerry's CEO, John Chen, said that he is no longer taking leaks of the company's products lightly, and anyone caught leaking images, products, or any IP will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. While he did not mention what recent leak has him so fired up, we suspect that it was the recent outing of the upcoming BlackBerry 10.3 build and a string of smaller leaks that divulged upcoming project codenames.

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HTC planning to offer BlinkFeed through Google Play for all Androids

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Apps | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 10:49 pm

During yesterday's HTC One M8 launch event, we got our first look at HTC's newly redesigned BlinkFeed news feed application, and I must admit that I was quite impressed. The new BlinkFeed solves all of the issues I have with the one currently installed on my HTC One, and even opens up access to developers to create custom feeds from their apps to the service. There are other apps out there that do this, but in my experience, BlinkFeed does it the best, and now it looks like non HTC owners will soon be able to download it to their Android device as well.




This morning, BlinkFeed appeared in the Google Play Store for the first time, and after some digging, Android Central, found information in a press release that states that HTC will be releasing the app to other Android devices via Google Play very soon. Moving HTC's services such as BlinkFeed, Zoe Camera, and Sense TV to Google Play makes a lot of sense and will allow the company to more easily update these apps without having to provide an entire Android Software update that requires carrier approval before it is released to owners.

Microsoft charges the government up to $15,600 for your personal info

By: Charles Gantt | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:10 pm

We all know by now that the FBI, CIA and NSA request information on us from big tech giants such as Apple, Microsoft, Facebook and Google, but did you know that Microsoft sends a massive invoice every time it gives away your private information? A newly released document shows that at least in one incident, Microsoft billed the government as much as $15,600 for information that was requested.




The Syrian Electronic Army hacker group has just leaked details that show Microsoft billing the US government more than $350,000 on September 5th of 2013. The invoice appears to show that more than 78 invoices for request were sent to the government, with the highest being shown set at a whopping $15,600.00.

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Ethiopian government spying on phones and PCs of political rivals

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 9:00 pm

The Ethiopian national government is using foreign technology to compromise PCs and phones of political opponents, according to a recent study released by the Human Rights Watch (HWR). Not surprisingly, government officials disregarded the security report, saying it's just a smear campaign, with growing concern of government oppression.




The hardware used to carry out cyber surveillance originally stemmed from China, Italy, Germany, and the United Kingdom, the report states. To make matters worse, all phone and Internet access within the country's borders are provided through a single company, which is state-owned.


"Repressive measures aimed at restricting freedom of expression and association, as well as access to information, have increased since the controversial 2005 elections," the report states. "These measures include the harassment, arbitrary detention, and prosecution of opposition leaders, journalists, and activists."


The report also makes independent recommendations to the Ethiopian government, international companies operating in the African country, foreign national governments, and the World Bank.

Xbox One and Xbox 360 get new apps including Encore Play

By: Shane McGlaun | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 26, 2014 8:11 pm

Xbox One and Xbox 360 gamers have some new apps to keep them occupied between gaming sessions. Microsoft has announced the launch of some new apps for both consoles this week. Gamers on the Xbox 360 will get access to the Major League Gaming app.




The app will allow you to watch live gaming tournaments and other content. Xbox One gamers also get access to the MLB.TV app that brings live Major League Baseball games to the console. The app requires Xbox Live Gold and a MLB.TV Premium subscription to watch the games.


Xbox 360 gamers also get access to some more movie streaming apps with the launch of Encore Play and Moviplex Play. The apps both require that you have a subscription to the networks on a participating cable or satellite provider.

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