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Information RogueKiller V13.4.4
Posted by: harlan4096 - 1 hour ago - Forum: Adlice - No Replies

Quote:V13.4.4 09/16/2019
- Updated to core 3.2.6
* Minor fixes
- Fix for notifications (bug: under taskbar)
- Fixed possible crash at startup
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Exclamation Avast Blog_Security News: U.S. sanctions North Korean hackers behind WannaCry
Posted by: harlan4096 - 6 hours ago - Forum: Avast Blog News and Info - No Replies

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Can threats to freeze assets be effective against groups backed by a foreign government?

This week the U.S. Department of the Treasury announced sanctions targeting North Korean state-sponsored hacking groups, including Lazarus, which paralyzed 300,000 computers in 150 countries with the 2017 WannaCry ransomware attack.

Treasury officials said the hackers in Lazarus and two affiliated groups support the North Korean military. “Treasury is taking action against North Korean hacking groups that have been perpetrating cyber attacks to support illicit weapon and missile programs,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.

Lazarus was “created by the North Korean Government as early as 2007” and its WannaCry attack was “the biggest known ransomware outbreak in history” in part because it closed hospitals in the United Kingdom, Treasury said in filing the sanctions.

Tech news outlet ZDNet called the sanctions “a long time in coming,” citing reports on North Korean hacking from The United Nations and the Department of Homeland Security.

But how effective will they be? Connecting attacks to specific perpetrators can be more difficult than announcing sanctions to loosely identified groups, experts say.

Guilt can be tough to prove

“North Korea is suspected to be behind a number of high profile cyber attacks,” said Avast Security Evangelist Luis Corrons. “Attribution is extremely difficult in cybercrime, and even if you can probe it to a certain point of confidence, false flags” and other deceptive tactics can obfuscate forensics.

The move authorizes the U.S. to freeze assets connected to the hackers, and “may prompt U.S. companies to examine their businesses for any potential ties to the North Korean hackers,” noted PC Mag. “However, all three groups named today use shadowy tactics to stay hidden.”

“Whatever sanctions are imposed, that does not guarantee in any way that these groups will stop their actions,” Avast’s Corrons noted.

Others agree that catching hackers backed by government can be very difficult. “In the two years since WannaCry, the tactics and tools used by elite hacking collectives have advanced considerably, especially when it comes to expanding their use of botnets,” Byron Acohido wrote on the Avast Blog this summer. “Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran continue to proactively support and direct professional hackers engaged in cyber espionage, data theft and network infiltrations.”
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Exclamation Avast Blog_Security News: DDoS attack forces Wikipedia offline
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Plus, a BEC bust leads to 281 arrests, a new phishing scam cleverly uses captcha, and will the next trend of IoT hacking involve your local gas pump?

Last Friday, the Wikimedia Foundation issued a statement that a malicious attack had forced its popular information site Wikipedia to go offline for intermittent periods in several countries. The foundation confirmed to Forbes that it had been hit by a massive DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack – an onslaught of access requests meant to overwhelm a system so it malfunctions or shuts down. DDoS attacks, typically carried out by botnets, can involve hundreds of thousands, sometimes millions, of hijacked servers commanded to issue concurrent and nonstop access requests. Forbes reported that Wikipedia went offline in the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, and parts of the Middle East.

In an effort to help the Wikimedia Foundation recover, Craig Newmark Philanthropies – the nonprofit run by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark – has pledged a gift of $2.5 million. The foundation says the money will help grow capabilities in application security, risk management, incident response, and more. “DDoS attacks are easy to perform in a cheap way,” commented Avast Security Evangelist Luis Corrons. “Anyone with a grudge against Wikipedia could have launched it with no effort. Sadly, defending against them is not as cheap, so it is really good news that Craig Newmark has stepped up, so we can all keep benefiting from Wikipedia.”

This week’s stat

Avast researchers have found that Android flashlight applications request an average of 25 permissions to access data or features on mobile devices, potentially exposing users in unnecessary ways.

International BEC bust leads to 281 arrests

In a coordinated effort between U.S. government agencies and law enforcement, a four-month operation tracking perpetrators of business email compromise (BEC) scams led to the arrest of 281 individuals around the world. Operation reWired, as the effort was called, launched in May 2019 as a special project between the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, Postal Inspection Service, and Department of State, reported DarkReading. BEC scams often target employees who have access to company finances, starting with a phishing email pretending to be from an associated company or fellow employee requesting a wire transfer or other rerouting of funds for seemingly legitimate reasons, such as payment for a late invoice or the setup of a new bank account for direct deposit paychecks. Throughout the operation, investigators found that the BEC scammers also may have stolen more than 250,000 identities and filed more than 10,000 fraudulent tax returns, which would have generated over $91 million. The international bust involved 167 suspects in Nigeria, 74 in the U.S., 18 in Turkey, 15 in Ghana, and suspects in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the U.K. The FBI reported that since 2013, BEC scams have cost business owners over $10 billion in losses. Avast Evangelist Corrons lauds the operation but reminds users to stay vigilant. “BEC attacks are dangerous and put companies all around the world at serious risk. It is fantastic that U.S. law enforcement agencies have been able to coordinate this global bust. Still, BEC is a profitable ‘business’ and precautions need to be taken as new players will eventually appear.”
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Exclamation How Deepfakes Can Ruin Your Business
Posted by: harlan4096 - 6 hours ago - Forum: Heimdal Security Blog Articles - No Replies

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And How You Can Keep Your Organization Safe

Worldwide concern is increasing over the adverse effects that deepfakes could have on society, and for good reason. Recently, the employee of an energy company based in the UK was tricked into thinking he was talking on the phone with his boss, the CEO of the German parent company, who asked him to transfer $243,000 to a Hungarian supplier. Of course, the employee was not speaking with the actual CEO, but with a scammer who was impersonating the real CEO through voice-altering AI.

This kind of social engineering attack is not new. In fact, merely two months ago, cybersecurity researchers identified three successful deepfake audio attacks on companies. Their “CEO” called a financial officer to ask for an urgent money transfer. The voices of the real CEO had been taken from earnings calls, YouTube videos, TED talks, and other recordings, and inserted into an AI program which enabled fraudsters to imitate the voices.

These types of incidents are the audio version of what are known as deepfake videos, which have been causing global panic for the past couple of years. As we become accustomed to the existence of deepfakes, this may affect our trust in any videos we see or audio footage we hear, including the real ones. Videos, which once used to be the ultimate form of truth that transcended edited pictures that can be easily altered, can now deceive us as well.

And this brings us to the question:

How safe is your business in the face of the deepfake threat?

What are Deepfakes?

Deepfakes are fake video and audio footage of individuals, that are meant to make them look like they have said and done things which, in fact, they haven’t. “Deep” relates to the “deep learning” technology used to produce the media and “fake” to its artificial nature. Most of the time, the faces of people are superimposed on the bodies of others, or their actual figure is altered in such a way that it appears to be saying and doing something that they never did.

The term was born in 2017 when a Reddit user posted a fake adult video showing the faces of some Hollywood celebrities. Later, the user also published the machine learning code used to create the video.

Can we detect and stop Deepfakes?

Right now, researchers and companies are investigating how they can utilize AI to distinguish and wipe out deepfakes. New advancements have started to rise that are meant to help us identify which pictures and recordings are real and which are fake.

For example, Facebook, Microsoft, the Partnership on AI coalition, and academics from several universities are launching a contest to help improve the detection of deepfakes. They aim to encourage people to produce a technology that can be used by anyone to detect when deepfake material has been created. The Deepfake Detection Challenge will feature a data set and leaderboard, alongside grants and awards, to motivate participants to design new methods of identifying and stopping fake footage meant to deceive others.

Yet, this won’t prevent the fake media from being created, shared, seen and heard by millions of people before it is removed. And without doubt, it can be extremely difficult to face the consequences and repair the damage once malicious materials get distributed.
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Information 64-Core AMD EPYC Rome Achieves World's First Real-Time 8K HEVC Encoding
Posted by: harlan4096 - 6 hours ago - Forum: Hardware News - No Replies

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On Friday, Beamr Imaging claims to have achieved the world's first real-time 8K HEVC encoding by using a single EPYC 7742, AMD's flagship server CPU based on its new Rome architecture.

A single 64-core EPYC 7742, which features the 7nm process and the Zen 2 microarchitecture (the same type of cores found in Ryzen 3000), encoded 8K footage in real time at 79 frames per second with 10-bit color required for HDR.

It's a significant achievement for both hardware and software; the Epyc 7742 is the world's first 64-core x86 CPU to come in a standard general-purpose socket, and the Beamr encoding software is designed to use all 64 of those cores. Parallelization is a significant concern for CPUs with increasingly larger core counts, from consumer to server applications, so it's nice to see the 7742 used to the fullest.

The demand for encoding 8K footage in real time at a good quality level has increased as 8K displays have begun filtering out to market. They're not very common today, but they will likely become more common over time just as 4K monitors, and especially TVs, have. Soon we may see live television in 8K, which is the angle AMD and Beamr are taking with the 7742's encoding and streaming capabilities, specifically in regards to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

AMD says EPYC could be used for more than just television, though. The chips are also suitable for "premium video on demand" (presumably for services like Netflix and Hulu) as well as "cloud gaming content streaming," which has emerged as a way to play games with services like GeForce Now and Google Stadia. That said, AMD also states that the previous-gen Naples-based EPYC processors are enough for these applications, too, but at sub-8K resolutions.

There are still other challenges that need to be solved before 8K becomes mainstream, like sufficient internet bandwidth and a wider selection of 8K displays. But AMD's EPYC Rome seems to solve the issue of delivering an acceptable amount of horsepower within a much denser footprint, which should provide a decent incentive for ISPs and display manufacturers to offer faster internet connections (hopefully) and more 8K display options, respectively.
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Information AMD's New Driver Boosts Graphics on Lower-End GPUs
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AMD released the Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.9.2 driver on Thursday. The driver's primary attraction is the addition of Radeon Image Sharpening for Radeon RX 590, Radeon RX 580, Radeon RX 570, Radeon RX 480 and Radeon RX 470 desktop graphics cards. This new driver is said to improve performance in Borderlands 3 by up to 16%, too, just in time for the action-packed shooter's release today.

So what is Radeon Image Sharpening? AMD described the feature on its website as "an intelligent contrast-adaptive sharpening algorithm that produces visuals that look crisp and detailed, with virtually no performance impact," which means it should improve graphics on lower-end graphics cards. That explains why the company's introducing the feature on a graphics architecture that debuted over two years ago.

AMD said the Adrenalin 2019 19.9.2 driver also fixed issues with V-Sync locking the framerate to 30 frames per second (fps) on displays with a 75 Hz refresh rate, (where it should be 75 fps), using an RX 5700 graphics card, audio recorded via Radeon ReLive and more.
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Information Corsair Reveals Vengeance LPX DDR4-4866 Memory Kit
Posted by: harlan4096 - 7 hours ago - Forum: Hardware News - No Replies

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Corsair on Thursday released its fastest memory kit to date, the Vengeance LPX DDR4-4866, aimed at the most performance-hungry enthusiasts. The modules are specifically tested for compatibility AMD’s Ryzen 3000/X570 platforms, though they can work with Intel-based PCs too.

Corsair’s Vengeance LPX DDR4-4866 memory kit consists of two 8 GB memory modules (CMK16GX4M2Z4866C18) featuring a CL18 26-26-46 latency and a 1.5V voltage. The unbuffered DIMMs rely on Micron’s cherry-picked DRAM devices as well as Corsair’s custom 10-layer PCB. The modules are traditionally equipped with aluminum heat spreaders, and are compatible Corsair’s Vengeance Airflow fan to improve cooling.

The manufacturer claims that it has tested its Vengeance LPX DDR4-4866 modules with AMD’s Ryzen 3000-series processors paired with ASUS's ROG Crosshair VIII Formula, the MSI MEG X570 Godlike, and the MSI Prestige X570 Creating motherboards. Meanwhile, since the UDIMMs feature an XMP 2.0 SPD, they will be able to work with Intel Z390-based platforms at DDR4-4800 as well.

For those who need high-end performance and RGB LEDs as well, Corsair will also offer Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-4700 16 GB kit. The RGB Pro kit cannot be equipped with a fan, but it will still feature the same DRAM chips, a custom PCB, an XMP 2.0 profile, and aluminum heat spreaders.

Being a true flagship offering, Corsair’s 16 GB Vengeance LPX DDR4-4866 memory kit is expensive to say the least: in the US the kit costs $984, whereas in Europe it is priced at €1,064,99.

There is one thing to note about Corsair’s Vengeance LPX DDR4-4866 and Vengeance RGB Pro DDR4-4700 memory kits. AMD as well as third-party observers sayd that the Ryzen 3000 processors show the highest memory subsystem performance when frequencies of Infinity Fabric (fClk), memory controller (uClk), and DRAM (mClk) are equal (i.e., the fClk to mClk ratio is set at 1:1). Which can be an issue, as few Ryzen CPUs can support such high fClk clocks; so using exceptionally fast DDR4 memory modules (e.g., DDR4-4000+) may be unfavorable in many cases. That said, it remains to be seen what kind of advantages will Corsair’s DDR4-4700 and DDR4-4866 kits bring.
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Lightbulb The Xiaomi Mi9 Review: Flagship Performance At a Mid-Range Price
Posted by: harlan4096 - 7 hours ago - Forum: Android News - No Replies

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We’re edging towards to latter half of 2019 and the next and last upcoming wave of device releases, however among the many device releases of the year one device we missed to review was the new Xiaomi Mi9. The phone was amongst the earliest releases of the year, being actually representing one of the first Snapdragon 855 devices announced back in February.

Xiaomi’s always been an interesting vendor that stood out alongside Huawei as one of the bigger Chinese vendors that have a larger presence in the west. Particularly last year and especially this year Xiaomi has made a lot of progress in terms of their push in European markets by officially releasing and offering their flagship devices in different market. The Mi9, as opposed to past iterations, thus no longer represents being a special case or import device, but rather a simple official Amazon purchase.

Today the Mi9 can be had for even less than its original 445€ launch price, being available for less than 400€, whilst still offering flagship performance, a triple camera setup, a great screen, all in a compact and attractive package. We’ll go over the device and exactly investigate how Xiaomi is able to offer such hardware at a low price, if there’s compromises and where they lie.

First off, hardware wise, the Mi9 is very much a flagship device in terms of its components. It’s powered by the Snapdragon 855 like many other flagships this year, representing an excellent base platform for the phone to build on.

Xiaomi bundles the SoC with 6GB of DRAM in the global models, and comes with either 64GB or 128GB of UFS 2.1 storage. Unlike many other vendors to price the higher storage tier with significant mark-up, the 128GB variant can currently be had for only 25€ more – with some listing only even being 3€ more than the 64GB variant, a great contrast to what we see from other high-end vendors out there today.
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Lightbulb How to download and install an earlier version of Windows 10
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Microsoft maintains support for several versions of its Windows 10 operating system for Home users and even more versions for Enterprise customers.

While it is often a good idea to upgrade or install the latest version that Microsoft released, e.g. Windows 10 version 1903 at the time of writing, there may be times where you may want to install an earlier version.

One situation where this may be desirable is if major issues in the latest version make you want to sit it out or upgrade to it at a later point in time.

The downside to installing an earlier version of Windows 10 is that it is not supported for as long as the current version of the operating system. Home editions of Windows 10 are supported for 18 months in total whereas Enterprise September releases for 30 months.

The guide provides guidance on downloading and installing earlier versions of Windows 10 or using the download to upgrade to an older version of Windows 10.

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Lightbulb How to speed up the Brave browser
Posted by: harlan4096 - 7 hours ago - Forum: Browsers News & Tips - No Replies

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The following guide lists tweaks and suggestions on how to speed up the Brave web browser to reduce lag and improve the browser's performance. We have published guide on speeding up the Opera and Vivaldi browsers previously, and this guide is the third part of the series.

Brave, like most desktop web browsers, is based on Chromium. Other Chromium browsers are Google Chrome, Vivaldi, Opera, and the new Microsoft Edge browser that Microsoft started to work on in 2019.

As a Chromium-based browser, Brave is quite fast already; the browser's blocking of advertisement improves performance significantly as well when it comes to the loading of webpages.

Brave's default settings leave room for improvements. Like all browsers, it ships with a default set of features designed to provide a good mix of features and speed.

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