Archive for June 15, 2021

Windows 11 ISO And Screenshots Leak

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 15, 2021 by itnerd

Earlier today I posted a story about Windows 10 getting an end of life date. Now we know why. Screenshots of what is purported to be Windows 11 have appeared online today. Originally published at Chinese site Baidu, the screenshots show off the new Windows 11 user interface and Start menu. The UI changes look very similar to what was originally found in Windows 10X before Microsoft canceled that project in favor of Windows 11.

App icons are now centered on the taskbar, with a new Start button and menu. The Start menu is a simplified version of what currently exists in Windows 10, without Live Tiles. It includes pinned apps and the ability to quickly shut down or restart Windows 11 devices. The operating system is identified as Windows 11 Pro in screenshots, and we can confirm they are genuine. Microsoft has been dropping hints that it’s ready to launch Windows 11. The software giant is holding a special Windows event to reveal its next OS on June 24th. The event starts at 11AM ET, and the event invite includes a window that creates a shadow with an outline that looks like the number 11.

If that’s not enough, an ISO of Windows 11 has also leaked. Though if you get your hands on this ISO, you’re trying it at your own risk. But it appears that now we know what Microsoft has planned for its Windows OS.

Mark This Date In Your Calendar…. Windows 10 Goes End Of Life On October 14 2025

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 15, 2021 by itnerd

Wasn’t Windows 10 supposed to be the last version of Windows that Microsoft was going to make? I guess not based on the fact that Microsoft has updated product lifecycle documentation to state that Windows 10 Home and Pro will be retired on 14 October 2025.

I am going to go out on a limb and say that this is likely connected to an announcement about the next version of Windows that is coming later this month. I guess the “Windows as a service” play that Microsoft had been telling us for years isn’t working for them. Which is another way of saying that they weren’t making enough money. So they’re changing course. But that’s all speculation. We’ll see what the deal is later this month.

Guest Post: Atlas VPN Says FBI’s Internet Crime Center Registers Over 2,000 Complaints Daily

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 15, 2021 by itnerd

Internet crime has been steadily increasing over the years as more people use the internet and hackers find new ways to attack vulnerable systems. 

According to the recent Atlas VPN analysis, the FBI’s Internet Crime Center (IC3) registers about 2,331 complaints daily. The number of daily complaints was calculated by dividing a million by the number of days it took for cybercrimes to increase from 5 million to 6 million. 

It took IC3 seven years to reach their first million complaints. However, the last million cybercrimes were recorded in only 429 days

Of course, the increase in this number is not only because internet crime has become more common. Another reason is that people have become more aware of how and where to report such attacks. 

Cybersecurity writer and researcher at Atlas VPN William Sword shares his thoughts on internet crime: 

“Similar or even more vicious cyberattacks will likely continue as many people, and companies still ignore the rising threats. Examples of internet crime throughout the past years have shown that it is worth investing time and resources to counter threat actors and reduce cyber risks.”

Cybersecurity trends in 2021 

The first half of 2021 has shown that cybercrime continues to evolve. Many ransomware attacks targeted huge companies, as this type of attack is a low-risk endeavor for hackers and an easy way to make some quick money. 

One ransomware attack that stood out this year was the widely covered Colonial Pipelineattack in late April. Cybercriminals demanded a $4.4 million ransom in Bitcoin. 

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, phishing attacks were also prevalent among hackers. Threat actors sent out fake emails about stimulus checks or offered other financial help to people that suffered from the pandemic. 

Now that vaccines have rolled out, many criminals see another opportunity to trick people into providing sensitive information. Criminals pretend to be government officials and offer to vaccinate residents sooner if they fill out documents with their personal data. 

To read the full article, head over to: https://atlasvpn.com/blog/fbi%E2%80%99s-internet-crime-center-registers-over-2-000-complaints-daily

In A Useless Move, The G7 Calls On Russia And Others To Crack Down On Ransomware Gangs

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 15, 2021 by itnerd

In light of the recent wave of high-profile ransomware attacks that have caused havoc in the US and Europe, the member states of the G7 group have called on Russia and other countries to crack down on ransomware gangs operating within their borders:

“We call on all states to urgently identify and disrupt ransomware criminal networks operating from within their borders, and hold those networks accountable for their actions,” the G7 group said in a communique published on Sunday, at the end of a three-day conference held in Cornwall, UK. “In particular, we call on Russia […] to identify, disrupt, and hold to account those within its borders who conduct ransomware attacks, abuse virtual currency to launder ransoms, and other cybercrimes,” the G7 group added.

The joint statement was signed by the governments of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US — more commonly known as the Group of Seven (G7). It comes after a series of ransomware attacks that caused disruptions at hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic, fuel outages on the US East Coast following the Colonial Pipeline attack, and beef supply issues across Australia and the US following the JBS Foods ransomware incident.

This isn’t going to happen. Russia, China, and others who shield these gangs aren’t going to do anything about these gangs simply by being asked nicely by the G7. This is state sanctioned activity. Which means you need to punish the states in question via sanctions and other means. Then and only then they might change how they treat ransomware gangs. So maybe the G7 should rethink this and come up with a plan that makes these states feel some real consequences.