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From: sylvester805/8/2017 5:23:28 AM
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Website of Popular Mac Software Hacked to Spread Malware
Sunday, May 07, 2017 Swati Khandelwal

If you have recently downloaded the popular open source video transcoder app HandBrake on your Mac, there are chances that your computer is infected with a notorious Remote Access Trojan (RAT).

The HandBrake team issued a security alert on Saturday, warning Mac users that one of its mirror servers to download the software has been compromised by hackers.

In case you aren't aware, HandBrake is an open source video transcoder app that allows Mac users to convert multimedia files from one format to another.


According to the HandBrake team, an unknown hacker or group of hackers compromised the download mirror server (download.handbrake.fr) and then replaced the Mac version of the HandBrake client (HandBrake-1.0.7.dmg) with a malicious version infected with a new variant of Proton.

Originally discovered in February on a Russian underground hacking forum, Proton is a Mac-based remote access trojan that gives attackers root access privileges to the infected system.

The affected server has been shut down for investigation, but the HandBrake team is warning that anyone who has downloaded HandBrake for Mac from the server between May 2 and May 6, 2017, has a "50/50 chance" of getting their Mac infected by Proton.

How to Check if You're Infected?
The HandBrake team has provided instructions for less technical folks, who can check if they've been infected.

Head on to the OSX Activity Monitor application, and if you see a process called "Activity_agent" there, you are infected with the trojan.

You can also check for hashes to verify if the software you have downloaded is corrupted or malicious. The infected app is signed with the following hashes:
SHA1: 0935a43ca90c6c419a49e4f8f1d75e68cd70b274
SHA256: 013623e5e50449bbdf6943549d8224a122aa6c42bd3300a1bd2b743b01ae6793If you have installed a HandBrake.dmg with the above checksums, you are infected with the trojan.

How to Remove the Proton RAT?
The HandBrake developers have also included removal instructions for Mac users who have been compromised.

Follow the following instructions to remove the Proton Rat from your Mac:

Step 1: Open up the "Terminal" application and run the following command:
launchctl unload ~/Library/LaunchAgents/fr.handbrake.activity_agent.plistrm -rf ~/Library/RenderFiles/activity_agent.app
Step 2: If ~/Library/VideoFrameworks/ includes proton.zip, remove the folder.

Step 3: once done, you should remove any installations of Handbrake.app you may find.

However, instead of stopping here; head on to your settings and change all the passwords that are stored in your OS X KeyChain or any browser password stores, as an extra security measure.

Meanwhile, Mac users who have updated to HandBrake version 1.0 or later are not affected by the issue, as it uses DSA signatures to verify the downloaded files, so malware-tainted version reportedly would not pass the DSA verification process.

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To: zax who wrote (32114)5/14/2017 12:14:08 AM
From: Heywood40
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Market Cap updates:

AAPL ...................813

MSFT/LNVGY ......532

WMT ....................230

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From: zax5/17/2017 10:09:44 AM
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Qualcomm on Wednesday sued the manufacturers that make iPhones for Apple for failing to pay royalties on the chip maker's technology, widening its legal battle with the world's most valuable company. Qualcomm's lawsuit, filed Wednesday in a federal district court in San Diego, accuses Compal, Foxconn, Pegatron, and Wistron of breaching longstanding patent-licensing agreements with Qualcomm by halting royalty payments on Qualcomm technology used in iPhones and iPads.

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To: Heywood40 who wrote (32119)5/17/2017 10:59:49 AM
From: sylvester80
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It never fails... you show up and POS CRAPple down 3%....ROTFLMFAO... too funny... best contrarian indicator EVER... thanks for the money...

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (32121)5/17/2017 12:23:40 PM
From: Jon Koplik
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Also -- the phony from Omaha also showed up in AAPL.

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To: sylvester80 who wrote (32121)5/17/2017 3:13:05 PM
From: Heywood40
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Ouch! It's all the way back down to levels not seen since last week, when it set a new all-time high.

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From: Jon Koplik5/20/2017 7:55:17 PM
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Apple / Apple building on cover of latest Wired magazine. Top ?

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To: Jon Koplik who wrote (32124)5/20/2017 8:37:48 PM
From: Heywood40
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Wired sees Apple at the top every 11 years or so:


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From: Jon Koplik5/22/2017 2:19:02 PM
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<<<<< Although Apple has heavily promoted Apple Pay as an alternative to paying with a credit card at retail stores, in apps and on websites, it has not gained much traction with consumers or merchants. >>>>>

My favorite part of this :


nytimes.com


MAY 21, 2017


Apple Pay Violates Patents Held by Security Technology Inventor, Lawsuit Alleges


By VINDU GOEL

SAN FRANCISCO -- A small Boston company, founded by the inventor of a popular corporate encryption technology called RSA SecurID, sued Apple and Visa on Sunday, arguing that the Apple Pay digital payment technology violates its patents.

The lawsuit, filed by Universal Secure Registry in Federal District Court in Delaware, says that its chief executive, Kenneth P. Weiss, received 13 patents for authentication systems that use a smartphone, biometric identification such as a fingerprint and the generation of secure one-time tokens to conduct financial transactions.

In the suit and in an interview, Mr. Weiss said he had extensive meetings in 2010 with Visa officials, including its chief executive at the time, to discuss working together on the technology. In the interview, he said that Visa had signed a 10-year nondisclosure agreement to gain access to the technology, assigned engineers to fully understand the details, but then dropped further communication without securing a license.

Mr. Weiss said he also wrote to Apple at the same time seeking to license his technology, but the iPhone maker never responded to his inquiries.

Three years later, Visa began work on the Apple Pay technology with Apple, MasterCard and American Express. Apple released Apple Pay to iPhone users in 2014.

Although Apple has heavily promoted Apple Pay as an alternative to paying with a credit card at retail stores, in apps and on websites, it has not gained much traction with consumers or merchants. Users enroll a credit card on their phone, then touch a finger to the iPhone’s Touch ID sensor to pay a merchant that has installed a wireless terminal that can receive a signal from the phone.

Universal Secure Registry did not seek a license agreement or royalties from Apple or Visa after the release of Apple Pay. Mr. Weiss said the law firm representing his company, the patent specialists Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, advised him to file the suit first.

Apple declined to comment on the suit. Visa did not respond to a request for comment.

Apple has taken an aggressive stance recently against companies seeking royalties for key patents covering its iPhones, Macs and other products. It is embroiled in bitter litigation against Nokia and Qualcomm, accusing them of demanding unfairly high royalties for technology that it uses.

Quinn Emanuel, which filed the Apple Pay suit on behalf of Universal Secure Registry, represented Samsung Electronics in some of its long-running patent litigation with Apple over software in its Android-based smartphones.

Mr. Weiss said that his company has tried to license its technology to larger firms without success and is now building its own device for secure wireless authentication.

He founded Security Dynamics in 1984 and was its chairman until 1996. Security Dynamics acquired RSA Data Security in 1996, and the two companies’ technologies were eventually combined in the RSA SecurID token system that is now used by tens of millions of people to authenticate and secure communications with corporate and government computer systems. RSA is now part of Dell EMC.

After leaving Security Dynamics, Mr. Weiss turned his attention to payment technologies and planned to license them to larger companies. He said he is still hoping to reach some kind of agreement with Apple and Visa.

“My intention is still to get into a conference room with them and resolve this,” he said.



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From: sylvester805/29/2017 1:18:24 PM
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Samsung Galaxy S8 sells "almost twice as fast" compared to S7
Posted: 29 May 2017, 05:41, by Plamen D.
phonearena.com



It would be an understatement to say that the Galaxy S8 and S8+ are two successful products. According to the latest information, Samsung's 2017 flagship duo has broken the corporation's sales records, which contradicts earlier reports indicating that the S7/ S7 edge achieved greater results.

While Samsung does not officially release sales figures to the public, occasionally, we see a company representative disclosing sales numbers for certain high-profile devices like members of the Galaxy S line.

Revealing those numbers on a per case basis might be useful to reassuring customers that their phones rank high not only in terms of price but in terms of popular demand as well. Speaking to The Investor, a spokesman for the company recently put things into perspective:

The phone’s predecessors S6 and S7 hit the 10 [quatation fixed from 100m] million mark in 75 and 74 days since their launch, respectively. The S8 is selling almost two times faster than that.

These encouraging results are perhaps best seen on Samsung's home turf - South Korea. Pre-orders for the S8/S8+ began on April 7th in the East Asian country, and the chaebol (large family-owned business) reported that more than 550,000 units were reserved in the first two days. On April 18th, Samsung said that pre-orders exceeded 1 million units. This only cements the tech giant's massive 60% market share on home soil.

Currently, analysts predict that the Galaxy S8/S8+ will achieve sales of about 50.4 million units by the end of the year. The tech giant might have greater expectations than that, but as always, time will tell.

source: The Investor

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