It took them a while to respond back since we contacted them regarding the whole DNS poisoning incident that have affected several prominent .MY domain names but we have finally received a reply from MYNIC Berhad regarding the incident.
The reply includes a link to an official statement that have been published on MYNIC’s website which is as below:
“We are regret to inform you that we have today discovered some problems with our system which had resulted in an unauthorised change in some of the domain name’s servers information without the permission of original registrant (owner of domain name). This may lead to website redirection as experienced in a few reported cases.
The problem was alerted in the morning and MYNIC Computer Security Incident Response Team (CSIRT) was immediately alerted to resolve the issue.
The affected domain names have been restored to their correct information at 4.38 pm today.
At the moment, we are undertaking all necessary measures to monitor the situation and prevent further related issues.
We regret any inconvenience caused. Thank you for your cooperation.“
While there is still no statement from MCMC regarding the incident at the time being, we at least now know that our suspicion proved to be correct. Hence, we wonder what kind of specific measures that MYNIC have taken in order to prevent such incident from happening once again.
As hinted extensively prior to its global unveiling event, the new Sony SmartWatch 2 has finally made its debut alongside Sony Xperia Z Ultra in Shanghai last week. While it is going to take some time before users are able to get their hands on the new SmartWatch 2 since it will only be released in September, here is a brief look at it in action:
Even though Sony have publicly shared the SmartWatch 2′s release date last week, its pricing is still a mystery. For the meantime, do check out more close-up photos of the device are through our initial look at the Sony SmartWatch 2 right here.
Taking place last week, Sony Mobile have officially introduced their new Sony Xperia Z Ultra to the world which is the latest addition to the company’s Xperia Z family of devices. Equipped with a huge 6.44-inch 1920×1080 display and the first smartphone to feature Sony’s new Triluminous technology, the company claimed that the Xperia Z Ultra is the slimmest full HD smartphone in the world at 6.5mm thin.
While we have discussed about Sony Xperia Z Ultra right after it was launched in Shanghai, here is a quick introduction of the device by Sony Mobile’s Director of Xperia Marketing, Calum MacDougall. This introduction mainly touches on the device’s Triluminos and X-Reality display technologies as well as its portability and unique display input which able to support not only stylus but also pen and pencil:
The new Sony Xperia Z Ultra is expected to be released in Malaysia sometime in late July or early August 2013. However, Sony have yet to officially reveal the Malaysian pricing for the device. Well, we keep you posted once we received any updates about that. So, stay tuned.
If you’re planning to get a new smartphone in the near future, you might want to halt your purchase because according to Sirim database, more devices are heading our shores soon. First of all, we all know that LG Optimus G Pro will be reaching Malaysia, when the manufacturer hosted an event in Macau in end May, it also announced that it will be bringing its latest phablet to Malaysia and it looks like our wait will be over pretty soon. The LG Optimus G Pro has recently been added into Sirim’s database along with two pretty new entry level and mid-range Android devices from HTC – Desire 200 and Desire 600.
The LG Optimus G Pro is a 5.5” phablet from LG that is powered by a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. Running on Android 4.1.2, it’s an LTE device running on 1800 and 2600MHz bandwidth which means yes, it’s compatible with our local LTE connectivity. Other specs includes a Full HD display, 3,140mAh battery and LG’s very own UX that boasts many LG features such as Q Slide, IR remote, Dual camera, smart video and such, no prize guessing where you’ve seen these features from. More information about the Optimus G Pro in this post.
As for the HTC devices, the Desire 600 is a dual-SIM mid-range Android device that was announced in late May. The device packs a Snapdragon 200 1.2GHz quad-core processor on board along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Running on Android 4.1.2, it features a 4.5” Super LCD 2 display with a resolution of 540 x 9600. Other specs includes 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera and will have HTC Sense 5 UI on board.
Finally, the Desire 200 is the latest entry level Android device from HTC that packs a 3.5” display with 1GHz Snapdragon S1 processor on board. It has 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD slot, and a 5MP camera at the back.
Now that these devices are listed in the database, let’s hope that it won’t be too long before they hit the shelves, especially the Optimus G Pro that has already been available in the other side of the world for quite some time now.
The Consumer Protection (Electronic Trade Transactions) Regulations 2012, an extension to the Consumer Protection Act 1999, comes into operation today. With e-commerce gaining greater traction in the country and online marketplaces such as eBay Malaysia, Lelong.my, Rakuten Malaysia, as well as our very own Garage Sales subforum – not to mention the many other blogshops operating in the country – becoming a more relevant alternative choice for shopping, the amended regulations provide an extra layer of protection for consumers who are still sceptical with online shopping.
It is not surprising, either: online shopping continues to record a significant amount of fraud cases on the various online marketplaces, prompting calls for more stringent regulations to be imposed on online businesses. The introduction of the new regulations is a significant step towards increasing transparency between buyer and seller in the virtual space.
But just how exactly does the new regulations affect both the consumer and the trader?
Article continues after the jump.
During the unveiling of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra and SmartWatch 2, Sony briefly mentioned an Xperia C device for the Chinese market and if you’ve been wondering what it is and what the device has got to offer, here it is. The Sony Xperia C is a dual-SIM middle upper range Android device that is exclusive to China Unicom, for now.
The Xperia C recently became official on Sony’s official website, showing of some mid range specs. It has a 5” 540 x 960 display and is powered by a quad-core MediaTek chipset with 1GB of RAM. It has 4GB of internal storage that is expandable via microSD, packs a 8MP Exmor RS sensor at the back and will be available in black, white and purple only to China Unicom for now, but will be available in other markets at a later stage though, no specific time frame has been given.
On other Xperia news, Sony has already sent out invitations for an event on 4 July 2013 and it’s been widely rumored that it will be the Honami camera phone that packs some pretty amazing things under the hood namely a 20/13MP rear camera with Exmor RS sensor, G Lens, Cybershot and Xenon flash.
Images of the alleged device has been popping out here and there as of late and the latest set of images is what looks like press images of the international version of the smartphone. The renders seems to be in line with the leaks we’ve been seeing so far, showing off a pretty sleek design though unfortunately, it only shows off the front while the Paris invitation shows off part of the side while neatly hiding what we really care about – the camera lens.
More pictures available after the break.
UPDATE @5pm: We have contacted both MYNiC and MCMC to get their feedback on this issue. We have strong reason now to believe that the MYNiC registry data has been compromised as part of the attack, and Google as well as other DNS servers merely updated their records based off MYNiC’s authoritative servers. A similar attack was carried out by the same group on Kenya’s domain registrar in April, as reported by softpedia.
UPDATE @3pm : We can confirm now that the issue is not isolated to Google DNS. We did some random lookups and have discovered that MSN (.com.my), Bing (.com.my) and Dell (.com.my) records have been poisoned across other DNS servers as well (Level3 and OpenDNS). We believe now that the MYNiC registry itself has been compromised, and as such, all the domain on the .MY suffix are now at risk of malicious attacks.
If you’re using Google DNS servers for your DNS queries (126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52), you might want to either switch to OpenDNS or to your specific ISP’s DNS servers as we have confirmed that search queries involving Malaysian domain names have been poisoned. Poisoned in a sense that you wont be directed to the actual site, but instead to a temporary site with a defaced page.
Sites affected so far are Dell Malaysia (.com.my), all Microsoft sites on the .my suffix notable MSN Malaysia (.com.my), Skype Malaysia (.com.my), Bing Malaysia (.com.my) as well as antivirus site Kaspersky (.com.my). Google Malaysia (.com.my), Youtube Malaysia (.com.my) and a few other notable .MY domain sites are also inaccessible at the moment.
At time of writing, none of the online banking sites have been poisoned, but it is a very real possibility that they could be until this issue is resolved. If you have to conduct any online transactions, please ensure that the security certificate for the online banking site you are visiting is valid before keying in your personal details (if you choose to stick to Google DNS servers that is).
The quick fix for now would be to change your DNS servers either to your ISP’s own DNS or to switch to OpenDNS. The list of available DNS servers are below.
OpenDNS Home: 184.108.40.206/ 220.127.116.11
Level3 : 18.104.22.168/ 22.214.171.124
Google Reader may not be used by the casual consumer, but the RSS feed aggregator is particularly useful for power users…and many a tech writer. Some of us here at Lowyat.NET as well as writers from other publications in the West also rely on Google Reader to sift through – or find – breaking news without having to go through multiple websites. Google Reader also provides useful settings that tailors your feed according to your preference. What’s more powerful is its API, which powers countless other RSS feed apps.
So, with Reader to be retired soon, where can you turn to for a one-stop news feed? We list down a few after the break.
The Google Edition of the Galaxy S4, which went on sale in the US just last week, has been the vessel of the first leaks of version 4.3 of the Android operating system. To be known still as Jelly Bean, the leaked screenshots were taken from a Galaxy S4 Google Edition running on a test build of Android 4.3.
On top of that, someone also purchased the S4 Google Edition that was running the test build, and built an Android 4.3 custom ROM that is bootable on standard Galaxy S4 devices with the Snapdragon 600 chipset. GSMarena tested the ROM and reported it to be “fully functional” with minor glitches. The custom ROM cannot be installed via Odin, however, and requires the device to be flashed – which means voiding the warranty. If the promise of a pure Google experience on a Galaxy S4 proves too much to resist, head on to this link to find out how to flash your GS4.
It looks like Apple is working hard on releasing beta releases for its iOS 7, according to reports from BGR, the next release, beta 3, is scheduled for next Monday, 8 July 2013. Apple has a two-week cycle for iOS 7 beta releases, making a total of 9 beta versions by the end of September, where the final OS is due for public release.
BGR has been correct about the iOS 7 beta 2 release date so they could likely hit the jackpot again and I hope this time round, it brings a host of improvements and most important of all, stability. I’m not sure about others but the iOS 7 beta 2 on my iPhone 4S is worst than ever, it restarts about 3 times a day on average, and I haven’t been able to run default apps like the Camera and Safari without having them crash on me ever so often.
iOS 7 beta 3 should be available on all iOS devices at the same time – iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2 and above, iPod touch and even Apple TV models. No further information ahs beenr revealed regarding to what beta 3 would bring.
Just in time with the arrival of AMD’s new Richland-based desktop APUs (officially referred to as the 2013 Elite A-Series APUs for Desktop PCs) into our market, AMD Malaysia have recently kicked off a week-long roadshow at Plaza Low Yat to publicly show off the capability of their latest and most powerful desktop APUs to date.
We don’t have the roadshow’s complete list of activities in our hand but apparently, there are quite a number of machines that visitors able to use in order to experience the new APUs themselves. In addition to that, there are also daily cash rebates for early birds customers and bundle deals for the new Richland-based desktop APUs as well as the previously released Trinity-based APUs and Piledriver-based FX CPUs.
Also available at the roadshow are variety of notebooks, All-in-One PCs and branded desktops; all running on AMD APUs. It is unknown whether AMD Malaysia will bring this roadshow to other part of the country but we are pretty sure it will definitely not the last time we heard of such effort from AMD Malaysia to further spread the usage of their APUs among local users.
To learn more about the AMD Malaysia’s on-going roadshow in Plaza Low Yat (which ends tomorrow), just head on to their official Facebook page at facebook.com/amdmalaysia.
The launch of Sony Xperia Z Ultra in Shanghai earlier this week was not only involved the new Sony SmartWatch 2 but also, plenty of accessories for the 6.44-inch smartphone. One of them was actually introduced on stage as well: the Smart Bluetooth Handset SBH52.
Equipped with an OLED display and built-in FM player, the NFC-enabled and splash-proof Bluetooth device is rather unique as that users can actually answer a call through it directly on theirs ears like a phone. Hence, that is why there is the “handset” word in SBH52’s name. Of course, users can always choose to use SBH52 with a headphone since it is also built with audio jack.
Many other accessories were on display at the event as well which include Magnetic Charging Dock DK30 together with loads of protective covers made by Sony and their partners. Just like the smartphone itself, the company have yet to reveal the pricing for all the accessories that we managed to capture for this article.
Click on the Read More link below to take a look at them right after the jump.
Facebook app for Android has always been a little challenging to develop for the team behind the social network. There are so many different types of Android devices out there of different specs and range, and in order to build the perfect app for Android users, Facebook is starting a beta testing program and want you to be part of it. Yes, you, and any Android users around the world. This possibility has been made possible thanks to a new Google feature, which was announced in Google I/O this year, that allows developers to create a Google Group for beta testers.
The task is simple, each time Facebook releases a beta update for its Android app, those who opt to be a beta tester will be able to download the app from the Play Store. The job as a tester is simple too, you get the beta versions of the app before everybody else and all you need to do is use it like you normally would. Should you encounter any error, simply report it back to Facebook so they can improve on things.
Facebook also has a new Facebook group to host active discussions for users to provide feedbacks and share updates. You don’t have to post anything if you don’t wish to, all Facebook wish to do is have a larger group of users with a more diverse range of Android devices to test their app on.
After a short hiatus and reorganization, we are proud to announce that Storekini by Lowyat.NET will be relaunching with a brand new look and inventory on the 7th July (7/7). Storekini will now be stocking a larger range of local products to showcase the talent that the local scene has hidden for the longest time. From T-Shirts all the way to collectables and gadgets, Storekini will have it all! If you are a tech geek, looking for some of the latest local streetwear or just shopping for a gift, Storekini will have something for you. All of the products on Storekini is obtained from official distribution channels and are not bought as a reseller. Storekini also accepts all major payment modes like Credit Cards, Direct Bank In or Paypal for your convenience.
For now the site is still in soft launch mode, but keep an eye out on the 7th of July for a full blown launch. Until then, you can follow storekini on twitter: @storekini or on Facebook.com/storekini. If you’re interested in being featured on storekini, hit up firstname.lastname@example.org
It looks like the arrival of Instagram video last week took quite a hit on Twitter’s Vine, according to Topsy, who has access to the Twitter’s data, the number of shared Vine links declined from almost 2.5 million on 19 June, to just over 1.5 million on 20 June, the date where Instagram Video made its debut. The irony of it all is just weeks before that, Vine’s shares has been reported to have surpassed Instagram.
According to reports, Vine’s links on twitter has declined to 900,000 per day as of yesterday, which is about 70% lesser than their peak earlier this month. Since the launch of Instagram video, Vine has been trying to release updates to attract its users back, the latest update has been released today with the support for front facing camera, but will that be enough to win back the heart of users?
As for the links shared on Instagram, the trend went up a little but the difference isn’t as tremendous as the drop Vine has been facing.