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65% DVDs & PCs Come With Pre-installed Malware: Truth Labs

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Want a free copy of any software or anti-virus? Nothing comes free be it virtual market or internet store. Be aware that you will get a complementary malware too with a free software. The Truth Labs, India's first independent Forensic Lab has reiterated linkages between the proliferation of cybercrime through the use of pirated and counterfeit software to the breaches in the information, communication and network security. They tested 230 samples consisting of 174 in DVD form and 56 as preinstalled products in laptops, which let to a conclusion that different types of malware detected in majority on the samples are susceptible to wide variety of risks and threats related to Intellectual Property (IP) theft, data leakage among others.

According to the report, 65 per cent of the samples were found to have more than one category of malware, which can bring down an entire network and can be misused by hackers to create bots that can attack larger networks including SCADA systems protecting national resources such as Power Grids, Satellite communications. The majority of the malware identified in the samples enabled remote access and control by hackers followed by backdoors and keylogger which pose a threat to the privacy of the user. Increasing risks were highlighted in the areas of Remote Access, Remote Code Execution and attacks by Trojans & worms, which also forms three major categories of threats found in the samples under study.
 
Dr Gandhi Kaza, Founder Chairman, Truthlabs, said, “Our study suggests the massive scale at which malware was being distributed through usage of pirated and counterfeit software in India. This urgently calls for a series of measures to preclude impending risks and vulnerabilities to Public Safety and National Security. We are extremely concerned about the serious security risks and threats to the critical infrastructure of the Government that has been on the radar of cybercriminals.”

The report was commissioned by Microsoft India. The use of malware infected products can cause substantial productivity losses to the manufacturers, economic losses to the businesses, besides posing serious security risks and threats to the critical infrastructure of the government.
 
Vserv.mobi Appoints Anurag Patnaik As Sr VP – Product
Vserv.mobi, a mobile advertising exchange, has announced the appointment of Anurag Patnaik as Senior Vice President - Product. Anurag Patnaik, a proven strategist in the mobile and digital sector joins Vserv at a pivotal juncture as a catalyst to the company’s aggressive growth trajectory. In his role, he will bring his comprehensive experience to fortify Vserv’s proven track record of delivering pioneering product technologies and strategically augment its award winning mobile solutions.

With over 17 years of illustrious multi-disciplinary experience across digital advertising, mobile, media & big data,  Anurag has guided various marquee technology companies in the US to create data driven audience experiences. His repertoire of innovative product technologies is demonstrated by his contribution to 19 patents in the areas of advertising, proactive business intelligence, telephony/IVR and mobile data. Previously, he has been associated with segment defining organisations such as Nielsen/McKinsey Co., OpenWave Inc., Yahoo! and Disney to name a few. In his last assignment, he spearheaded the next generation digital ads business on Jio 4G.

USAA, IBM Join Forces To Serve Military Members
IBM and USAA announced that the cognitive capabilities of IBM Watson technology are now available to USAA members. USAA is the first to commercialise the use of Watson as a consumer-facing application.

USAA, a financial services provider for the military community, is offering IBM’s Watson Engagement Advisor in a pilot to help serve military men and women as they transition from military to civilian life. By accessing Watson, USAA members will be able to ask questions related to the transition experience. IBM Watson analyzed and understands more than 3,000 documents on topics exclusive to military transitions, enabling members to ask and receive answers to separation-related questions.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 155,000 active military members transition to civilian life each year. Like any career change, moving from a military to a civilian career presents challenges to members and their families. During this initial phase, transitioning military members can visit usaa.com or use a mobile browser to “Ask Watson” questions specific to leaving the military, such as “Can I be in the reserve and collect veterans compensation benefits?” or "How do I make the most of the Post-9/11 GI Bill?" As a result, Watson combs through volumes of USAA's business data providing answers to member’s inquiries with confidence while gaining value and experience over time. 

ViewSonic Unveils Interactive Power-over-Ethernet Mini Billboards
ViewSonic Corp, a leading global provider of visual solution products, unveiled its 10-inch wall-mounted multimedia all-in-one digital ePosters with wireless capability and power over Ethernet (PoE) for one-wire installation. The EP1031r and EP1032r-T are perfect for point-of-sale advertising on retail shelves, commercial businesses, schools and campuses, or as mounted meeting room signs for corporate and hotel lobbies.

ViewSonic’s EP1031r offers an 800 x 480 native resolution, programmable motion detection with six button programmability and Signage Manager Express content management software. The EP1032r-T builds upon the EP1031r features by adding integrated multi-touch technology and a 1280 x 800 resolution. This multi-touch compatibility, with new HTML5 and SMIL formats, delivers a two-way interactive platform for dynamic, customized content.

The EP1031r and EP1032r-T are available now in India.

Transport Corporation of India Limited Q1 PAT up by 14.13%

Transport Corporation of India Ltd., India’s leading integrated supply chain and logistics solutions provider has announced its financial result for the 1stquarter ended 30 June 2014. The company’s total revenue for the quarter registered a growth of 8.12% rising to Rs. 520.56 crore from Rs. 481.45 crore in the corresponding period last year. It has registered 10.14% increase in EBITDA for the period to Rs. 41.17 crore from Rs.37.38 crore (in the corresponding quarter last year.

The company’s PAT rose by 14.13 per cent for the quarter to Rs 15.99 crore from Rs 14.01 crore (which includes other dividend income of Rs 3.92 crore) in the corresponding period last year.

Vineet Agarwal, Managing Director, TCI said, “We attribute this quarter’s performance to our relentless focus on high growth, high margin Express and Supply Chain businesses.  Though volumes have shown a very slight improvement, the company has recorded better margins due to the right mix of businesses from value growth verticals like retail, auto, e-commerce etc.

AKiTiO Thunder2 Quad; Thunderbolt 2 Now Available With Apical
Apical, distributor for Data Storage solutions today announced the launch of AKiTiO Thunder2 Quad from AKiTiO for Mac users.

Faster than ever, Thunder2 users can now get the speed up to 1347 MB/s with the 4-bay Thunderbolt™ 2 technology storage enclosure. The removable trays allow for easy installation and replacement of the drives. They are designed for both 2.5" SSDs where speed is the priority and for 3.5" HDDs when it is important to maximize the storage capacity. An ultra-durable aluminum casing provides efficient heat dissipation, plus an extra-large rear fan keeps the drives cool even in the duration of long working hours.

By incorporating the awesome Thunderbolt 2 interface and combining it with four SSD drives that can keep up in a RAID 0 software. AKiTiO's Thunder2 Quad is capable to deliver an extremely fast output performance of up to 1347 MB/s. The second Thunderbolt 2 port supports user's daisy chain up to five Thunderbolt devices together. Thunderbolt 2 technology incorporates Display Port 1.2 support, which allows video streaming to a single 4K video monitor. Video editors can now use a single port to connect external storage drives and a 4k display.