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This Malware Infects Your Computer Without A Mouse Click

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Recently, researchers at Trend Micro and Dodge this security had discovered a technique in which hackers can launch the malware even if you don’t click anything. This is what makes this malware most dangerous. Since it triggers itself without even a click. Users just need to hover a mouse pointer over a hyperlink in a carrier PowerPoint file to trigger the malware. Well, the recent campaign is targeting companies and organizations in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. Victims are receiving emails which are mostly related to finance like “Invoice”, “Order” etc. with an attached PowerPoint presentation. The powerpoint file has a hyperlink in the center that displays “Loading…please wait” that is actually an embedded malicious PowerShell script. Once user hovers a mouse over the malicious link, it executes the script.

Digital assistants aims to serve love

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The major tech companies are putting these digital assistants, powered by artificial intelligence algorithms and activated by voice, into multiple products. It's a strategic thrust to enmesh you further in their ecosystems, deepening and potentially adding sources of revenue.What’s becoming loud and clear is that a machine’s ability to recognize and process speech will be integral to the "Internet of Things" universe, from wearable to connected cars, to home automation and appliances."The tech companies have realized that there is great value to be derived in collecting and aggregating customer input and they no longer care whether it is spoken initially or in the form of text," says Derek Top, the director of research at Opus Research, which specializes in "conversational commerce."Apple's Siri, most known as the voice on the iPhone, already makes its presence felt on the latest Apple TV box, on the Apple Watch and inside the vehicle you drive, v…

WannaCry Ransomware Is On Windows 10 Now

The world has just faced a huge ransomware attack. Wannacry Ransomware attack already hit companies across the world. Well, the Wannacry attack is one of the biggest ransom ware attacks of its kind. Security researchers are still busy developing fixes for the Wannacry ransomware. Well, Windows was affected massively across the world. The attack mostly targeted systems running on Windows XP. However, Windows 10 was probably safe against Wanna Cry ransom ware attacks because Microsoft has already issued a patch that effectively saved the ransom ware from causing any significant damage. Recently, researchers at Risk Sense have successfully managed to port the WannaCry exploit to infect Windows 10 as well. The technical details haven’t made public. However, users running the updated version of Windows 10 with all patches installed are likely to remain safe. As we all know that Wanna Cry had been spread by exploiting a vulnerability named Eternal Blue. Security researchers at Risk Sense b…

Thunderbolt Goes Royalty-Free as Intel Repositions It to Boost Adoption

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For the past few years, Thunderbolt has been more of a curiosity than a standard-bearer for device connectivity. While the standard was meant to usher in a new era of high-speed peripherals and device interconnects, this was limited to a few high-end products and mostly marketed towards Mac users. Several years ago, Intel combined Thunderbolt support with the USB-C standard, creating the potential for systems that were compatible with the latest and greatest USB standard with reversible plug support, while simultaneously supporting the increased bandwidth of Thunderbolt 3 (40Gbit/s). Now, Intel is going one step further : It’s making the Thunderbolt 3 standard royalty-free in a bid to attract attention for the standard and improve uptake from manufacturers. There are two other key components to this development. First, Intel is going to bake Thunderbolt 3 support into its future CPUs, likely as part of the on-die I/O capabilities. Here, the technology could be key to extending capabi…

New Chrome browser offers sysadmins new tools for mass deployment

Google is working with various businesses in giving them a reason to stop using Microsoft's Internet Explorer by offering system admins a new set of tools for mass deployment of its own new and improved Chrome browser. That Chrome is a safer product than IE is no secret in the internet community. The new Chrome enterprise bundle offers an MSI installer and various ADMX templates that allows system administrators to apply various policies determined in Microsoft's Group Policy Object Editor. The concept is to offer sysadmins the necessary tools to create various cuts of Chrome that meet their employers' policies, then send the appropriate versions to its users. It's a rather simple idea. Google has even baked a “Legacy Browser Support Extension” that can run Microsoft's Silverlight and ActiveX technology, for those who can't free themselves from those ancient plug-ins but do want to reduce their reliance on IE. Google has also announced that it now offers paid …

IBM and SAP work together on artificial intelligence technology

Last week, IBM and SAP delivered news that the two IT firms are placing their respective Watson and Leonardo artificial intelligences (AI) at cognitive procurement solutions that redefine the source-to-settle process. However, the announcement glossed over the fact that Big Blue already has a cloud procurement solution and is putting it aside. Well, sort of anyway. IBM's solution is called Emptoris (from a company of the same name) and was reported to have come with a $600 million price tag when IBM acquired it six years ago. To be sure, IBM acquired Emptoris to advance the Smarter Commerce play it ran a few years ago, in pursuit of what it described as a $20 billion market opportunity in software. Big Blue may not have been able to cash in on that opportunity however, since we learned yesterday that Emptoris is being discontinued and that users will be encouraged to move to SAP's Ariba system. A spokesperson said: “IBM continues to evolve its solutions portfolio based on the…

What's the ultimate limit of speed with optical fibre?

Here's a good question that some people may be wondering: what's the ultimate limit of speed today when optical fibre is concerned? As with many other topics in the IT industry, the answer depends on who you ask the question. Fiber optics is a technology that was developed in the early 1990s, and looks like it will soon be improving submarine fibre speeds around the globe. This comes from Dr Laurent Schmalen, department head at Nokia/Bell Labs's fibre division. Schmalen spoke about “constellation shaping” and the future of fibre research in the rapidly-changing communications industry. He asserted that two questions are on Bell Labs' mind at the moment-- 1) what's the ultimate limit of fibre, and 2) what are the near-term speeds can we achieve over the long run? In the short term however, Dr Schmalen asserted that the 'constellation shaping' technology it recently tested in conjunction with various social sites looks somewhat promising. Dr Schmalen said th…