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Huawei has already confirmed that it'll unveil a new batch of flagship smartphones, the P30 series, on March 26, 2019. Now, in what can only be described as a fairly unique marketing ploy, Huawei has started to reveal details about its as-yet-unannounced handsets ahead of the hotly-anticipated press conference next month. Huawei Vice President of Global Product Marketing Clement Wong has confirmed the P30 Pro will boast a new, periscope-style “superzoom” camera. Leaked images had already suggested the new flagship phone would include a 10x optical zoom feature akin to the system Oppo debuted at Mobile World Congress last month. Huawei Vice President Wong stopped short of confirming exactly what level of zoom customers can expect from the next handset, refusing to confirm the rumored 10x optical zoom functionality. However, Wong did tell AndroidCentral that the new periscope system would do  “something nobody [has done] before," which could hint towards an even greater level of zoom than rival Oppo has managed, or could suggest Huawei has managed to squeeze a mechanical zooming lens onto the back of its next smartphone. Either way, we're very excited. Wong also promised the P30 series will bring improvements to night mode. According to the executive, the new solution will be able to go further than “software-only” systems favored by rivals – an extremely thinly-veiled jibe at the Night Sight feature rolled-out to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL last year. Floow the upcoming launch of this amazing device on OUR FORUM.

The number of Android users attacked by banking malware saw an alarming 300% increase in 2018, with 1.8 million of them being impacted by at least one such attack during the last year. While in 2016 the overall number of attacked users was of 786,325 and during 2017 it dropped to 515,816, in April 2018 the number of attacks went on a severely increasing trend. The growth in the number of incidents reached the highest values during June and September, the year ending with an astounding 1,799,891 of users having been hit by at least one Android banking malware family. Out of the total number of Android users affected by financial malware, the highest percentage was found in Russia, South Africa, and the United States, while 85% of the attacks were conducted by bad actors using only three banking malware families. According to Kaspersky Lab's "Financial Cyber threats in 2018" report, "Asacub peaked more than twice to almost 60%, followed by Agent(14.28%) and Svpeng (13.31%). All three of them experienced explosive growth in 2018, especially Asacub as it peaked from 146,532 attacked users in 2017 to 1,125,258. While Asacub was also the top dog in the Android banking malware rankings in 2017, during 2018 this Android malware family was behind 58% of all detected attacks, more than doubling its "market share."  For the full scope of this banking malware problem visit OUR FORUM.

Google recommends users of Windows 7 to give it up and move to Microsoft’s latest operating system if they want to keep systems safe from a zero-day vulnerability exploited in the wild. The security bug affects Windows win32k.sys kernel driver and leads to privilege escalation on Windows 7. Google saw the Windows vulnerability in targeted attacks, chained with a zero-day vulnerability (CVE-2019-5786) in Chrome browser that received a patch on March 1 with the release of version 72.0.3626.121. The kernel driver vulnerability could also serve for sandbox escaping when chained with other browser security faults, so Windows users could still be impacted even if they applied correctly the most recent update for Google Chrome. Exploitation of the vulnerability in the wild targeted Windows 7 systems. Google believes that this is the only version of the OS where it works because the exploit mitigations Microsoft introduced in the newer versions of OS, Windows 10 in particular, would prevent it. If you still run an older version of Windows, the recommendation is to upgrade to Windows 10 and keep it updated with the newest patches. “The vulnerability is a NULL pointer dereference in win32k!MNGetpItemFromIndex when NtUserMNDragOver() system call is called under specific circumstances,”  writes Clement Lecigne, member of Google’s Threat Analysis Group. Further details are posted on OUR FORUM.

Scammers pretending to be employees of the Social Security Administrations have caused last year losses of at least $16.6 million. Reports of the SSA scam have skyrocketed last year, records from the US Federal Trade Commission showing that there were over 63,000 reports of this particular fraud since January 2018. This is almost 20 times more than the reports recorded in 2017 when 3,200 people called about the SSA voice phishing (vishing). That year, the money losses were close to $210,000. Even if the latest official statistics are worrying, the actual numbers are likely higher because not all the victims register a complaint. Fraudsters come up with all sorts of reasons to elicit information from the victims or make them lose money. The purpose of the scam is to get the victim to send money through non-conventional methods or to obtain sufficient information that could be used for identity theft or applying for loans. There are multiple variations of the SSA phone fraud, but they all have some things in common. Pretending to be an SSA employee, the scammer at the other end of the line explains that the call was prompted by suspicions of crime-related activities or that someone used it to apply for credit cards. The deceit is further fueled by the fact that swindlers spoof the number of the SSA to make it look like the call is legitimate. Learn more by visiting OUR FORUM.

Fujitsu has posted a comparability matrix for its solutions that seemingly lists the entire lineup for Intel's new 9th-Generation processors. Intel's initial announcement of the 9th Generation lineup occurred in October 2018 in a limited fashion: The company only introduced three models spanning its Core i5, i7 and i9 lines, with the expectation that more would come in the future. Intel later announced the Core i5-9400 at CES 2019, but it'd make sense for Intel to continue expanding the lineup. Now, as spotted by TechPowerUp, Fujitsu has listed several new 9th-Gen processors in a compatibility document for its line of desktop motherboards. Many of these processors have already been known about, due to a steady cadence of leaks around Intel's new F-series processors that lack integrated graphics units. The new listing apparently whips the covers off Intel's new line of T-series processors, which are variants that feature a lower 35W TDP rating for fanless and space-constrained systems. Other models, such as the new F-Series Pentiums, already leaked last month. The document also lists several new Xeon E-Series processors, including the eight-core E-2288G and E-2278G, along with vague listings of E-22xxG and E-22xx models that land with either four or six cores. Intel hasn't officially announced several of the new models, so a timeline for retail availability remains unknown. The company announced the Core i5-9400 and 9400F at CES 2019, but while the GPU-disabled Core i5-9400F is already available, we have yet to see the Core i5-9400 on retailers shelves. We have the complete lineup posted on OUR FORUM.

On March 1, 2019, Microsoft began pushing out Windows 10 KB4482887 to October 2018 Update machines. This cumulative update advances the system to Windows 10 Build 17763.348 and it comes with tons of improvements, including support for Retpoline which will eventually improve the performance of Spectre, patched PCs. The update has also fixed bugs associated with Action Center, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer, and other core components. As per reports on social media platforms, Microsoft’s most recent Windows 10 update appears to be causing considerable grief for gamers. After installing this update, some folks have hit gaming issues when playing certain games such as Destiny 2. A post on Reddit notes that games such as Destiny 2 may launch with unbearable performance issues. For instance, there’ll be noticeable lags when playing Destiny 2 on PCs with certain GPUs after installing the update. There is another bug where FPS has drastically reduced on high-end PCs. “I was pulling my hair out trying to figure out why Destiny 2 suddenly dropped 40 frames,” a user noted in a Reddit discussion. “I also had this issue, where when I moved my mouse I saw a loss from 60 fps to about 35 and the game began to fall behind and my audio quality distorted another fix is to resort to a controller, which I know us PC master race people groan and moan about that but it did fix my instance, hope it can help someone else,” another user noted. REad more on OUR FORUM.

 

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