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Friday, April 26, 2013

Computer Security Updates Week 3 of Apr 2013

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Apr 2013; in which the biggest news was Microsoft having issued 9 fixes covering a total of 14 vulnerabilities.

For this week, here are the biggest news.
  • Barracuda drives into DC market with 'Unified Platform'.
  • McAfee delivers enterprise class security to the cloud.
  • Cyber-Ark: privileged account exploitation to advanced cyber attacks.
  • Android Devices Now Better Protected with Sophos Mobile Security App.
  • Symantec publishes 2013 Q1 Zero-Day vulnerabilities.
  • Sophos reported that hackers are exploiting Waco explosion news to spread malware.
  • Sophos reported that Ex-employee hacked into Hostgator after being sacked.
  • Reuters reported that U.S. Air Force cadets win cyber war game with NSA hackers.
  • Kaspersky analyzes Boston aftermath.
  • F-Secure‘s Hackathon 2013: Young developer Tan Kok Boon Won The Most Innovative Application’ .
  • Reuters reported that LulzSec hacker receives year in prison for Sony breach.
  • Reuters reported that House (US) passes cybersecurity bill as privacy concerns linger.
  • CA World 2013: The key to mobile security is identity.
  • Oracle to release 128 security patches, hundreds of products affected.
  • Bit9 - Marc Bleicher talks about the influence of OSINT as The Foundation for Social-engineering and Phishing Attacks.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

ICT Happening Updates Week 4 of Apr 2013

The most significant news for week 3 of Apr 2013 was Microsoft announced general availability of Windows Azure for IaaS.

Now, in case you missed them, the most important happenings for last one week and current week.
  • Yes 4G & Eduspec launches Chrome Lab at SRJKC Choong Wen.
  • Digital Malaysia launches POKOK platform.
  • Silver Peak sets WAN performance record with new software and hardware products.
  • hybris delivers integration with Adobe Marketing Cloud available through hybris Extend.
  • PUMA STYLECADDIE - Your Golf Closet in the Palm of Your Hand.
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS links up with Tata Communications.
  • Tata Comm. takes HD voice mainstream with the launch of its HD voice compatible voice network
  • CA Tech. CEO Calls on Tech. Leaders to Embrace Disruptive Tech.
  • Cards & Payments Asia 2013 Expo to Tap on Growth of Mobile and Contactless Tech.; 24 – 25 April 2013@Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore.
  • Reuters reported that SAP's cloud computing push stalls in Asia.
  • HTC Malaysia to give away 9 units of new HTC One via contest in Klang Valley.
  • Fujitsu and Oracle announce worldwide availability of Fujitsu M10 Servers.

Earthquake-hit Sichuan China Uses WeChat to Communicate

It was reported by Bloomberg that Chinese in the earthquake-hit province of Sichuan resorted to instant-messaging apps including WeChat to communicate with family and friends, as overloaded voice networks prevented calls from connecting.

Apparently the voice cellular networks had been overloaded.

WeChat had been aggressive in terms of marketing in Malaysia. On Jan 8,2013 the company embarked on strategy to advertise on Malaysian TV Networks to acquire untapped market. February 03, 2013, WeChat announced that it will maintain as free service and that its adoption has received 300 million user accounts globally. On Apr 12, 2013, WeChat announced strategy to penetrate Malaysian market further.

Earthquake-hit victims couldn't use Facebook anymore. WeChat provides a feature known as Moments which allows users to post photos to the wall sorted by date and time.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Let's Do It (Let's Blog In Love)

Birds do it, bees do it
Even educated fleas do it
Let's do it, let's blog in love

In Redmond U.S, Microsoft do it
Fortinet and Symantec do it
Let's do it, let's blog in love

The Googlers in Google do it
Not to mention SAP ERP
Folks in CloudFlare do it - think of SpamHaus

Monday, April 15, 2013

ICT Happening Updates Week 3 of Apr 2013

The most significant news for week 2 of Apr 2013 was Oracle launched new SPARC servers with the world’s fastest microprocessor.

Now, in case you missed them, the most important happenings for last one week and current week.
  • Groupon in APAC raises over USD72,000 for the World Food Programme to provide school meals for girls in Asia.
  • Oracle releases new updates for business analytics solutions which support big data.
  • Symantec publishes 2013 State of Mobility Survey.
  • Microsoft announces general availability of Windows Azure for IaaS.
  • WeChat announces 12 reasons for being the no.1 social comm. app.
  • Ninetology, Tune Talk, Qualcomm unveil new Pearl Mini to woo the youths.
  • Reuters reported that PC quarterly sales plummet, sharpest drop on record.
  • FalconStor appoints Synnex Metrodata Indonesia as distributor in Indonesia.

Computer Security Updates Week 2 of Apr 2013 and 2013 Q1 Review

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 1 of Apr 2013; in which the biggest news was nothing much.

Let's take a look at what had happened to Q1 of 2013 in terms of computer security.

Without a doubt, the biggest news was DDoS attack of SpamsHaus which happened on Week 4 of Mar 2013.

It was a lesson well learned by the industry, even Malaysia's prominent opposition leader's LKS blog is currently deploying CloudFlare solution to thwart DDoS - amazing right ?

I don't have info exactly how long has LKS been using CloudFlare, but the election fever definitely got them worried and besides it is good for the whole industry, way to go!!

The 1Malaysia blog appears to be not using any such solution from the surface. The number 1 blog in Malaysia, ex-PM's blog also seems to not have deployed any DDoS protection from CloudFlare.

On Week 3 Mar 2013, National Intelligence Agency of U.S declared that cyber security threat was the no.1 threat for U.S. and Iran officially blocks unofficial VPN access from its Internet.

On Week 2 Mar 2013, Java, Chrome, IE 10 and Firefox were all compromised successfully during PWN2OWN 2013 competition.

On Week 1 Mar 2013, Kaspersky Lab together with CrySys Lab identified 'MiniDuke' which was considered to be a fresh malware released no earlier than Feb 2013.

On Week 3 Feb 2013, ESET security team discovered Win32/DoS.OutFlare, a c&c-powered malware designed to challenge CloudFlare anti-DoS service - coincidence ???

Also, Reuters reported that hackers may have gained access to passwords and other information for as many as 250,000 user accounts on Twitter.

The trends and news which emerged from Q1 2013 for computer security carry themselves a few common themes.
  • The whole industry agrees that Mobile computing trend such as BYOD is the biggest catalyst for security vulnerability in the near future.
  • Intelligent security features which cater for proactive approach is the trend for enterprise security solution.
  • Most security threats originated internally - Palo Alto Networks research reveals that 97% of threats came from organizations internally.
  • Oracle Java worked hard to release security patches for Java zero-day vulnerabilities. In year 2012, Oracle Java surpassed Adobe Reader as the most frequently exploited software.
  • Kaspersky and Sophos both had been very aggressive in terms of security incidents monitoring, analysis, research and reporting. Good job! I thank you for your updates. I also like to thank Reuters for its coverage.
  • Web browser's sandbox could be compromised as well; these days - by definition, a sandbox is supposed to protect users from security breach.
  • Politically driven cyber-attacks, particularly those involved U.S, China, North Korea, had been observed yet were elusive with vague details.
  • You could die following news like all these!! - just follow It-Sideways will be enough.

For this week, here are the biggest news.
  • U.S. agency denies data center to monitor citizens' emails.
  • F-Secure Malaysia organizes Hackathon 2013 in Kuala Lumpur.
  • Kaspersky reported its experience tracking down an APT known as Winnti.
  • Sophos publishes free AV for Mac via Facebook Markeplace.
  • Yahoo reported that a hacker claimed he can crash your plane using software purchased off eBay.
  • Microsoft reported that 3.6 Million Outdated Windows XP PCs in Malaysia at risk.
  • Microsoft Issues 9 fixes covering a total of 14 vulnerabilities.
  • Reuters reported that Cyber attacks hurt China's credibility.
  • Sophos reported that Ukrainian and Russian police arrest banking Trojan masterminds.
  • Samsung Galaxy Mobile Devices to deploy Absolute's MDM.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Mobile IM Line and WeChat Compete for Malaysian Market Share

Facebook only came to Malaysian scene around year 2007 - 2008. I remember that well because I was the early adopter. I can still remember the location and time when I actually signed up for it, it was in the afternoon around 3pm to 4pm, I was in my office at Sunway Mentari, P.J and I was using my older IBM Thinkpad r61 laptop.

Facebook adoption was very well received by Malaysian after that and it literaly pushed Friendster to the brink of extinction. But Facebook wasn't the first of its kind in the industry, yet it is so successful today.

In the mobile messaging scene, we have WhatsApp, Viber, Line, Wechat and etc. Personally I am using all of it except for WeChat because I don't actually use a very sophisticated phone such as iPhone and Galaxy S - I am not early adopter of expensive smartphones.

Up til today, WhatsApp is still the king in the industry. And if I can squeeze some juices out of my brain to go back in time - even though I am not early adopter of smartphone - I can somehow come to a consensus that the success of WhatsApp is partly attributed to the rise of iPhone which resulted in the falling market share of Blackberry.

Why I say so ?

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

ICT Happening Updates Week 2 of Apr 2013

The most significant news for week 2 of Feb 2013 was Oracle launched industry’s first one-stop platform for monitoring and managing improved social interactions.

Now, in case you missed them, the most important happenings for last one week or several weeks ago were:
  • Brocade delivers HyperEdge Architecture as upgrade for Campus Networks to support mobility trend.
  • Tata Communications delivers unified communications for Mott MacDonald.
  • ECS, Samsung Malaysia seal B2B distribution agreement.
  • Sourcefire appoints John Becker as Chief Executive Officer.
  • Cebu Pacific names Samuel Chew as the Juan Blogger Ambassador.
  • InMobi Wins a Stunning Six Awards at first Mob-Ex Awards
  • ASUS announces the Android 4.2 update for the ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700.
  • IBM announces new innovations for Big Data.
  • P1 wins gold for Media Strategy at The Marketing Excellence Awards.
  • HTC Malaysia Opens New Service Center at Berjaya Times Square.
  • EMC appoints Tom Zack as President for SEA.
  • Silver Peak releases DIY software for accelerating offsite replication.
  • CommAsia2013,EIT2013,BroadcastAsia2013 - 18 to 21 June 2013 @Marina Bay Sands Singapore.
  • Oracle launches new SPARC servers with the world’s fastest microprocessor.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Free Laptop for Every Student in Malaysia ?

It was suggested that if someone is to give a free laptop for every student in Malaysia. It will impact many different things in different ways. Obviously consumer IT vendors are going to bring out their hollers.

Imagine we will just take 15% of 28 million as a very rough estimation (based on the assumption that there were 27.2% of population who were < 15 years old in 2010); that would amount to about 4.2 million unit of laptops. If we split them to all participating vendors in Malaysia, all of them will hit their sales quota of the decade.

Maybe we should get the stocks from IT retailers instead of vendors directly. This will definitely help with the economy as it was reported that statistically, people will buy one mobile phone per year on average while will only change laptop every 3 to 4 years.

Monday, April 08, 2013

SPT Networks Unveils Second Screen App for International Premieres of Hannibal

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) Networks has unveiled a custom second screen viewing app to accompany the premiere of their hotly anticipated drama, Hannibal, which it co-commissioned for its global portfolio of channels. Developed by SPT Networks’ digital arm, the Hannibal app will initially be made available in local languages to accompany the series on AXN channels serving Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, pan Asia, Spain and Portugal. It will be the first scripted second screen app in several territories. In Malaysia, Hannibal will premiere on Tuesday, 9 April, at 10pm.

The mobile app functions as a complementary module for screening of Hannibal. Through the app, users will be able to access exclusive Hannibal content, learn more about characters, watch relationships unfold and access behind-the-scenes footage. Integrated social media elements will enable viewers to interact directly with the show and other fans in a hosted Hannibal community.

Developers Updates Week 1 of Apr 2013

In the last updates series (week 1 of Mar 2013), the most interesting update was Blackberry launched BlackBerry 10 applications challenge.

For this updates series, the followings had emerged.
  • DNA published that DiGi issues Hackathon challenge to developers.
  • Intel releases SDK for OpenCL Applications 2013 supporting the OpenCL 1.2 standard on 3rd and future 4th generation Intel® Core™ processors.
  • Progress Software expands Big Data connectivity with new HiveServer2 and Cloudera support.
  • Intel delivers new range of developer tools for gaming, media.
  • Oracle Announces Oracle Event Processing for Oracle Java Embedded.
  • AMD delivers unified gaming strategy at GDC 2013.
  • Aviary provides SDK for its photo editing tool on Windows 8 platform optimized for AMD accelerated processing units (APUs).
  • Evernote announces Devcup 2013 - March 11th-June 29th, 2013 in San Francisco, CA.
  • SAS provides educational industry with free web programming environment for its Base platform. 
  • Intel strategies to capitalize on mobile software market in Africa. 

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Computer Security Updates Week 1 of Apr 2013

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 5 of Mar 2013; in which the biggest news was nothing. Most still lingered onto the Spamhaus DDoS attack which was considered to be unprecedented and largest ever recorded in the industry.

It looks as if the whole industry had exhausted resources into this incident which some said almost broke the Internet; perhaps in Europe only.

For this week, here are the biggest news.
  • Kaspersky Security Scan detects active infections on computers protected by other vendors.
  • Symantec detected rising activities for banking trojan Shylock.
  • Yahoo reported NKorea's Twitter account hacked amid tension.

Check out computer security weekly updates.

Friday, April 05, 2013

Oracle Launched Data Centre in Singapore for Cloud Services

Bob Evans, Chief Communications Officer, Oracle
Cloud computing yields many benefits, chief amongst is long term costs saving in terms of infrastructure investment. Bob Evans, Chief Communications Officer, Oracle wrote earlier that convention IT-budget spending ratio – 80% on infrastructure and 20% on innovation. By leveraging on cloud computing, a ratio of 50%:50% can be achieved. Check out Bob's article on 'Business in the balance: Shifting IT investment from infrastructure to innovation'.

Today, Kuala Lumpur, 05 April 2013 - Oracle Corporation, the world's leading IT solution provider, today launched its data centre in Singapore to meet the growing demand for Cloud-based services, as well as offering Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) for customer in the region.

Yen Yen Tan, Senior VP,
Applications Sales, APAC, Oracle

According to Yen Yen Tan, Senior Vice President, Applications Sales, Asia Pacific, Oracle Corporation, “This new Singapore data centre is our latest data centre investment in the fast-growing Asia Pacific market, where demand is strong for cloud-based solutions.”

Oracle Cloud is the most comprehensive cloud in the world being used each day by more than 25 million users and more than 10,000 organisations.

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Cooliris brings endless photo discovery experience to iPad and iPhone

Apr 4, 2013 - With latest expansion into Asia namely, China and South-East Asia via an integration with Renren and a Chinese language version as well as Russia with an integration with Yandex, Cooliris is the leader in creating world’s most immersive and media-centric experiences for mobile and web consumers. It has reached a #1 iPad app ranking in 75 countries, crossing 3 million installs and a billion photo views in four months.

Cooliris today a new version that themes "endless discovery" to enrich your personal photo experience. It has the ability to see friends' photos, their friends' photos, etc from Renren, Instagram, Facebook and Flickr.

In addition, Dropbox has been added as a new cloud storage integration for your photos and creating a beautiful front-end experience for your cloud photos.

Cooliris is a beautiful, modern way to browse photos from various sources all in one place, and selectively share them in private groups. Cooliris has already integrated the mobile library, Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Google+/Picasa, Twitter, SmugMug, Google Drive, Google Images, Yandex.Fotki in Russia, and Renren in China. Cooliris, which has reached the #1 iPad app in 75 countries for Lifestyle, has seen rapid user growth with over three million installs and over one billion photos connected.

“Pixels are the new decibels,” said Soujanya Bhumkar, Cooliris CEO and co-founder. “The visual communication that Cooliris enables unifies media libraries with social conversations. This creates an engaging experience for users to connect, discover and selectively share photos the way they want, from any source of their choice.”

U Mobile Implements Analytics Solution to Profile Customers

KUALA LUMPUR, April 2, 2013 – U Mobile Sdn Bhd, Malaysia’s most dynamic and innovative 3G mobile operator and SAS Malaysia, the leader in business analytics software and services, today announced the integration of SAS’ Visual Analytics solution into U Mobile’s operations in Malaysia. This strategic business move will allow its executives immediate access to real-time consumer behaviour data for significantly more informed business decisions.

(L-R:) Andrew Tan, MD of Sas Malaysia, Jaffa Sany Ariffin, CEO U Mobile at signing ceremony

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Evernote for Windows Phone Updates

Evernote, one of the highly recommended productivity app for Windows Phone, has just received a major update to version 3.0.

With new features and redesigns such as a more user-friendly home screen to improved tag lists and stack support, Evernote for Windows offers the best productivity options in its class.

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Computer Security Updates Week 5 of Mar 2013

Refer to Computer Security Updates Week 4 of Mar 2013; in which the biggest news was the Spamhaus DDoS attack. It was reported by CloudFlare in the first place, who had helped to resolved the situation. Others follow suit by offering own version of analysis and opinions. Sophos considers this incident as the biggest distributed denial of service (DDoS) ever recorded.

Spamhaus is a non-profit anti-spam organization whose mission is to maintain a database of all known spammers and illegimate Internet hosts.

For the record, Sophos reported that it was Cyberbunker, a web hosting company who took umbrage with SpamHaus. The latter then blacklisted the former who then retaliated with the DDoS attacks.

DDoS works by clogging your network's bandwidth where attackers are able to keep sending traffics such as web service requests.

The scale of the attack was unprecedented, with over 300 gigabits per second. This has never been done before and Sophos concluded that it was achieved in which attackers took advantage of misconfigured DNS servers - the Open Resolver Project reports existence of more than 21.7 million insecure/misconfigured DNS servers on the IPv4 internet today.

To mitigate the situation, CloudFlare deployed Anycast which served to effectively diluted the DDoS traffics by spreading it across CloudFlare's facilities.

Telegraph reported that Cyberbunker's Sven Kamphuis defended this accusation as a conspiracy to thwart his mission on Internet freedom. This is such an interesting happening in the industry.

For this week, here are the biggest news.

  • Kaspersky Lab identifies targeted attack against Uyghur activists in China, utilizing malware for Android devices.
  • Symantec discovers bogus Asian chat app designed to steal login information social media site targeting Pakistani.
  • EITN hosted the McAfee Intelligent Security KL forum.
  • CyberSecurity Malaysia Re-elected to the Steering Committee at 10th APCERT AGM. 
  • Imation announced latest hardware encrypted USB Flash and Hard Drives products.
  • Channel 4 reported that Yahoo!'s email system hacked by criminal spammers.

Check out computer security weekly updates.

Business in the balance: Shifting IT investment from infrastructure to innovation

By Bob Evans, Chief Communications Officer, Oracle

Cloud computing’s enormous business value is convincing a rapidly growing number of CEOs and CIOs to join the cloud revolution. Executives are viewing the cloud as a way to begin shifting the IT-budget spending ratio – from the traditional 80% on infrastructure and 20% on innovation to something much closer to 50-50, which would liberate capital to fund market-facing growth initiatives.

Bob Evans, Chief Communications Officer, Oracle

It’s a fantastic opportunity … in theory. However, in practice many IT professionals – and even some vendors – appear to be at considerable risk of replicating the same insatiable jumble of technology that has challenged CIOs for decades. It is about the complex systems built from hundreds of disparate components that chew through huge chunks of IT budgets and leave very little for innovation. In an ideal world, enterprises would avoid the problem by implementing a complete end-to-end suite of cloud products that contain all three layers – applications, infrastructure, and platform. This approach would require little or no integration and free up precious IT dollars for customer-oriented initiatives aimed at growth, deeper engagement, and better decision-making driven by real-time analytics.