Watch out – scammers are impersonating DHL and DPD this Black Friday

Fake text messages impersonating well-known delivery companies have risen rapidly in recent weeks, with scammers expected to take full advantage of the upcoming Black Friday retail spree. Cybersecurity firm Proofpoint has reported a significant recent surge in SMS scams – known as ‘smishing’ – that pretend to be from legitimate delivery companies, particularly DHL and DPD. In Q4 of 2020, Proofpoint found fraudulent courier messages accounted for 16% of all smishing scams, whereas in the same period for 2021 they accounted for 56%. Overall, UK smishing attacks increased by 105%…

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Millions of Android devices at risk of attack due to Arm Mali GPU driver flaws

Millions of Android devices are at risk of cyberattacks due to the slow and cumbersome patching process plaguing the decentralized mobile platform.  Cybersecurity researchers from Google’s Project Zero team discovered a total of five vulnerabilities affecting the Arm Mali GPU driver.  The flaws have been grouped under two identifiers – CVE-2022-33917, and CVE-202236449, and they allow threat actors a myriad of options, from accessing free memory sections, to writing outside of buffer bounds. They’ve all gotten a severity score of “medium”.  More OEMs, slower patches The flaws have since been…

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3D NAND sales plummet across the globe as demand falls

Demand for 3D NAND memory dropped sharply during the third quarter of 2022, causing the overall NAND manufacturing industry’s revenue to drop 24.3% quarter-over-quarter, according to research from market intelligence firm TrendForce. The NAND Flash industry recorded total revenue of around US$13.71 billion for 3Q22, which Trendforce linked to below-expectation numbers in terms of overall shipments of end products, such as consumer electronics, workstations, and servers, linked to a generally pessimistic economic outlook and lower capital expenditures from firms. 3D NAND shipments dropped 6.7% during the quarter as per the…

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This fake MSI Afterburner is going after gamers’ passwords

Advanced PC users who like to tweak how their GPU performs are being targeted with malware, researchers are saying.  A number of websites have been detected advertising a fraudulent version of MSI Afterburner, which instead installs cryptocurrency miners and infostealers on the affected endpoints. MSI Afterburner is a program that allows users to modify how their graphics cards behave, allowing users to tweak overclocking, track the card’s temperature, and many other tasks. Even though it was built by PC maker MSI, it works with almost any graphics card, which soon…

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This Roblox Chrome extension had a sneaky security backdoor

Roblox users are being targeted with malicious Google Chrome browser extensions that look to steal their passwords and personal data.  Two separate Google Chrome extensions called SearchBlox, boasting more than 200,000 downloads combined, were found to be carrying backdoors that allow the attackers to steal Roblox credentials, as well as assets sitting on Rolimons, a Roblox trading website.  SearchBlox was being hosted on the Chrome Web Store, where it was advertised as search engines allowing users to quickly look through Roblox servers for a desired player. However, both carried backdoors…

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The US military is going all-in on zero-trust

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has published an official document detailing how it plans on integrating Zero Trust Network Access (ZTNA) in all of its departments, from technology, to cybersecurity, to human resources.  The “DoD Zero Trust Strategy” outlines how the entire DoD and all of its departments need to have the Zero Trust framework firmly in place by 2027. “This shift in philosophy is a significant change in legacy authentication and security mechanisms,” the paper reads. “It also represents a major cultural change that stakeholders throughout the DoD…

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Most of us really want to start delegating work tasks to AI already

Task delegation in the workplace is nothing new, but a survey from The Harris Poll has identified one key difference as we look toward the future: workers will soon be delegating repetitive tasks to AI. According to the research, almost three-quarters (72%) of American workers would consider delegating tasks like invoicing, auditing, and reporting, to AI, allowing them to focus on more challenging tasks and work that requires more manual input, like project management. The results also indicated that Gen Z is more interested in AI than previous generations as…

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It’s official – Kubernetes has never been more popular

The majority of cloud developers are now using Kubernetes and containers as part of their daily operations, according to new research from Civo which found 51% of those are doing so. Of those deploying Kubernetes, 57% of the 1,000 cloud developers surveyed said they had seen an increase in the amount of Kubernetes clusters running within their organization over the last 12 months. The overall level of adoption differed depending on which type of IT environment you look at: 35% of those surveyed are deploying Kubernetes via on-premises servers, while…

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Dyson V15 Detect Absolute review

Dyson makes some of the best vacuum cleaners on the market, featuring impressive suction power and a range of high-tech features to make one of the most monotonous household chores as quick and painless as possible. Its latest cordless vacuum, the Dyson V15 Detect Absolute, is no exception – it’s the most powerful cordless vacuum the brand has ever produced, and Dyson has also redesigned the hard-floor cleaning head to include a laser that highlights microscopic dust particles that would otherwise remain invisible to the naked eye.  JUMP TO Dyson…

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Digital transformation could be at risk from developer burnout

The pressures of filling developer positions with qualified, suitably-skilled candidates is holding back many businesses from achieving full success, new research has claimed. On top of the struggle to bring in fresh talent, existing developers are feeling the pressure, as companies struggle to recruit developers quickly enough. Rapidly rising workloads are increasing faster than the workforce can grow, Dynatrace notes, and if the problem goes unaddressed, it could increasingly lead to developer burnout, putting digital transformation at risk. Developer jobs It gets worse, though, because this knife is two-sided. Dynatrace…

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