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Microsoft says that forcing Windows 10 on Windows 7/8.1 users was a ‘mistake’

Microsoft says forcing Windows 7/8.1 users to Windows Windows 10 was done by mistake

We had reported it earlier that Microsoft was forcing Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users to opt-in for Windows 10 operating system. Now Microsoft has issued a statement that this was being done by mistake.

Microsoft’s official response is:

As part of our effort to bring Windows 10 to existing genuine Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 customers, the Windows 10 upgrade may appear as an optional update in the Windows Update (WU) control panel. This is an intuitive and trusted place people go to find Recommended and Optional updates to Windows. In the recent Windows update, this option was checked as default; this was a mistake and we are removing the check.

Throughout the week, Microsoft forced Windows 7/8.1 users to opt for Windows 10 by automatically downloading a 6GB update package and barraging them with incessant popups that their PCs were ready for Windows 10 update. Earlier, Windows 7/8.1 users could opt-out of such process but now there is no longer an option to opt-out of upgrading altogether.

The fact that Microsoft wants you to upgrade to Windows 10 come whatever may is not lost when not even GWX Control Panel, a third-party tool that lets you manage or sidestep such updates, is not able to do so.

Believing Microsoft’s statement that it left the box checked causing the automatic upgrades, is pretty hard. It seems some top honcho in Microsoft with the permission of Satya Nadella was deliberately forcing Windows 7/8.1 users to upgrade to Windows 10.

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FBI says chip-based credit cards safer but need PIN to protect against fraud

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

The National Retail Federation today said it agreed with a warning from the FBI that new chip-based credit cards are safer than traditional cards but still vulnerable to fraud and need to be used with a PIN instead of a signature to minimize risk. “What the FBI is saying is what the rest of the world already sees as common sense,” NRF Senior Vice President and General Counsel Mallory Duncan said. “It’s the right thing to do, and we hope the banks are listening.” “Retailers are determined to protect their customers,” Duncan said. “That’s why we are pushing the banks to use all of the security the new cards are capable of providing, not just half. They shouldn’t lock the front door but leave the back door wide open.” In a warning issued on Thursday to consumers, merchants and law enforcement, the FBI praised Europay MasterCard Visa chip cards as being more secure than traditional magnetic stripe cards, but said they are “still vulnerable to fraud.” Despite card industry claims that the chips are difficult to counterfeit, the FBI said the cards “can be counterfeited using stolen card data obtained from the black market.” The bureau also said the chip […]

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Samsung says its mobile payments data is safe despite hack

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Samsung Electronics has said its mobile payment system is safe after a hacking attack against its US-based subsidiary LoopPay. An article in the New York Times on Wednesday said the hacking incident had occurred against LoopPay’s network in March. LoopPay, acquired by Samsung in February, developed the payment system used to run Samsung Pay — a competitor to Apple Pay. Samsung said user data was not at risk. In August, the Korean electronics giant launched its mobile wallet serviceSamsung Pay in South Korea, followed by a launch in the US in September. Samsung Pay competes against rival Apple’s pay facility, which launched last year and operates in the US and UK. Google offers a similar payment system. The mobile phone payment systems are designed to convince shoppers to use their handsets to make in-store purchases — rather than using cards. The New York Times article says Chinese hackers — the so-called Codoso Group — gained access to LoopPay’s office network and were not discovered until five months later in August. Samsung said its payment system “was not impacted and at no point was any personal payment information at risk”. The firm said it was an “isolated incident” and stressed that […]

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Snowden outlines government cellphone hacking tools, says he’s willing to do time in U.S.

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said Monday that he’s willing to return to the U.S. and serve time in prison but won’t allow the government to use him to punish other whistleblowers. “I’ve volunteered to go to prison with the government many times,” Snowden told the BBC’s Panorama. Snowden fled the U.S. after leaking sensitive information about the NSA that outraged the public. He’s currently in Russia. “What I won’t do is I won’t serve as a deterrent to people trying to do the right thing in difficult situations,” Snowden said. The NSA leaker told the BBC that the U.S. Department of Justice has yet to respond to his offer. Despite his willingness to pay the price for leaking U.S. secrets, Snowden hasn’t softened his criticism of government surveillance efforts. The whistleblower outlined a number of spy tools used by the British GCHQ intelligence agency, which shares assets with the United States’ NSA. “They want to own your phone instead of you,” he said of the agency’s “Smurf Suite” of phone hacking technology. “Dreamy Smurf is the power management tool which means turning your phone on and off with you knowing,” he said. “Nosey Smurf is the ‘hot mic’ […]

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India’s rising economic clout and plans to Digitise attracting cybercrime hacker, says report

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

India’s increasing economic clout and its ambitious plans to Digitise makes it an attractive target for cybercrime hackers and terror groups. Advanced Threat Report for Asia Pacific, a Regional Advanced Threat Report by security solutions firm – FireEye’s ‘1H 2015 has said that India has now become a plum target for cyber criminals. In the first half of 2015, 38% of the organizations have experienced consistent and targeted attacks, which has increased to 23% as compared to last year. The gravity of the situation can be gauged from the fact that India has been ranked fourth in Asia-Pacific countries experiencing the most Command-and-Control (CnC) infections. It hints at the fact that the infected systems are in communication with advanced persistent threat (APT) groups’ command-and-control infrastructure. India has embarked on ambitious projects like making India more digital, and the gaps or lacunae in communications are sure to be exploited by attackers. FireEye Chief Technology Officer (APAC), Bryce Boland added that the hackers could be targeting access to intellectual property, intelligence and critical infrastructure. The first half of 2015 saw two attacks that had originated in China. In the first half of 2015, FireEye revealed two attacks likely conducted by China-based threat […]

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Most nuclear plants not prepared for cyber attack, says Chatham House

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Most nuclear power plants around the world are not well prepared for cyber attacks, according to a report by international affairs think tank Chatham House. Many of the control systems used for nuclear plants, including those in the UK, are not well protected and are “insecure by design” said the report, which was based on an 18-month study of cyber defences in nuclear power plants around the world. The UK is leading cyber security in the international critical national infrastructure community, David Willacy, manager of digital risk and security at energy operator National Grid, told a Cyber Security Summit in London in July 2015. “But there is still a desperate need for real cultural change in the energy sector in the UK and elsewhere. Those in the energy sector need to realise they are no longer just engineering companies, but that they are IT engineering companies, because power networks are now completely reliant on IT to operate, and that security is only as good as the weakest link,” he said. A key finding of the report was that the infrequency of cyber security incident disclosure at nuclear facilities makes it difficult to assess the true extent of the problem and may lead nuclear industry personnel to believe there are few […]

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Don’t expect HTC to promise monthly security updates says company executive Jason Mackenzie

With rival smartphone manufacturers like LG and Samsung promising monthly security updates along with Google (for its Nexus devices), HTC Americas president Jason Mackenzie sent out a tweet yesterday that called such updates “unrealistic.” The monthly updates were a response to the Stagefright vulnerability, which first started getting noticed in July. At its peak, Stagefright left 95% of Android handsets open to attack. Hackers could use the exploit to take control of the microphone and the cameras on an Android phone, and grab personal information, all from a malicious MMS.

Early in August, …

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DxOMark says the Sony Xperia Z5’s camera is the best it’s tested so far

Earlier this month, when it announced the Xperia Z5, Sony said that the handset would come with “the best camera in a leading smartphone.” While we’ve yet to review the Z5 (the device hasn’t been released), the folks over at DxOMark – a website that’s well known for rating all kinds of camera sensors – have already tested the smartphone, not long after testing the brand new Google Nexus 6P.

As it turns out, DxOMark gave the Xperia Z5 the best mobile photo and video scores to date: 88 and 86, respectively, putting it slightly ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge (88 and 84, respectively) and …

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Next OnePlus phone will be a mid-range model says company executive

The upcoming OnePlus handset that company co-founder Carl Pei said would launch before Christmas, is a mid-range model that will be priced in a range between $180-$300. That comes from a report in today’s Economic Times, which quotes OnePlus India GM Vikas Agarwal as saying that the device is going to be released before the end of the year. The executive adds that while it will be a global release, the phone will be focused on Indian consumers.

Agarwal also said that it would be a lifestyle and fashion product, and would not be considered a flagship phone. That dovetails with a comment made …

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Analyst says Xiaomi Mi 5 could be launched before the year is out

Earlier this year, electronic industry analyst Pan Jiutang predicted that the first handset to contain the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset would be the Xiaomi Mi 5. The analyst figured that Qualcomm’s new high-end chip would be sent to manufacturers in December, with the first phones to use the Snapdragon 820 rolling out in March. But Mr. Pan has revised his forecast, and now sees the new Xiaomi flagship getting released as soon as December. That is, if Qualcomm has enough product to send out.

For Xiaomi, it has been well over a year since the launch of the Xiaomi Mi 4. That is a lifetime …

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