Archive for September 11, 2018

Darktrace launches Antigena Version 2

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 11, 2018 by itnerd

Darktrace, the world’s leading AI company for cyber defense, has today announced the launch of Antigena Version 2 (v2), a major update to its AI-powered autonomous response technology.

As attacks become more innovative and automated, artificial intelligence is increasingly being deployed to fight back.

Darktrace’s  autonomous response technology uses AI to take surgical action that stops high-severity cyber-threats within seconds. This buys the security team valuable time to catch up, as the crisis is averted.

In this second version, a new Email Module is made available, which enables organizations to pre-emptively protect email users targeted by email attack campaigns.

Within seconds of a malicious attack being detected, Antigena v2 not only stops the threat from escalating on the compromised device, but also stops other people in the organization from being hit in the first place.

Antigena v2 now includes:

  • New Email module that blocks threats at the point of entry
  • Autonomous response for cloud, network, and email attacks
  • Precise actions driven by new AI models
  • Orchestration with market-leading firewalls and switches
  • Greater visibility and control from the Darktrace Mobile App (v2)

For more information, download the Darktrace Antigena: The Future of AI-Powered Autonomous Response white paper here.

Review: aceyoon Cigarette Lighter Splitter Car Charger

Posted in Products with tags on September 11, 2018 by itnerd

I tripped over a very interesting piece of tech recently for the car:


This is the aceyoon Cigarette Lighter Splitter Car Charger which I found on Amazon for $14.58 CDN. It allows you to use a 12V outlet to charge a USB device while having a 12V outlet available for use by a 12V device. Now you can see the single USB port on the front. But it has two more underneath: 


You can charge 3 devices at the same time with a max output is 3.1A. There’s also one other trick that it has:


It reports the voltage of your car battery. That way you get a hint of whether you need to replace your car battery which is kind of important if your car battery is 4 or 5 years old. The output current is displayed when the battery is charging while the car battery voltage is displayed when not charging.

Installation is simple. Plug it into the 12V outlet and you’re good to go. I tested it with an iPhone 7 Plus and an Android phone and all of them charged at a rate that I would be considered quick. I couldn’t find anything to criticize as well. At $14.58 CDN, it’s cheap enough that you could pick one up for each car that you own. 


Trend Micro Claims It Didn’t Steal User Data…. Then Back Pedals On That Claim

Posted in Commentary with tags on September 11, 2018 by itnerd

Well, Trend Micro has finally decided to respond to the firestorm that erupted on Sunday when it was discovered that some of their macOS apps were stealing the browser histories of users. And then the apps in question were promptly banned by Apple. Via a blog post, Trend Micro denied this…. Sort of:

Reports that Trend Micro is “stealing user data” and sending them to an unidentified server in China are absolutely false.

Trend Micro has completed an initial investigation of a privacy concern related to some of its MacOS consumer products. The results confirm that Dr Cleaner, Dr Cleaner Pro, Dr. Antivirus, Dr. Unarchiver, Dr. Battery, and Duplicate Finder collected and uploaded a small snapshot of the browser history on a one-time basis, covering the 24 hours prior to installation. This was a one-time data collection, done for security purposes (to analyze whether a user had recently encountered adware or other threats, and thus to improve the product & service). The potential collection and use of browser history data was explicitly disclosed in the applicable EULAs and data collection disclosures accepted by users for each product at installation (see, for example, the Dr Cleaner data collection disclosure here: The browser history data was uploaded to a U.S.-based server hosted by AWS and managed/controlled by Trend Micro.

Well, that’s a crappy response which I am sure didn’t exactly win hearts and minds. Because sometime later they updated the blog post with this:

We apologize to our community for concern they might have felt and can reassure all that their data is safe and at no point was compromised.

We have taken action and have 3 updates to share with all of you.

First, we have completed the removal of browser collection features across our consumer products in question. Second, we have permanently dumped all legacy logs, which were stored on US-based AWS servers. This includes the one-time 24 hour log of browser history held for 3 months and permitted by users upon install. Third, we believe we identified a core issue which is humbly the result of the use of common code libraries. We have learned that browser collection functionality was designed in common across a few of our applications and then deployed the same way for both security-oriented as well as the non-security oriented apps such as the ones in discussion. This has been corrected.

So I guess that the accusations weren’t completely false if Trend Micro backpedaled like this. I guess the optics just didn’t look too good. But they didn’t really answer the questions that need answering. Such as how pervasive was this practise? Were they doing this on their corporate line of products? How can we trust Trend Micro given all that is gone on? If Trend Micro really wants to address this, they need to be a transparent as possible. Otherwise, people will simply take their money elsewere.