Samsung Laptops – Now With Secret Keyloggers? (UPDATED)

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Breaking#news#privacy#web UPDATED BELOW.In Network World‘s Security Strategies Alert newsletter, Mohamed Hassan details his discovery of StarLogger keyloggers on several different Samsung laptops. Keyloggers record every keystroke on a computer’s keyboard and email them to a recipient. This keylogger was hidden and pre-loaded on the computers he tested, making it a significant step beyond the “Sony BMG rootkit fiasco” from 2005. There, keyloggers were loaded onto users’ computers from music CDs with the ostensible goal of limiting illegal music use. The Sony keylogger incident was taken to court and the company forced to pay out $575 million to users who had experienced security issues after trying to remove the program. After using a commercial security program, Hassan found the keylogger in the c:windowsSL directory of his laptop. Hassan decribes how the Starlogger program works:“This key logger is completely undetectable and starts up whenever your computer starts up. See everything being typed: emails, messages, documents, web pages, usernames, passwords, and more. StarLogger can email its results at specified intervals to any email address undetected so you don’t even have to be at the computer.”The newsletter’s editor Mich Kabay says they contacted three PR reps at Samsung but, after a week of waiting, have yet to receive a response. Will this trigger a class-action lawsuit, as he thinks? I wouldn’t bet against it. UPDATED: I might bet against it now. GFI, the makers of the product Hassan used to test his computer, said a bug in that product misidentified a folder, according to a statement quoted by Computerworld.“‘Our findings indicate that the person mentioned in the article used a security program called VIPRE that mistook a folder created by Microsoft’s Live Application for a key logging software, during a virus scan,’ the company said. ‘The confusion arose because VIPRE mistook Microsoft’s Live Application multi-language support folder, ‘SL’ folder, as StarLogger,’ Samsung said.”It was right that GFI owned up and cannot have been easy. Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Energy Audits and Weatherization

first_imgSealing air leakage sites with caulk, foam sealant, or other materials;Adding attic or wall insulation;Sealing ducts with mastic (duct tape, despite the name, doesn’t really work) and insulating;Weatherstripping windows and doors; andReplacing windows or installing storm panels.We are fortunate in this area to have a number of highly skilled companies and organizations providing energy auditing and weatherization services. Two of these are listed below, and others in Vermont can be found through Efficiency Vermont, the statewide energy conservation utility (, then click on “Residential” and “Marketplace” and follow prompts).A comprehensive energy audit typically costs $400 to $500, but some companies will provide simple audits at a discount or even for free, hoping to make their money on the follow-up weatherization work. The investment in an energy audit and follow-up weatherization work is often repaid quickly. Houses and commercial buildings Keith Abbot weatherizes often achieve a 30-40% reduction in fuel consumption, he told me. If you’re currently burning 1,000 gallons of oil per year, a 30% reduction would save over $1,300 per year at current prices.For more information:Thermal House, Jamaica (802-874-7222, President Keith Abbot has been in the business since 1999 and now has ten employees in several crews (he’s looking for more!). The company uses only the most environmentally friendly materials, such as cellulose cavity-fill insulation, soy-based spray-foam insulation, cotton-batt insulation, and caulking materials that carry green labels.SEVCA, Westminster (802-722-4575 or 800-464-9951, SEVCA offers low-income energy audits and weatherization services for free, but also has a fee-for-service division that goes by the name Best Energy Saving Technologies (BEST). Harald Schmidtke, the weatherization director at SEVCA, has about 18 people working under him, but they’re already six to eight weeks out on audits. Examination of energy bills. How much oil, propane, electricity, or other fuels you’ve been using is the most accurate measure of your home’s energy performance—but it doesn’t show you where you can find savings.Health and safety check. An energy audit is a great time to also look for health and safety problems that may exist, such a furnace or boiler that is backdrafting combustion gases into the house. Most energy auditors do this sort of check as a matter of course.Blower-door test. A special, tight-fitting frame with large fan is installed in an exterior door. With all other doors and windows closed, the fan either depressurizes or pressurizes the house, and air pressure in the house is measured using an integral pressure gauge. The amount of work required by the fan to maintain a certain pressure indicates how leaky the house is. (A blower door is also used during weatherization to magnify air leakage so that those leaks can easily be found and sealed.)Visual inspection of insulation. An energy auditor should climb into your attic and peer into walls to figure out what type of insulation you have and how much. For walls, it is often possible to remove a wall outlet plate and get a view into the wall.Infrared imaging. Most energy auditors have special video cameras that display surface temperatures in different colors. As long as there’s a significant difference in temperature between the interior and exterior of a house, this is a great way to identify air leakage locations, wall areas that are missing insulation, and poorly performing windows. To use this camera effectively, you need about a 20-degree difference in temperature between the inside and out, so it’s harder to do this testing in the summer.Heating system efficiency test. Most energy audits measure the operating efficiency of oil- and gas-fired heating systems. This will show whether the unit needs to be tuned up and cleaned, and it may show whether it’s time to replace the whole unit or part of it, such as the burner or nozzle. Often more important than the efficiency of the heating appliance (furnace, boiler, etc.) is the efficiency of the heat distribution system. Forced-air heating systems can lose a huge percentage of the useful heat if the ducting runs through an unheated attic or basement and is poorly sealed or uninsulated. A “Duct Blaster” (sort of a mini-blower-door) can be used by an energy auditor to measure how well sealed the ducts are. With hot water baseboard (hydronic) heat, there might be opportunities to insulate pipes running through uninsulated spaces.Once an energy audit has been done, the energy auditor should put together a report that outlines what measures can be taken to reduce energy use, what the cost of those improvements will be, and the likely economic payback or return. There are some very sophisticated computer tools that an energy auditor can use to plug in the findings from the audit and create printouts showing the economic benefits of various measures.These improvements can include: As I write this, crude oil has hit another all-time record price, above $145 per barrel. Heating oil is over $4.50 per gallon today, with some local pre-buy contracts above $4.70 per gallon—almost double my pre-buy price last winter ($2.60/gallon). It doesn’t take a math degree to figure out that this sort of price increase will hit hard this coming winter.For most homeowners, the single most important thing you can do to reduce your energy costs is to have an energy audit done and then follow up with as many of the recommended weatherization actions as you can afford.Here’s what’s done in most energy audits:last_img read more

10 months agoCarrick manager for 48 hours as Man Utd seek external caretaker

first_imgCarrick manager for 48 hours as Man Utd seek external caretakerby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveMichael Carrick will be appointed interim manager until a temporary boss is hired within the next 48 hours, according to Sky Sports.The temporary boss will be hired externally, with the hope they will have ties with the club.United currently sit in sixth position, eleven points off the top four.A club statement on Tuesday confirmed that “manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect”.The statement continued: “The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future.”A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Adani Enterprises Q1 profit up 7fold to 570 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: Adani Enterprises on Thursday reported over sevenfold jump in consolidated net profit to Rs 570.14 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 on the back of higher income. The Gautam Adani group company had clocked a profit of Rs 80.14 crore in the year-ago period, Adani Enterprises said in a BSE filing. The company in a statement said the net profit attributable to owners for June quarter 2019-20 increased to Rs 601 crore as against Rs 169 crore in the same period of 2018-19. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThis includes one-time income of Rs 328 crore recognized in the company’s MDO (Mine Development and Operations) business. Total income grew 39 per cent during the quarter under review to Rs 10,685.86 crore from Rs 7,664.20 crore in the year-ago period. Total expenses also rose to Rs 10,243.74 crore compared to Rs 7,739.04 crore a year earlier. About solar manufacturing, it said the company has established India’s largest solar cell and module manufacturing unit in Mundra SEZ.last_img read more

Brooks Koepka Would Have Made History Whether He Won Or Lost

Zach Johnson100021216.7 Does not include Champions Tour or wins.Source: GolfStats Padraig Harrington311031717.7 Bubba Watson101121414.3 PlayerPGA TourEuroWGCMajorsTotalShare From Majors Rory McIlroy97242218.2 Ernie Els1317243611.1 Phil Mickelson363254610.9 Jordan Spieth80031127.3 Brooks Koepka2104757.1% Martin Kaymer19021216.7 Angel Cabrera1302633.3 Wins Vijay Singh30213368.3 Retief Goosen59021612.5 Brooks Koepka bashed and buried the field over the first three rounds at Bethpage Black, and then held on for dear life Sunday to win the 2019 PGA Championship. While Long Island’s ostentatiously difficult public golf course chewed up the world’s best players — only six players in the 156-man field finished below par — the 29-year-old finished with an eight-under-par 272 and fought off a huge scare from Dustin Johnson — the world’s No. 1 player. With the wire-to-wire win, Koepka is the first golfer to hold back-to-back, concurrent major titles. And of the last nine championships played, the hulking West Palm Beach native has claimed four.Koepka entered Sunday with a seven-stroke lead, a lead no golfer had ever blown at the tournament after 54 holes. He nearly blew it anyway. Johnson, who has similar ball-shaping skills, uses an equally intense workout regimen and is one of Koepka’s best friends, mounted a furious comeback, firing a 69 while leading the field in strokes gained off the tee (2.32), according to Data Golf. Johnson pulled within a single stroke of the lead with three holes remaining, but bogeyed two consecutive holes to fall out of contention. Koepka rallied to stem the tide and ended his day by hoisting the Wanamaker Trophy.This was quite the departure from Thursday, when Koepka carded a course-record 63, a showcase he aptly described as “a crazy day.” With Koekpa four shots clear of the field, Las Vegas bookmakers installed him with 5-to-4 odds to win after one day of competition. He quickly made those odds seem conservative as he followed it up with a 65 to extend the lead. Paired with Tiger Woods in the opening two rounds, Koepka steamrolled golf’s prodigal son by 17 strokes across two days.Golf has become a power-driven sport, and few, if any, people on tour supply more than Koepka, who frequently appears to be taking a machete to his ball. He certainly set the standard this week, leading the field in strokes gained tee-to-green in each of the first three rounds and in total, according to Data Golf. But even that undersells how precise his irons were, as Koepka also led the tournament in strokes gained on shots approaching the green.On golf’s biggest stages, Koepka shows up to win. It makes you wonder: Why doesn’t he collect more trophies in the PGA Tour’s garden-variety events? With two non-major PGA Tour wins and one European Tour title, Koepka’s major wins now outnumber his minor ones. More than half (57.1 percent) of his career wins have come at major championships, which is a higher share than any other active golfer who has won at least two majors. For comparison, less than 18 percent of Woods’s career victories have come at majors. In most of Koepka’s victories, the entire tournament feels calculated, as though he’s playing out a simulation that he ran through a thousand times before he took the course. Get-off-your-seat moments are few and far between with Koepka, who looks as though he was engineered in a lab and delivers relentless power while leaving events largely lusterless. Some of that is because Koepka has the demeanor of a world-class poker player. Some of it is how easily he lays waste to a golf course. But on Sunday, we learned that golf’s RoboCop can still bleed. The wheels fell off, and he had to dig deep to finish off his best friend. But Koepka did just that, making history as he evolved into a new type of champion: one who’s proved he can survive. Tiger Woods48618158717.2 Brooks is a major playerShare of professional wins that came at majors for active golfers who’ve won at least two majors since 2000 read more

Additional beds available for homeless due to rainy weather in San Diego

first_imgAdditional beds available for homeless due to rainy weather in San Diego KUSI Newsroom Posted: February 26, 2018 February 26, 2018 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The Inclement Weather Shelter Program at Father Joe’s Villages and Connections Housing Downtown for homeless San Diegans has been activated by the San Diego Housing Commission in partnership with the City of San Diego.Shelter nights are provided when the temperature is 50 degrees or below and there is a 40 percent chance of rain, or in exceptional weather conditions, such as one or more inches of rain within 24 hours and sustained winds of over 25 MPH.The date(s) is listed below:Monday, February 26Father Joe’s Villages Shelter — up to 250 individualsCheck-In: 4 p.m. — Throughout the nightCheck-Out: 5 a.m.Meal provided1501 Imperial Ave, San Diego, CA 92101The City of San Diego funds the Inclement Weather Shelter Program at Father Joe’s Villages.PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Downtown Shelter – Up to 30 individualsCheck-In: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.Check-Out: 7 a.m.Meal provided1250 6th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101The San Diego Housing Commission funds the Inclement Weather Shelter Program at PATH San Diego/Connections Housing.Inclement Weather Shelter Program–Downtown San Diego Area The Inclement Weather Shelter Program in the city’s downtown area is a partnership of the San Diego Housing Commission, City of San Diego, Father Joe’s Villages, PATH San Diego/Connections Housing Downtown and 2-1-1 San Diego. For more information about this shelter program or other county-wide shelter programs, dial 2-1-1, or visit KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News Tags: Father Joe’s Villages, Weather FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Burn The Stage Shows BTS Landmark 2017 In A Whole New Light

first_imgDoing it for each other and together, the Bangtan Boys transport viewers into their year of success, showing the hard work that made it happenPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Mar 29, 2018 – 11:42 am Episodes one and two of the eight-part YouTube Red documentary “BTS: Burn The Stage” are available for free, generating excitement around the world and a slew of user-produced clip-compilations of viewers’ favorite scenes. For everyone who followed BTS’ American conquest last year, the contemporaneous look behind the scenes is touching and inspiring.Between these documentary episodes and the BTS’ online profiles at their Big Hit Entertainment management, the group members are revealing more and more about themselves. Rap Monster’s remix of Fall Out Boy’s “Champion” and J-Hope’s solo “Airplane” flight have already given us some opportunity to get to know these artists better as individuals, but the YouTube Red footage takes seeing the Bangtan Boys to several new levels, on stage, in hotel rooms, and especially seeing how they depend on each other. Facebook BTS’ 2017 Captured On “Burn The Stage” burn-stage-shows-bts-landmark-2017-whole-new-light “Burn The Stage” Shows BTS’ Landmark 2017 In A Whole New Light Email News Twitter Their Blood, Sweat, and Tears went into this tour. Watch @bts_twt Burn The Stage now on YouTube Red! #BTSxYouTubeRed #BurnTheStageIsComing— YouTube (@YouTube) March 28, 2018 The sizable response to new BTS media online has added to their incredible story, mostly because this documentary footage gives us close-ups and authentic personal time that fans haven’t had before. Among the highlights fans have picked out from the two episodes are Jungkook’s dancing behind-the-scenes and his exhaustion backstage, Rap Monster losing his passport, J-Hope bringing back dinner for Suga, and how for all of them, their bandmates are consistently their strongest motivation to succeed.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

Samsung Space Gaming Monitor has its back to the wall

first_img Post a comment More games that will run an (almost) any nongaming laptop Stadia announcement: All the cool games previewed 1:49 25 Photos Space Gaming for your extraterrestrial adventures. Samsung At Gamescom 2019, Samsung follows up its Space Monitor with a Space Gaming brother that really sounds like an aptly named 32-inch version of the 27-inch nongaming model. They both have a 144Hz refresh rate and QHD (2,540 x 1,440) resolution, though the gaming version supports AMD FreeSync adaptive-refresh technology for synchronizing game frame rates with the display.It’s slated to ship by the end of the year, but we don’t yet know the price. Tags Share your voice 0 It’s not a very fun gaming monitor, basic black with no lighting; it basically sits there looking grim. While the stand design is clever and it’s nice to be able to pull it forward and down to find a comfortable angle, it only works directly in front of you because it can’t swivel. Nor does it seem to free up much space, since you have to move anything obstructive you’ve put in the free area if you want to pull the screen down.Samsung didn’t provide any specs, but if it’s similar to the 27-inch VA screen it’s relatively bright with an sRGB gamut — a basic but stylish entry-level model that lacks the pop of Samsung’s QLED colors. Now playing: Watch this: Computers Gaming Accessories Computer Accessories Samsunglast_img read more

Box Office Collection Yennai Arindhaal Becomes Ajiths Highest Grosser in US Beats

first_img‘Yennai Arindhaal’.IBTimes India”Yennai Arindhaal” has now become the highest grossing Ajith film in the US by grossing $415K till Saturday, beating all time record of his previous best “Arrambam”, which had collected total of $380 K.Ajith starrer has achieved this feat in just three days since its release on 5 February. The distributors of the movie are now hoping that the movie will cross $500K in a few days.”#YennaiArindhaal bcoms highest grossing #Thala film in USA by Satday, $415K,more scrns to rept. prev best Arrambam $380K. Target $500K now!” tweeted Atmus Entertainment, the distributors of the movie in United States.Earlier, “Yennai Arindhaal” had broken the first day collection record of “Arrambam” by collecting $113,232 (approximately ₹69 Lakhs) from 75 screens in its premiere.”Yennai Arindhaal”, which released on 5 February in more than 1,000 screens worldwide, has received positive reviews and is showing stupendous performance in terms of box office collection. The film is also rewriting the records in terms of theatre occupancy.Industry analysts say that despite the film being released on a non-weekend day, it has done really well and the weekend reports suggest that the film is heading to be a big success.The movie has currently registered number one rank at the Chennai box office, followed by Vikram’s “I” and Dhanush-Amitabh Bachchan starrer “Shamitabh”.”Top 5 at CBO – Feb 5 to 8 – No.5 Isai, No.4 Darling , No.3 Shamitabh, No.2 I, No.1 Yennai Arindhaal,” tweeted industry analyst Sreedhar Pillai.Directed by Gautham Menon, “Yennai Arindhaal” also has an impressive star cast, which includes Trisha Krishnan, Anushka Shetty, Vivek, Arun Vijay, Daniel Balaji, Amit Bhargava, Rajasimman and Devi Ajith.last_img read more

RGV releases first look of Telangana CMs biopic Tiger KCR on AP

first_imgTiger KCRTwitterRam Gopal Varma released the first look of Tiger KCR, the biopic on Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, on the eve of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu’s birthday.Ram Gopal Varma took to Twitter on April 18 to announce the biopic on Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao. The directed tweeted, “It is a biopic of @KTRTRS ‘s father from the time he couldn’t bear the 3rd class treatment being given to Telangana people by the Andhras, and how he fought in a fiery way to achieve Telangana state.”Ram Gopal Varma added, “KCR and YSR are the only politicians to successfully groom their children to be worthy of them, unlike the politician in the neighbouring state of Telangana …Only the greatest of political leaders can create a biological and ideological legacy.”A word in its tagline did not go down well with some people, who trolled him. Responding to them, Ram Gopal Varma wrote, “For those who are having a problem with the word ఆడు in the tag line, it’s meant in the perspective of those who looked down upon KCR before he achieved what he did.. Am sure both KCR and ⁦@KTRTRS⁩ will understand the depth in that line.”Ram Gopal Varma revealed on April 19, “The First Look of #TIGERKCR will be out today at 11 Am.” He added, “The film #TIGERKCR will feature KCR, @KTRTRS, K Kavitha, Harish Rao, YSR, Y S Jagan, @ncbn, Lagadapati Rajagopal, Vundavalli Arun Kumar, Roshiah, Kiran Kumar Reddy, Ramoji Rao and Lokesh.. First look releasing at 11 AM today.”Hours later, Ram Gopal Varma released a video featuring him like the alter-ego of TRS supremo K Chandrasekhar Rao’s. He captioned it with, “On the eve of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister @ncbn’s birthday, I am releasing this first look of Telangana Chief Minister KCR ‘s biopic #TIGERKCR.”Ram Gopal Varma went on to describe KCR as Aggressive Gandhi. “My film will not show Andhras as villains..It’s only a few Andhrollu who did vennupotu to crores of Andhrollu by creating circumstances for separation #TIGERKCR,” he tweeted in reply to a fan, adding, “Like how the peaceful Gandhi fought the British and got India, the Aggressive Gandhi KCR fought the Andhras and got Telangana #TIGERKCR.”On the eve of Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister @ncbn ‘s birthday , I am releasing this first look of Telangana Chief Minister KCR ‘s biopic #TIGERKCR— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) April 20, 2019last_img read more