A malware called Emotet is spreading through the US and UK, specifically targeting banks and financial sectors according to a report published by Menlo Security. Cybercriminals have implemented a malware campaign that spreads via phishing emails, with the attachment of a malicious Microsoft Word document attachment. The email is made to look official through mention of financial topics such as invoices or banking details in the subject line, attracting victims to click on the file.
Emotet malware use was on the decline back in December 2019, yet began to pick up momentum again early into the new year as cybercriminals use it for new malicious purposes.
These targeted attacks are meant to disrupt multiple sectors including media/entertainment, transportation, and food/beverage in locations such as the US, UK, Philippines, Spain, and India. Emotet attacks have largely been focused on the financial services sector, with half of these campaign attacks affecting the US and a quarter affecting the UK.
After a user clicks to download the infected Word file and presses on “enable editing”, embedded macros are deployed onto the victim’s computer, which then successfully transfers the Emotet malware. Once transferred over to the user’s device, Emotet not only steals sensitive information, but can also facilitate the spread of more malware to other computers that use a shared network.
Emotet can’t be traced to just one source of administration, since its function as a botnet infects Windows computers globally, which then spreads further through those infected devices.
As Emotet continues to wreak havoc, business employees should take precautionary measures in avoiding any suspicious emails that arrive in their inbox, as documents or any links attached could very well be infected with malware. Users should be cautious of those emails that ask to “enable macros”. Keeping computer operating systems up-to-date is also an important step to take in order to stay safe.
Finding the perfect gift for Dad this Father’s Day doesn’t have to be a challenge. Our 2019 Father’s Day Tech Gift Guide can help you make the right gift choice he’ll surely appreciate! We’ve compiled a list of tech tools from headphones to smart gadgets Dad will love to use at home or on-the-go!
Check out these cool tech products below! Each product has been linked to make ordering Dad’s gift a breeze.
Does Dad need a power up for his phone? Why not get him the ANKER Wireless Charger stand? With this gift, he can recharge his phone while making sure his phone screen is in clear sight so he’s not missing a message from you.
Set aside the Beats and get Dad these Sony Noise Cancelling Headphones to make sure he doesn’t miss one one beat of his favorite music. These headphones are said to have a “virtually soundproof experience”.
If Dad loves to watch is movies, this Vankyo Mini Projector is the right gift for him. This Father’s Day relax with Dad outdoors or indoors by easily connecting your device to this projector to play all his favorite films.
If Dad needs a screen assistant, why not get him the Echo Show 5? This device comes with smart home controls, can help Dad stay updated on the latest weather, news, and game reports, and video call you when he can.
This scale does more than just measure weight – it can give Dad a full insight on his BMI, Muscle Mass, Bone Mass, and more! He can even keep track of things using Apple Health, Google Fit, or his Fitbit.
Help Dad get creative with the latest iPad Pro from Apple. With complete Liquid Retina display and a device that allows for multitasking, Dad can get all his work done and still have time to catch the game with you.
Give mom the gift of great audio quality with Apple’s upgraded AirPods – now faster and longer-lasting with 5 hours of listening time. The earphones come with their own charging case. If you want to make it personal, Apple offers free custom engraving online!
Does your mom like to stay active? Why not get her the Fitbit Charge 3 to track all her fitness activities and goals? The Fitbit Charge 3 comes with a heart rate tracker, swim tracker, GPS tracking with your phone, and guided breathing.
The Apple Watch is the perfect, stylish gift to give Mom this Mother’s Day. Available in three colors, the Series 4 watch comes with a heart rate sensor that can track and notify its wearer of ian irregular heartbeat. This Apple Watch also comes with the “Hey Siri” feature that will allow Mom to ask for assistance by simply raising her wrist to speak.
This air fryer and pressure cooker in one is a great kitchen appliance to surprise Mom with! This appliance allows for quick and easy pressure cooking while also giving a crispy finish with its Crisping Lid.
Mom is always shining, no matter what she does, but why not help her stay radiant with a little help from the Neutrogena Skin Scanner? This device works by attaching to an iPhone and working with an app that will allow Mom to scan her skin in order to measure pores, fine lines/wrinkles, and skin moisture levels.
The iHome Vanity Mirror combines tech and beauty in one fabulous device. This mirror comes with built-in Alexa compatibility, bright LED light display, as well as a Bluetooth speaker to allow Mom to listen to her music while she grooms herself. It even comes with a USB port to charge a phone!
Is Mom an avid reader? Why not get her the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite? This Kindle is waterproof, has a glare-resistant display, a built-in adjustable light, and can last weeks with a single battery charge.
The Facebook Portal is a great way to stay connected with your mother when you need to call her on the phone. This device works with a Smart Camera that keeps you in frame as you move around. The Facebook Portal also has Alexa built-in, allowing its user to ask a question, set a timer or reminder, and use the device for other smart-home tasks.
Printing photos in an instant has never been so easy! Give the gift of creating memories with Mom by getting her the HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer. Using Bluetooth connectivity, Mom can print her photos without hassle, customizing it with the HP app to add fun text, borders, and more.
Mom will surely enjoy wearing this tech statement piece from Bellabeat. This necklace is a health tracker that can count the number of steps taken throughout a day, detect calories burned, track stress patterns and more. The necklace can easily be connected to Apple Health or Google Fit.
This light therapy lamp from Philips will help Mom get the beauty rest she deserves. This alarm clock comes with a colored sunrise simulation that can improve sleep and energy levels through its gradual wake light feature.
Are you planning to get away for the Fourth of July? U.S. Secret Service has warned the public to watch out when using your credit card at the gas stations this holiday.
According to AAA, it’s going to be the busiest and craziest Fourth of July holiday in history. That’s why Secret Service agents from all of their 36 offices will be locating and recovering skimming devices from gas stations in 21 states during the holiday.
Skimmers are devices that detect and retrieve credit card information for the purpose of fraudulent activities. Gas stations are the number one target on prime holidays.
“Because today’s gas pumps are typically unattended, developing suspects and making arrests in skimming cases is difficult – but not impossible,” the agency said in a statement.
The team has recovered more than 70 skimmers when they researched and ran a campaign for the memorial day this year.
Credit card thieves are getting smarter with their strategies, and even experts may be fooled. But there is still a way to catch them.
Read here for tips on how to stay safe this Fourth of July holiday.
Google calendar is one of the biggest google apps that try to improve for its users. The company announced its new “Out of Office” feature for customizable working hours, as users can now signal their unavailability to others and automatically decline any meetings on their behalf outside of business hours. For example, if you’re scheduling a date for a vacation, you can mark it as “Out Of Office,” and if someone tries to send you an invitation for an event, it will decline the sender’s invite without your involvement. Pretty cool!
Before, users were only able to set working hours over the entire week,, but now–thanks to this new feature– you can have more control over working hours settings by customizing your hours day by day instead of setting it up to the usual 9 to 5.
Google Calendar will attempt to gather your working hours from your past emails and may provoke you to affirm them in the application’s Settings.
The progressions may seem small, but it is part of a bigger movement at Google to promote digital wellbeing across its platforms. The company has introduced a number of features that focus on helping people with time management and device-use cutback.
Google Calendar’s new features have had beneficial effects on the community as a whole. For example, the new time management controls for Android users have a set of screen time tools for parents to use with children. Google even came out with a tool to help YouTube users cut down the time they spend mindlessly watching videos.
Gmail and Google Photos, use machine learning and A.I. to decrease the time spent on our devices and apps by doing things like prioritizing the important mail or automatically editing your photos.
The new Google Calendar tools are taking off now to G Suite users, Google says. Most probably, it will be available for the users very soon.
For a time in 2017, “Coinbase” was the #1 application available in the App Store, but Apple is now taking action to stop cryptocurrency on its devices for the sake of keeping users’ devices safe.
The company has set a few rules for developers at the WWDC which states that any apps, including third-party advertisements displayed within them, cannot run unrelated background processes, such as cryptocurrency mining.
Many still wonder if the decision Apple has made makes sense, so Martha Bennett–a principal analyst at Forrester Research–explains:
“Just like with all the cryptocurrency mining utilities you get for PCs (in the shape of apps or browser plug-ins, most of which are malware), they thrash your CPU, and if you’re running on battery, which you almost invariably are on a mobile device, they drain your battery,” Bennett said via email. “Plus, Apple won’t want to be associated with all the shady stuff that’s going on in relation to cryptocurrencies.”
The problem with malware is that siphons CPU is spreading from desktops and mobile devices for the purpose of cryptocurrency mining which is relatively new but has been growing quickly. For example, cryptocurrency mining service “Coinhive” has been known as one of the top spreading malware for its own purpose.
A Trend Micro antivirus vendor said, “It’s no surprise that the rise of “Cryptomining” malware has been the reason the rate of cryptocurrency has gone up.”
According to the article, cryptocurrency mining has overtaken ransomware in Northern America in recent years.
“Cryptocurrencies are made through a procedure known as Proof of Work (PoW). PoW powers a PC to extend CPU capacity to solve complex cryptographic-based equations before they’re approved to add data to a blockchain-based, dispersed ledger; those computer nodes that complete the equations condition the fastest are compensated with a portion of digital coins, for example, bitcoin,” as Lucas Mearian of ComputerWorld explains.
Collecting significant cryptocurrencies has turned out to be so popular to the point that the majority of people, including large companies, have set up mining rigs and data centers with a large number of servers for the express motivation behind producing bitcoin or other kinds of cryptocurrencies. The purchase price of Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) and Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) has gone up, and many cities have even banned all the mining operations because of the amount of electrical power it uses.
Apple is not the first tech company to take such action in regards to banning cryptocurrency mining. Last April, Google announced that it’ll no longer accept extensions like cryptocurrency mining on its Web Store.
It’s worth mentioning once again that this banning procedure is the best choice, as crypto mining on smartphones is a somewhat unproductive movement in any case; the preparing intensity of this device isn’t sufficient to complete the assignment fast enough to get enough of it. A user’s device would be continuously under load for up to zero rewards, so it is not by any means justified, despite all the trouble over the long haul. Indeed, even work area mining is fading as individuals are understanding that ASICs are the best way to mine proficiently. So it’s for the best that Apple has put a limitation on it so fewer individuals harm their devices.
It’s that time of the year again. Apple has announced its new iOS12 that’s packed with lots of improvements! At this year’s conference, CEO Tim Cook showed us the new features for the new iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.
We’re lovin’ it so far!
Here are all the new features of the new software:
Wow! This must be a dream. You can now facetime all your friends (up to 32 people) at the same time and brag about the new tech gadget that you purchased (haha!). No makeup on for that video chat? No problem, you can now facetime your friends using a filter or an effect. Texting is also going to be fun with the new iOS 12, but maybe not as fun as 32 individuals talking over each other without a moment of silence.
We’ve been waiting for some new emojis to send our friends and it’s finally happening. Apple is adding new animals to the Animoji feature, which unfortunately will only be available to iPhone X owners. The most exciting thing about the Animoji is having an emoji that looks just like you (called the Memoji)! Users can select their skin color, hairstyles, eyewear, and even their head shape. After the user creates their Memoji, the software will take it and recreate your head and face movements just like the Animojis.
Apple is really upgrading with the new augmented reality tool, a measure that turns your phone into an $800 ruler. Some developers are working on some new apps which will be corresponding with the new trendy technology out there. (We will soon be able to hold a device over a curtain and play a multiplayer game.) Now that’s exciting!
You can read more about the features which are tied to AI here.
Apple is coming up with its new MacOS which will be named Mojave. It’s going to have a dark mode and will make a background black & grey instead of white. This feature will help you view your computer better in a dark room or at night.
For all the people who keep their desktop messy with fifty files saved on the front page, this one’s for you! You can now sort the random files on your desktop into categories, such as file type with the new option called “Desktop Stacks.”
Attention social media addicts! Here’s a feature that can help with managing your app usage time! The time-management feature that comes with iOS12 will soon help us use our devices less, providing a breakdown of how much time we spend on an app. Yes, it will hurt all the social networking sites like Facebook and Instagram, but it will help discipline us for the better. Once you see how much time you’ve wasted scrolling down Instagram, you will naturally stray away from it the next day.
Some great news: with the new iOS12, you will now be notified of Facebooktracking you around the web even when you’re logged out of it. Thanks to Apple, the user will have the ability to choose whether Facebook tracking will be allowed or not on his/her device. This finally saves us from all the suspiciously relevant ads covering our Facebook news feed page.
It’s time to have some backstage fun! Here’s a great new feature for people who need quick, direct communication. Your Apple Watch can soon be used as a walkie-talkie! That’s so cool–over!
Last but certainly not least, Mac’s App store will also be getting a makeover to make it look similar to its iOS sibling. Also, with the help of developer tools, iOS apps will be made easily available to the Mac.
The Company is also going to be bringing its regular iPhone apps like the News, Voice Memos, Stocks, and Home to its Mac desktop which will be similar to the iPad version of apps.
Hope you enjoyed the little sneak peek into iOS12. Although, the company’s saving a few surprises for its September press launch for the new iPhone.
We get it. He’s that cool dad that’s into technology. Yeah, he probably has the “cool dad” status in your friend group. Forget the boring mugs, we have selected a few gifts you can get to show him how much of a cool dad he really is with these tech gadgets.
Mother’s Day is in 4 days – do you have a gift for your mom, yet? If not, we’ve compiled a list of last-minute, thoughtful gifts that you can get your tech-savvy mom! The majority of these are Amazon Prime items (yay for 2-day shipping!), but we also included a few non-Prime items that were too great not to include. If you decide to go with one of those, hopefully, you write her a fabulous card + IOU.
Let your mom know you appreciate her this Sunday with these hand-picked gift ideas! Happy Mother’s Day!
Processors with artificial intelligence will spread from today’s top-end phones to cars, PCs, security cameras, smart speakers and mainstream phones.
You’ve probably have seen Artificial Intelligence technology being used in apps or devices, like the latest Apple iPhone X (which can unlock your phone by just recognizing your face). The good news is that it’s going to be used more and more, meaning we’ll get to see a whole new slew of new AI chips – not only on your phone or laptop but even in cars and home security cameras.
These new machine technologies will be loosely modeled after the human brain (aka learning or neural networks). Once you have trained a neural network, it can spot spam emails, transcribe spoken words into text messages, or recognize an object. This is a huge change from the rigidity of traditional computer programming.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s CEO, has already mentioned AI is already a buzzword used by phone makers like Apple, Samsung, and LG. The all-new, high-end smartphones have an AI accelerator, like Apple’s A11 chip inside the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy S9, and the new Samsung Exynos.
Linley Gwennap, an analyst with the Linley Group, mentioned seeing AI in mid-premium phones at their firm’s processor conference last week. He also said, “AI-capable chips will spread much farther than smartphones, boosted by custom chip designs from startups and bigger efforts like the Trillium AI project from mobile chip power Arm. That’ll mean today’s revolution in computing smarts really is only just getting started. It could eventually help digital assistants from Amazon and Google spread into new devices, let your car recognize pedestrians and everything else around it, and make your PC a lot cleverer for things like photo and video editing.”
What AI Chips Will Do
AI chips will be enabled in-home cameras so that they can assess the scene and notice any differences. If all is good, nothing will be sent, but if something changes, it will automatically send an image or notification the homeowner.
PC’s can run AI on their powerful main processor, but they’ll soon receive AI chips too as software is updated, Gwennap predicted.
Adobe Software like Photoshop and Premiere Pro are already pushing processors and have recently introduced the Sensei AI technology to speed up tasks like photo editing. In this article, it’s mentioned that self-driving cars will start adding sensors, and chip companies like Synopsys and GlobalFoundries expect a field day selling processors to handle all the data.
“Amazon Echo or Google Home today is at the cutting edge of AI, but they rely on network links for most of their brains. Built-in AI chips would let them understand your voice commands faster, an important improvement since nobody likes delays when ordering up new music or telling the lights to turn off,” Gwennap said.
AI will also be able to help drones avoid obstacles in-flight or assist in tracking a moving object: i.e. following you down a ski slope so you can get the perfect angel video.