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Kaspersky and Microsoft Resolve Antitrust Disagreements

Kaspersky and Microsoft Resolve Antitrust Disagreements

Earlier this week, reports have stated that Russian cyber security company Kaspersky will be withdrawing the complaints that it has filed against Microsoft from both Russian and EU probing bodies, saying that all of their concerns have already been addressed. Kaspersky Labs have accused Microsoft of using unfair practices against third-party antivirus applications to push their own anti-malware application Windows Defender on consumers, such as suppressing license expiration notifications, turning off incompatible products, and automatically turning on Windows Defender by default.       Microsoft additionally released a statement announcing some changes in the way Windows 10 will be handling third-party antivirus […]

Bitfury Group and Insilico Medicine to Create Blockchain Apps for Healthcare Industry

US blockchain tech company Bitfury Group and Baltimore-based AI firm Insilico Medicine have been reported to close a partnership deal earlier this week. The collaboration intends to produce new applications that use blockchain for the healthcare industry. Valery Vavilov, Bitfury founder and CEO said that the two companies are looking to develop blockchain and artificial intelligence solutions that can help deal manage massive amounts of healthcare data. He revealed that they will be using Bitfury’s Exonum blockchain platform for storage and security in a system that is compatible with AI, but the project is still in its early stages and […]

Facebook Acquires Computer Vision Startup Fayteq

Facebook Acquires Computer Vision Startup Fayteq

Reports last Friday disclosed Facebook’s acquisition of a German computer vision company to help its efforts in the field of augmented reality technology. Fayteq, a startup that specializes in developing technology that enables virtual objects to be added or removed from videos, was confirmed to have been bought for an unknown amount by the social media giant. Industry observers believe that Facebook may be planning to use the company’s expertise and intellectual properties for its AR platform, which may include the creation of better video filters used for live streaming and Instagram Stories. Fayteq is known to be a maker […]

Chinese Cyber Regulator Investigates Tencent, Baidu, Weibo

Chinese Cyber Regulator Investigates Tencent, Baidu, Weibo

The Cyberspace Administration of China is currently investigating three of the biggest tech companies in the country for allowing user-generated content that the body deems to be “disruptive” to social order. News services of Tencent, Baidu, and Weibo are now being scrutinized for allegedly carrying violent and pornographic content, as the Chinese government increases security over internet content and web platforms.   This move was made in keeping with the campaign of the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology that aims to compel organizations including ISP’s and content delivery networks to get a license and approval to operate from […]

Apps Carrying SonicSpy Malware Invade Android Apps Stores

Apps Carrying SonicSpy Malware Invade Android Apps Stores

Researchers have recently discovered that the Google Play store and a number of other popular Android app download sites have been flooded with around 1000 spyware-ridden apps that carry a malware known as SonicSpy.  The malware comes in the form of a messaging app and is capable of stealthily making and recording calls, sending text messages, taking photos and stealing user data. Researchers say that it can be used to perform a total of 73 different commands remotely. Suspected to have been developed in Iraq, the SonicSpy-infected messaging apps were uploaded to Google Play as Hulk Messenger, Soniac, and Troy […]

China Launches Quantum Satellite That Sends Potentially Hack-Proof Data

China Launches Quantum Satellite That Sends Potentially Hack-Proof Data

News last Thursday reports that China has successfully launched a satellite in space that transmits data to distant recipients on Earth. Chinese researchers from Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) used quantum key distribution (QKD), enabling users to send potentially “unhackable” information. It makes use of light or photons to carry data, also known as quantum cryptography. QKD can send messages from space to Earth up to 20 magnitude orders better than optic fiber of the same size, transmitting at 1,200km. The technology uses one-time encryption, and is the safest way to encrypt data. The information in photons can’t be […]

Scientists Claim it is Possible to Hack Computers Using Malicious DNA

Scientists Claim it is Possible to Hack Computers Using Malicious DNA

Last Thursday, researchers were reported to have developed a way to inject malicious DNA to exploit computers through gene sequencing pipelines. The researchers from Paul Allen School of Computer Science and Engineering in Washington University stated the importance of understanding the current security issues in DNA sequencing and storage to address it properly. The discovery has implications in the field of law enforcement and forensic investigations. Any agency involved in computer-based DNA sequencing and processing can be infiltrated. Attackers could target computers and tamper evidence remotely, changing the DNA sequence of hair, blood, and saliva samples in a database. While […]

Microsoft Develops System That Accelerates Blockchain Speeds

Microsoft Develops System That Accelerates Blockchain Speeds

News last Thursday revealed a new system called “Coco Framework” by Microsoft that speeds up blockchain networks. Coco Framework stands for “Confidential Consortium,” and is slated to become an open source tool by 2018. Aside from accelerating blockchain speeds 100 times faster, it also addresses privacy issues. The system was created following the anticipation of industry growth around blockchain technology. In recent years, large enterprises and banks have invested in blockchain technology to revolutionize data-processing services. It is also the used as the main platform for cryptocurrency which shares a public ledger of data that can be accessed by all […]

19-Year-Olds Arrested in Israel for Running Largest DDoS-For-Hire-Service

19-Year-Olds Arrested in Israel for Running Largest DDoS-For-Hire-Service

Reports last Thursday state that the owners of vDos, a popular DDoS-for-hire service, has been arrested by Israeli police. vDos is owned by two 19-year-old hackers and is known as the biggest DDoS platform when it came under fire in 2016. Sources say vDos ran from 2012 to 2016, providing packages like monthly subscriptions to a stress test service—botnet systems hackers could rent for $29.99 to $199.99 a month. vDos’ downfall began when their client PoodleCorp ran a vulnerable stresser code which was traced back to vDos API. The data was eventually found by investigative journalist Brian Krebs. Krebs wrote […]

Kaspersky Warns of Mamba Ransomware Return, Encrypts Entire Hard Drive

Kaspersky Warns of Mamba Ransomware Return, Encrypts Entire Hard Drive

Last Thursday, researchers from Kaspersky Lab warned that the infamous Mamba ransomware is back. Known to encrypt all hard drive data, it uses sophisticated algorithms which currently cannot be decrypted. First detected in September 2016, the Mamba ransomware makes use of an open source software called DiskCryptor to seize hard drives. Attackers are known to use Mamba to lock down on corporate entities and big organizations. The Mamba was reported to disrupt the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency in November 2016, forcing engineers to temporarily open gates and allow travelers to ride trains for free. Today, researchers say that the […]