Archive for October 19, 2017

Mujjio Brings Forth A Bold Olive For iPhone X

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 19, 2017 by itnerd

With a natural and serene color, Mujjio’s new cases for iPhone X add a dash of personality, without compromising the iPhone’s immaculate appearance.

Mujjio has gone through an intensive process developing the perfect shade of Olive to complement their current selection of black, tan and gray leather finishes. Based on their innovative iPhone X cases, the Olive collection showcases their most premium design elements.

  • Fully leather wrapped – We’ve fully wrapped the cases with leather to reinforce their durability and closely follow the contours of the device, resulting in a very streamlined silhouette. The premium quality of our full-grain vegetable-tanned leather provides a soft feel and ages beautifully. Over time, the leather will acquire a patina: the color will become deeper adding character – a gradual refinement that will give your case a truly personal character.
  • Every detail considered – The buttons are fully covered in leather, which adds to the sleekness of the overall design. The optimised button profile is specifically designed and tested for responsiveness and ease of use – the result of a production process that they’ve refined meticulously.
  • Protective and effortless – The leather rises 1mm above the edge of the glass, creating a raised bezel that keeps abrasive surfaces away from your screen. The camera opening and mute button feature a leather chamfer which makes using the mute button effortless.
  • Satin-like microfiber-lined – The case interiors are lined with the finest Japanese microfiber with a satin-like finish, providing soft padding for your iPhone X.

Full-leather-wallet-case-for-iphone-x-Olive-02.jpgAvailable as a wallet – a Mujjo original praised for its functionality and form. The leather wallet case for iPhone X features a leather card pocket that fits two or three bank, ID or commuter cards conveniently in one sleek package.

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If you don’t want to use your iPhone X as a wallet, they’ve still got you covered with the Full Leather Cases for iPhone X.

Compatible with iPhone X, the cases start at US$44.90, ranging up to US$49.90 and EUR €44.90 ranging up to EUR €49,90 (incl. VAT for European customers). Available for order on mujjo.com (ships worldwide).

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Cryptojacking: The New Threat That You Don’t Know Anything About But Should

Posted in Commentary on October 19, 2017 by itnerd

I remember the good old days…. As in six months ago where I would be called by clients to investigate and remove browser add ons that just magically appeared, or adware that got installed via a browser that visited an infected website. That still does happen, but I am getting a new call from my clients to address a new threat called cryptojacking.

Now you’ve likely never heard of cryptojacking, so here’s a rundown on what it is. A website can have a JavaScript installed on it that uses the browser of a website visitor to get at the CPU of that computer to mine cryptocurrency. Specifically Monero coins which are harder to trace than Bitcoin. So in short, this is a money making scheme that uses the CPU power of your computer to do it. Typically, the website that has the JavaScript has been pwned by hackers and this code is installed. But some unscrupulous site owners have installed these scripts themselves to make a few extra bucks. JavaScript isn’t the only attack vector as it’s also been seen on self hosted WordPress sites (as opposed to WordPress.com hosted sites like this one) via plug-ins. Plus there are other means to do this that don’t rely on JavaScript or WordPress that are starting to appear.

So, how do you know if you’ve been hit by one of these cryptojackers? Simple. You visit a website with a cryptojacker installed on it and you’ll notice almost immediately that your computer will slow down. If you were to open Task Manager on Windows or Activity Monitor on Mac, you’ll notice that the browser that you’re using at the time is consuming up to 100% of the CPU power. Terminating the browser usually brings things back to normal. And typically, nothing gets left behind on your computer.

Now this issue started to appear last month. But in the last couple of weeks it’s really become pervasive. Websites all over the world that are owned by major corporations to someone who hosts cat videos have been affected. And it’s growing by the day. Thus you have to protect yourself. I would suggest a two part strategy to protect yourself:

  1. Disabling JavaScript in your browser settings is the first step as many of these cryptojackers are JavaScript base. Thus simply disabling JavaScript in your browser makes a lot of these cryptojackers non issues. This is a good article that tells you how to disable JavaScript in the browser of your choice.
  2. Using a script-blocking addon or installing an extension specifically designed to prevent coin mining in the browser, like MinerBlock or No Coin is your next step as those will protect you from the non-JavaScript cryptojackers.
  3. Always have a good anti-virus program installed as you never know when these cryptojackers will evolve to the point where they install something onto your computer to do their evil work.

Seeing as this is an evolving threat, you’re going to hear more about cryptojackers soon enough. And the means to defend yourself will start to shrink. Thus the real way to stop this is for governments to go after the people who do this. Wishful thinking I know. But outside of that, there’s no real incentive for the people behind cryptojacking to stop their activities. And that’s not good for anyone.

 

Domino’s Pizza In Australia Pwned….. Email Addresses Swiped

Posted in Commentary with tags on October 19, 2017 by itnerd

It seems that Pizza Hut isn’t the only pizza joint to get pwned by hackers. Domino’s Australian outfit has fessed up to being pwned by hackers as well. The company has called in the Australian information commissioner to find out how a list of customer emails managed to find their way into the hands of creepy spammers. Though Domino’s is blaming a supplier for the issue:

The pizza seller has called in the Australian information commissioner to investigate the breach but insists its systems haven’t been compromised. Instead, it blames a “former supplier’s systems” for leaking customer email addresses, names and store suburb.

“Domino’s acted quickly to contain the information when it became aware of the issue and has commenced a detailed review process,” an undated statement posted on the company’s website reads.

The company did not say when it first became aware of the issue and insists no financial information has been accessed.

The thing is, that Domino’s customers are now getting spammed. And the spam is apparently not too cool. While this isn’t as bad as having financial data out there in the wild, it’s still not good as it shows that there were gaps in how customer information was handled. The other part of this story is that this is another company that took a while to disclose that this happened. That has not gone over well as many people vow not to do business with the pizza joint again. Hopefully that serves as a warning to other companies who think that not disclosing data breaches is a good idea.