Archive for November 9, 2020

Vatican Library’s Digitized Manuscripts Protected from Cyber-Attacks By Darktrace

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

Darktrace, the world’s leading cyber AI company, has today announced that the Vatican Library, which holds one of the oldest and most significant collections of historical texts in the world, has selected Darktrace AI to protect it against cyber-attacks.

Founded in 1451 by Nicholas V, the Vatican Library holds invaluable documents from across history including letters from ancient figures, drawings and writings from Michelangelo and Galileo and the oldest surviving copy of the Bible.

Eight years ago, the Library embarked on a project to digitize over 80,000 of these documents in order to help preserve the content for posterity, and broaden access to new audiences and academics. As a result, however, the collections have become vulnerable to cyber-attacks, and securing their digital versions is paramount. 

The Vatican Library selected Darktrace Immune System technology to protect against a range of potential attackers that pose a risk to these priceless works and writings. Powered by AI, the technology works by forming an evolving understanding of the ‘normal’ activity within the Vatican Library’s digital systems, and detects significant changes that may indicate that a cyber-threat is emerging. On average, Darktrace Cyber AI defends against 100 security incidents every month at the Library, spotting genuine threats before they escalate into crisis.

Global ransomware attacks surged by 110% at 34 million Year-on-Year: Atlas VPN

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

Ransomware attacks broke a two-year record in September of 2020. According to data analyzed by the Atlas VPN team, there were 34.11 million ransomware attacks detected this September — 110% more than the same period last year when 16.21 million attacks were recorded. 

Overall, there was a 40% rise in ransomware attacks in the first three quarters of 2020 compared to the same period last year. The ransomware attacks grew from 142.39 million in 2019 to 199.75 million in 2020.

Over a third (34%) of ransomware attacks launched in the first nine months of 2020 were Ryuk attacks — a type of crypto-ransomware that uses encryption to block access to victim’s systems, devices, or files and demands a ransom in Bitcoin cryptocurrency. 

In total, there were 67.27 million Ryuk attacks from January through September of 2020. It is over 13 thousand times more compared to the same period last year when 5,094 Ryuk attacks were detected. 

North America suffers the most from ransomware attacks

Ransomware can be extremely damaging to both individuals and organizations who fall into its traps. While ransomware attacks are prevalent globally, some regions were more affected than others.

The region that got the biggest shares of ransomware attacks through Q3 2020 is North America, receiving close to 76% (151.33 million) worldwide attacks. The number increased by 124% from the same period last year when 67.67 million attacks were registered.

However, the region that saw the most significant surge in ransomware attacks was Asia-Pacific. While there were 1.31 million attacks within the first three quarters of 2019, the number rose by 294% to 5.16 million attacks this year. 

Finally, ransomware attacks targeting European countries through Q3 2020 make up one-tenth (10%) of total worldwide attacks. However, unlike other countries, European countries saw a 28% drop in ransomware attacks from 26.81 million attacks in the first three quarters of 2019 to 19.23 million in 2020.

To read the full paper, head over to: https://atlasvpn.com/blog/global-ransomware-attacks-surged-by-110-at-34-million-year-on-year

Review: Snap Ships Gladius AC-75 Drop Ship & Locust Stealth Fighter

Posted in Products with tags on November 9, 2020 by itnerd

Hot off the review of two other Snap Ships craft comes two more Snap Ships that are up for review. Starting with the Gladius AC-75 Drop Ship:

And the Locust Stealth Fighter:

To refresh your memory, Snap Ships are designed for kids ages 8 and up and go for a suggested retail price of $9.99–$39.99. To tell the epic story of the Snap Ships universe, the company behind Snap Ships which is PlayMonster has joined forces with award-winning content studio Wind Sun Sky to produce a fast-paced and edgy animated series. Season one of the series, Snap Ships Dawn of Battle launched this past Friday on YouTube with new episodes airing every Friday. But there’s more to this toy. Snap Ships is supported by an AR app which allows users to explore the vibrant world of Snap Ships. Highly detailed digital versions of the constructible toys come to life in the app and can be summoned into via Augmented Reality.

And back to help me review these Snap Ships is Zavier who is 12 years old and very, very good at reviewing products. Once he gets a drivers license, I may give him a shot at reviewing cars. But for now, I’ll stick to these Snap Ships:

First up the Locus K.L.A.W Stealth Craft. The Stealth craft is a very cool ship. Its unique design is unlike any of the other snap ships I’ve seen. It’s a sleek addition to the snap ships fleet. It’s a unique, simple and a quick build. 

Now for the Locust Support Fighter. The Support fighter isn’t breaking any new ground in terms of design but is still a great ship. It reminds me of the X-Wings from Star Wars, which isn’t a bad thing by any means. I do like the Idea of some smaller sets to add to a collection. Overall the Locust is a great kit and a nice gift for smaller children.

Now onto the Big one, the Gladius AC-75 Drop Ship Kit. First, I’ll talk about the Gladius Attack Rover. The Rover is nice but what gets me excited is the idea of land-based levels in the Snap Ships app. It would be great to drive across the various planets in the Snap Ships universe. That’s just an idea, back to the Rover kit itself. The Rover is a neat toy that anyone could enjoy. It also fits in well with the Dropship. 

On the topic of the Dropship, it’s fantastic. The AC-75 is Huge and probably my new favourite ship. The Dropship is surprisingly simple to build considering its size. It’s something that would be fun to construct with another person. The Dropship has very detailed and intricate printing. It also comes with two well-printed micro figures, the aforementioned Rover. The only issue that I’ve encountered is the time it takes to build. After you Build the second engine it starts to get repetitive. It may just be my attention span, but the final steps did get a little boring. Nonetheless, the whole set was a blast to build and I can’t wait to use it within the app. The Dropship is a spectacular gift for the upcoming holidays. The AC-75 Dropship is a 10 out of 10 in my book. 

That’s a very detailed review from Zavier and I appreciate his perspective on these new Snap Ships. It looks like based on Zavier’s review Snap Ships is two for two. It is clear to me that Snap Ships is a winner and is a great gift for kids.