Mobile Devices Under Siege by Cyberattackers

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Mobile phishing exposure doubled among financial services and insurance organizations between 2019 and 2020. Cyberattackers are deliberately targeting phones, tablets, and Chromebooks to increase their odds of finding a vulnerable entry point.

A single successful phishing or mobile ransomware attack can give attackers access to proprietary market research, client financials, investment strategies and cash or other liquid assets, according to a new Lookout research team report released May 6.

The Financial Services Threat Report disclosed that almost half of all phishing attempts tried to steal corporate login credentials. Other findings include that some 20 percent of mobile banking customers had a trojanized app on their devices when trying to sign into their personal mobile banking account.

Despite a 50 percent increase in mobile device management (MDM) adoption from 2019 to 2020, average quarterly exposure to phishing rose by 125 percent. Malware and app risk exposure increased by over 400 percent.

Seven months after the release of iOS 14 and Android 11, 21 percent of iOS devices were still on iOS 13 or earlier, and 32 percent of Android devices were still on Android 9 or earlier. That delay of users updating their mobile devices creates a window of opportunity for a threat actor to gain access to an organization’s infrastructure and steal data, according to the report.

“Malicious apps that are delivered through socially engineered phishing campaigns will always be an issue that security teams have to deal with. Attackers know they can target individuals through personal channels such as SMS, third-party messaging platforms, social media, and even dating apps to make a connection and build trust,” Hank Schless, senior manager for security solutions at Lookout, told TechNewsWorld.


Despite turning to mobile device management, a significant jump in mobile threat exposures still occurred, noted Schless.

“This proves that MDM should only be used for managing devices, not securing them. These solutions cannot secure devices against cyberthreats like mobile phishing,” he said.

Financial organizations need to embrace modern security technologies and strategies to stay secure, competitive, and relevant on the devices that employees and customers use the most, urged Lookout researchers.

Lookout found that the 125 percent increase in the average quarterly exposure rate to mobile phishing was significantly higher than any other industry. The first issue is that MDMs cannot secure mobile devices. VPNs also do not check if there are any threats on the device before allowing it to access the corporate resources and infrastructure, according to Schless.

“Attackers got smart very quickly. They built malware and phishing campaigns that could easily evade the basic management policies put forth by MDM solutions. This is why we continued to see an increase in mobile threat exposures despite organizations leveraging MDM more heavily,” he said.

The only way to protect against these attacks is to implement a true integrated endpoint-to-cloud security solution, he suggested. That solution can validate the risk posture of the device and the user to ensure no malware or unauthorized users gain access to the infrastructure.

Limit what you share on social media and enable privacy and security settings on your Facebook, Twitter, or other social accounts, Carson recommended as safety standards.

“Do not accept ‘friend’ requests unless you know the person well,” he added.

Just like you would do with known spam, mark the senders of your suspected phishing emails as junk or spam. Then report them immediately to your IT security department if they appear directly in your work inbox.

Another safety tactic is never to forward a phishing email. Also, make sure you have taken basic steps to protect your devices and scanned your system and emails for malware.

“Unusually high mobile data and internet usage can indicate that a device has been compromised and that data is being extracted and stolen. Always review your monthly internet usage trends, typically available from your internet service provider or your home router, for both downloads and uploads to monitor your monthly Internet activity,” he suggested.

You can usually set limits on usage that will alert you to suspicious levels. When these alarms get triggered, immediately review your usage levels.


To prevent account fraud and takeover, financial organizations and other businesses must consider how to secure the mobile app experience for their customers, researchers warn. When building consumer applications, security must be integrated from the ground up.

By integrating services into the mobile app development process, mobile security capabilities are natively delivered to customers without asking them to install any additional software.

“When targeting financial services, cybercriminals have the opportunity to go after both employees and customers. This means security teams have to cover an incredibly broad threat landscape. For that reason, it is never too surprising to see financial services listed as one of the most targeted industries,” said Lookout’s Schless.

Phishing emails often contain personal information and can look very authentic. Often, they appear to be a legitimate service from a known vendor, offered Joseph Carson, chief security scientist and Advisory CISO at ThycoticCentrify.

“Phishing emails almost always pose as an urgent message from an authority that requires quick action, such as clicking a link or opening an attached file to avoid further trouble, late fees, and so on. These emails normally contain multiple hyperlinks — some are legitimate to disguise the one malicious link among them,” he told TechNewsWorld.

Spear-phishing emails target you personally, by pretending to be from someone you know and trust, such as a friend, colleague, or boss. These emails contain a hyperlink or attachment, such as a PDF, Word document, Excel spreadsheet, or PowerPoint presentation.

The most frequent spear-phishing attacks appear to come from your employer’s executive management team or someone in authority requesting you to perform an important action — either opening an attachment or in some cases an urgent transfer of money to a link in the email, Carson explained.

Six Predictions about the Future of Gaming from a Computer Scientist

1. We’ll see video games used more often as tools for learning and possibly behavior modification.

Paul Toprac: It turns out that humans learn through play. The lower the stress level that you put on students, and the more that you make learning play-like, the more that the students learn and retain. The best way of learning is through failure, and that’s what simulations and games allow you to do, is to fail without hurting yourself or anyone else. It also becomes very memorable. Your emotions are invested in it and you can see the consequences of your actions in real time.

I’m working on two games right now. One is about dune erosion for second graders. They learn about erosion and scientific concepts, and they can take different steps to affect the environment and learn about the effects on life near the dunes. I’m building a similar one with coral reefs.

When it comes to motivation and changing behavior, that’s harder. We can hopefully change behavior through games, but it’s very hard to measure. Most importantly, someone has to really want to change that behavior. There’s some really interesting work being done with adding virtual reality and it shows a lot of promise

2. Virtual reality will play an ever-growing role in skill-building.

Toprac: Virtual reality is going to continue to expand quickly, particularly for training purposes and beyond. The real world has constraints of space and the virtual world does not. For example, you could have a hundred medical students practicing the same procedure at the same time, over and over, whereas before, they could only practice a few at a time.

3. The military, EMS and every-day people will harness augmented reality’s power.

Toprac: I think the bigger wave right behind VR is augmented reality. This is where the tech goes with us out in the real world, like glasses that project information for users. The tech isn’t quite there yet, but in five years, you’ll see people everywhere wearing AR glasses. It provides the opportunity for customized experiences and games and, of course, things that are helpful for people. It’s all run by the same game engines used in video games, and the game developer skill set carries over to that.

Augmented reality glasses are clearly a battlefield tool of the future, too, that military leaders will use. Being able to view changing situations in real time is extremely valuable. I could see the technology being used by first responders as well.

4. We’ll continue to see more diversity in games.

Toprac: Representation matters. And personalization is huge for gamers. Research shows that if you personalize something, it’s going to be more memorable for users. It can be more expensive to create female characters or ethnically diverse characters, but it’s not that hard to do. Overall, I think games have a wider emphasis on representation than movies do and that’s going to continue to increase.

5. More people will recognize gaming gets an unfair bad rap

(e.g., video gaming addiction being added to the World Health Organization’s list of diseases, people linking violence in games to real-life violence, etc.).

Toprac: Those who become obsessed with games to the point that it is detrimental to their everyday lives—that’s a tiny percentage of people. People are concerned about someone playing 30 hours of games a week: “You should be doing other things with your life.” Well, that’s a value judgment. Would you say the same thing about someone who was watching movies or reading books 30 hours a week? Somehow, games have become taboo.

In terms of violence, longitudinal studies show there is not an increase in violent behavior among gamers in real-world situations. There are hundreds of millions of gamers worldwide. If there was causality there, you’d have massive levels of violence. …Violent video games don’t make us violent.

6. For at least a little while longer, the popular game Fortnite is going to stay popular.

Toprac: It’s fun, first of all. Not only does it have the ability to destroy things, you can build things, too. You can affect the environment and that’s a very cool part of the game. It’s cool to be playing with a whole bunch of other people at the same time. It depends on the ability to communicate with other players. There’s also that personalization aspect that people like.

Best gaming monitor – the top monitors in 2021

We’ve tested the top 1080p, ultrawide, 144Hz, and 4K monitors to help you find the best gaming monitor

The best gaming monitor might offer a 144Hz refresh rate and 1ms response time at 1080p for a great price, or it might boast 4K resolution in an ultrawide format. There isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to monitors. Which genre of game you play the most, and what you really value in a screen, makes a massive difference. But a good monitor, just like the best gaming chair, has an incredibly long lifespan compared to many other components and peripherals, making it a great investment for your gaming setup.

There are serious questions you need to ask yourself first to narrow down your selection. Do you favour image quality over lightning-fast pixel response? Do you need Nvidia’s G-Sync or AMD’s FreeSync? Does it even matter now that Nvidia supports FreeSync?

Are you into the pro-gaming, competitive esports world and crave the super-high monitor refresh rates of TN tech rather than a quality panel? Do you want a traditional 16:9 screen or have you been seduced by the ultra widescreen beauty of a 21:9 aspect ratio? Do you need a monitor so wide you can almost see those Fortnite enemies standing behind you? Or does it absolutely, positively have to be the best 4K gaming monitor so you can spot each individual blade of grass in The Witcher 3? And, finally, how convinced are you by the prospect of high dynamic range gaming?

It’s important to make sure you get the best gaming monitor, because it’s likely to outlast even the best graphics card and best gaming CPU. As the t9echnical options have grown it’s now harder to know what the best gaming monitor is for you. And that’s where we come in, with our expert eyes and obsessive hunger for the very best panels

Here are the best monitors for gaming:

MSI OPTIX MAG274QRF-QD

This 27-inch panel from MSI perfectly matches the definition of a gaming monitor with a 1ms response time and 165Hz refresh rate. Great image quality and a wide viewing angle comes courtesy of the 1440p IPS panel with HDR support to really make those colours pop. While VA panels may traditionally give deeper colours, the Quantum Dot techonology helps this IPS screen along.

Nvidia G-Sync and AMD FreeSync which is perfect for pairing with letting you stay locked to that 165Hz refresh rate without screen tearing, but without the latency you’ll experience with conventional Vsync. To hit these frame rates in the latest titles, you’ll want to make sure you have the right graphics card to match. In terms of ports, you get two HDMI and one DisplayPort, as well as extra USB inputs allowing your monitor to act as a USB hub for accessories.

LG 27GL83A-B

This 27-inch, 1440p edge-to-edge IPS screen from LG is the best choice for a responsive, lag-free monitor with a 144Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and LG’s own ‘Dynamic Action Sync’, which reduces input lag when enabled.

Not only has this monitor got a smooth picture – the display has outstanding visuals thanks to an HDR 10 support and a 99% sRGB colour gamut. If you do any kind of photo editing in addition to gaming then this is the perfect choice for you. Great ergonomics come from a fully adjustable stand for height and tilt.

ASUS ROG STRIX XG32VQR

This here Asus Strix screen replaces one of the finest FreeSync gaming monitors we’ve ever tested, the Asus ROG Strix XG32VQ, so you can be damned sure it’s a fine pick by today’s standards. With a superior VA panel to its predecessor, it offers a bright and colourful 1440p, 144Hz picture enhanced by HDR.

With Nvidia giving in to the pressures of adaptive sync, AMD Freesync panels like this one are of even greater value to gamers nowadays – even if HDR is still a big mess on Windows. And not to worry, it’s still got all those lovely RGB LEDs on the rear of the monitor and shining brightly from underneath the stand.

BENQ EW3280U

Nvidia’s 30 series and AMD’s Radeon 6000 line-up might be rolling out the red carpet for affordable 4K gaming, but it’s still a premium experience in the display space. Being four times the resolution of 1080p gaming, you’re going to need a larger screen size to take full advantage of the pixels, which is where this 32-inch IPS panel from BenQ comes in.

The usual suspects make an appearance on the EW3280U, such as HDR for high contrast imagery, support for AMD FreeSync for latency-free gaming, and space for you to manage cables for a clutter-free desk. It’s a slightly niche feature, granted, but BenQ amps up the cinematics by throwing in a remote control and built-in stereo speakers with a subwoofer, so you can take off the best gaming headset at the end of a long day and still enjoy the likes of Red Dead Redemption 2 and Assassin’s Creed Valhalla.

DELL S3220DGF

There’s nothing quite like HDR to brighten up your image and make the colours pop. If bright, vibrant living is your cup of the proverbial, then the 32-inch Dell S3220DGF might be the gaming monitor for you, with HDR combatting picture dullness and a VA panel for greater contrast. Immersion is the name of the game here, with crystal clear 1440p resolution and a nice 1800R curve to truly suck you into any game you play. If you’re running an AMD graphics card, you don’t need to worry about images falling apart, either, as FreeSync support prevents your screen from tearing.

It’s not just AMD users that can benefit from anti-screen tearing efforts, however, as G-Sync Compatibility even works without official Nvidia support. And despite all these features, none of them come at the expense of a low response time or the high 165Hz refresh rate, so you can still be at your competitive best.

Pokemon Snap Celebration starts ahead of Snap Nintendo Switch release time

Nintendo is celebrating the launch of Pokemon Snap by hosting a big event on another massive Pocket Monster platform.

This week’s Pokemon Go Snap Celebration has begun on Android and iOS, ahead of the big Nintendo Switch release.

For anyone who has not been following all things Pokemon this week, the new Pokemon Go event starts at 10am local time on April 29 and is scheduled to end on May 2, at 8pm local time.

During this short window, gamers will be able to catch Pokemon inspired by different habitats in the Lental region more often in the wild and in raids.

A rundown of all the event features includes the following:

Pokemon inspired by the deserts, jungles, and underwater landscapes of the Lental region—such as Lotad, Cacnea, and Ducklett—will be appearing more often in the wild.

Smeargle will be appearing in snapshots more often than usual, and if you’re lucky, you might even encounter one.

For full story visit

https://www.express.co.uk/entertainment/gaming/1429966/Pokemon-Snap-Celebration-Nintendo-Switch-release-time

Where to Buy Intel 11th Gen Rocket Lake CPUs

Intel’s new Rocket Lake processors are Team Blue’s big answer to AMD’s Ryzen 5000 chips and, as you can read in our Intel Core i9-11900K and i5-11600K review, we’re fans of the improvements Intel has been able to make while keeping the chips at pretty competitive prices.

Alongside improved performance (at least in applications that aren’t heavily threaded), Rocket Lake also includes PCIe 4.0 interface adoption, AVX-512 support and a claimed 50% increase in Xe-powered integrated graphics performance.

And the first chips in the line are available to buy right now, with stock available from most retailers (a very different story to the desert of AMD availability).

If you’re convinced, we’ve set up this page to collect all the different places where you can buy a Rocket Lake processor.

Intel Core i5-11600K: Where to Buy

US Intel Core i5-11600K retailers at a glance: Amazon | B&H | Best Buy | Micro Center | Newegg

UK Intel Core i5-11600K retailers at a glance: eBuyer | Overclockers

Pre-order pricing was all over the place, but now that this chip is out in the wild, retailers have fallen in line. Cost is consistent at $269 across the board.

Looking for something a little on the cheaper side? B&H have just started taking pre-orders on the i5-11400F CPU too, at just $167.95.

Intel Core i7-11700K: Where to Buy

US Intel Core i7-11700K retailers at a glance: Amazon | B&H | Best Buy | Micro Center | Newegg

UK Intel Core i7-11700K retailers at a glance: Overclockers | eBuyer

Launch day has brought consistency across retailers, with pricing now between $418 and $420. Micro Center, after being the most expensive, has surprisingly undercut them all at $399.

Also, if you don’t necessarily need an unlocked processor, you can get the standard 11700 from Newegg or Best Buy

Intel Core i9-11900K: Where to Buy

US Intel Core i9-11900K retailers at a glance: Amazon | B&H | Best Buy | Newegg

UK Intel Core i9-11900K retailers at a glance: Overclockers | eBuyer

It’s getting hard to find i9 stock anywhere, and that is reflected by how far prices are being increased!

Right now, Newegg is showing the i9 in stock, but at a far more expensive price of $795.

Where meetings go to die: Microsoft outage lets customers skip that collaboration call they’ve been dreading

When the sun is out, thoughts can turn to taking an impromptu day’s vacation. Microsoft Teams appears to be no exception to this rule as users noted problems with the collaboration platform this morning.

Connecitivity woes seemed to start at around 10:00 UTC as users across the UK and mainland Europe reported errors with the desktop and web applications on PC and Mac. Not all customers were affected (and some reported success on mobile platforms) however a bunch were were greeted with a variety of errors instead of the chat of meetings they expected.

Sometimes a 401 or “operational failed” error can be a blessed relief compared to the fifth video conference before lunch. If you’re affected, we’d suggest a nice cup of tea, a biscuit and some daytime television while Teams totters.

The Microsoft 365 initially weighed in by confirming it was “investigating an issue with Microsoft Team impacting Europe and Asia,” urging users to follow the TM252802 in the admin enter.

Dell Delivers Over $1000 off Alienware Laptops and XPS Gaming PCs in Huge Sale

The big discounts on Dell gaming hardware continues.

If you’ve been keeping track, Dell has been swinging for the fences with some huge gaming rig deals for customers of all levels and budgets.

And this week, they’ve pulled out the big guns. The refreshed list includes over $230 off a G5 gaming desktop, and over $1000 off saving off the latest Alienware Area-51m R2 gaming laptop with RTX 2070 graphics.

Forgotten technology origins part 1 (The processor)

The technology sector as we know it has grown from various factors. All we can see today came from lots of geniuses in this world. From computer hardware to computer software the world has been developing rapidly. Technology as a whole has brought all sorts of different job opportunities in many countries, and as we all strive to grow in this technology-based world some of us end up creating wonderful works of art.

The Processor

A processor, also known as CPU is the logic circuitry that responds to and processes basic instructions that drive a computer. It is a small chip that resides in computers and many other electronic devices. It’s job is to provide output for the input received.

Photo by Jeremy Waterhouse

There are five types of processors which are:

  • Microcontroller
  • Microprocessor
  • Embedded Processor
  • DSP
  • Media Processor

Microprocessor

A microprocessor is a miniature electronic device that contains the arithmetic, logic and control circuitry necessary to perform the functions of a digital computer’s central processing unit.

Origin

In the early 1971s, the first microprocessor was invented. This processor was the Intel 4004. That’s when the intel 4004 became the first general-purpose programmable processor on the market. It was a building block that engineers could purchase and then customise with software to perform different functions in a wide variety of electronic devices.

This processor was invented by Fredrico Faggin who was an Italian physicist and it was released by Intel in 1971

Microcontroller

This is a small computer on a single metal-oxide-semiconductor i.e MOS. It is an integrated circuit device used for controlling other portions of an electronic system, usually via a microprocessor.

Origin

It was also developed in 1971 by Intel Corporation in the US. The microprocessor was invented by Garry Boone and Michael Cochran. The world’s first microcontroller was the TMS1000 which was done in April 1971 and he intel 4004 was latter designed in November 1971 and was released for commercial use on 3 November.

Embedded Processor

An embedded processor is a type of microprocessor designed into a particular system to control electrical and mechanical functions. Embedded processors are usually simple in design compared to other types of processors. They are limited in computational power I/O and have minimal power requirements.

Photo of embedded system

Origin

IN the year 1965, Autonetics, developed the D-17B, the computer used in the Minuteman missile guidance system for a vehicle was released. In 1968, the first embedded system for a vehicle was released. The first modern, real-time embedded computing system was the Apollo Guidance Computer, developed by Dr. Charles Stark Draper at the Massachusetts Institute of technology for the Apollo program.

DSP

DSP stands for digital signal processor, which sounds pretty self-explanatory. The technology is found inside headphones, smartphones, smart speakers, studio audio gear, vehicle entertainment systems and much more. It’s actually a cornerstone of modern audio products.

Origin

In 1980, TI’s Ed Cordell of Texas Instruments designed the initial architecture of what was to become the firm’s first DSP chip. Cordell was earlier involved in designing TI’s popular TMS1000 8-bit microcontroller

Media Processor

A Media Communications Processor (MCP) is a type of processor designed specifically for the creation and distribution of digital media . Such a controller or chip is used to build a multimedia subsystem that processes any combination of audio , video , graphics , fax and modem operations.

Origin

The first TriMedia was created in 1987 under the name LIFE-1 VLIW processor by Gerrit Slavenburg and Junien Labrousse.

More to come part 2 (programming)>>>>>>>>

2021 Top Android Games

We all know that free Android games aren’t always free these days, but many of them are very close if you have a little patience. Most free to play bottlenecks occur when players get impatient and waiting the game out can usually get around those pitfalls. What we have here are the best free Android games that you should be able to play comfortably without engaging in too many in-app purchases and we hope you enjoy them. This is a hall of fame style list so the options here will only change if something better comes along. If you want free Android games for boys of course, we have the list just below. 👍👍👍

  • Lords Mobile
  • Top speed: Drag & fast racing
  • Cover Fire
  • Candy Crush Saga
  • Bricks breaker
  • Asphalt 8
  • War planet
  • Code of war
  • Nitro nation
  • Real racing
  • Art of war
  • Need for speed no limits
  • Top drives – car cards racing

Android games for girls

  • Nail Saloon
  • Guitar girl
  • Time princess
  • My Talking Ginger
  • Vlinder girl
  • Lip art
  • Family hotel
  • Episode
  • Unicorn chef
  • Love story
  • Hannah’s fashion world
  • My Talking Angela