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The holiday shopping season is in full swing, with Black Friday and Cyber Monday just around the corner, and scammers have been getting ready to cash in from their fraud campaigns. While some fraudsters target the online landscape fooling shoppers with lookalike domains, others focus on customers of brick and mortar retail stores. The latter take advantage of the flood of legitimate discounts to trick potential victims into giving information that could be used for attacks all year round. Researchers at ZeroFOX combed the internet for holiday-themed fraud campaigns and found more than 60,000 potential scams, most of them aimed at consumers in the market for regular products that do not fit the luxury category. The cybersecurity company noticed that the scammers attracted victims with the promise of gift cards, giveaways, discounts, or coupons. Since user data was the coveted prize, all cybercriminals had to do was create an appealing post directing victims to malicious websites. According to ZeroFOX, this type of post is likely advertised found on social media and digital platforms. The link in the post above leads to a landing page with multiple fake giveaways. The poor design of the page should serve as a warning, and so should the request to input personal information such as phone number, gender, date of birth, and street address. Most of the keywords likely to lead to a retail scam that was noticed by the researchers during their study are related to gift-giving. However, posts from unknown accounts on social media that contain 'holiday,' 'Christmas,' 'Thanksgiving' or Black Friday and Cyber Monday should also be regarded with suspicion. ZeroFOX says that the fraudulent domains they found can be spotted as they typically combine specific keywords ('login,' 'verify,' 'free,' 'deal,' 'verification,' 'coupon') with a call to action like logging in or verifying an account to continue. Some of the words The researchers note that they did not check all the domains that came up during their search but the probability of them serving content is high since they all had a TLS certificate, which requires extra effort. A small sample of the websites was verified, though, and the results were expected: phishing, giveaway/coupon scams, and some dubious Chrome extensions. For more turn to OUR FORUM.

Huawei is the company you can’t write off. Sure, it has problems with the U.S. government and its latest phone, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, is still awaiting a wide release outside China, but it still manages to achieve surprising things. Huawei is the company you can’t write off. Sure, it has problems with the U.S. government and its latest phone, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro, is still awaiting a wide release outside China, but it still manages to achieve surprising things. The Huawei Mate 20 X, a huge phone with a whopping 7.2in display, most recently updated to a 5G version, has beaten every other phone tested in this way by DXOMark. The company said that the Huawei phone was released as a multimedia powerhouse, and it praised the phone extensively, comparing it favorably to phones including the latest Apple flagship, the iPhone 11 Pro Max. It is also the only Android phone we’ve tested that scored above Apple’s large-screen iPhone XS Max—although only by one point. The Mate 20 X did particularly well when playing back movies and music, achieving a substantially higher score for those use cases than any of the other phones we have tested. Okay, so it’s only just better than the latest iPhone, just one point, but it pretty conclusively beats the Samsung Galaxy S10+. So, what does that mean? Well, for a start, it confirms that Huawei phones are increasingly well-crafted and offer genuine standouts. But perhaps it also shows Huawei to be ahead of the curve. Audio quality is only just becoming a thing, though several phone manufacturers, such as Nokia, for instance, have been boasting of their handsets’ sound capabilities for some time. But with bigger screens, designed to let you watch the video and play games, better audio becomes increasingly important. Huawei’s skill is that as it improves the camera, screen, battery life and innovation levels on its phones, it’s not neglecting any part of the package, recognizing audio as an aspect that needs careful attention, too. Be sure and read more at OUR FORUM.

Huawei is one of China’s biggest consumer electronics companies with a wide range of mobile and laptop products. That company has had to pull out of the U.S. market as a result of the USA’s trade war with China. However, that trade war has been easing in recent months. Now Microsoft has confirmed the U.S. Department of Commerce has accepted the big M’s request to resume exporting mass-market software to Huawei. Earlier in 2019, the Americans placed Huawei on the Entity List. That is a list of companies that the U.S. considers a national security threat. The Americans placed Huawei on that list largely due to concerns that the company was assisting Chinese espionage. As a consequence, the Trump administration effectively blocked Microsoft and other U.S. companies selling products and tech to Huawei. Under such circumstances, Huawei has had to withdraw from the U.S. market and postpone the release of Windows laptops. Furthermore, Huawei has had to look toward alternative non-Microsoft platforms for its laptops, such as Deepin Linux. However, the USA and China have resumed trade talks since August 2019 as the trade war has become increasingly detrimental. The U.S. relies a lot on Chinese manufacturing, and China’s companies need America’s biggest software (primarily Android and Windows). With the trade war easing, Microsoft requested a license to sell mass-market software to Huawei. The big M confirmed the Department of Commerce has accepted the request as follows: On Nov. 20, the U.S. Department of Commerce granted Microsoft’s request for a license to export mass-market software to Huawei. It remains somewhat unclear what mass-market software actually amounts to. However, it might mean that Microsoft can resume Windows OS exports to Huawei. If so, Huawei’s Windows laptops might become broadly available again (especially in the MS Store). Stay updated on Huawei and more by visiting OUR FORUM.

Even in our polarized and right vs. left political paradigm, there is one thing both republicans and democrats can agree on: The federal government should have vast snooping powers and conduct mass surveillance on everyone. They simply disagree over who should be in charge of abusing those excessive powers. The impeachment circus did one thing successfully. It took attention from the government’s mass surveillance programs that are constantly expanded. As Reason proposed: If Democrats really feared Donald Trump’s exercise of the powers of the presidency, why would they propose extending the surveillance powers of the controversial Patriot Act?
House Democrats have successfully slipped an unqualified renewal of the draconian PATRIOT Act into an emergency funding bill – voting near-unanimously for sweeping surveillance carte blanche that was the basis for the notorious NSA program.
Via theduran http://www.shtfplan.com/headline-news/republicans-democrats-agree-give-vast-snooping-powers-to-the-u-s-government_11212019

The FCC has stripped away federal subsidies from Huawei and ZTE, two Chinese telecoms giants that have been deemed as national security threats in recent years due to their ties to the Chinese government. “Both Huawei and ZTE have close ties to the Chinese government and military apparatus and are subject to Chinese laws requiring them to assist with espionage, a threat recognized by other federal agencies and the governments of other nations,” The FCC said on Friday. “The public funds in the FCC’s USF, which subsidizes U.S. broadband deployment and service through four separate programs, must not endanger national security through the purchase of equipment from companies posing a national security risk.” For Huawei especially, this move comes as just one more blow from the US. While the firm has begun to resume trade with US firms like Microsoft, the relationship is still far from stable at the moment. Huawei says that it hasn’t been employed for espionage, but its pleas continue to fall on deaf ears. It’s not like the firm is squeaky clean either. “We take these actions based on evidence in the record as well as longstanding concerns from the executive and legislative branches about the national security threats posed by certain foreign communications equipment manufacturers, most particularly Huawei and ZTE. Both companies have close ties to China’s Communist government and military apparatus. Both companies are subject to Chinese laws broadly obligating them to cooperate with any request from the country’s intelligence services and to keep those requests secret. Both companies have engaged in conduct like intellectual property theft, bribery, and corruption,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said. “Given the threats posed by Huawei and ZTE to America’s security and our 5G future, this FCC will not sit idly by and hope for the best.” It appears that daily the current administration continues to restrict Huawei from doing business in the United States without producing any evidence substantiating their claim, or the Attorney's General filing charges of espionage against the communication giant. If the United States Government can destroy an Internationally acclaimed mega-corporation without due process imagine what they could do to a smaller company or an individual citizen without offering proof of a crime or them having their day in court to face their accuser. Follow this and everything Huawei by visiting OUR FORUM.

Profiles and contact info found on unsecured Google Cloud server. A massive four-terabyte trove of sensitive personal data belonging to over a billion profiles has been found on an unsecured Google Cloud server - its owner still a mystery - in one of the largest single-source data leaks ever. The mountain of data, including phone numbers, email addresses, and social media profiles, was sitting unprotected on an anonymous server hosted on the Google Cloud when security researchers Vinny Troia and Bob Diachenko found it while scanning for vulnerabilities last month. After they reported the massive exposure to the FBI, it disappeared within hours. It’s not clear who accessed it before Troia and Diachenko, and what they did with the data, but the sheer enormity of the leak, with 1.2 billion unique data profiles potentially slurped up by malicious actors, is enough to cause alarm. The information was likely obtained in four chunks from so-called “data enrichment” companies, Troia suggested in a blog post on Friday announcing his discovery. These entities allow a customer to use a single piece of information on a person, even just their name, to access potentially hundreds more data points - anything from email address to preferred social activities. Two data enrichers - People Data Labs and OxyData.io - were discovered to be the sources for the data on the rogue server. However, after communicating with both companies, Troia was satisfied that the server did not belong to either. Its owner could have bought the data from them and just left it lying around unsecured - without any further information about the server’s owner, there was little that could legally be done.

 

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