Trend Micro exposes undetectable malware against bank session tokens

July 23rd, 2014

Are your devices infected? “Operation Emmental” is a new criminal operation which targets banks that use session tokens such as Short Message Service (“SMS”) for authentication purposes – to steal customers’ online banking credentials to gain full access and control of their bank accounts.

A comparison between the two-factor authentication process in uninfected and infected computers with Operation Emmental.

A comparison between the two-factor authentication process in uninfected and infected computers with Operation Emmental.

Like Swiss Emmental cheese, the ways in which your online banking accounts are protected might be full of holes, or rather loopholes.

Commenting on today’s rampant mobile cybercrimes, Paul Oliveria, Technical Communications Manager of Trend Labs, Trend Micro shared: “Monetary benefits remain the biggest motivation for cybercriminals. Based on Trend Micro TrendLabs 1Q 2014 Security Roundup report, the number of online banking malware detections in the first quarter reached roughly 116,000 showing a steady increase from the same quarter in 2013.”

Cloud security experts Trend Micro warns of “undetectable” malware infection that targets mobile banking users.

Currently prevalent in Austria, Sweden and Switzerland, this cybercrime has reached Japan, leaving the Asia Pacific region at greater risk of a similar attack.

Mobile devices are also increasingly being included in cross-platform threats.

With mobile devices no longer being just phones and serve as computer substitutes in their own right, users are often connecting their mobile devices to their home/work systems to sync their files and documents.

This link between the devices is what threats use to jump across.

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New arrivals: 5-inch HTC One (E8) Android smartphone unveiled

July 22nd, 2014

The 5-inch Android HTC One (E8) will be available in Singapore from Saturday, 26 July with SingTel, StarHub, M1 and selected retailers. RRP for 16GB HTC One (E8): S$658.

The HTC One (E8) will be available in Polar White, Electric Crimson and Misty Gray.

The HTC One (E8) will be available in Polar White, Electric Crimson and Misty Gray.

The HTC Dot View case for the HTC One (E8) will be available in Grey at S$59.

The smartphone ships with Motion Launch, HTC BoomSound, 5-megapixel front camera and 13MP rear camera. Both cameras support full 1080p HD video recording.

Powered by a 2,600mAh battery, the HTC One (E8) has 2GB RAM and 16GB onboard memory with expandable microSD storage capacity up to 128GB..

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StarHub launches Crowdtivate with 12 curated projects

July 22nd, 2014

StarHub has also partnered with Indosat to promote innovative projects from Indonesia’s entrepreneurship community.

StarHub touts Crowdtivate as the world’s only telco-backed, rewards-based crowdfunding platform.  Crowdtivate was beta-launched back in April 2013.

StarHub touts Crowdtivate as the world’s only telco-backed, rewards-based crowdfunding platform. Crowdtivate was beta-launched back in April 2013.

Crowdtivate is now open to the public, with 12 Asia-based projects ranging from creative works and digital technology to assistive technology.

These will seek funding support worldwide in order to bring their entrepreneurial vision to life.

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New arrivals: Canon imageCLASS LBP6030 & LBP6030w laser printer

July 21st, 2014

The imageCLASS LBP6030 and LBP6030w are now available at Canon authorised dealers at the recommended retail prices of S$119 and S$149 respectively.

New Canon imageCLASS LBP6030 (S$119) and LBP6030w (S$149, shown above) are now available in Singapore.

New Canon imageCLASS LBP6030 (S$119) and LBP6030w (S$149, shown above) are now available in Singapore.

These black and white printers increase work productivity with their print speed and quality, while the LBP6030w version offers the flexibility and convenience of mobile printing.

The latest imageCLASS LBP6030 and LBP6030w are compact A4 monochrome single function laser printers designed for deployment in Small Office and Home Office (SOHO) environments.

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Palo Alto Networks on protection against IE vulnerabilities

July 20th, 2014

Earlier this month, Palo Alto Networks discovered ten critical vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer browsers, underlining the importance for businesses to focus on knowing the risk of running vulnerable software.

Check out five core concepts on how to protect your organisation against vulnerabilities.

Check out five core concepts on how to protect your organisation against vulnerabilities.

Sharat Sinha – Vice President, Asia Pacific for Palo Alto Networks – shares his views on how businesses and organisations can protect themselves against malicious attacks and avoid compromises to their network security.

Below are Sinha’s views.

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New arrivals: XSories WEYE FEYE, U-Shot & Me-Shot photo accessories

July 19th, 2014

Lamch & Co introduces three revolutionary photography solutions, the WEYE FEYE, the U-Shot and the Me-Shot – from XSories, the brand created by X-Treme Video for the extreme sports industry.

The XSories Weye Feye (S$469) is compatible with most DSLR cameras.

The XSories Weye Feye (S$469) is compatible with most DSLR cameras.

For 20 years, XTreme Video has worked with more than 500 extreme sports producers worldwide, capturing breath-taking images of athletes and talents who live and breathe extreme sports.

With their expertise, XSories reinvents the art of imagery with innovative solutions for sport, travel and video fans.

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New arrivals: Three new NEC M Series short-throw projectors

July 18th, 2014

NEC Asia Pacific, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the 3000-lumen M302WS (S$1,829), 3300-lumen M332XS (S$1,729) and 3500-lumen M352WS  (S$2,049). Available now.

NEC digital solutions adds three new digital models  to its M Series short-throw projectors.

NEC digital solutions adds three new digital models to its M Series short-throw projectors.

The M Short Throw series brings the projector closer to the whiteboard, eliminating shadows and glare so students can focus on learning.

“The M Series has established itself as a formidable projector family over the last three years, and the M300WS, M332XS and M352WS models enhance that reputation. Accommodating standard and widescreen needs, M Short Throw Series projectors deliver bright images to interactive screens and whiteboards from less than 3 feet away,” said Vincent Koh, Vice President of Multimedia Product Platform Unit.

Using the latest DLP technology from Texas Instruments, the M302WS, M332XS and M352WS models deliver high contrast images (10,000:1), are filter free, and have 0.6:1 and 0.48:1 throw ratios, respectively.

The eco-conscious features in the M Short Throw Series include ECO Mode technology, which increases lamp life up to 8000 hours, while lowering power consumption, as well as quick start (3 to 4 seconds) and auto power on via the RGB input connector.

Remote diagnostics enable the user to monitor and make adjustments to the projectors from afar.

The M Series portable projectors also boast the ability to transmit images from computers, tablets and smart phones using DisplayNote and NEC’s own Wireless Image Utility.

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Singapore Science Festival 2014 is back (18 Jul – 3 Aug)

July 17th, 2014

The Singapore Science Festival (SSF) is back for the fourteenth year, bringing back crowd favourites such as X-periment!, the Singapore Mini Maker Faire and the STAR Lecture, alongside several celebrity science performers and exciting new events.

The Singapore Science Festival (SSF) runs from tomorrow till 3 August, 2014.

The Singapore Science Festival (SSF) runs from tomorrow till 3 August, 2014.

Opening tomorrow, the yearly celebration of everything science and technology, co-organised by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and the Singapore Science Centre, is set to continue rocking young minds and pushing further the buttons of curiosity.

Associate Professor (A/P) Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore - Co-Chairperson of Singapore Science Festival.

Associate Professor (A/P) Lim Tit Meng, Chief Executive, Science Centre Singapore – Co-Chairperson of Singapore Science Festival.

This is in line with Singapore’s increasingly broad-based approach towards the learning of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) subjects.

A deep interest in STEM motivates thinking, curiosity and innovation, principles that will help the adults of tomorrow navigate and adapt to a rapidly changing world.

With an aim to cultivate and groom the next generation of STEM practitioners in Singapore, SSF 2014 aims to bring STEM subjects to life through interesting and fun play, observation and hands-on experiences.

Differentiating itself from previous editions, this year’s SSF will take on a fresh theme – You Can be a Rock Star with Science.

Introducing the Rock Star Scientists of Singapore Science Festival 2014

The festival will celebrate scientists who are rock stars in their own right, making a difference to the world we live in, and changing the way we learn science.

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New arrivals: Motorola Moto G with 4G LTE in Singapore for S$348

July 17th, 2014

The Moto G with 4G LTE will be available in black only, through open channel across Singapore from 16 July 2014. The suggested retail price is S$348.

The Moto G with 4G LTE supports the fastest mobile networks - 4G LTE - in Singapore.

The Moto G with 4G LTE supports the fastest mobile networks – 4G LTE – in Singapore.

Motorola claims that the Moto G with 4G LTE delivers a premium smartphone experience at a third of the price of current high-end phones.

Features include:

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New arrivals: TomTom Traffic and 3 new GO GPS PND models

July 16th, 2014

TomTom today launched in Singapore three new TomTom GO GPS portable navigation devices – GO 50 (S$249), GO 500 (S$299) and GO 600 (S$349) – as well as new live Traffic updates feature for their use in Singapore.

TomTom GO 500. S$299

TomTom GO 500. S$299

The new PNDs feature a completely fresh user interface with lifetime TomTom Traffic and map updates.

“Where navigation used to be about getting people to unfamiliar destinations, we are now empowering drivers with easy access to the information they need to make the smartest driving decisions, every day. The new TomTom GO is an essential daily driving tool, helping Singaporean drivers to get out of traffic, and get to their destinations faster,” says Chris Kearney, Vice President of TomTom Consumer, Asia Pacific.

They also ship with an interactive map featuring 3D buildings and landmarks, giving drivers the ability to know what is going on around them, as well as what lies ahead.

The new series of GO PNDs allow users to view traffic incidents in detail and receive traffic jam alerts, so that they can take the fastest detours available.

With a screen that easily zooms in and out, drivers can find, and explore places on the brand new interactive map, and tap on the map to get an instant route to their destination.

The new TomTom GO series comprises the following models and is currently available at retailers such as Challenger and Harvey Norman.

TomTom Key specs
GO 50

S$249

5.0” touch screen, Lifetime TomTom Traffic and Maps
GO 500

S$299

5.0” capacitive fully interactive touch screen, Lifetime TomTom Traffic and Maps
GO 600

S$349

6” capacitive fully interactive touch screen, Lifetime TomTom Traffic and Maps

Lifetime TomTom Traffic

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