The number of smartphone users has exploded. However, along with this, another thing that is exploding is cybercrime. Criminals have gone online in increasing numbers to try and swindle money out of people, steal data, even serve them ads that generate cash for them or simply mess with their smartphones. With Android smartphones being the largest component of the phone-packing public, the threat perception here is the highest. The latest such threat that has emerged is that some links that are being sent to people and those who click on them, suffer damage. This is a warning to all those people who have Google Android mobile phones on what not to do.
On a daily basis, there are so many messages that a smartphone user gets. However, before clicking on any of them, users must think through what is being said there – mostly they are about luring people to click with false promises or offers. However, it is sometimes tough to tell as URL shorteners are used, which hide the name of websites, raising the confusion quotient to a new level. But now, another worrying aspect has come up – fraudsters now try to even scare people into clicking on these links. These have been dubbed scareware. It has been seen that some of these links even want users to download cleaner apps to get rid of malware on their smartphones, but the very opposite of that happens. The links may well carry malware that gets loaded on smartphones and these allow cybercriminals access to a user’s password and other sensitive banking or personal information that can be misused to steal or even blackmail them.
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According to ESET malware researcher Lukas Stefanko, “The problem is that some of these link shortener services use aggressive advertising techniques such as scareware ads: informing users their devices are infected with dangerous malware, directing users to download dodgy apps from the Google Play store or to participate in shady surveys, delivering adult content.”
He added, “We discovered one piece of malware we named Android/FakeAdBlocker, which downloads and executes additional payloads (such as banking trojans, SMS trojans, and aggressive adware).”
What users can do about this is simple – they should ignore these messages and never click on them. However, in case mistakes have been made, there are ways to try and get rid of this malware. ESET report says that users should go to “Settings -> Apps. Because the malware doesn’t have an icon or an app name, it should be easy to spot.” Thereafter, all that needs to be done is click on Uninstall. Also, to remove the related spam events created by this malware, users can use a free app called Calendar Cleanup that is available on Google Play Store
Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Minecraft Edition Announced – CGMagazine
After 12 long years, the world’s best-selling video game, Minecraft is finally getting its own Secretlab chair, the Secretlab TITAN Evo 2022 Minecraft Edition.
The Secretlab Minecraft gaming chair was created in partnership with Microsoft/Mojang Studios and the look was inspired by the game’s iconic enemy, Creeper. The chair is upholstered in the Secretlab SoftWeave Plus fabric, which was highly requested for the company’s special edition gaming chairs by fans.
The material in the special edition gaming chair is an advanced version of the original, highly popular SoftWeave material that has been upgraded to be more breathable and even more durable for owners of the chair. This basically means it keeps players cool and comfortable as they explore and create buildings/landscapes in games like Minecraft.
In addition, the Secretlab gaming chair’s structure featured interlaced yarn fibres that help visualizes the chair’s texture which is inspired by Minecraft’s intentional pixelated art style. Fans of the game will be able to see a black-and-green speckled fabric on the chair which mimics the grass block, one of the core building blocks of Minecraft, and the Creeper itself.
“I thought the Creeper’s backstory was extremely interesting—it’s hard to imagine that the most iconic mob in the game was created by mistake and was originally intended to be a pig,” Secretlab co-founder and CEO, Ian Ang said in a press release.
“The new knitting technique used in the Secretlab SoftWeave® Plus fabric opens up limitless design possibilities for us, and we couldn’t think of a better way to start than with the Creeper and what is probably the most influential game of the decade.”
Minecraft was released by Swedish video game developer, Mojang Studios more than 12 years ago and the studio was acquired by Microsoft in 2014 for $2.5 Billion USD. Since that time the franchise has spinoff into other games like Diablo-style game, Minecraft Dungeons and a Telltale adventure game.
Minecraft is the best-selling game of all time, which has sold more than 238 million copies. Currently, more than 140 million players play the game each month globally and in 2020, the best-selling game topped the charts as the most-watched content on YouTube with more than 200 billion views.
Apple Patent Offers Sketch of Possible Notch Implementation in New MacBook Pros – MacRumors
Following the last-minute rumor that Apple’s upcoming new MacBook Pro models could feature a notch at the top of the display, much of the online discussion has involved concerns that such a notch would encroach on the active screen area, potentially eating into the macOS menu bar.
However, it’s worth noting that Apple has explored ways of including a notch in a MacBook Pro display that would avoid ingression into the main screen area, make the notch appear seamless against a black strip, and potentially allow for additional information to be displayed to the user that would also free up menu bar space in the main 16:10 display.
For example, an Apple patent filed in 2019 with the U.S. patent office, titled “Electronic Device Display With Extended Active Area,” describes, among various embodiments, a laptop computer featuring a main rectangular screen and two “extended regions” between the screen and an inactive border, wherein “the first and second rectangular extended regions are on opposing sides of the camera.”
Specifically, the laptop’s “first and second rectangular extended regions display icons on a black background while the main rectangular region displays a rectangular picture.”
“The first and second extended regions may be located on opposing sides of a camera or other electrical component in a protruding portion or island-shaped portion of the inactive region. Icons or other information may be displayed on a black background in the extended regions, giving the display a continuous unbroken appearance.”
Such an implementation could potentially add system status information in a black strip above the macOS menu bar, but that would of course require a significant adjustment to the way the menu bar operates on these new Mac models in the final release of macOS Monterey, and there’s been no evidence of that so far.
The notch rumor, while seemingly sketchy on its own, has gained some traction since Friday, initially due to a discovery by MacRumors of screen resolutions that will feature in the redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models.
In the macOS Monterey beta, MacRumors uncovered potential display resolutions of 3024×1964 and 3456×2234 for the rumored 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. When subtracting 74 pixels from the height of both, the resulting 3024×1890 and 3456×2160 resolutions work out to an aspect ratio of 16:10. All of Apple’s current MacBooks feature a 16:10 aspect ratio, leading to speculation that the extra 74 pixels could be for a notch.
The possibility that Friday’s rumor may have substance to it has further been bolstered by an alleged photo of a MacBook Pro screen with a notch that was originally shared by a Weibo account.
Apple is hosting a virtual event on Monday at 10 a.m. Pacific Time, with rumors widely suggesting the event will be focused on redesigned 14-inch and 16-inch MacBook Pro models with a faster version of the M1 chip, brighter mini-LED displays, MagSafe, and additional connectivity.
Twitch says no passwords were leaked in security breach – Engadget
No passwords were exposed in the livestreaming service’s recent , according to the company. In on the incident, Twitch said it’s confident systems that store hashed login credentials weren’t accessed, nor were ACH/banking details. Twitch previously noted it doesn’t store full credit card numbers.
After reviewing information in the exposed files, Twitch says the breach “only affected a small fraction of users and the customer impact is minimal.” The leaked information mostly contained source code repository documents and a subset of payout details for streamers.
Twitch that someone was able to gain access to its servers due to a configuration change error. It fixed the issue and took measures to shore up its systems. “We take our responsibility to protect your data very seriously,” Twitch wrote. “We have taken steps to further secure our service, and we apologize to our community.”
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