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If you’ve been using third party extensions on Chrome to block Ads, it’s time to suit up for something new. As per reports from inside sources at Google Inc., the search giant is planning on introducing the most awaited feature – an adblocker – in the mobile and desktop version of Chrome web browser. The […]

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Unveiled in October 2016, the Nintendo Switch was released worldwide on March 3, 2017. Nintendo Switch is primarily a home console, with the main unit inserted onto a docking station. It can also be removed from the dock and used just like a personal tablet computer. The Switch comes with Joy-Con wireless controllers which attach […]

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Lee Min Ho is a South Korean actor and singer. The actor gained widespread fame in Korea and parts of Asia with his role as Gu Jun-pyo in Boys Over Flowers in 2009. His role won him the Best Actor Award at the 45th Baeksang Art Awards. The actor is also famous for his leading […]

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Not many companies try to do what Garmin does with the Fenix line of fitness watches. While Apple and Google have their own general-purpose smartwatches priced around $300 (neither of which comes close to the Fenix’s tracking abilities), Garmin and a handful of other companies make super-expensive fitness watches that are meant for the most active among us.

The new $599 Fenix 5S is one of the models in the new Fenix 5 line that promises premium design and style. It also has the most advanced tracking abilities—with onboard GPS, GLONASS, barometer, altimeter, heart rate monitor, and other sensors—and it delivers a full smartwatch experience with Garmin’s own UI, widgets, notifications, and app store. No matter how you look at it, $600 is a lot to spend on a fitness tracker. But if money is no object and you need the most capable tracker you can get, the 5S may be for you.

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Last year, the Entertainment Software Association’s annual “Essential Facts” report suggested that the US game industry generated $16.5 billion in “content” sales annually (excluding hardware and accessories). In this year’s report, that number had grown to a whopping $24.5 billion, a nearly 50-percent increase in a span of 12 months.

No, video games didn’t actually become half again as popular with Americans over the course of 2016. Instead, tracking firm NPD simply updated the way it counts the still-shadowy world of digital game sales. This “restatement” of the US game industry’s true size helps highlight just how much the game industry at large has transitioned from a business based on physical goods to one dominated by digital downloads and online purchases.

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The son of a prominent Russian lawmaker was sentenced on Friday by a US federal court to 27 years in prison after being convicted of stealing millions of US credit card numbers and causing some $170 million in damages to businesses and individuals.

This sentence is so far the longest sentence ever imposed in the United States for a hacking-related case.

Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, 32, the


According to researchers at FireEye, Chinese hackers targeted the South Korean Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system.

According to a new investigation conducted by security firm FireEye, Chinese hackers are trying to hack systems used by South Korea military to interfere with the deployment of an anti-ballistic weapons system.

The news was confirmed by the FireEye’s director of cyber-espionage analysis John Hultquist in an interview with the Wall Street Journal.

FireEye has observed cyber attacks aimed to hack the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system. The THAAD system was designed by South Korea to protect the country from the incoming intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBMs), it is part of the Star Wars defense system.

THAAD anti missile system

South Korea is deploying Lockheed Martin’s THAAD missile defense system (Image source Ars Technica)

China has long been in opposition to the deployment of the THAAD since South Korea announced it as a key component of its defense infrastructure.

China opposes Thaad, saying its radar system can reach deep into its own territory and compromise its security. South Korea and the U.S. say Thaad is purely defensive. The first components of the system arrived in South Korea last month and have been a key issue in the current presidential campaign there.” reported the WSJ.

According to FireEye, at least two different Chinese hacking crews were involved in cyber attacks against the South Korean military systems that in some way were linked to the design and deployment of the THAAD.

The two teams involved in the attack are the Tonto team and the notorious APT10.

“One of the two hacker groups, which FireEye dubbed Tonto Team, is tied to China’s military and based out of the northeastern Chinese city of Shenyang, where North Korean hackers are also known to be active, said Mr. Hultquist, a former senior U.S. intelligence analyst.” continues the WSJ. “FireEye believes the other, known as APT10, may be linked to other Chinese military or intelligence units.” 

Hackers launched spear phishing attacks using messages with weaponized attachments. According to FireEye, at least one person felt victim of the attacks, anyway, FireEye was able to profile the threat actors and track the APTs’ movements.

“Mr. Hultquist added that an error in one of the group’s operational security provided FireEye’s analysts with new information about the group’s origins.” 

China’s Ministry of Defense recently declared that People’s Liberation Army “has never supported any hacking activity.”

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Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs – THAAD system, cyber espionage)

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Security researcher warn of hackers compromised thousands of Windows boxes using leaked NSA hack tools DOUBLEPULSAR and ETERNALBLUE

Security expert Dan Tentler, the founder of security shop Phobos Group, has observed a significant increase in the number of Windows boxes exposed on the Internet that has been hacked with DOUBLEPULSAR backdoor. The compromised windows boxes have been used for several criminal purposes such as delivering malware or used in spam campaigns.

The DOUBLEPULSAR backdoor allows attackers to inject and execute malicious code on a target system, it is installed by leveraging the ETERNALBLUE, an SMBv1 (Server Message Block 1.0) exploit that could trigger an RCE in older versions of Windows (Windows XP to Server 2008 R2).

Every Window machine running an old vulnerable version that exposes an SMB service is at risk of hack.

The DOUBLEPULSAR and ETERNALBLUE are now available for anyone after the archive of NSA tools was leaked online.

Recently Microsoft patched the SMB Server vulnerability (MS17-010) exploited by ETERNALBLUE, the security updates were released for Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows 10, Windows Server 2008 SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, and Server Core.

According to Tentler, who scanned the Internet for vulnerable Windows boxes, 15,196 systems have been already compromised, most of them in the US.

The expert also observed that the number of infections continues to increase.

Windows boxes compromised with the DOUBLEPULSAR implant could be easily identified observing the response to a special ping to port 445.


“I’m hopeful this is the wakeup moment for people over patching Windows machines.” said Tentler.

According to Tentler on Easter weekend, script kiddies worldwide launched a massive attack leveraging the DOUBLEPULSAR exploit.

The experts have no doubt, the number of DOUBLEPULSAR attacks could continue to increase in the coming week.

Patch your system now!

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Pierluigi Paganini

(Security Affairs – DOUBLEPULSAR , NSA)

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Images of Seleznev with stacks of cash were found on his laptop following his 2014 arrest in the Maldives. (credit: Department of Justice)

Russian hacker Roman Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison today. He was convicted of causing more than $169 million in damage by hacking into point-of-sale computers.

Seleznev, aka “Track2,” would hack into computers belonging to both small businesses and large financial institutions, according to prosecutors. He was arrested in the Maldives in 2014 with a laptop that had more than 1.7 million credit card numbers. After an August 2016 trial, Seleznev was convicted on 38 counts, including wire fraud, intentional damage to a protected computer, and aggravated identity theft.

The sentence is quite close to the 30 years that the government asked for. Prosecutors said Seleznev deserved the harsh sentence because he was “a pioneer” who helped grow the market for stolen credit card data and because he “became one of the most revered point-of-sale hackers in the criminal underworld.”

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Grab your flashlights: Mulder and Scully will be back for 10 more episodes of The X-Files during the 2017-2018 season. Stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will revive the iconic 1990s-era roles that they briefly resumed during a short 2016 run.

The pair traded fun tweets on Thursday.

“Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators—these are the hallmarks of great TV shows,” Fox Broadcasting Company President David Madden said in a statement. “And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide.”

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