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Hackers use Dropbox, WordPress to spread malware

The Chinese cyberspies behind the widely publicized espionage campaign against The New York Times have added Dropbox and WordPress to their bag of spear-phishing tricks.

The gang, known in security circles as the DNSCalc gang, has been using the Dropbox file-sharing service for roughly the last 12 months as a mechanism for spreading malware, said Rich Barger, chief intelligence officer for Cyber Squared. While the tactic is not unique, it remains under the radar of most companies.

“I wouldn’t say it’s new,” Barger said on Thursday. “It’s just something that folks aren’t really looking at or paying attention to.”

The gang is among 20 Chinese groups identified this year by security firm Mandiant thatlaunch cyberattacks against specific targets to steal information. In this case, the DNSCalc gang was going after intelligence on individuals or governments connected to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. ASEAN is a non-governmental group that represents the economic interests of ten Southeast Asian countries.

The attackers did not exploit any vulnerabilities in Dropbox or WordPress. Instead, they opened up accounts and used the services as their infrastructure.

The gang uploaded on Dropbox a .ZIP file disguised as belonging to the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council. Messages were then sent to people or agencies that would be interested in the draft of a Council policy paper. The paper, contained in the file, was legitimate, Barger said.

When a recipient unzipped the file, they saw another one that read, “2013 US-ASEAN Business Council Statement of Priorities in the US-ASEAN Commercial Relationship Policy Paper.scr.” Clicking on the file would launch a PDF of the document, while the malware opened a backdoor to the host computer in the background.

Once the door was open, the malware would reach out to a WordPress blog created by the attackers. The blog contained the IP address and port number of a command and control server that the malware would contact to download additional software.

Dropbox is a desirable launchpad for attacks because employees of many companies use the service. “People trust Dropbox,” Barger said.

For companies that have the service on its whitelist, malware moving from Dropbox won’t be detected by a company’s intrusion prevention systems. Also, communications to a WordPress blog would likely go undetected, since it would not be unusual behavior for any employee with access to the Internet.

In general, no single technology can prevent such an attack. “There’s no silver bullet here,” Barger said.

The best prevention is for security pros to share information when their companies are targeted, so others can draw up their own defense, he said.

In The New York Times attack, the hackers penetrated the newspaper’s systems in September 2012 and worked undercover for four months before they were detected.

The attack coincided with an investigative piece the newspaper published on business dealings that reaped several billion dollars for the relatives of Wen Jiabao, China’s prime minister.

Clustered NetApp Data ONTAP 8.2 Launches

Jakarta – NetApp introduced a new version of its flagship operating system storage, clustered Data ONTAP 8.2. Steven Law, NetApp Country Manager Indonesia, said the new software provides the ability for organizations and cloud services to offer new services and capacity with maximum application uptime quickly and cost-effectively.
Clustered Data ONTAP 8.2 is claimed to remove the limits of performance, availability, and efficiency of the traditional siled, and align storage infrastructure with business demands and ever-changing applications without interruption.
»Excellence is clustered Data ONTAP operating without interruption, scalability, and efficiency of storage that has been proven,” said Steven in Jakarta, Wednesday, July 17, 2013.
While changes in industry trends, has led NetApp become a multi-platform company. There are at least five trends that change the direction of NetApp, the flash technology, cloud computing, customers who want an easy-paced, mobile lifestyle, and large data storage needs.
»Change and development trend represents an opportunity for companies to grow and thrive. To seize that opportunity, NetApp needs to evolve into a multi-platform company that customers can prepare for the future, “said Steven.
As an initial step to deal with the changing trends NetApp, the NetApp over the past year to add two new business focus as a strategy, which is clustered Data ONTAP and E-Series Storage System.
If a series of Clustered Data ONTAP operating system, E-Series Storage is a range of flash storage array system maximize the value of the whole set of flash in computing, networking, and storage, thus providing flexibility in choosing the best approach for each work load.
NetApp recently launched EF540, which is the industry’s first flash array that combines extreme performance and consistent with the level of availability, reliability, high manageability and enterprise-class, as well as support services worldwide. Check out other techno news here.

Facebook Hashtags Not Catching on With Consumers

While using hashtags in Facebook posts might be a fun tactic for brands trying to engage consumers, it doesn’t appear to be paying off, a new study finds.
Research from social media analytics firm Simply Measured revealed that while 20 percent of Facebook posts among top brands now include hashtags (which give users a way to group messages of similar content), there is no evidence that hashtags are influencing engagement.

The study shows that posts with hashtags —a new feature added with in the last several months — perform as well as those without, suggesting that people are not yet discovering brand posts by their tags.

Overall, the study shows nearly all of the companies in the Interbrand 100 — which ranks businesses based on financial status — now have a Facebook fan page, with 60 percent posting something at least once a day.

[No, Really, Facebook Makes Employees More Productive]

The research revealed that visual content is by far the primary driver for engagement on Facebook. Photos posted by top brands average more than 9,400 engagements, which includes likes, comments and shares, per post, while video posts average more than 2,500.

When it comes to text posts, brands must walk a fine line. Analysis of more than 500 status updates from the top brands shows that the longer a status update is, the less engagement it typically receives. However, if a status update is too short — less than 50 characters — it may not be long enough to capture viewers’ attention or provide the necessary context to drive the number of likes, shares and comments a brand would like.

“For most brands, Facebook is no longer just a network; it has become the hub of their social marketing efforts and one of the most effective ways to engage with fans,” said Adam Schoenfeld, CEO of Simply Measured. “This latest research once again proves that knowing your audience, understanding your content assets and measuring your efforts are extremely important to develop the social strategies that will work best for you.”

Businesses that limit Facebook fans from writing on their page might want to reconsider their strategy. The research shows that nearly 30 percent of top brands do not allow users to post on their wall. For those brands, user engagement on their page is limited to likes, comments and shares, resulting in 15 percent less engagement than brands that do allow user posts.

When it comes to drawing the most Facebook fans, no one does it better than Facebook itself. The social media giant claims the top spot with 93 million fans, followed by Coca-Cola and MTV.

Gigabyte Launches Latest Game Keyboard K7 FORCE Stealth with Anti-ghosting feature

Gamers can now obtain the latest gaming keyboard option in the shopping list. The new gaming keyboards come from Gigabyte called FORCE K7 Stealth. And as a gaming keyboard, FORCE Stealth K7 is also equipped with several features gaming supporters.

The main feature on the keyboard is the anti-ghosting. This feature allows players to be able to press 7 keys simultaneously without conflict. But not all of the support this feature. There are only seven buttons, namely the Q, W, A, S, D, left Shift and Spacebar.

In addition keyboard also comes with a three-color illumination that can be arranged. Three colors are blue, green and cyan. Not only that, the keyboard buttons also have a thin structure. With so each button is pressed, aktuasinya very close distance.

Tizen protype Display Tablet Appears on Internet

A tablet operating system Tizen has just appeared on the internet. The emergence of the prototype tablet Tizen Tizen obtained from Indonesia who has a chance to look deeper into the tablet.

The tablet has a screen size of 10 inches and using the Tizen OS is a Linux-based OS developed by Intel with Samsung. According to the plan, the operating system will also be used in a variety of devices, from smartphones, tablets, laptops and even systems for vehicle bermotoro.

Tizen tablet prototype that appears is from a Japanese company called Shisutena. The tablet is also scheduled to be introduced this year in Japan. According to the Indonesian Tizen, this tablet will come with Tizen OS 2.1.

The tablet has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. The tablet also comes with 802.11n WiFi, 2MP rear camera and 0.3MP camera on the front.

Rolomotion: Changing Apple TV and iPhone Becomes Console Games

Inspired by the growing trend of motion control in the game industry, Rolocule Games announced Rolomotion. This technology combines the functionality of the Apple TV and iPhone into a new game console. However, in contrast to existing consoles on the market today, Rolomotion does not require additional hardware or sensors to create a gaming experience with motion control.
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Rolomotion: Changing Apple TV and iPhone Becomes Console Games
The first game is optimized for this technology called Motion Tennis. With the help of AirPlay mirroring feature and Apple TV, which is stored in an iPhone game can be displayed on screen HD TV. iPhone also changed into game controls and complete console-style gaming experience with the advantages, you do not need to carry a lot of CD / DVD game when they want to play at a friend’s house. Just make sure they also have an Apple TV.
“We are pleased to announce Rolomotion and we think customers will love the experience of playing games with motion control using the iPhone and Apple TV,” said Rohit Gupta, Founder and CEO Rolocule Games. “We have always been interested in the potential of the Apple TV and the gaming industry and I think Rolomotion is our first step in that direction.”
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Rolomotion: Changing Apple TV and iPhone Becomes Console Games
Rohit also said that the Motion Tennis is the first game that comes accompanied Rolomotion technology. There are many other games that will be coming in the future. Not only playing themselves, Motion Tennis can be played by two people at once in doubles tennis match.
Rolomotion can be enjoyed with the iPhone 4S and iPod Touch to the top of the 5th generation Apple TV are connected to the 2nd generation or 3rd. Apple TV should have 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi or Ethernet network and connected to a HD TV with a minimum resolution of 720p.

SuVolta’s transistor technology speed-power benefits are validated in ARM processor

The ARM Cortex-M series processor was manufactured with SuVolta’s Deeply Depleted Channel (DDC) technology on a 65 nm bulk planar CMOS DDC process. With SuVolta’s transistor technology, designers are able to reduce power or improve performance, depending upon design requirements.

“ARM’s heritage is based on low power, so technologies that can further improve power consumption, such as DDC technology from SuVolta, will always be welcomed by ARM and our Partners,” said Noel Hurley, vice president, Strategy and Marketing, Processor Division, ARM. “SuVolta has shown that the DDC technology, when incorporated into an ARM processor, can provide additional power reductions or a significant performance boost. As the Internet of Things continues to expand, innovative ultra-low power technology for Sensors and other devices will be vital to ensure that ARM remains at the forefront of this opportunity.”

When compared to an identical ARM Cortex-M0 processor manufactured in the conventional 65 nm process, with a 1.2 V supply voltage, the DDC transistor-based ARM implementation operating at 0.9 V demonstrates a 50 percent lower total power consumption at matched 350 MHz operating speed. There is also a 35 percent increased operating speed (performance) at matched power. In addition there is a 55 percent increased operating speed when operated at matched supply voltage.

“We’ve now validated the benefits of the DDC technology in a complex SoC, by combining the ARM Cortex-M0 CPUs with SRAM instances and various analog components,” explained David Kidd, senior director, digital design at SuVolta. “The results speak for themselves – power-performance optimized CPU cores, with results that hold across process corners and temperature, plus, SRAMs with 150 mV lower minimum operating voltage, 50 percent less leakage power at matched SRAM read current, and more than 5x less leakage power in retention mode.”

“Reducing power consumption and enhancing performance are key to providing next-generation capabilities for a variety of advanced digital products,” said Bruce McWilliams, president and CEO at SuVolta. “By validating the speed-power advantages of the DDC technology in a SoC that includes ARM processors, we’ve reached another significant milestone in demonstrating the value of our technology in a system.”

Axioo Neon BNE, Notebook Starter with Tempting Spec

Toshiba name may not be as famous as Hewlett-Packard (HP), Dell, Asus, or other branded PC vendors. But for business aggressiveness, this local brand PC vendors do not want to lose. Especially in the beginner class notebook segment.

One product is the hero Axioo Neon BNE with D423N series that hypnotize prospective buyers through the oblique and speksifikasi price that is not less slick.

Perception of most people is, affordable notebooks have not considered ‘offal’ special. But sometimes many are forgotten, if not all notebook users requiring a high specification and prefer products that match the contents of the notebook bag.

Moreover, even the entry-level segment has the largest share of the notebook product than fill up flagship high-end class, because it is dominated by high school students to college students.

Try their luck in the entry level segment, to bring that Axioo Neon BNE carrying D423N series and cost Rp 3 million.

But even so, the material used and the results are neat finishing successfully make the product look quite elegant.

Although the present with a fairly cheap price, only Rp 3 million, it did not make D423N BNE Neon comes with a quality pickup. Toshiba presents the product in his cultivated elegance through material with a unique texture.

Interestingly, the unique texture that is present in the form of vertical strokes in a timber like the successful combined by Toshiba with matte dark brown color, making it look elegant Neon BNE D423N and by itself to eliminate the impression that the entry level is identical to the cap ‘the cheap’.

One of the unique features possessed Neon BNE D423N which may rarely found on other products is the battery circuit breaker. Using these buttons the user can easily decide that the charge may remain there even when the notebook is off.

Surely the presence of the button on the bottom of the notebook, battery life is embedded in Neon BNE D423N expected to be more durable.

Given the manifold unibodi Diusungnya body so it does not allow the user to replace the battery or other hardware upgrade without jailbreak it first.

In order to provide competent performance, Toshiba pinned fairly decent specs for the price offered.

Armed by a dual core AMD E1-1200 1.4 GHz clock speed combined with the Radeon HD 7310 graphics processor, ensuring Neon D423N BNE will present satisfactory performance.

The combination is supported by the use of 2 GB of DDR3 RAM. While in the storage sector, Neon BNE D423N had pinned a HDD with a capacity of 320 GB.

Toshiba is also not immune to pin a drive type DVD-RW, HDMI connector, and a webcam on a notebook that carries the 14-inch screen size.

The following specifications D423N Axioo Neon BNE:

– Processor AMD E1-1200 1.4 GHz
– 2 GB DDR3 RAM
– Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
– HDD 320 GB
– 14 inch wide screen
– Connection LAN, WiFi, and Bluetooth
– HD Audio
– HDMI connector
– Webcam, Card Reader, and USB slot x3

ASUS unveils Transformer Book TX300

ASUS India, a leader in the new digital era, together with UTV, today unveiled the Transformer Book TX300 – World’s thinnest Window 8 tablet and detachable Notebook – in association with Chennai Express at the music launch of the film. The evening witnessed much grandeur with the presence of Shah Rukh Khan, Rohit Shetty and Apratim Sharma – ASUS India.

Expressing excitement on the launch of Transformer Book, Apratim Sharma – Country Product Manager – System Business Group, ASUS India elaborated, “The ASUS Design Center starts with what people need and want and crafts perfect solutions that are aesthetic, integrated, intuitive and sustainable. The ASUS Transformer Book supports this belief to the fullest and we are positive that the world’s thinnest Window 8 detachable tablet cum notebook will stun the masses in the way it has been designed to.”

“We are elated with the associating with UTV for Chennai Express. The ASUS Transformer Book supports the fast pace of this film with its All-round performance. This product unveiling will mark a new element of innovation in the series and strengthen our commitment to the market,” he further added.

ASUS Transformer Book
The ASUS Transformer Book is a 13.3-inch notebook with a detachable tablet which has a Full HD IPS Touch panel and a 178 Degree viewing angle. It comes with an Intel® Core™ i5 processor for an outstanding notebook and tablet performance. Separate storage has been provided for the notebook and tablet with a high-capacity hard drive and an Ultra-fast SSD. The ASUS Transformer Book is available with Windows 8 Professional. The device features ASUS SonicMaster audio with Bang & Olufsen ICEpower for rich and detailed sound.

Precision-Engineered Ultra-Portability

ASUS Transformer Book is the world’s thinnest Windows 8 tablet with a 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor. Inspired by the beautiful Zenbook ultraportable, the ASUS Transformer Book features a sleek profile and a precision-engineered all-metal design with unique spun metal finish that’s the result of a sophisticated 32-step manufacturing process. Transformer Book is as striking as it is resilient and is perfect proof of the ASUS spirit of persistent perfection.

 

High-performance portability

Whether used as a Windows 8 multi-touch tablet or a notebook with keyboard and touchpad, ASUS Transformer Book always has an incredible performance on tap. The 3rd generation Intel Core i5 processor seamlessly switches between applications for effortless multi-tasking with Windows 8 apps, while Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 delivers an automatic burst of speed whenever it’s required. The Transformer Book lets the users Enjoy smooth HD movie playback, responsive gaming and incredible sound quality, thanks to ASUS SonicMaster audio technology.

 

Storage Options for Two Ways of Working

With two types of internal storage device, the ASUS Transformer Book works the way users want to. As a tablet, the 128GB SSD means apps launch instantly for a slick and seamless Windows 8 experience, while ASUS WebStorage ensures easy access to secure cloud storage when travelling far and wide. Connect ASUS Transformer Book to its notebook dock and it instantly becomes a fully functional notebook with up to a 500GB hard drive, with exclusive ASUS high-speed bridge technology that ensures blisteringly fast 5Gbit/s data transfer speeds.

 

Backlit keyboard

In Notebook Mode, ASUS Transformer Book features a backlit keyboard with ambient light control that automatically adjusts its brightness to suit the surroundings, making it easy to keep on top of any productivity task.

 

Smart Battery Technology

ASUS Transformer Book has up to five hours’ battery life in full notebook mode and up to eight hours in tablet mode. Power Up! technology extends notebook battery life still further by disabling the dock’s hard drive and ports to leave the keyboard and touchpad active, giving up to eight hours’ use.

 

More Than a Mobile Dock

ASUS Transformer Book has a mobile dock that’s more than just a backlit keyboard and smart gesture touchpad. With a 500GB hard drive, two USB 3.0 ports and Gigabit LAN, it’s a fully featured notebook with a built-in battery of its own.

 

No more waiting to work

With up to two weeks’ standby time in Notebook mode, there’s no need to waste time waiting for ASUS Transformer Book to shut down, while two-second resume from standby means it’s ready for action when users are.

 

Brilliant High-Definition Display

ASUS Transformer Book features a Full HD display with 1080p resolution and IPS technology for an incredibly crisp and detailed image, with a wide 178° viewing angle. Multi-touch support gives full fingertip control with Windows 8 too, while Mini Display Port makes it easy to connect an HDTV for big-screen viewing.

 

Superior Sound Quality

Developed with the audio experts at Bang & Olufsen ICEpower®, ASUS SonicMaster technology delivers outstanding cinematic sound quality. Four speakers in Notebook mode give an immersive listening experience and MaxxAudio provides fully customizable EQ control for perfect results with movies, music and games. Audio recording is crystal-clear too, thanks to a high quality array mic that filters background noise.

 

High-Quality Cameras

With a front 720p HD and a rear 5-megapixel camera, ASUS Transformer Book is perfectly equipped for capturing high-quality images. Users can enjoy crystal-clear face-to-face video chat with family and friends, and simply tap the screen to take a photo.

 

Stay-Safe Power Supply

Accidentally tripping over a plugged-in notebook power lead risks damage to the lead, the notebook — and, worst of all, the user. Transformer Book solves this problem with a clever power lead that doesn’t plug into a socket, but snaps onto it magnetically. A firm tug is enough to break the connection safely, so there’s no risk of dragging Transformer Book off a desk by snagging its power lead, or having it snatched from your hands if you pick it up when still plugged in.

 

Nokia Asha Series 4 Can Now WhatsApp

Nokia has released an update (update) for large-scale software Asha series phones. In this update, a series of feature phones that are able to enjoy the service WhatsApp chat application.

The series for the first time getting support WhatsApp application is Asha 305, Asha 306, dual-SIM variant of Asha 308, and Asha 310.

Thus, the Asha series is now able to use the application WhatsApp is Asha 201, 206, 300, 302, 303, 305, 306, 308, 309, 310, and 311.

In addition, this software firmware update also improves the ability of e-mail exchanges, YouTube launcher, and an increase in social experience.

Some features, such as quoted from GSM Arena, Wednesday (10/07/2013), it will be available specifically for a particular model. However, this update will be available for all the Asha phones are equipped with touch screen.

This update is available over the air (OTA). If you do not want to do the update by the way, the user can also do it through the computer using Nokia Suite application.

If you want to update by OTA, users simply go to the “Menu”, select “Settings”, “Phone”, and “Device Updates”. As a final step, select “downl.phone sw”.

Just for advice, sometimes quite large software update files. Therefore, use WiFi networks to reduce the cost of credit.