Gumbercules!! writes: Yesterday, a new in-development ransomware was discovered by MalwareHunterTeam called Popcorn Time (unrelated to the streaming service of the same name) that intends to give victim's a very unusual, and criminal, way of getting a free decryption key for their files. With Popcorn Time, not only can a victim pay a ransom to get their files back, but they can also try to infect two other people and have them pay the ransom in order to get a free key. Infected victims are given a "referral code" and if two people are infected by that code and pay up — the original victim is given their decryption key (potentially).
Gumbercules!! writes: The same botnet that last week knocked www.krebsonsecurity.com offline and off Akamai with a 620Gbps DDOS has struck again, this time at French hosting company, OVH, with a monumental 990Gbps pummelling. Much of the traffic came from badly configured IoT home cameras.
"The world's largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack has been clocked from the same network of 152,463 compromised low-powered cameras and internet-of-things devices which punted a media outlet off the internet."
As badly configured devices stack up, the potential for internet breaking DDOS attacks is becoming much more realistic.
Gumbercules!! writes: After the massive 600mbps DDOS on http://krebsonsecurity.com/ last week that forced Akamai to withdraw the (pro-bono) DDOS protection they offered the site, krebsonsecurity.com is now back online, hosted by Google.
Following Brian Krebs breaking an article on vDOS (https://developers.slashdot.org/story/16/09/08/2050238/israeli-ddos-provider-vdos-earned-600000-in-two-years), leading to the arrest of the two founders, his site was hit with a record breaking DDOS. It will certainly be an interesting test of Google's ability to provide DDOS protection to clients.
Gumbercules!! writes: A Google security researcher has found that Trend Micro Password Manager not only trivially exposes all passwords it stores to anyone who can get you to click a crafted link — but it also allows them to execute, without prompts, any code they like on your machine. By default.
What appears to be worse is in the conversation between Tavis Ormandy from Google and Trend (https://code.google.com/p/google-security-research/issues/detail?id=693), several glaring problems with security were uncovered that show just how little genuine security thought was put into a product released by a company whose probably one of the world's largest security vendors.
Gumbercules!! writes: A small Australian ISP has received a demand that it block access to an overseas website or face legal action in the Federal Court, in a case in which a building company is demanding the ISP block access to an overseas site with a similar name. This case is being seen as a test case, potentially opening the way for companies and aggregated customers to use the new anti-piracy laws to block access to companies or their competition. The ISP in question has obviously been selected because they're very small and have limited financial capacity to fight a legal case.
Gumbercules!! writes: Australia's government has passed a bill allowing "rights holders" to block the IP address of servers hosting "file sharing" (by which it's safe to assume they mean torrent search engines). Aside from the sheer inefficiency of trying to spot piracy by blocking individual sites, there's also the risk that servers which house other, more legitimate sites, will be caught up in the net. Unsurprisingly, the bill does nothing to remedy the fact that Australians pay far more for access to media than other places in the World or that media is often not available or extremely delayed, here.
While this is obviously a tongue in check response, it's still pretty nice to see a serious scientific research organisation making time to brighten people's worlds in small ways and being able to have a little fun.
Gumbercules!! writes: It’s long been assumed that Nokia was on its last legs in any case, although there was some positive news of late, with strong growth in the last quarter and positive sales figures for the first time in years. None the less, a Microsoft take-over was always a definite option on the horizon – something probably only held off this long because Microsoft didn’t want to scare off other OEMs. Given the waning desire from the Asian OEMs, however, Microsoft’s options were becoming very limited.
However new information has come to light, indicating that Nokia was very close to moving to Android – so close, in fact, that Microsoft seemingly had to buy them out or lose virtually their entire market share (currently around 5%) overnight. According to the New York Times, development and testing of Android on the Lumia range of handsets was so advanced that the team responsible for it already had stable and ready to go units.
Gumbercules!! writes: While many smartphone users are still on 3G and are still waiting for 4G to be available, Samsung is now testing 5G networks, capable of getting speeds up to 1gbps. Obviously, we're years away from seeing these in the wild but it's still an amazing improvement over what many people are experiencing now. Even 4G networks tend to max out around 30mbps (with a theoretical maximum of about 75mbps).
What do you think the key uses for these kinds of speed would be, in a hand held device?
Gumbercules!! writes: At the end of each quarter, investors eagerly await the sales figures for the last three months and probably no company (with the possible exception of Nokia) will be so closely watched this quarter as Blackberry. This quarter has seen the release of what many consider to be their last throw of the dice – the Blackberry 10 range introductory range of handsets and poor sales figures could portent a very difficult time ahead.
So with that in mind, it’s “odd”, in the least, that suddenly someone would suddenly step forward and buy a full and exact million handsets – and Blackberry won’t tell us who. Blackberry is touting this as a huge vote of confidence in their brand – however if someone is so amazingly confident in Blackberry, why do they need to remain secret?
Gumbercules!! writes: Google is getting good at what Apple does much faster than Apple is getting good at what Google does — and a lot of people are starting to notice it. The Chromebook Pixel's build quality and design aspect is just another recent example of this: comparing the popularity and reviews of the latest ranges of Nexus devices to Apple's forays into web services like Maps or Siri (vs Google Now) are just further examples. The reason is simple: you can't catch up with Google's back catalogue of information anywhere near as quickly as you can hire a couple of Johnny Ive-like designers.
Gumbercules!! writes: "Microsoft has spent an significant amount of effort in recent years "playing the man and not the ball", so to speak. From FUD about Linux to Gmail-Man and now Scroogled, Microsoft seems more intent on finding fault in more popular services than in competing on their own merits. However with the latest attack on Google's Gmail, www.scroogled.com, Microsoft should perhaps be looking in their own backyard first. With it recently coming to light that Microsoft are doing the exact same thing they accuse Gmail of (reading your private information to serve ads), with voice calls in Skype."
Gumbercules!! writes: "As RIM & Nokia burn through cash reserves, sell assets and lay off staff, how much longer until one or both fall?
RIM, like Nokia, was far too slow to notice the mobile marketplace changing around them. Both companies were dominant in their space and this lead to complacency and arrogance about the impact the iPhone would have on their world.
With both Google and Apple using strong and propriety ecosystems to keep customers engaged, existing customers will be hesitant to jump ship to a new and largely unproven app ecosystem."
Gumbercules!! writes: On the face of things, this does appear to be good news – Apple has actually agreed to step down from DEFCON 1 with an Android vendor. The more you look at this situation, however, the more likely it appears to be a move by both companies, HTC and Apple, on Samsung and by extension, Google and Android itself. Overall, this move is a massive win for Apple and more than likely quite a loss for Android.
Gumbercules!! writes: Eric Schmidt said he believes there is a “Gang of Four” technology platform leaders — Google, Apple, Amazon and Facebook — Microsoft isn't one of them. Here's an article I wrote about why I believe he's wrong and what it might say about Google's weaknesses.