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Enlarge / Piracaba, Brazil: A Biologist releases genetically modified mosquitos. (credit: Getty | Victor Moriyama / Stringer)

Residents of the Florida Keys headed to the polls on Tuesday to air their thoughts on genetically modified mosquitos—among other things.

On the ballots in Monroe County and the community of Key Haven, an island in the lower Florida Keys, was a question on a long-standing plan to release millions of mosquitos as part of a scientific trial. The mosquitos are genetically engineered to sabotage wild populations, which can transmit dengue, Zika, and other diseases.

The modified mosquitos have already won approval from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, and the Environmental Protection Agency. But local opposition brought the issue to the ballot. On Tuesday, residents of Monroe County solidly voted in favor of the trial—58 percent of the around 40,000 voters. But in the approximately thousand-person community of Key Haven, where the trial is set to take place, 65 percent voted the trial down.

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Samsung’s entry model, the Galaxy J3 (2016) released in January 2016 is the most affordable model in the J series. Featuring humble hardware, a 5-inch 720p display, and a low-end plastic body, the phone is targeted towards the low-end market. For just a Rs 1000 more you can find Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, offering metal […]

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The Simpsons fans will be glad to know that the animated series is being renewed for two more seasons, season 29 and 30. Once The Simpsons season 3 ends, it will mark 669 episodes. This will be one of the biggest records of the animated series yet, as it will surpass Gunsmoke. Gunsmoke was a critically acclaimed […]

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The smashing Hulk, the witty billionaire ironman, the serious captain America, the god thor, the gutsy black widow, the spontaneous clint and so on, the team of avengers just gets bigger with every installment of Marvel movie. Age of Ultron did amazingly well and since its release talks about Infinity war Part I has increased. […]

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Enlarge / The club sandwich of game consoles.

Spec Comparison
PS4 PS4 Pro
GPU 18 Radeon GCN compute units @ 800 Mhz 36 improved GCN compute units @ 911 Mhz
CPU 8 Jaguar cores @ 1.6Ghz 8 Jaguar cores @ 2.1Ghz
RAM 8GB GDDR5 @ 176GB/s 8GB GDDR5 @ 218GB/s (plus 1GB DDR3)
Max power consumption (gameplay) 148W (79W for PS4 Slim) 154W (4K gaming)
USB ports 2 USB 3.0 ports 3 USB 3.0 ports
Hard drive 500GB (1TB special editions available) 1TB
Size (widest points) 275 x 53 x 305mm (10.8 x 2.1 x 12″) 295 x 55 x 327mm (11.6 x 2.2 x 12.9″)
MSRP $300 w/ bundled game ($250 in holiday deals) $400 w/out bundled game

A new video game console is usually a chance to envision an entirely new future for popular gaming. After years of developers and players exploring the old console inside and out, a new console cleanly breaks with the past. Typically, it introduces new features, new exclusive franchises, and a clear, new high-water mark in what’s possible as far as graphics and processing power (in a non-PC living room console, at least).

The PlayStation 4 Pro is different. As you might already know from our coverage, the Pro represents more of a split in the current era of the PS4 rather than a clean break from what came before. Sony has taken pains to point out that every console game it creates or licenses for the foreseeable future will run on both the PS4 and the PS4 Pro, making them essentially one “platform” from a software perspective. The promise, according to Sony, is that those games will look and perform better on the Pro hardware—sporting higher resolution, better frame rates, or more detailed in-game character models for instance.

Thus, reviewing the PS4 Pro is more like reviewing a new PC graphics card than reviewing a new console (though, yes, the Pro does also slightly upgrade the RAM and CPU from the standard PS4). Unlike a modular PC, however, upgrading the graphics on the PS4 requires throwing out the entire console that you may have bought just three years ago (or less) and starting from scratch with a new $400 box. It also means dealing with a scattered and inconsistent software update system from Sony and its partners that means performance can vary widely by game.

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The Legendary Blog of MalwareMustDie is closed for protest against NSA hacking trace of educational and public servers of harmless countries.

The Shadow Brokers, the hacker group that hacked NSA hackers, who have previously released NSA hacking tools for anyone to download, published more files containing the IP address of 49 countries that have been hacked by the US National Security Agency. Security experts on several media news are linking these nodes to the activity of Equation Group.

MalwareMustDie (MMD) group has started to focus the attention on the case, since Japan appeared to be the second most hacked country victims in the list, and was not listed as known target in the Equation Group (EQGRP) activities so far.

In the mean time, the result of the EQGRP hacking activity, based on malware used to infect Linux and Solaris platforms, has been reversed and published by CERT Antiy and with full details, except of the hashes that was not shared in their publishment.

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Figure 1. The reverse of Linux and Solaris malware used by Equation Group

Researchers in the MalwareMustDie group has started to dig in the details and discovered that several accessible parts of the listed environments during the specific known period are having traces of unknown suspicious malicious codes and activities matched to the period and activity mentioned in several announced publicity. So far the group is currently avoiding public disclosure to what they found.

Following this investigation progress, a new awareness has raised giving the evidence that Universities/Schools, Internet Service Providers (ISP), Public Mail Service, Cable Television Network, a National NIC network, Entertainment network, Government Offices, and maybe more, has been in the risk of violated by the unauthorized access and malicious activity. Since the investigation was based on the list originated from the ShadowBroker’s post, the allegedly pointed attacker country’s spy entities are assumed responsible for the act.

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Figure 2. Shadow Broker’s list of infected nodes in Japan with PITCHIMPAIR & INNOVATION

According to the usage of the platform, this investigated sad event’s fact may also in relation to what Der Spiegel  has reported of the leaked NSA documentation in the past:

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Figure 3. Der Spiegel’s published description of the hacking inquiries of NSA

The development of verdict that a friendly country was spotted to violate services of its allied countries, is a very sad pill to swallow, but the traces were there and that is the reality. Driving to the possibility of such level for mass offensive acts using hacking and malware activity would need the approval from the attacker’s operative authority and obviously the attacker’s government was also known and giving authorization for the act.

As the current conclusion of the investigation development, is started to be formed, consequentially, MalwareMustDie, as an entity against any usage of malicious software (malware) forms, that is known with their anti-malware research and analysis blog that since 4 long years produces research activity against malware, cybercrime and vandalism in Internet using malware, as a legitimate protest, was decided to close their analysis blog in blog.malwaremustdie.org, for an undefined period, leaving on their twitter profile the following statement:

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Figure 4. The protest statement of MalwareMustDie against the NSA hacking

“For this reason, MMD blog is closed for an undefined period. USA related entities and researchers’ access to direct communication  & research is prohibited under the same condition. Furthermore”, they continue, “we stop using any of US services or products for our research.”

The title of the Blog is clear, and the position of MalwareMustDie it’s clear as well: using malware is any activity with any kind of purpose, is just not accepted. “What is BAD stays BAD, no matter who you are. And if we can not do things strictly right, we can never stop “wrong” or “bad” things in the internet”. And it’s correct, because, really, malware must die.

About the Author: Odisseus

Independent Security Researcher involved in Italy and worldwide in topics related to hacking, penetration testing, and development.

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(Security Affairs – MalwareMustDie, malware)

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Bill Goldberg is all set to join the likes of Sting, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Ultimate Warrior as WWE Hall of Famers. As WWE 2K17 release drew closer, many gamers wanted to get their hands on Goldberg character. The only way it could be done was by pre-ordering the game. Those who pre-ordered the WWE […]

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Google—as expected—has dismissed the European Commission’s charge that the ad giant abused Android’s dominance to block its competitors in the market.

The company is accused of using Android’s position as the dominant smartphone operating system in Europe, to force manufacturers to pre-install Google services while locking out competitors.

Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager sent a so-called Statement of Objections to Google in April.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 is the current flagship tablet model from the Korean company. Although the S2 tablet series got released last September, Samsung still hasn’t talked about its successor, but the recent huge price cut of the Galaxy Tab S2 (8-inch model) could mean that Samsung plans to reveal the Galaxy Tab S3 lineup […]

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Yahoo admitted to the world—on a news day dominated by a guy called Trump—that some of its employees were aware that it had suffered a breach shortly after a “state-sponsored actor” hacked into the ailing Web firm’s systems in 2014.

In a filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission on Wednesday, Yahoo said that a panel of independent experts was looking at how much knowledge employees at the company had of the incident shortly after the massive breach had occurred.

Yahoo has previously stated that it only became aware of the hack attack following a “recent investigation.” As Ars reported previously, Yahoo confirmed in September that at least half a billion of its user accounts had been breached.

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