Pepsi Spokesperson Confirms Pepsi P1 Smartphone

Do you like Pepsi? Ever wanted a Pepsi phone? Your lifelong dream could soon come true. Ok maybe it’s not going to reach the top ten things on your bucket list, but it sounds pretty cool right? A Pepsi spokesperson confirmed the phone is real and continued to state the following:

    “Available in China only, this effort is similar to recent globally licensed Pepsi products which include apparel and accessories.”

The Pepsi P1 is only going to be available in China at launch, but these sort of products have a habit of being available worldwide on websites such as eBay. As for the specification, the device will feature a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, an Octa-Core 1.7GHz processor alongside an ARM Mali-540 MP4 graphics processor. The P1 will also have 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a nicely sized 3,000mAh battery and Android 5.1 as standard; although I will be surprised if they don’t change this to Android 6.0 at some point.

The main camera packs a smooth 13 megapixels whilst the selfie cam is 5-megapixel. Let’s not forget the best part, as it will also feature the iconic red white and blue Pepsi logo on the back. OK maybe the best part is not the logo but the price, the Pepsi phone will be available for around £135 that’s a lot of phone for very little money.

The release date is reported to be as early as the October 20th.

Would you buy the Pepsi P1? If not why not? Let us know in the comments below, we always want to hear the reader’s view on these subjects.

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Green Dispensing Malware to ATM Machines

A downside of technical innovation lies in the unfortunate ability to hack devices with the aim of stealing information and scamming consumers out of their savings. ATM’s are not immune to this threat and a new breed of malware has the ability to allow an attacker the option to drain the ATM’s cash vault before erasing the evidence.

The malware in question is coined “Green Dispenser” and it implements an out of service message on the ATM, but, all is not well as attackers with access to the correct pin codes can then drain the ATM’s cash vault and erase Green Dispenser using a deep delete process, leaving little if any trace of how the ATM was robbed. Let’s take a look at the deployment and operation process of this greedy piece of malware.

Deployment and Operation

The only way this malware can be installed is via physical access to the machine, therefore it is not possible to walk up to an ATM which is situated in a shop or sunk into a bank wall and attempt to install such code, therefore this raises the option of a compromised employee with access to said machines. Green Dispenser has the ability to target “ATM hardware from multiple vendors using the XFS standard. It achieves this by querying for peripheral names from the registry hive before defaulting to hardcoded peripheral names”.

An operational functionality in the coded run date is “2015” with the month being earlier than September. This suggests to analysts that Green Dispenser was employed in a limited operation and designed to deactivate itself to avoid detection. A second layer which the attackers have implemented with the aim of hiding their activities lies in the authentication using a hardcoded pin which is then followed by a second pin which this time is dynamic.

It is believed the attacker in question derives this second PIN from a QR code which is displayed on the screen of the infected ATM, which is then read by an application that can be scanned onto a smart phone. Think of this as similar to logging into your favourite website, you input in a password before using a second two factor authentication method to unlock your account, by implementing this method it makes it more secure so that only the person in question can use the malware, provided they have the correct authentication.

Once the malware is run it attempts to verify if the month is earlier than September and the current year is 2015, if it finds the year to be say 2014, it simply shuts down. If the details are correct, Green Dispenser “creates a second desktop environment on the ATM called “dDispW” and creates a window in the second desktop called “Dispenser”. This is with the aim of overlaying an “Out Of Order” message within the ATM screen; it is worth noting that the message has appeared in Spanish as well as English.

Below is the QR code screenshot, “If the dispense cash option is selected, Green Dispenser attempts to query the registry location “HKEY_USERS\ .DEFAULT\XFS\LOGICAL_SERVICES\class=CDM” to find the peripheral name for the cash dispenser. If not found, it defaults to “CurrencyDispener1” which is the cash dispenser peripheral name on specific ATMs. It then makes a call to WFSExecute with the command set to “WFS_CMD_CDM_DISPENSE” and a timeout of 12000 to dispense cash”.

As you can see, it’s a complex piece of malware which aims to offer the option to take as much money as you would like, which is good, (Disclaimer – please don’t take as much money as you want, it may sound good but it is not) Manufactures and banks would need to work together to counteract these threats with updated modern security upgrades, if not, expect these methods to become a standard in attacks against machines.

Thank you proofpoint for providing us with this information.

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Customer Sent Rare iPhone 6 Prototype by Mistake

Love it or hate it, the iPhone 6 has been a big success for Apple. Sure there have been a few interesting (and somewhat amusing) hickups along the way, such as Bend Gate, but in reality there aren’t that many product launches that go without a hitch. One customer has suffered another mistake from Apple this week, although it looks like he may benefit from it more than Apple intended.

When eBay user “kimberlyk1018” renewed their Apple contract, they were accidentally sent a very rare Apple iPhone 6 prototype handset, which isn’t really worth anything to most people, but given the sheer number of Apple fanatics with deep pockets, this is a nifty collectors item and may even be of interest to those who want to tinker with the underlying hardware and software of the device.

The phone doesn’t feature iOS8, but instead has a developer mode, there are no FCC markings and the lightening port is red. The customer who got sent this rare edition of the iPhone 6 put it straight on eBay rather than return it to apple. The model being sold appears to be the 64GB iPhone 6 and is currently fetching a staggering $61,100 (US), interested?

What would you do if you got sent a prototype phone, contact Apple to give it back to them, or sell it for a quick profit?

Thank you eBay for providing us with this information.

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iPhone 6 Design Rumored To Be Finalized, Will Included Bigger Display?

It seems with every new year there are new rumors about what the next iPhone will be like. There has been plenty of rumors floating around recently and while nothing will be set in stone until Apple makes its announcement about the iPhone 6 there are several reliable sources that in the past have been close to accurate with their information about the upcoming release of the latest iPhone. It looks like, according to these numerous sources that we will be getting two new iPhone models in 2014, these will be an iPhone 6 and a new larger iPhone with a display that will be a mix in size between phone and tablet more commonly known as a phablet. While the debate about what size each of the new iPhones will be it seems a new report has come out claiming that the iPhone 6 design has now been finalized.

Several sources have all claimed to have insider knowledge these being DisplaySearch, Respected Apple analyst Peter Misek and KGI Securities analyst Ming-chi Kuo. Display search are saying that the new iPhone 6 display will have a 4.7 inch screen with a 1,600 x 900 pixel resolution, while Apple analyst Peter Misek say it will have a 4.8 inch display. However Ming-chi Kuo from KGI Securities who has had without a doubt the best track record when it comes to Apple’s plans would only say that the display on Apple’s new iPhone 6 would be between 4.5 and 5 inches.

While all this is speculation one thing that we can be sure of is that what ever the size of the display being used in the iPhone 6 is, it seems Apple have already finalized it. This news comes from Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri. This information came from a note to clients on Wednesday that was picked up by Apple Insider, with Arcuri stating that the iPhone 6’s design has been locked down and will have a 4.8 inch display.

For a complete list of features in the new iPhone 6 we’ll have to wait until it’s launch which should be fall this year, although there is speculation that the iPhone will debut this summer at Apple’s annual WWDC conference.

Thank you BGR and Tweaktown for the information provided

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