TMZ Falls Victim to Malvertising Campaign

Malicious online activity in the form of hacks, malware and viruses have seen an exponential increase over the past 5 years, the rise in the number of consumers online coupled with a lax understanding concerning the dangers of the many cyber threats has led to more and more victims. Malvertising is one such example of how online advertisements could be hijacked and used to spread Malware through Malicious ads.

This technique has now found a new victim after online gossip site TMZ was found to be harbouring malicious online advertisements. For those who are unfamiliar with the site, TMZ is a hugely popular website that features expose, gossip and general breaking news concerning the world of celeb, the site pulls in over 30 million visitors a month and is a major attraction for online revenue, below is a summary of the attack.

It has been observed that the attack has the same ad chain pattern; this is from “ContextWeb (PulsePoint) to Smarty Ads and eventually various rogue advertisers”. The latter is leveraging CloudFlare’s infrastructure with the aim of hiding the servers location as well as encrypting the advertisement delivery to consumers via the website.

 

 

The malicious ad is pretty cheap to deliver when you consider it costs “$0.19 (£0.12) for one thousand user impressions (CPM)” 

These attacks are designed to be as cheap as possible with the aim of targeting high impact traffic targets, on a side note, many websites try to discourage users from using popular ad blockers when accessing their sites, perhaps malicious advertisements leading to exploit kits is not the best deterrent.

Images courtesy of malwarebytes and nickcannon

G.Skill Announces Largest and Fastest DDR4 Memory Kit

G.Skill has once again increased both the performance and capacity of their impressive DDR4 memory lineup by introducing the new 3200MHz DDR4 kits with a still impressive CL14 rating and 64GB capacity thanks to the use of 16GB modules.

The new DDR4 memory kits are built with selected Samsung ICs to provide these fast and large modules. These flagship DDR4 memory kits with 3200MHz CL14 64GB (4x16GB) provide enthusiasts with the perfect combination of higher capacity and faster frequency. With an incredible CL14-14-14-35 low CAS Latency these memory kits represent the fastest DDR4 64GB memory kits by far.

The new high-performance and high-capacity DDR4 kits from G.Skill will be available in both the TridentZ and Ripjaws V families, allowing you to pick the heatsink design that will fit your overall system build the best. You don’t have to wait long for these new modules either as they should be available at global authorized distribution partners before Christmas.

What are your criteria when you select memory modules? Does the colour and heatsink design matter to you or is it purely the specifications that count? Do you buy budget or go all out to get the best of the best available on the market? Let us know in the comments. Also, do you have any preferred memory manufacturer or do you decide on a need-to basis?

HyperX Releases High-Capacity DDR4 Kit Additions

If you are one of them who can’t get enough memory in their system, then you are in luck as HyperX added new high-capacity kits to both their HyperX Savage and HyperX Predator DDR4 memory series. The modules look sweet and bring impressive speeds, capacities, and timings for both X99 and Intel 100 series chipset users.

The Kingston HyperX Savage DDR4 memory is now available as a 2666MHz 128GB kit containing eight modules with a massive 16GB of RAM each. This new kit joins a family of the previously announced Savage DDR4 memory from 2133MHz to 3000MHz in various single modules and kits ranging from 4GB to 64GB capacities. While these new modules don’t get all the way to 3000MHz, they’re still very impressive with their 2666MHz and 15-16-16 timings.

The HyperX Predator DDR4 series is now available in 16GB DIMMs, meaning you can get 32GB kits of two modules and 64GB kits of four modules, all the way up to 3000MHz. The HyperX Predator DDR4 combines high frequency and aggressive CAS latencies to provide users with one of the fastest solutions in the market.

Both of HyperX’s memory series will be a great choice whether you using one of Intel’s new 100 series chipsets or the little older X99 chipsets. How much memory are you planning in your next build and what will it be used for? Let us know in the comments.

You can see a full list of available kits below.

Kingston Released New HyperX FURY DDR4 Kits for Skylake

The next generation of Intel processors and new chipsets are almost here and I’m sure there are quite a few people anxious to upgrade to the 6th generation Intel Core processors. A CPU and a motherboard are only part of what you need, you’ll also need some new memory to go along with that as we’re switching from DDR3 to DDR4, at least for the large part. Kingston’s HyperX division is ready for that and just released two new dual-channel HyperX FURY kits for just this, one with 8GB and one with 16GB capacity.

The new HyperX FURY kits are available in low-latency 2133MHz, 2400MHz, and 2666MHz frequencies and are optimised for the new Intel Skylake platform. HyperX FURY DDR4 is also the first product line to offer automatic overclocking via plug-and-play functionality for the 6th generation Core processors.

HyperX FURY DDR4 memory is a cost-efficient way for a high-performance upgrade for Intel’s 2- and 4-core processors and helps to provide faster video editing, 3D rendering, gaming and AI processing. The new modules are more efficient than the older generation of DDR3 memory and only require 1.2V to achieve these high speeds. The design is a beautiful as it always is from HyperX and the FURY features and asymmetrical design with both a black low-profile heat spreader and a black PCB.

HyperX FURY DDR4 Features and Specifications:

  • Easy to install1: plug-and-play functionality
  • Automatic overclocking: reach faster speeds just by installing the memory, no adjustments in BIOS needed
  • Cost-efficient: the perfect combination of price and DDR4 performance
  • Unique: asymmetrical, signature FURY heat spreader
  • Design: low profile, black heat spreader color and matching PCB
  • Reliable: 100% factory tested at frequency
  • Compatible: tested with all popular brands of motherboards
  • Guaranteed: lifetime warranty, free technical support
  • Capacities: 8GB, 16GB, 32GB & 64GB kits
  • Frequency: 2133MHz, 2400MHz, 2666MHz
  • CAS Latency: CL14-CL15
  • Voltage: 1.2V
  • Operating Temperature: 0°C to 85°C
  • Storage Temperature: -55°C to 100°C
  • Dimensions: 133.35mm x 34.24mm

Transcend Introduce Complete Apple Solutions Series of Storage

Transcend introduces the complete Apple Solutions series, including the JetDrive SSD Upgrade Kit, JetDrive Lite Expansion Cards and StoreJet for Mac. The product series features fast transfer rates and large storage space while complementing the Mac’s style with their simple and elegant design.

The JetDrive SSD Upgrade kit features excellent performance over the SATA3 interface with speeds up to 560MB/s and in a wide range of capacities of up to 960GB. They’re designed to easily upgrade MacBook systems and come with the JetDrive Toolbox monitor software. Since this is a kit and not just a solid state drive, it comes with an external USB 3.0 aluminium enclosure and all the tools necessary to do the upgrade allowing you to transform the old factory installed drive into an external storage device.

JetDrive Lite Expansion Cards are aimed at MacBook Pro with Retina display and MacBook Air users. They are offered in four different models that are tailor-made to fit the profile and not stick out like a memory card. The Expansion cards come in 64GB and 128GB capacities, which would be enough to store about 60K high-resolution photos of 32-hours of 1080p video. The JetDrive Lite cards are made with MLC flash chips and have a transfer rate up to 95MB/s and come with built-in ECC and Wear-Level function to ensure a long life and reliability. The JDL is also manufactured using the COB technique, providing excellent dust and water resistance.

The StoreJet for Mac (SJM) series consists of the SJM100 and SJM300 Portable Hard Drives, and the SJM500 Portable SSD to offer a combination of storage space and fast data transfer speeds. All three drives come formatted in HFS+ and with Time Machine support for simple plug and play and the Transcend Elite software for encryption and management.

The SJM100 portable USB 3.0 hard drive meets rigorous U.S. military drop-test standards, offering maximum shock-absorption and is available with up to 2TB of storage space. The SJM300 Portable Hard Drive & SJM500 Portable Solid State Drive not only come with the USB3 connector but also a Thunderbolt as well, allowing for even more connectivity options and faster speeds. The HDD is available up to 2TB while the SSD is offered from 256GB to 1TB capacity.

Thanks to Transcend for providing us with this information

Images courtesy of Transcend