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Talk Talk faces hacking compensation bill running into millions


Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Talk Talk has conceded that it could face a compensation bill running into millions for customers whose bank accounts were raided after the telecoms company was targeted in a huge cyber-attack. The company, which has been accused of ignoring warnings that it was vulnerable to such attacks, has admitted that personal data belonging to all its four million customers could have been compromised. Talk Talk says it is now preparing to investigate thousands of cases in which customers say they have either had their bank accounts raided directly, or have lost money after being persuaded to hand over access to their home computers. It emerged last night that: * The latest cyber-attack on Talk Talk began as early as September 10, but have only just been made public * There have been at least three attacks on data belonging to Talk Talk customers in the last ten months * Victims have told The Telegraph they have lost life savings and valuable possessions as a result of being scammed following the data breaches * Scotland Yard has launched a major investigation into the hacking attack, including a ransom demand sent to the firm’s chief executive Talk Talk revealed on Thursday evening […]

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Lenovo Vibe X3 is put through GeekBench, running the Snapdragon 808 chipset

Earlier this month, China’s regulatory agency TENAA certified the Lenovo Vibe X3. The agency found that the phone has a Snapdragon 808 chipset inside, which means that there is a hexa-core CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU. And despite earlier rumors that the handset would feature a 5-inch display, it turns out that the unit carries a 5.5-inch screen.

Just the other day, the Lenovo Vibe X3 was put through the GeekBench benchmark test. The results? The phone scored a single-core tally of 863, while the multi-core result was 3167. The hexa-core CPU was running at 1.44GHz, 3GB of RAM was inside and …

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NextBit Robin is a new Android smartphone that wants to solve the problem of running out of storage space

Remember the “friggin’ awesome” smartphone that NextBit promised to unveil on September 1? Well, today is the day when we can see the handset and find out more about it. Called NextBit Robin, the new device is presented as “the only cloud-first smartphone”, as it offers 32 GB of internal memory, plus 100 GB of free online storage space.

The idea behind the NextBit Robin is that “the cloud is integrated right into Android OS.” The phone offloads unused apps and content to the cloud, and restores them only when you need them again. Data backups are automatically made via Wi-Fi, but you can …

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NASA’s photos of Mars: Signs of life or imagination running amok?

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

The NASA photos taken by the Mars Orbiter and the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers sparked speculations of alien life existing on the neighboring planet. While there are continuous debates wherein alien hunters and UFO enthusiasts push the idea of proof of life on Mars (and elsewhere), while NASA continues to maintain that there has yet to be confirmed proof of alien life found on Mars (or anywhere).

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

Conspiracy theorists for years have been keeping a close watch on the photos that have been transmitted back to Earth by NASA probes and “discovering” strange objects that they say proves the existence of extraterrestrial activity on Mars. For example, lizards, mermaids, petroglyphs, artifacts, jelly donuts, traffic lights, and various other somewhat recognizable objects all appears to exist together in the open dusty spaces of the red planet.

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

The latest arrival, where the alien hunters cited that the evidence found is that of a crashed rock shaped miniature spaceship on Mars.

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

“I found this anomaly in the latest Curiosity Rover photo. The black object looks like a crashed UFO,” writes Scott C. Waring on the UFO Sightings Daily website.

The craft is only about 2.5-3 meters across, so it probably only held a few passengers. Since many of the figures we found on Mars are about 5-8 cm tall, then we can conclude that his [sic]ship could carry about 20-40 passengers.”

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

Perhaps too far sighted but not as far as the discovery of a giant Martian crab in early August or for that matter the “strange woman” appearing briefly at the Curiosity rover last month or like the levitating rock in June.

One NASA scientist says there’s a perfectly good explanation for these sightings. Speaking to CNN, Ashwin Vasavada, a scientist who works on the Mars rover project, said that much of “sightings” suggest a psychological process known as paradoleia, or the brain’s recognition as familiar objects or patterns things even though it’s not actually there. For instance, cloud-shapes, face of a man in the moon, seeing the image of the Virgin Mary in a grilled-cheese sandwich, or even a tiny woman wandering around Mars.

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

“We have color HD cameras on this rover that far exceed anything ever sent to the planet before, and yet in order to find these things that kind of trick your brain into thinking it’s a mermaid or whatever, you do have to zoom in where it’s kind of a fuzzy shadow at that point,” he added.

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

Remembering the photo of a tiny woman wandering around Mars, he said “That photo was up in a place we are studying, a place we call a ‘geologic contact’ where there is a lot of sandstone next to mud that formed at the bottom of an ancient lake.”

“Now, three billion years after that happened, little drifts of sand are following down the hill … when you zoom in and kind of look at the light and shadows, it does look like a little figure of a woman,” he admits. “But she would be a few inches tall and hasn’t moved in months, so we don’t think that’s what it is.”

Bizarre Mars photos: Does alien life really exists?

It is very interesting to see how people’s imagination work claiming the things they see in Curiosity’s photos, Vasavada says. However, his team does not take them seriously, he adds hoping that NASA will discover signs of intelligent life on Mars in the future.

In fact, many of the “alien” objects found in the photos taken by other NASA explorers and Curiosity have been quite small. Ironically, a recent study indicated for those searching for alien life, particularly intelligent alien life, when found would be quite a bit larger than the average human being.

“There is no group that would be (happier) to see such a thing than the 500 scientists around the world who work on this Curiosity rover,” he says. “So far we haven’t seen anything that is so obvious that it would be similar to what these claims are.”

“We have no evidence of Martian iguanas or rats at this time,” he says. “One of the best things we found is that Mars could support life, (but) if anything we think it’s microbial life that’s possible at this time. Things like rats and iguanas would be way further up the food chain that we think Mars may have ever gotten to.”

Just the other day, Vasavada says someone on the Internet “found a place where a meteor had struck Mars while we were there roaming, so that is pretty fantastic.”

For Vasavada, the bizarre thing about the thousands of photos taken by Curiosity is how they are not really strange at all.

“The thing that keeps coming back to me every single day is how un-weird it is, how much it looks like Earth,” he says. “It’s just fascinating that (on) Mars, even today, you can see the landscapes formed in similar ways that deserts and other places on Earth formed. It’s kind of mind-blowing.”

It is not as a overwhelmingly impressive find as a Martian; however, Vasavada recommends patience.

“We are working our way to answering what is a very difficult scientific question,” he says. “It’s unfortunately not going to be as easy as seeing a mermaid in a picture.”

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Video shows original BlackBerry Passport and Silver Edition model both running Android

This past weekend, we showed you images of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android 5.1. According to the speculation that accompanied the photos, BlackBerry is planning to release an Android powered Passport in the second quarter of 2016, provided that an Android flavored BlackBerry Venice slider does well.

Today, a video has surfaced showing an original BlackBerry Passport, and the same Silver Edition that appeared in the photographs the other day, both running Android. The video shows the settings of the Silver Edition version, and also shows the handset going through Quick …

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BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition captured on video running Android

Before the weekend kicked off, the folks over at 4GNews posted up some images of the BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition running Android Lollipop but what most folks missed was that the images were taken from a video. Rather then posting just those images, we decided to wait and see if the video would pop up and sure enough, it has now appeared. The device appears to be the same device that leaked out earlier but this time around, we get a good look of it in action running through some of the settings as well as the Google Play Store.

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Wi-Fi calling coming to certain Apple iPhone models running iOS 9 on Rogers and Fido

Why should AT&T users have all of the fun of using Wi-Fi calling on their iOS 9 powered iPhone? As it turns out, if you live north of the border in Canada, both Rogers and its Fido subsidiary will also be offering Wi-Fi calling to iPhone users running iOS 9. If this sounds familiar, it is because Rogers promised lat year that Wi-Fi calling would be available with iOS 8, but could not make it happen.

The speculation is that last year Rogers had problems with calls getting handed off from cellular to Wi-Fi. That is not supposed to be an issue this time around. Documents obtained by Mobile …

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Lenovo’s ZUK Z1 will be launched internationally running Cyanogen OS 12.1

ZUK is a brand new Lenovo-backed company which, according to its own description, wants to take “aim at both mobile Internet, and Internet of Things (IoT).” Until now, ZUK announced only one product: the ZUK Z1 smartphone. Currently available only in China, the Z1 will also be released internationally, and ZUK announced that it has partnered with Cyanogen for this.

The international version of the ZUK Z1 will run Cyanogen OS 12.1 (based on Android Lollipop), thus being different from the Chinese model, which runs a version of Android Lollipop tailored for China.

Different software …

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BlackBerry’s new Passport Silver Edition spotted running Android

The idea of BlackBerry dropping a smartphone that runs Android is one that piques the interest of many, and in the run-up to the all new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition, it was believed that the Canadian firm might finally take the bait. It wasn’t to be on this occasion, with the refined, shiny new handset packing the more predictable BB10 software, but a new clip has offered a tantalising peek at what might have been. 

BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone could make its way to the market before the end of this year, if reports on the matter are to be considered reliable. …

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Police just arrested 4 men suspected of running scams tied to one of the biggest data breaches in history

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

US and Israeli law enforcement officials have arrested four men for suspected involvement in cyber blackmail and stock manipulation scams believed to be tied to the 2014 JPMorgan data breach. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported the arrests of Anthony Murgio, Yuri Lebedev, Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein and late on Tuesday. Bitcoin ‘ransomware’ Murgio and Lebedev are believed to have run an illegal Bitcoin money laundering exchange. (Bitcoins are a cryptographic currency that facilitate semi-anonymous transactions online.) The exchange was reportedly in violation of US federal anti-money laundering (AML) laws and made money by charging customers, many of which the FBI believe are engaged in criminal activity, to swap cash for Bitcoins. The FBI claims Murgio specifically exchanged cash for Bitcoins for victims of “ransomware” — a form of malware that locks victims out of their computer and demands they pay an unlock fee, often in Bitcoins. If true this would make him a co-conspirator in the illegal cyber blackmail operations. The FBI estimates the exchange earned the two at least $1.8m between October 2013 and January 2015. The specific charges against the two are: Conspiracy to operate an unlicensed money transmitting business. Operating an unlicensed money […]

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