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14 May

Apple protects hijackers, pedophiles and terrorists

Along with the new smartphones iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the officially presented world has been operating system iOS 8. Apple, known for its user data security concerns, has even announced better ways to secure private and sensitive information. The FBI’s current CBS director said, “Apple protects hijackers, pedophiles and terrorists.”

The agency’s primary objection lies with encrypting text messages sent between users. Due to the encryption mechanism, even access to Apple servers does not seem to much because the server itself is only relaying encoded strings. Therefore, reading a text message is only possible if you have a physical device (the recipient or the sender).

This is a rather inconvenient solution for the FBI, because every time an agency is interested in having access to the news, it will have to “dump” into the home of the suspect with a court order. Of course, recent reports on the NSA prove that even the most conservative methods of securing the equipment can seem overwhelming when it comes to confronting such powerful government agencies.

Reading private messages sent between users is obviously morally reprehensible, but in many cases it actually concerns the security of not only individuals but the entire nation. Until now, the content of SMS could have given away criminals of all kinds, thanks to robots catching specific words or combinations of words.

1 May

Hulu announces VR programs

The well-known Hulu company platform goes to the next level of development. She has just announced the creation of two completely VR programs. You will be able to watch them on special goggles such as HTC Vive or Samsung Gear VR.

VR technology is currently limited primarily to amateur recordings recorded with special cameras. It will soon be used by professionals, including video platforms. One of them is Hulu, which has just announced two completely new programs created in this format.

The first is “The Big Picture: News in Virtual Reality,” an information program that is scheduled for 10 episodes so far. Its broadcast will be held every two weeks, with each episode consisting of three segments in which various topics will be addressed. The other is scheduled for five episodes of “Virtually Mike and Nora,” a comedy show with actress Nor Kirkpatrick and Mike Brien.

30 Apr

Burglary and theft of customer data

During yesterday’s attack on Netia’s servers, hackers managed to steal customer databases. Among the information that has fallen victim to the criminals include names, addresses, bank account numbers, telephone numbers and email addresses – informs the service

The attack information appeared, or was deliberately spread from three anonymous accounts on Twitter, which repeatedly attacked Ukrainian nationalists on a major television and internet provider in a repeated message.

Soon the site stopped working, and after a few hours the company reported a maintenance break.

The service has been able to reach files made available by hackers of the size of a dozen gigabytes in size, including “the history of orders made by people who want to become customers of the company through its Web site, as well as the history of some clients’ financial transactions.”

Even Thursday evening, in an official statement Netia admitted that on July 7 at noon there was a hacker attack on the site, but said all services were normal and that “none of our customer data systems were attacked by our best knowledge.”

A few hours later Netia updated her statement:

July 7, 2016 around midday website was attacked by hackers. NetiaOnline passwords and logins are secure, so there is no need for any client action.

All Netia customer support services work properly. Experts analyze the course of the attack. The activities undertaken have allowed to minimize the effects of the measures on the company. In collaboration with the leading cyber security experts, we immediately reinforced the protection of our network resources.

However, as a result of the attack, hackers entered the websites containing the details of the submitters through Netia’s willingness to contact. These are often fragmentary entries, mainly containing contact telephone numbers.

In addition, intruders have access to data from the contract form electronically via the Netia website. Netia wants to be the most cautious, so any potential leak customer will be notified. This concerns a small portion of the company’s subscribers.

The situation has been stabilized. The data of clients and co-operating companies are secured by Netia experts supported by an additional, highly qualified external advisory team.

21 Apr

MBank warns against a virus that intercepts confidential and phishing SMS passwords

“Pro forma invoice” or “Payment” is the most common title for messages sent by criminals impersonating a notary or sales office accompanied by dangerous attachments.

Attempting to open the alleged invoice may end up infecting your computer. In that case the malicious software will try to take over the client ID and password – the victim after the data will see the prepared website, suggesting waiting for the login, and then a message informing the activation of mbackank free moneyback service, which must be confirmed by SMS.

In fact, at that time criminals have already logged in to the account and added a “trusted recipient” for the transfers. Of course, to confirm this change in your account, you need an SMS code that is sent to the customer’s phone.

As you can see on the screenshot attached by mBank, the victim may be misled by a properly displayed page address and a “green padlock” and prefix, suggesting an encrypted connection.

It is therefore worth remembering that mBank never requires entering SMS passwords when logging into a transaction service to confirm activation of financial services or transactions.

20 Apr

Facebook launches filters for fictitious messages

In the next few weeks, Facebook will launch filters to eliminate false messages. They will start operating in Germany and will be the first European country to use this technology.

Last year’s presidential elections in the United States have shown everyone how big a problem there may be with false news posted on the Web. Large companies operating on the Internet have therefore announced measures to combat this type of business. Among them we also find Facebook.

The largest social networking site a few weeks ago introduced new tools in the US aimed at eliminating false news. Special tools flag the information, which is then sent to independent organizations to verify it for accuracy. If it turns out to be invented, it will be removed. The page that has placed it on its profile may also be awaiting the consequences of blocking its profile.

So far, such a system has only functioned in the United States, but it will soon begin to operate in Europe, more precisely in Germany. The technology is still undergoing testing and in a few weeks it should go into general use.

Why did Facebook decide to launch its own system in Germany? Because lawyers believe that false messages are a big problem and even plan to impose Facebook fines on dissemination of such information.

Suspicious messages will therefore be sent to Correctiv, Berlin’s information organization, which will review their content. If you fail to verify the truth of the facts, then the entry will receive a special tag that will alert the user that the information may not be true. Moreover, such a post will also be placed at the lower position in the news.

7 Apr

The first pirate arrested in Croatia

The Croatian authorities have made the first suspected piracy in the country. The 31-year-old man has been accused of making 1250 videos available online. He did it through his own site called Filmovit.

Many European countries struggle with piracy and severely chase people who make illegal content available online. Croatia has so far been completely ignored by this issue, but the authorities in this country have recognized that it is time to take appropriate action, as piracy harms the economy of the country.

To become the first person arrested in this country for piracy, he has 31-year Matej Kalanj, a resident of the port city of Rijeka and the third largest Croatian metropolis. Accused since 2014, a website called Filmovita, which deals with the distribution of illegal video to its users.

Investigators have determined that through the steepness, the man together made 1250 production, which is not particularly high. However, it should be noted that these were films with Croatian inscriptions. The site is very popular in this country, and according to Alexa, it is the 47th most visited site. Her Facebook profile has 165,000 fans.

The investigation revealed that the man earned $ 89,000 on his deal, causing losses for distributors at $ 592,000. At least the companies themselves say the prosecutor is no longer convinced about the amount of losses and believes that there may be a problem with their proof. The site acts on the international domain, not on the localhound, so precise determination of losses can be very difficult.

The wife of a man was charged with laundering money. She was accused of trying to hide the source of income from the site by transferring money between different bank accounts.

28 Mar

First autonomous taxis in the streets of Singapore

In Singapore, pilot tests of first autonomous taxis began. You can call nuTonomy vehicles using the mobile application and get to the desired location. As part of a limited area test, all courses are free.

Singapore has become the experimental field for autonomous vehicles. NuTonomy conducts tests in the world’s first autonomous taxis, which will carry passengers in the future. There are six such vehicles in the streets. For safety, each driver has a man who supervises the vehicle and, in the event of a threat, has the task of taking control.

As a standalone taxi, Renault Zoes and Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric models were used, each equipped with six Lidars, including one on the roof, which dealt with continuous mapping of the environment. In addition, they have two cameras on the dashboard for pedestrian observation and dangers on the road.

The test area is limited to a radius of only 4 km. And because of the great interest, only those who have received invitations are selected by the select group.

The scope of the tests is currently limited, but nuTonomy representatives will ensure that they will increase over time. By the end of the year, six more taxis will appear on the streets of Singapore, while the official launch of the new service is planned for 2018.

24 Mar

Karma Automotive presents a new hybrid

The Karma Automotive Chinese company has shown its new car. Revero is a hybrid using BMW technology and equipped with a photovoltaic roof. They will produce energy to power the car systems.

A few years ago, before Tesla appeared on the market, Fisker Automotive was trying to become a Fisker Karma sports car. Her technology has not, however, aroused much interest, mainly because it was heavily under-developed and dangerous. Manufactured cars had a tendency to self-ignition.

Fisker Automotive has recently announced bankruptcy, but the Chinese concern Wanxiang has decided to save the car and buy it from the manufacturers. Karma Automotive has been involved in its development and has just unveiled a new version called Revero.

The design of the new model should not surprise anyone, because Revero is simply Fisker Karma. It has, however, been significantly modernized with respect to the prototype. It is equipped with a solar roof that will provide additional energy for the operation of vehicle systems. It will not be too much of course but it can always power some of the electronics.

The system of vehicle control and battery charging comes from BMW, so it is very efficient and modern and above all failure-free, which will surely improve the usability of the car. For the driver’s convenience, a new infotainment system has been installed, which is to be very functional and easy to use.

14 Mar

The official end of “mind control and hurricane triggering”

US Air Force decided to close the HAARP program. High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program), and with it one of the most popular research stations in the country. The Alaska-based facility is especially fond of conspiracy theorists who attribute it to mind control, weather control (including hurricanes and earthquakes), or electromagnetic pulse generation capable of cutting off electricity throughout the city. ”

The program has been in operation since 1993, and now, apart from the US Air Force, its participants include the US Navy, DARPA and the University of Alaska. According to the official version, the institute works on ionosphere research (atmospheric layers extending between 50 and even 1,000 km), specifically looking for more effective communication and surveillance methods.

Construction of the station alone cost $ 300 million. It consists of 180 antennas located in the area of ​​120 thousand. square meters. The program is expected to be officially completed by the end of the holiday, and the station will most likely be taken over by the University of Alaska, provided it declares its willingness to pay for its maintenance (about $ 5 million a year).

For the duration of the program the purpose of antennas was, for example, the emission of electromagnetic waves, which enabled the researchers to study the propagation of energy in the ionosphere. Their biggest success is the creation of the artificial aurora in 2005.

There is no reason to doubt the official communications, because most of the people employed in the center are civilians who are eager to share their findings and research findings. They are published in journals and as scientific papers.

24 Feb

DARPA introduced a prototype of a military motorcycle

During the Tampa Conference Special Operations Forces Industry Conference, DARPA showed the first two prototypes of a special-purpose military motorcycle. The unit is supposed to provide them with the ability to move quickly, but at the same time make it more difficult to detect.

The force of special units is a surprise attack, so they have to move very quietly so that the enemy can not detect them. They often have to travel long distances, so they need a fast means of transportation that would make it easy to reach their destination.

At the beginning of 2014, DARPA awarded a grant to build a military motorcycle that would be silent and let you beat any area in no time. After two years of design work, two prototypes are ready, presented at the Tampa Conference Special Operations Forces Industry Conference. The first of the machines developed by LSA Autonomy is called Nightmare and the other Night Hawk.

Both models go into the second phase of design, and although they appear to be like typical field bikes, painted only with matt paint, their capabilities are much greater. They are designed in such a way that they can burn different types of fuel and also have an electric drive. The latter is used for quiet mode, which can be used for short distances, allowing a completely silent ride.