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New Delhi, Nov 30: As governments and companies face an uphill task to stop hackers from stealing data, the Dark Web is providing them a safe haven, helping them scale up and execute massive data breaches, global cyber security firm McAfee has warned.

Dark Web is an encrypted network of websites and communities that exists outside of mainstream Internet culture.

“We are witnessing a scaling model called Ransomware-as-a-Service where criminals are hired by an entity to host everything, use their own infrastructure, tools and expertise and the employer gives them a target as well as the magnitude of attack,” Vincent Weafer, Vice President, McAfee Labs and Product Development, told IANS.

“Before carrying out the attack, hackers are clear that they would vanish if, in case, the attack fails. The hackers make sure that their employer gets caught and they escape,” Weafer added.

For example, encrypted software such as Tor’s ability to hide the identity of the attacker is key to cybercriminals. Tor is a free software for enabling anonymous communication.

The McAfee executive also said that crypto-currencies like Bitcoin are also a major reason why cyberattacks are increasing.

From a product point of view, Weafer said, there is little that cyber security companies can do to stop communication on the Dark Web, but they can help provide intelligence to the regulators.

“We are not looking at products that could track those criminals on the Dark Web but can provide expertise in terms of where and what information is flowing and which types of groups are operating. That information can be shared with regulators and governments because they are the ones who will be chasing the criminals,” Weafer said.

McAfee has assisted several law enforcement agencies in cybercrime cases and Raj Samani, Chief Scientist and McAfee Fellow, is a special advisor to the European Cybercrime Centre at The Hague.

Samani also leads the NoMoreRansomware.Org website — an initiative by the National High Tech Crime Unit of the Netherlands’ police and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre — that aims to help victims of ransomware retrieve their encrypted data without having to pay.

Samani said that the majority of the breaches worldwide were “SQL Injection” (a type of web application attack) issues where people were clicking on malicious links.

“I agree it is important for cybersecurity companies to stay ahead of the criminals and innovate continuously, but we must not forget the fact that a majority of the breaches were carried out because of fundamental errors,” Samani told IANS.

“WannaCrypt could have been patched. We knew its propagation method like 20 years ago. It was spread like old school worms used to attack across systems. Majority of the issues could have been stopped by just doing the basic fundamentals,” Samani noted.

When asked how cyber security companies are designing products to protect and help customers retrieve data, Weafer said whatever is happening in terms of the change in attack methodology and its impact, what people are doing and what hackers are going after, decides the product design.

McAfee protects over 300 million devices worldwide and has a presence in more than 2,000 companies, government institutions and healthcare.

In India, the company has got a retail presence and also works with top government institutions. McAfee has its largest research and development facility in Bengaluru that employs over 1,000 engineers.

For Samani, the first step to protect the data is keeping a back-up.

“The best way out is to back your data. As you read this, take a five-minute break, kick off a back-up and then continue with what you were doing. It doesn’t matter what hackers do — whether they leave your data encrypted or decrypt it (if you refuse to pay ransom) — you are covered. And make sure to go for offline back-ups as well,” Samani advised.

(Sourabh Kulesh can be contacted at [email protected])

By Sourabh Kulesh



YouTube Premiere adds new tools for more interactive experience





New Delhi, Dec 3 : YouTube has announced new features namely Live Redirect, Trailers, and Countdown Themes specifically designed to make its Premieres service more exciting.

“Since March 1, 2020, we have seen over 85 per cent growth in daily Premieres from over 8 million channels. And over 80 per cent of these channels had never before used Premieres. We want to continue enabling these real-time, communal experiences now more than ever. That’s why we are launching three new features to help creators,” the company said in a statement on Wednesday.

The first, Live Redirect, allows creators to livestream a pre-show before they release a new video and then automatically redirect viewers to their Premiere right before it starts. YouTube has been testing this feature for a couple of months.

Next, Trailers will allow users to upload a pre-recorded hype video that will be played on the watch page in advance of the Premiere. With the option to range from 15 seconds to 3 minutes in duration, it will help create an even more compelling experience and encourage viewers to set a reminder to tune into the Premiere.

Lastly, YouTube also announced the ability to set Countdown themes as a way to build excitement among the viewers. YouTube will offer a wide range of themes, vibes, and moods to choose from, such as calm, playful, dramatic and sporty, etc.

Live Redirect and Trailers have started rolling out to eligible creators starting today, and Countdown Themes will be available in the coming months.

“We can’t wait to see the new ways these features bring us together, giving your audience a front-row seat to your next Premiere. Give them a try and let us know what you think,” the company added.

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Some iPhone 12 series units losing LTE, 5G service: Report



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CUPERTINO (U.S.), Sept. 12, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Security personnel are seen inside Apple Park as a special event is CUPERTINO (U.S.), Sept. 12, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Phil Schiller, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing, introduces new iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus during a special event in Cupertino, California, the United States on Sept. 12, 2017. Apple Inc. released a series of new products and services in Cupertino on Tuesday. (Xinhua/IANS)

Since the end of October, a few hundred users have taken yo Apple’s forums to report that their iPhone 12 (with reports seemingly covering all fourmodels) drops the cellular connection on 5G and 4G networks. This seems to be happening more often with Verizon and AT&T users but T-Mobile clients experience the issue too.

Multiple reports arise of iPhone 12-series losing LTE and 5G service

A separate Reddit thread has been created just for this and owners of iPhone 12 say that this happens mostly while they are traveling by car. The workaround, for now, is to turn on the airplane mode on and off again. One of the commenters said that he was able to reach one of the PR execs and he confirmed that Apple is aware of the issue and is currently investigating. Perhaps a fix is on its way.

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UK bans installation of Huawei 5G telecom gear from Sep 2021

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Chinese telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, as national security risks to America’s communications networks.




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London: The UK government announced on Monday that the Chinese telecom giant Huawei will not be able to install its 5G equipments in the country from September 2021.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that as per its earlier decision, the UK carriers will no longer be able to install Huawei equipment beginning September 2021.

The UK government has laid out a roadmap for removing all telecoms equipment made by “high risk vendors,” including Huawei, from the country’s 5G network by 2027, reports CNET.

In July this year, the UK government had announced a ban on the purchase of new Huawei kits for 5G from next year and said that the Chinese telecom giant’s equipment will be completely removed from 5G networks by the end of 2027.

The telecoms operators have seven years to remove its existing technology from their 5G infrastructure at an expected cost of 2 billion pounds.

The decision came following new advice produced by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) on the impact of US sanctions against the telecommunications vendor.

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) designated Chinese telecom companies, Huawei and ZTE, as national security risks to America’s communications networks.

In a U-turn, the UK government that earlier allowed Huawei to sell its 5G technology in the country, signalled a tougher stand against the Chinese telecom giant.

Huawei called the decision “bad news for anyone in the UK with a mobile phone”.

Struggling to keep its consumer business afloat in the wake of the US sanctions, Huawei this month announced to sell off its Honor smartphone business assets to China-based Shenzhen Zhixin New Information Technology Co Ltd.

The company said that the sale — which could be around $15 billion according to multiple reports — will help Honor’s channel sellers and suppliers make it through this difficult time.

Honor smartphones have been hit by US sanctions that prevent Huawei from doing business with the US companies.

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