Archive for July 9, 2020

Meet The New Dell XPS Desktop & Dell S-series Monitors

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 9, 2020 by itnerd

Redesigned from the ground up, the XPS Desktop returns as the most powerful XPS system ever built. Powered by the latest 10th Gen Intel® Core™ (up to i9K) Processors and up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2070 SUPER™ graphics, it’s equipped with high-end performance features to fuel hardware intensive tasks, creative workflows, gaming and virtual reality. 

The new XPS Desktop packs amazing performance into an even smaller form factor than previous generations (19L vs. 24L) and offers plenty of expandability options with a tool-less chassis, so you can continue to improve your PC over time. It includes up to a 500W power supply to support up to 225W graphics, four storage bays and three expansion slots — a solid base for future computing needs. Dell engineers designed this system to maximize performance and airflow from the open architecture. Thermals are enhanced with voltage regulator cooling, strategic venting placement and high RPM fans to maintain adequate airflow.

Designed and validated for hobbyist content creators as part of NVIDIA’s RTX Studio program and backed by NVIDIA Studio drivers, the XPS Desktop delivers the performance and reliability you need to bring any at home creative project to life. To make the selection process easy, configurations labeled as “Creator Edition” have been carefully chosen for those who aspire to cultivate their digital content creation skills – whether that be in photography, graphic design, music production or beyond.

Taking cues from fan favorite design elements of the new XPS 13XPS 15 and XPS 17, the XPS Desktop features a modern and minimalist design in either Mineral White or Night Sky colors that fits perfectly into any home or office environment.

XPS Desktop is available in the U.S. and Canada today and across participating European and Asian countries throughout the month starting at US $649.99.

There are also new S-series monitors featuring a sleek, new design in Platinum Silver. Whether you are streaming your favorite shows, leisurely gaming or complementing your home office setup, these monitors are available in sizes from 27” to 32” with integrated speakers, 99% sRGB color coverage and AMD FreeSync™ technology. 

Enjoy sharp and immersive visuals with the Dell 32 Curved 4K Monitor (S3221QS), which comes equipped with dual 5Wspeakers tuned for an enhanced audio-video experience. And for those looking to elevate their creative experiences at home, theDell 27 4K Monitor (S2721QS) and Dell 27 QHD Monitor (S2721DS) feature IPS technology for vibrant colors across any angle.

Finally – and for the first time ever – Dell Premium Panel Exchange is now available on the new S-series monitors during the limited hardware warranty period to ensure bright pixels do not distract from your viewing experience.

Pricing and availability:

  • Dell 32 Curved 4K UHD Monitor (S3221QS) is available worldwide on August 20, starting at US $499.99.
  • Dell 27 4K UHD Monitor (S2721QS) is available worldwide on August 20, starting at US $449.99.
  • Dell 27 Monitor (S2721DS) is available worldwide on August 20, starting at US $349.99.

Guest Post: ESET Research Dissects Evilnum Group As Its malware Targets Online Trading

Posted in Commentary with tags on July 9, 2020 by itnerd

ESET researchers are releasing their in-depth analysis into the operations of Evilnum, the APT group behind the Evilnum malware. According to ESET’s telemetry, the targets are financial technology companies – for example, platforms and tools for online trading. Although most of the targets are located in EU countries and the UK, ESET has also seen attacks in countries such as Australia and Canada. The main goal of the Evilnum group is to spy on its targets and obtain financial information from both the targeted companies and their customers.

“While this malware has been seen in the wild since at least 2018 and documented previously, little has been published about the group behind it and how it operates,” says Matias Porolli, the ESET researcher leading the investigation into Evilnum. “It’s toolset and infrastructure have evolved and now consist of a mix of custom, homemade malware combined with tools purchased from Golden Chickens, a Malware-as-a-Service provider whose infamous customers include FIN6 and Cobalt Group,” he adds.

Evilnum steals sensitive information, including customer credit card information and proof of address/identity documents; spreadsheets and documents with customer lists, investments and trading operations; software licenses and credentials for trading software/platforms; email credentials; and other data. The group has also gained access to IT-related information, such as VPN configurations.

“Targets are approached with spearphishing emails that contain a link to a ZIP file hosted on Google Drive. That archive contains several shortcut files that extract and execute a malicious component, while displaying a decoy document,” elaborates Porolli. These decoy documents seem genuine, and they are continuously and actively collected in the group’s current operations as they try to compromise new  victims. It targets technical support representatives and account managers, who regularly receive identity documents or credit cards from their customers.

As with many malicious codes, commands can be sent to Evilnum malware. Among those are commands to collect and send Google Chrome saved passwords; take screenshots; stop the malware and remove persistence; and collect and send Google Chrome cookies to a command and control server.

“Evilnum leverages large infrastructure for its operations, with several different servers for different types of communication,” concludes Porolli.

For more technical details about the Evilnum malware and the APT group, read the full blog post “More evil: a deep look at Evilnum and its toolset” on WeLiveSecurity. Make sure to follow ESET Research on Twitter for the latest news from ESET Research. 

OpenText Announces New Integration With Microsoft Teams

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OpenText™ today announced the availability of its market leading Content Services technology for Microsoft Teams. This new integration enables use of OpenText Content Services for information governance and control.

As organizations adapt to the current global crisis, Content Services technologies allow remote workers to collaborate securely and productively. OpenText™ Content Services connects information across the enterprise with the people and systems that need it.

OpenText® Extended ECM for Microsoft Office 365 integrates content and collaboration tools into business processes. With today’s announcement, OpenText adds its market-leading information governance tools and systems to Teams, making an expanded set of compliance, records management, and archiving options available to Teams users and administrators. Extended ECM allows users to surface Teams content in context of relevant business processes across the enterprise, creating links with line-of-business systems and applications such as Salesforce, SAP, or Oracle. 

OpenText Extended ECM adds important functionality to Teams. Users can: 

  • Access and centrally govern customer content within the Teams environment;
  • Automate the creation of a Team specific to an OpenText business process;
  • Synchronize Teams membership with OpenText content management systems;
  • Archive Teams content to OpenText utilizing governance best practices; and
  • Retire Teams and dispose of noncrucial content automatically using OpenText Extended ECM.

The OpenText and Microsoft collaboration provides information management solutions that embrace and extend joint customers’ existing investments in these technologies, delivered off-cloud, hybrid cloud, or as a managed service on Microsoft Azure.

This latest integration with Microsoft joins an already vibrant set of solutions, including OpenText Extended ECM for Microsoft Dynamics 365 and Carbonite Backup for Microsoft Office 365.

As part of today’s announcement, OpenText will continue expanding integrations with Microsoft products to accelerate its OpenText Anywhere strategy on Azure. Many OpenText customers already rely on Azure for locally compliant and highly secure access to over 15 OpenText solutions delivered to customers as a managed service. In total, OpenText now makes more than 40 solutions available in the Azure Marketplace, including those available from Carbonite

Find out more about how OpenText leverages Microsoft Azure and integrates with additional Microsoft products here.

TELUS Ventures Invests In Zebra Medical Vision

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One of Canada’s most active Corporate Venture Capital funds, TELUS Ventures, has entered into a strategic collaboration with Zebra Medical Vision, a deep-learning medical imaging analytics company. The partnership will enable better health outcomes for Canadians. 

Here are some key details about the partnership and about TELUS Ventures:

  • This investment enables Zebra Medical Vision to expand its presence in Canada, bringing new artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to enhance healthcare outcomes for Canadians. Zebra-Med’s technology provides radiologists a fully automated analysis of medical images to quickly identify acute medical findings and chronic diseases.
  • Zebra-Med’s FDA approved population health solution leverages AI to stratify risk, and will help improve quality of life for Canadian patients and reduce the cost of care. Zebra-Med recently joined the battle against the pandemic, using its AI solution for COVID-19 detection and disease progression tracking.   
  • TELUS Ventures is focused on building a strong portfolio to support the growing health technology market, including digital solutions for preventive care and patient self-management. This collaboration underscores TELUS Ventures’ continued dedication to advancing the delivery of new technologies that drive better health outcomes for Canadians. 

More details can be found in the press release which can be found here

Guest Post: NordPass Lists The 10 passwords That Haven’t Been Breached Yet

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The password manager NordPass has listed 10 passwords that haven’t been breached yet. While these are not the only 10 passwords that haven’t been involved in a breach, security experts encourage users to take stock and follow (but not copy) the examples below to ensure that their personal data is secure. 

1.  UGr2@&589YpM

2.  #hS569Uryde*

3.  5E%CcE@5NCNv

4.  cZYS9K3&

5.  ^7Z$hVa^

6.  N!*dX5CJugZ4GSQ

7.  $KrCNqcXJ5EE

8.  4Tf$JbPCGpT#

9.  @*RbRAv2m4

10.  #43ZjeLG

“According to our research, a staggering number of people are still using blatantly  obvious and easy-to-guess passwords. The problem is compounded by the fact that people tend to reuse the same password for multiple platforms. This leads to millions of accounts being breached every year,” says Chad Hammond, security expert at NordPass.

At the end of last year, NordPass published a list of the 200 most popular passwords, which was compiled based on credentials leaked in data breaches. Independent researchers evaluated the database, which contains 500 million passwords in total. 

NordPass security expert Chad Hammond warns that although many people think they have nothing that hackers would find valuable or interesting, it is a common misconception. “Most of us use various online services, have access to internet banking, and shop online. The majority also have many accounts, such as email, Amazon, AliExpress, eBay, and many others. These accounts could be locked up for ransom or sold on the darknet. Just as an example, you can get a Netflix account for as little as $1.25. Subsequently, these accounts could be used in such activities as spamming, carding, and fraud.”

So, how do you secure your account tightly and what makes a good password? “The main quality of a strong password is length — it shouldn’t be short. Also, it should have upper and lower case letters, as well as numbers and symbols. We also encourage users to ditch any ties to their personal information and avoid using words you can find in a dictionary,” says the security expert at NordPass. 

In addition to creating a strong password, there are other steps you can take to keep your accounts more secure:

1. Go over all the accounts you have and delete the ones you no longer use. If a small, obscure website ends up breached, you might never even hear about it. You can use haveibeenpawned.com to check if your email has ever been in a breach.

2.  Update all your passwords and use unique, complicated ones to safeguard your accounts. You can generate effective and secure passwords online as well as check if they have ever been breached.

3. Use 2FA if you can. Whether it’s an app, biometric data, or hardware security key, your accounts will be much safer when you add that extra layer of protection.

4. Set up a password manager. It is the perfect tool for both generating and storing passwords.

5. Make sure to check your every account for suspicious activities regularly. If you notice something unusual, change your password immediately.

OVHcloud Reports On Data Centre Sustainability

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Today, OVHcloud – in conjunction with InsightaaS – launched a new “Sustainable by Design” report that takes an in-depth view of the sustainability challenges in the data centre.

In the data centre, sustainability is an increasing requirement from business, regulatory and operational perspectives. Today, heightened awareness of climate risk, potential reward in cost and carbon savings, and the promise of improved customer service call for new green strategies in IT and facilities design, build and management. The report addresses how organizations move forward to execute on sustainability initiatives and concludes with a discussion on how metrics can be deployed that can inform the sustainability agenda.

You can read the report here.

Two-Thirds Of Canadian Businesses Not Ready For Digital Transformation

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COVID-19 is forcing businesses to digitally transform how they operate. From enabling teams to work remotely to training employees, technology has never been more critical. Yet, a new Canadian study by Beagle Research Group and sponsored by Zoho reveals that technology systems have not kept up with changing times.

According to this April 2020 survey of employees at 208 Canadian businesses, two-thirds of staff give their workplace tech tools a failing grade. Sixty-four per cent of respondents do not think their technology helps them be productive while working in the office or remotely. This sentiment is worse for businesses with fewer than 500 employees where more than two-thirds of staff lack confidence in their tech and another 88 per cent say it takes too long to build systems to support their job.

 Technology highlights include:

 64 per cent of employees give their technology infrastructure a failing grade.

  • Businesses with fewer than 500 employees are the most dissatisfied with their work technology with 68 per cent saying they lack confidence in their tech.
  • 88 per cent say it takes too long to build systems that support their job.
  • Sales department employees are among the most dissatisfied, with 59 per cent saying they lack confidence in their tech infrastructure.

Conversely, the survey revealed that even though employees struggle with their technology, they are happy at work. Eighty per cent of employees feel engaged and aligned with their employers’ business and think their management is competent. 

 Engagement, Alignment and Competence Highlights

 73 per cent have a sense of purpose in their work.

  • 70 per cent say they take pride in their job.
  • 66 per cent say their boss is knowledgeable and communicates clearly.
  • 64 per cent say it’s easy to align their work with the objectives of the business.

Report Methodology

Conducted in April 2020 by Beagle Research Group, LLC, this study surveyed 509 individuals across the United States and Canada. Participants of the study ranged from non-executive and non-managerial employees at small and enterprise businesses in a variety of industries.