We woke up today to the news that the mysterious founder of Bitcoin has been found; and that his name is indeed Satoshi Nakamoto. That news was quickly followed by reports of the original report was mistaken, and the person they found is denying all connections to Bitcoin. All of which has resulted in discussions about individual privacy.
Last night, Newsweek published a rather interesting article which claims that it has able to locate and identify the actual person that is responsible for the birth of Bitcoin. According to the article, Satoshi Nakamoto is indeed the creator’s real name (his full name is Dorian Prentice Satoshi Nakamoto though) and is a 64-years old Japanese-American engineer that lives in California.
After Newsweek’s article went live and viral throughout the globe, it led to an immediate media frenzy with journalists starting to camp in front of his home in pursuit for further clarification. He eventually came out of his home and grabbed a journalist from Associated Press to tell his side of the story.
Coming later this year, Windows Phone 8.1 update will be carrying plenty of new features to Microsoft’s mobile operating system. One of them is called Cortana which is a personal assistant that is similar in nature to Apple’s Siri and Google Now.
Many have been expecting for worst when the website of the famed Bitcoin exchange Mt Gox went offline earlier this week and true enough, the company has since filed for bankruptcy protection. The filing and the subsequent announcement was made in Japan – where the company is based at – earlier today.
Look at what Facebook is doing, just shortly after announcing that they will be launching Messenger for Windows Phone, Facebook will soon kill off its Messenger app for the Windows desktop platform. Starting today, Facebook Messenger for Windows users have been receiving a message from the social network saying tha the app is shutting down next week without giving any reasons or further details.
Apart from announcing new partners and features for Windows Phone, Microsoft was also on stage at its media conference in Mobile World Congress 2014 to talk about Windows 8. The company then announced a new update for Windows 8.1 that will be released to customers this spring.
If you’re using a Mac running on OS X Mavericks, here’s an update you wouldn’t want to miss. A few days ago, Apple released an update for iOS devices patching a web networking security hole and today, a similar update is available for Macs running on OS X Mavericks. On top of a security fix, the update, version 10.9.2, also brings other features and enhancements to FaceTime, iMessage, Mail, Safari and more.
While we have seen fingerprint scanner being equipped into a number of smartphones such as Apple iPhone 5S and HTC One Max last year, Alcatel One Touch has been working on something different for this year. With the help of IriTech, the brand (which is owned by TCL of China) is planning to showcase a tablet with built-in iris recognition at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.
Have you ever heard of Office Web Apps? Don’t fret if you are not familiar with it as plenty of users out there didn’t notice its existence as well. The reason is simple: one will usually stumbled upon Office Web Apps only when he or she opens an Office document on OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) directly through web browser.
From today onwards though, the Office Web Apps is now known as the Office Online. The suite is no longer that hidden any more as Microsoft has also made Office.com as the main entrance for Office Online.
Mobile devices play an integral part in our everyday lives. As we conduct more of our daily tasks on mobile devices, protecting our interactions and activities online will ensure that our experience remains cheerful and productive. Before diving into downloading apps and being connected on mobile devices, make sure you take the simple steps to ensure your interactions are protected.
Kaspersky Lab today revealed that a global-level security threat called The Mask or Careto has been discovered in the wild and targets many high-profile organizations across the globe. This include government institutions, diplomatic offices and embassies, research institutions, private equity firms, and activists as well as energy, oil, and gas companies.
Detected in 31 countries throughout the world including Malaysia, the Russian computer security company believed that Careto is a state sponsored campaign due to its complexity and highly coordinated methods. Even though Kaspersky Lab’s team only discovered the threat last year, the team’s analysis showed that The Mask might have been active since at least five years ago with some of the Careto’s samples were even older as they were compiled back in 2007.
The Careto’s toolset includes what seemed to be a highly advanced malware, a rootkit, and a bootkit together with versions for Mac OS X and Linux with possibility of versions for Android and iOS. Additionally, Careto also turned out to be a highly modular system with support for plugins, configuration files and additional modules. Careto also tried to take advantage of vulnerabilities on older Kaspersky Lab’s products which is exactly how it managed to attract the attention of Kaspersky Lab’s team.
Careto spreads through spear-phishing emails that would lead victims to a malicious website which contains exploits that are designed to infect the victim. When the infection is successful, the victim will then be redirected to a different but harmless website that might have been referenced in the original spear-phishing email. The infection will then intercept all communication channels on the victim’s machine and begins to collect vital information from the information through a large list of documents including encryption keys, VPN configurations, SSH keys, and RDP files.
As of now, all known command-and-control servers used by Careto are no longer online as Careto ’s operators seem to have shut down their servers in January 2014. To learn further about Careto, check out this FAQ by Kaspersky Lab.
[Source: Kaspersky Lab]
Chrome is one of the more popular web browsers, next to Mozilla’s Firefox and Safari. However, most users simply use it out of the box; ignoring the massive number of extensions available to customise the experience. The thing about extensions is that all you have to do is install them. No tweaking settings to get it right, unless you happen to like complete control over your computer (which isn’t actually unusual).
These are some extensions that can quickly be installed, and will make your internet experience so much better.
Google Malaysia today has announced that developers that are based in Malaysia are now able to publish paid apps to Google Play. Prior to this, Malaysian developers that would like to publish paid apps on Google Play would need to go through extra steps such as setting up bank account in other countries as the Google Wallet Merchant registration is not opened to Malaysian developers.
The timing of this announcement couldn’t be better since Google Play customers in Malaysia are now able to purchase apps in our native Ringgit Malaysia currency starting this week. As Google have already notified all Malaysian Google Play developers regarding this news, expect to see the rise of paid apps or free apps with in-app purchases from local developers on Google Play very soon.
We also hope that this latest move by Google will be able to increase the quality of Malaysian-made apps as well. Who knows, the next big app might be made by a fellow Malaysian.
[Source: Google Malaysia @ Google+]
It looks like the North Korean Government has released the newest iteration of its very own operating system and it looks like something we’ve all seen before. The aptly named Red Star Linux is the official OS of the DPRK (which is strange because of the extremely low connectivity rate) and NOW is pretty much a Linux Distro skinned to look like Mac OS X. Granted, the OS is about 10 years old, but it always looked like a Windows knockoff, only with the recent version, it seems like all the Apple advertisements have made an impact.
According to PC World:
The world has gotten its first look at version 3 thanks to Will Scott, a computer scientist who recently spent a semester teaching at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). The school is North Korea’s first foreign-funded university and many of the lecturers come from overseas.
Scott said he bought the operating system at a KCC dealer in the capital city and the screenshots he provided were of the basic version 3 software without any modifications.
(Source: PC World)