LinkedIn Now Considered as Front Door For Phishing Attacks

A recent web seminar by Computing revealed that LinkedIn now is being considered a front door access for potential phishing attacks in order to encourage careless users to open malicious emails and their links. Now LinkedIn isn’t in itself the issue here, it is more the way people act that is and in combination with already available information.

We mostly see DDoS and similar attacks make the headlines, but phishing is now considered to be the top threat to businesses and it is constantly increasing in severity. The attacks use novel methods to make potential victims feel comfortable before they send their malicious payload. LinkedIn is now being used in a big fashion as that entry point. This is where hackers make the first contact with potential victims. After an initial trust has been built, it is far more likely for a victim to click a malicious link without double checking what it will do. Another reason that phishing has grown as a method of attack is that it doesn’t take any skill at all to do so. Anyone with bad intentions can do it.

One of the examples given at the seminar was from the law firm BLM that continuously is a target of phishing attempts. For example, they have had both email and phone calls attempting to extort money by someone purporting to be the CFO, and they very often originate from LinkedIn contacts.

Not all phishing attacks are as sophisticated, but they’re still very effective because people have developed a click mentality for their inbox. An example for this was given too. In one day they received 2500 copies on the same email in 10 minutes that seemed to come from the department of motor vehicles, and people just clicked the included link, no questions asked. Even though the email had a specific registration number listed, people still clicked it despite not being one they own. One person even clicked it not owning a car at all. Luckily BLM runs everything in a sandbox and these things are caught, but there are still a lot of companies that don’t take this threat seriously.

In most instances phishing can be combated with common sense, but in a world as busy as ours, common sense is often turned off in exchange for productivity.

Personally, I’ve seen a big rise in SMS fishing lately and I regularly get suspicious messages from numbers and names that appear to be genuine – but on close inspection they never are.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Release Date Announced

The Tomb Raider series is one of those classic gaming franchises which has a huge consumer following, titles ranging from the early days of both The Sega Saturn and also the PS1 all the way through to the latest incarnation of the series “Rise of the Tomb Raider on the Xbox One next-gen console. Talking of the aforementioned “Rise” title, new details have been announced for this version of the game for the PC Platform.

So, what are the details? Rise of the Tomb Raider will be officially released on PC on January 28th 2016 and has been announced by Square Enix and Crystal Dynamics. The game will support 4K resolution and will be able to provide players with a stunning experience.

Rise of The Tomb raider will also be available through both physical and also online retailers which include Steam etc. There will also be various editions of the game and this will include a standard edition that will be priced at $59.99 dollars (£40.91), a Digital Deluxe Edition that will feature the game and its DLC pass for $89.99 dollars (£61.37) and a collector’s edition.

On the subject of the collector’s edition, below is an image to illustrate this, it will feature a Digital Deluxe version and a 12-inch Lara Croft statue, replicas of Lara’s journal and jade necklace and a steel case. It will be priced at $149.99 dollars (£102.28) and It will be also available at Square Enix’s online store, and yes I understand the irony of an image stating January 29th.

Other information includes the notion that it will be fully compatible with Windows 10 and the US edition has also been given an “M” rating, this means that the game might include elements such as intense violence, blood and gore, sexual content and/or strong language. The minimum specs which have been confirmed by Square Enix for the PC version are as follows,

Rise of the Tomb Raider PC Minimum Specifications:

  • OS: Windows 7 64bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent
  • GPU: NVIDIA GTX 650 2 GB or AMD HD7770 2 GB
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • HD Space: 25 GB
  • DirectX: DirectX 11
  • Input: Mouse + Keyboard

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Omate Rise Android Smartwatch Crowdfunder Raises $50,000 in Half-an-Hour

The Omate Rise, billed as the “World’s first standalone water-resistant smartwatch with carbon Fiber bezel powered by Android 5.1” by its creators, has smashed its $30,000 goal on Indiegogo, raising over $50,000 in the first half-hour of its 65-hour crowdfunding campaign alone.

Omate is an ambitious, two-year-old startup, based in both the Mountain View in California and Shenzhen in China, and focuses on creating fashionable wearable tech, often in partnership with other brands.

The Android 5.1 Lollipop Omate Rise runs on a 3G Dual-Core 1.2Ghz ARM Cortex-A7 processor and an ARM Mali-400 MP GPU, with a 360×360, 1.3-inch innolux display.

Croundfunding options range from the Super Early Bird Developer package (SIM Unlocked + Open Source Access + Limited Edition Engraved + Free Heart Rate Monitor and Keychain. Retail Price: $398) to the Super Early Bird Partner Pack (SIM Unlocked Five (5) units SIM Unlocked + Limited Edition Engraved. Retail Price: $1,745) both available for the first 48 hours only.

At the time of writing, the Omate Rise has raised $53,963, courtesy of 246 backers, with 64 hours of its crowdfunding campaign yet to go. Omate aims to ship its first run of smartwatches by March 2016, with a full retail version following soon after.

RISE Oculus Tech Demo Gets 4K Trailer and More!

RISE is one of the hottest topics for Oculus Rift owners or potentially anyone interested in VR experiences in general. Promising to be a fully immersive VR experience, telling the story of a robot uprising, albeit from the perspective of a captured sentient robot agitator, RISE certainly has a unique perspective on its story.

We’ve seen lots of cool things at GDC 2015, but RISE certainly stands out from the crowd thanks to its impressive use of Unreal Engine 4 technology. The technical demo that has been released features real-time VFX assets, dynamic physical camera simulation, which gives us accurate depth of field, with full 16-bit float scene for dynamic and very accurate exposure adjustment! If all that sounds like gibberish, it means we get virtual versions of real world camera adjustments, the likes you would typically find in a movie.

“All of this technical work and the immense level of detail that we’ve added to the scene and characters in particular, create this truly amazing look that will just blow people away. The RISE VR experience is just one of the ways we are experimenting with this exciting technology as we work to build experiences and software solutions that will shape the way we interact and consume media in the future.” said Philip Lunn, CEO of Nurulize.

Nurulize’s RISE tech demo shows off many new technologies from UE4, such as Graphine’s advanced textured streaming middleware ‘Granite SDK’. This helps them achieve 4K resolutions @ 90FPS, despite the high levels of fidelity.

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Rosewill RISE Slim Full-Tower PC Chassis Revealed

Rosewill revealed their RISE chassis this week, a new slim ATX full-tower chassis series that will come in two variants, the RISE and the RISE Glow; although the only major difference is that the Glow comes equipped with illuminated fans. As the name would suggest, the cases are a slim design and this should make them nice and easy for slotting next to your desk, especially fi you need room for a full-ATX system, but you’re running a little short on floor space as each case measures 233 x 440 x 550mm.

The shallow length of the chassis has been achieved by moving the front stack of storage bays to the bottom of the chassis, leaving more room for longer graphics cards and other devices. This does mean that storage is a little limited for a chassis of this class, but for most users the 2 x 5.25″ , 2 x 3.5″ and 1 x 2.5″ drive bays will be more than enough.

The chassis comes equipped with three 120mm front intakes and a 140mm and a 80mm rear exhaust, as well as two 140mm top exhausts. All the usual compliments are here too, with two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports and HD Audio jacks on the front panel.

No word on price or availability just yet, although I would expect this to be a premium grade chassis, so upwards of $100 doesn’t sound unrealistic. I expect more details will follow in the coming weeks.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Microsoft Looking Forward To Bing’s Uprising Next Year

 

Bing has always been something to be criticized when it comes to Microsoft. The internet search engine has been losing money for years, mostly because Microsoft has been building up a massive datacenter infrastructure behind it.

Statistics show that last year, Bing and associated online services cost Microsoft about $1.5 billion. Even for a company the size of Microsoft that is not chump-change. However, those losses were not due to lack of revenue, but a massive, 6 year development and investment cycle.

Microsoft Chief Financial Officer, Dave O’Hara, stated in a analyst meeting that Microsoft’s large-scale build out of infrastructure and algorithm development for Bing is complete. Going forward, improvements will be “incremental” since Microsoft believes it now has full capacity to operate Bing.

With that shift in expenses, that means Bing is in a position to start returning on that investment and make Microsoft from money. Since Bing has been integrated into more services and devices, Microsoft may see this strategy play out well. Bing is not simply a search engine, it is fully integrated with Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 RT and Windows Phone.

O’Hara also said that Cortana, Microsoft’s personal digital assistant technology for Windows Phone, will be making a debut with the update to Windows Phone 8.1 next year. Just when you thought Microsoft might be setting cruise control on things, it looks like they are about to stomp on the accelerator hard.

Thank you Phonearena for providing us with this information
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Micron Predicts A Rise In DRAM Prices

Following the massive fire at the factory of SK Hynix early last month, the price of DRAM not surprisingly shot right up with the cost of a 2Gb DDR3 DRAM chip rising up from $1.60 to $2.27 – that’s a rise if nearly 42% in cost. Thanks to a shift in production levels to SK Hynix’s factory over in South Korea, SK Hynix were able to lower the financial impact that I would have otherwise had on both themselves and the industry as a whole.

With this in mind however, following a call between market analysts and executives at Micron, DRAM memory chip prices are expected to be on the rise once more, but this time by only a fraction (<10%) in the first fiscal quarter when compared to the last quarter which finished in August.

On the contrary however, the price of NAND has been predicted to drop by up to 10%. As a result we should expect to see the price of SSDs and other flash storage drop slightly over the next few months as signs that the market is stabilising once more become more and more clear.

With all this in mind, its safe to say that the market is far more stable than we expected and any worries about a prices of NAND shooting through the roof in a similar fashion to what we saw when Hitachi’s factory was flooded should not be expected.

Source: Fudzilla

Computex: Rosewill Stealth, Rise & Throne Chassis On Display

We don’t see many (if any) Rosewill chassis here in the UK, they’re general import only and that can have a big effect on the price. If you live in the US however then you are likely more than familiar with the brand and one of the more unique chassis they had on offer was the Neutron ITX chassis, with a horizontal motherboard mount, twin fans in the front and the storage under the motherboard, it’s all completely backwards but it reminds me of the Bitfenix Prodigy layout a little, only much much bigger.

Of course some people want more space and if you have a requirement for 10 HDD bays then you really only have one option, The Throne, it’s big, it’s brutal and it looks well and truly dominating.

The Throne also holds a good coat of paint and Rosewill have a heavily modified one on display, which looks simply stunning, I’d deffinately buy one if I could.

I little more understated is the aptly named Stealth, with eight HDD bays, plenty of air filters, robust cable management and room for plenty of extra cooling.

 

If your feeling a little rich you could always invest in their ergonomic Rise chassis, which as you can see has neatly packed a dual socket motherboard, three Titans, a huge PSU and twin radiators in a pretty compact chassis, impressive.

Stay tuned to eTeknix for more Computex coverage in our Computex section.

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