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Walmart to Use Google Assistant for Voice Shopping

Walmart to Use Google Assistant for Voice Shopping

Last Wednesday, Walmart and Google announced that they are embarking on a partnership to deliver a voice shopping service using Google’s virtual assistant. Shoppers will now be able to use Walmart’s “Easy Reorder” feature via Google Express. Walmart’s head of US ecommerce Marc Lore says that even though the technology is still in its early stages, the company can see that voice shopping will be a powerful mechanism in enhancing shopping experience, judging from AI advancements in the last two years. Google Express is also dropping membership fees, and will be offering free delivery within 1 to 3 days on […]

Several Apps on Google Play Infected with BankBot Malware

Several Apps on Google Play Infected with BankBot Malware

Security researchers have confirmed that the apps “Bubble Shooter Wild Life” and “Earn Real Money Gift Cards”, which can be downloaded from Google Play, carry a banking trojan called BankBot. Securify co-founder Han Sahin said that the malware was able to bypass Google’s internal scanner since the infected apps act as a downloader which drops the trojan onto the device. Another researcher from Zscaler supported these findings and added that the malicious apps usually employ techniques such as time delays and code obfuscation. Due to recent malware issues plaguing Google Play, users are reminded to be extra cautious when downloading […]

Microsoft’s AI Now on Par with Human Transcribers

Microsoft’s AI Now on Par with Human Transcribers

Last Monday, Microsoft announced that its AI-powered speech recognition system has achieved an error rate of only 5.1%, which is the same as the rate of a professional human transcriber. Microsoft’s AI transcribing system was tested against the Switchboard corpus, which is a dataset that involved the transcription of slightly formal conversations of people on a range of topics. However, on this occasion it was not tested against the CallHome dataset, which uses more casual, open-ended conversations. Despite the milestone, Microsoft says that some of the main obstacles are different accents and speaking styles. Environmental noise is also a big […]

Twitter May Soon Be Unblocked in Iran

Twitter May Soon Be Unblocked in Iran

  Last Tuesday, Iran’s new telecom minister Mohammad Javad Azari Jahromi said that Twitter has officially expressed their willingness to talk with Iran on unblocking the microblogging site in the country. Iran’s Supreme Council of Cyberspace has previously blocked the social media giant, along with Facebook, over violent protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Citizens who wished to access the sites within the country had to use a VPN. Twitter, however, declined to give a response on the matter. Source: ABC News

Canadian Anti-Muslim, Anti-Refugee Website Gets Massive Traffic Cut

Canadian Anti-Muslim, Anti-Refugee Website Gets Massive Traffic Cut

Last Monday, Canadian conservative website Rebel Media said that it had suffered a huge drop in traffic because of its technology company, who they did not name. Founder Ezra Levant revealed that he was given 24 hours’ notice without an explanation, which he suspected was a political censorship decision. Criticized for its ‘sympathetic’ coverage of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, the website attempted to distance itself from the far-right movement by firing an employee who participated in a Daily Stormer podcast. However, it was reported that contributors and conservative Canadian politicians have already disassociated themselves from Levant’s site.       […]

Chinese SDK Caught Siphoning Data to Developer’s Servers

Chinese SDK Caught Siphoning Data to Developer’s Servers

Researchers from Lookout, a mobile security firm, found out that a software development kit developed by Chinese company Igexin, was sending back user data to its company’s servers. The researcher’s investigation revealed that the SDK was used to inject malicious code to legitimate apps. It also collected all sorts of data and downloaded large encrypted files that ran malicious code.   The advertising SDK was found in around 500 apps in the Google Play Store and is estimated to have been downloaded 100 million times already. Source: Bleeping Computer

CoinMiner Malware Uses EternalBlue to Force Infected PCs to Mine Cryptocurrency

CoinMiner Malware Uses EternalBlue to Force Infected PCs to Mine Cryptocurrency

Trend Micro researchers have reported that cyber criminals are now hijacking Windows PCs with a fileless malware that forces the computer to mine cryptocurrency. The ‘CoinMiner’ malware exploits the EternalBlue flaw used by WannaCry and NotPetya. Microsoft has already released a patch for the vulnerability last March, but for computers that haven’t been updated, the malware will trigger a WMI script to download malware or mining software every three hours. Trend Micro recommends that admins SMBv1 file-sharing protocol, and use the Microsoft tool that can trace WMI activity.      Source: ZDNet

Food and Retail Giants Join IBM in Exploring Blockchain

Food and Retail Giants Join IBM in Exploring Blockchain

It was reported last Tuesday that ten major companies will be joining IBM in exploring the potential of blockchain technology for improving safety and tracking food supply chains. The companies that will be participating are Nestle, Unilever, Dole, McCormick, Walmart, Tyson Foods, Kroger Co., Golden State Foods, Driscoll’s Inc. and Berkshire Hathaway’s McLane Co. VP of IBM blockchain business development Brigid McDermott said that aside from building the technology, the project also seeks to build the ecosystem. Known as the underpinning system of cryptocurrency, blockchain is a decentralized, open ledger which is maintained by a network of computers.   Source: […]

LG Falls Victim to WannaCry Attack, Systems Go Offline

LG Falls Victim to WannaCry Attack, Systems Go Offline

Consumer electronics giant LG WannaCry was forced to shut down parts of their network after an attack from the WannaCry ransomware which crippled systems worldwide around a month ago. With the help of the Korean Internet & Security Agency (KISA), LG was able to confirm around mid-August that the delays at some of their service centers was indeed caused by WannaCry, which was found in a self-service kiosk. The company reported that no data was affected or got locked for ransom. Security updates were applied to the systems of the affected terminals and were brought back online after 2 days. […]

Singapore to Speed Up E-payment Adoption

Singapore to Speed Up E-payment Adoption

Last Sunday, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong discussed the state of e-payment adoption in his annual National Day Rally Speech. Lee revealed that despite being a well-connected, digitally literate society, majority of transactions in the country still use cash and cheques. He said the reason for this is the lack of interoperability between systems; consumers feel encumbered with carrying multiple cards and costs discourage businesses to carry multiple readers. Lee added that to help promote cashless payments, the Monetary Authority of Singapore has launched a single, unified POS terminal, as well as a peer-to-peer transfer service..   Source: ZDNet