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Scammers are attacking each other with some very old-school tools

Cybercriminals are not just targeting businesses and consumers with their nasty practices- they’re also going after one another, according to a new report. Cybersecurity experts Sophos discovered that crooks often use the same techniques against one another - sometimes for financial gain, sometimes to “settle the score”, and sometimes simply out of spite. Whatever the case may be, the practice is so widespread that underground forums have entire subsections dedicated to arbitrage and settling these disputes. Millions in damages Sophos recently analyzed three separate cybercrime forums, two Russian-speaking ones (Exploit and XSS), and one English-speaking (BreachForums). As it turns out, all three have dedicated arbitration rooms, which experience “occasional mayhem”. Sometimes, the accused criminals would go dark and not show up, or call the accusers “rippers”. In other instances, they try to work out a solution. These aren’t some low-level criminals, either. Some of the world’s m

Sonos and IKEA’s latest Symfonisk collab is yet another lamp-speaker hybrid

Sonos and IKEA have announced a new yet familiar speaker-furnishing hybrid as part of their ongoing Symfonisk collaboration: the Floor Lamp speaker. Following on from the partnership's two lamp speakers – the Symfonisk Table Lamp speaker and Symfonisk Table Lamp speaker (Gen 2) – the new Floor Lamp speaker will enable you to bring light and sound to a wider variety of spaces around your home. Going on the images Sonos has shared, the Symfonisk Floor Lamp speaker appears to use the same speaker base as the 2nd generation Table Lamp, which is mounted on three metal legs attached to a circular plate. Additionally, the Table Lamp’s glass and fabric shades have been replaced by a new bamboo basket design – we’re personally not the biggest fans of it, but the press release we received says users can swap it for one of the other shades in the range if they prefer. If you have other Sonos or Symfonisk speakers you can easily incorporate this model into your current setup via the Son

Apple really wants you to use a physical security key for Apple ID

Apple has announced new features aimed at improving the cybersecurity protections for its customers, both consumers and businesses, including Security Keys, an ability to use third-party physical keys to protect data sitting in the iCloud platform. “For users who opt in, Security Keys strengthens Apple’s two-factor authentication by requiring a hardware security key as one of the two factors,” the company said in its announcement, noting Security Keys will be generally available in 2023. “This takes our two-factor authentication even further, preventing even an advanced attacker from obtaining a user’s second factor in a phishing scam.” Protecting public figures While the feature can be used by anyone, it was designed with public figures in mind, Apple said. After all, it’s public figures, such as celebrities, journalists, or government employees, that often face “concerted threats to their online accounts”.  Speaking to 9to5Mac , Apple said the system integrates with its device

Boost Infinite is finally here, and it offers unlimited data for just $25 per month

Boost Infinite – a new service from Dish Wireless – has been promising to shake up the US mobile network scene for a while , and it has now launched in beta form, so you can decide whether you want to sign up and see if it's the right plan for you. Costing just $25 a month (plus variable fees and taxes), Boost Infinite offers unlimited talk, text, and data; and not only is that a low price, but Dish Wireless promises that it will stay at $25 forever if you sign up now at Boost Infinite's site . The caveat to that is you need to maintain your Boost Infinite account and keep it in good standing. And that $25 price is only being offered for sign-ups through to the end of December – it’s not clear what the price will then change to for new customers. This is also described as a “limited early access beta”, and in a tweet the network has specifically said “space is limited“, which suggests there are limits to how many people are able to sign up currently. Experience #Infinite

GTA Online update adds major graphics feature to PS5 and Xbox Series X

The December update for GTA Online will add ray tracing on Xbox Series X and PS5, as well as other quality-of-life improvements to the long-running multiplayer mode.  More specifically, the GTA Online Winter Update 2022, which is slated to go live later this month according to the Rockstar Newswire post , is adding ray-traced reflections which will be available from the Fidelity Mode graphics setting on both the PS5 and Xbox Series X. This means that your custom cars and motorcycles will look even more impressive cutting through the streets of Los Santos.  Ray-tracing has been available on both the Xbox Series X and PS5 versions of GTA 5 since the next-gen version of the legacy game launched back in March. This is arguably one of the bigger improvements made to the title, dubbed the 'Expanded and Enhanced edition' as it was previously available on the two prior Xbox and PlayStation p

Amnesty International branch hit by suspected Chinese hackers

The Canadian branch of global non-governmental human rights organization Amnesty International suffered a recent cyberattack that was apparently orchestrated by a Chinese state-sponsored attacker. In a press release , Amnesty International Canada said it spotted “suspicious activity” on its IT infrastructure on October 5 2022. As soon as the activity was observed, the organization brought in “a highly skilled team of forensic investigators and cyber security experts” to investigate, and secure the systems.  The team was led by Secureworks, which established that an unnamed threat actor gained access to the organization’s IT systems in a “sophisticated digital security breach”. Human rights in the crosshairs “A digital security breach was perpetrated using tools and techniques associated with specific advanced persistent threat groups (APTs),” the announcement reads.  Secureworks later pointed the finger at Chinese threat actors, saying the nature of the targeted information, the

The Xiaomi 13 Ultra could rival the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra for cameras

The Xiaomi 13 and Xiaomi 13 Pro are expected to launch imminently, but it looks like a Xiaomi 13 Ultra could arrive before long too, and this might be worth holding out for, as the latest leak suggests it could rival the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra for photography. According to Digital Chat Station – a leaker with a good track record – posting on Chinese site Weibo (via NotebookCheck ), the Xiaomi 13 Ultra will have four cameras on the back. So that’s more than most phones and in line with the Galaxy S22 Ultra – and what we’re expecting from the Galaxy S23 Ultra. One of these cameras will apparently use a large one-inch sensor – like the impressive Xiaomi 12S Ultra – which isn’t something Samsung is likely to match. While sensor size isn’t the only consideration in cameras, it can have a huge impact on image quality. The Xiaomi 13 Ultra will apparently also sport an “anti-shake module” according to a machine translated version of the post, which some sites have interpreted as mea

AMD RX 7900 XTX leak hints at a GPU that threatens Nvidia’s RTX 4080

AMD’s inbound RX 7900 XTX graphics card has been spotted in leaked benchmarks which put the performance of the RDNA 3 flagship in the same ballpark as the RTX 4080 – and as Team Red’s GPU is a fair chunk cheaper, that could have Nvidia worried. As Tom’s Hardware spotted, Benchleaks – which is a regular source of benchmark spillage on Twitter – picked up on Geekbench results for the RX 7900 XTX (add your own seasoning, as with all leakage). [GB5 GPU] Unknown GPUCPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7700X (8C 16T)Min/Max/Avg: 5245/5443/5417 MHzCodename: RaphaelCPUID: A60F12 (AuthenticAMD)GPU: Radeon RX 7900 XTXAPI: VulkanScore: 179579, +71.5% vs RTX 3070 December 5, 2022 See more As you can see above, in the Vulkan performance test for Geekbench 5, the 7900 XTX achieved a result of 179,579. That’s just a smidge faster than the RTX 4080, which as Tom’s points out, hits 178,105 as averaged across a number of user scores our sister site uncovered. The other result shared is f

iFi's smallest ever portable DAC wants to big up the sound from your Mac, PC or phone

British audio specialist iFi seems to be on a miniaturization mission, with a new "super-affordable" GO Link portable DAC measuring the size of a regular USB stick. Coming hot on the heels of the palm-sized iFi Uno , this new dongle-style headphone amp connects to your Mac, PC or smartphone via USB-C with a 3.5mm headphone input at the other end. As well as allowing you to improve your sonics and listen to hi-res audio, the device also doubles up as a 3.5mm adaptor, making it particularly handy for those with devices that aren’t blessed with a headphone output (we’re looking at you, tenth-generation iPad ). Perhaps even more useful is the GO Link’s decidedly diminutive price tag, with the unit available from today, December 5, costing a mere £59 / $59 /  AU$87. Despite the low MSRP, it looks a pretty comprehensive offering, with support for hi-res music files up to 32-bit/384kHz, DSD up to 11.2MHz (DSD256) and  MQA  – the format used by  Tidal’s HiFi Plus . Inside the G

Nvidia RTX 4070 Ti could arrive soon – but Team Green needs a Christmas miracle

Nvidia’s RTX 4070 Ti has been listed by an Italian retailer with a release date of January 5. If true, this means that the third Lovelace graphics card is only a month away from hitting the shelves – but naturally, we should take any such leak with a great deal of skepticism. That said, it does back up previous spinning from the rumor mill which put forward a January 5 on-sale date for the RTX 4070 Ti , so this isn’t the first time we’ve been treated to this prediction. The retailer in question is Drako, as flagged up by French tech site Cowcotland (via Wccftech ), with the listed card being an Asus GeForce RTX 4070 Ti TUF. However, in the last hour, the Italian retailer has taken down the listing, and the link provided no longer works. Further speculation here from Cowcotland contends that the RTX 4070 Ti will be announced the day before it’s on-sale, so January 4. But that doesn’t fit with the fact that Nvidia has a GeForce event on January 3 at CES 2023, which surely must be

Thanksgiving spirit trounces cost of living concerns in Black Friday analysis

Black Friday (BF) sales are continuing to attract shoppers en-masse, despite inflation and the Russia-Ukraine conflict raising the cost of living, according to new research by Adobe and Salesforce . As reported by Diginomica , sales at physical stores may be up, with Walmart reporting in Q1 2022 that its ecommerce growth had slowed to as little as 1%, but economic strains have had little effect on online Black Friday sales, with Adobe claiming that Americans spent $9.12 billion online on Black Friday in 2022 alone, an increase of 2.3% from 2021. Salesforce, meanwhile, claims that wages not rising with inflation is taking its toll on the number of products people are buying. The current average order is 3.5 items, down 2% year on year. Despite this, the average order value has risen from 0.6% year-on-year. Black Friday’s international impact The company also claims that price variations in the US directly affected common gift item categories, with electronic items being 34% more

Intel’s efficiency core gamble could pay off – are cheaper, more powerful Raptor Lake PCs the future?

Intel’s Core i5-13500 processor is going to be quite the performer if freshly-leaked benchmarks prove to be on the money. As Tom’s Hardware picked up, this comes from Chinese video sharing website Bilibili where an engineering sample of the mid-range Raptor Lake CPU was put through its paces in Cinebench R23 and CPU-Z. The Core i5-13500 was no less than 56% faster than its predecessor, the Core i5-12500, in Cinebench R23 multi-threaded (as compared to a sample 12500 benchmark Tom’s flagged up on Tech Notice ). And the 13500 managed to attain an even greater lead in CPU-Z, being 61% quicker than the Alder Lake chip it replaces. Single-thread is a much tighter race in Cinebench R23, but the Core i5-13500 is still 9% more performant in Cinebench R23 (the result for CPU-Z isn’t quite visible in the video, being rather blurry, but it will be similarly much closer to the 12500 than with multi-threaded, naturally). Analysis: An efficient future for Intel? The reason why the Core i

Support for Witcher game ending with an "unconventional solution"

Even supernatural monster-slayers need a day off. The Witcher 3 sees Geralt and Roach spending a lot of time slashing their way through the Continent, but no matter where their adventures take them, there always seems to be a warm and welcoming place to hang up your boots, receive some stony glares from the locals, and get stuck into a game of Gwent. Building your deck and collecting new cards is such a popular in-game activity in one of the best RPGs ever that CD Projekt RED created a dedicated spin-off in Gwent: The Witcher Card Game.  “The cards that will be released in 2023 will be the last brand new ones to be added to the card pool," game director Vlad Tortsov said in a 2023 roadmap video . “It’s a pretty significant change.” But this isn’t the end of the game. Greener pastures “We are not planning to release new cards, starting from 2024,” Tortsov said. “We are basically planning to close the card pool [in 2023] with every idea that we wanted to add, and every mec

Rackspace confirms "security incident" across some of its servers

Rackspace experienced what it has called a “security incident” on its hosted Microsoft Exchange platform that saw it forced to take the service down over the weekend. The problem was fixed in the early Monday morning hours. “On Friday, Dec 2, 2022, we became aware of an issue impacting our Hosted Exchange environment. We proactively powered down and disconnected the Hosted Exchange environment while we triaged to understand the extent and the severity of the impact. After further analysis, we have determined that this is a security incident,” the company said in its report . Significant failure After further analysis, Rackspace said the incident was a “significant failure in our Hosted Exchange environment”, but also “isolated to a portion of our Hosted Exchange platform”. It manifested itself as “connectivity and login issues”. At first, it did not know how long it might take to fix the problem, but as it turns out, it took the company most of the weekend. The latest update, publ

I asked ChatGPT to write about itself in my style, so I didn’t have to

Before I present ChatGPT’s article about itself, it’s worth presenting the prompt that generated this story. “Write a 350-word news story about the impact of ChatGPT in the style of Lance Ulanoff” Had I given it more detail or more specifics about the intended audience, it might’ve come out differently. Even so, the time from prompt to completion of this brief post was a matter of seconds. I only wish I could write this fast. What follows is a completely unedited, unaltered TechRadar post by ChatGPT. As ChatGPT continues to gain popularity, its impact on the world of artificial intelligence and natural language processing is becoming increasingly apparent. Developed by OpenAI, ChatGPT is a large language model that is able to generate human-like text in response to prompts. It has been trained on a massive amount of data, allowing it to understand and respond to a wide range of topics and questions. The potential applications of ChatGPT are vast. In the business world, it could b

You might soon get to see Netflix movies and shows before everyone else

If you like the idea of getting to see Netflix movies and shows before they go on show to the public, then you'll want to be a part of the Netflix Preview Club: a group of subscribers who get to see content early in return for reviews and feedback. According to The Wall Street Journal (via TechCrunch ), the club is opening its doors wider. Around 2,000 people are currently enlisted, but that's set to rise to the tens of thousands in the early part of 2023, picked from all across the world. "Netflix is working to ensure that every dollar spent on content yields the highest level of member attention and engagement across its 223 million-strong subscriber base globally, and comes as streamers more heavily scrutinize content spending and focus more on profitability," reads the WSJ report. Needs more humor The existence of the Netflix Preview Club – which is similar to schemes run by the likes of Amazon Prime Video and Hulu – was previously revealed by Variety . The

Apple's latest accessibility video is one of its best, but it also gives me hope for VR

Earlier this week, Apple marked International Day of Disabled Persons 2022, held every year on December 3, with a video called ‘The Greatest’ that showcased how some of its users were using its accessibility features , from door detection to sound alerts. As ‘I Am the Greatest’ (with the Marliya Choir) by Spinifex Gum plays in the background, you’re shown a few scenarios employing accessibility features on iOS and macOS such as Magnifier, Door Detection, and Image Descriptions on an iPhone , alongside alternate pointer controls on Mac , such as head tracking & facial expressions. Granted, it’s an ad when it boils down to it - a bunch of features shown off that you can use on Apple’s devices. However, you can’t deny that there’s something special here, and it makes an impact as to how far software has come that almost anyone can use these devices as well as anyone else. Yet, with rumors of an Apple VR headset allegedly coming in 2023, it makes me wonder how Apple’s accessibil

Disney’s incredible new re-aging tech could turn back time on more Hollywood heroes

Re-aging technology is all the rage in Hollywood at the moment. In the past five years alone, actors including Will Smith, Robert De Niro, Chris Evans, Keanu Reeves, Mark Hamill, and Ewan McGregor have been subjected to various forms of age-altering digital wizardry in a range of big-budget films and TV series. In most cases, these attempts to trick audiences into thinking said movie stars are significantly younger or older than their off-screen counterparts have come off as less-than-convincing at best and downright embarrassing at worst (looking at you, The Mandalorian ), but evidence suggests that progress is being made.  Harrison Ford’s upcoming turn as a 30-something Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones 5 looks, at least, like it’ll represent a watershed moment for the development of re-aging technology – and Disney, specifically, appears to be leading the charge on improving the quality of age-altered content. Whether by chance or design, the good folks over at Disney’s visual eff

New supercharged AMD Ryzen 7000 CPUs could be imminent

AMD is set to unleash a trio of Ryzen 7000 processors with 3D V-Cache tech including a mighty 16-core spin, and these chips are just around the corner according to a new rumor. In fact, new 8-core, 12-core and 16-core 3D V-Cache CPUs will be launched at CES, according to Quasarzone, as @harukaze5719 explains on Twitter. Of course, we should take this with the usual skepticism that should be applied to hardware rumors, and it’s not clear if this will just be an initial reveal next month, or the processors will actually go on sale in January 2023 (we’ll come back to that). They shared 3 exclusive Zen 4 3D info.1) Three Ryzen 7000X3D model is confirmed. 16/12/8C. But about 8C model, it isn't determined model name whether7700X3D or 7800X3D2) Unlike Zen 3 3D, clock speed will be same or at least almost same.3) It is expect Jan 23. So CES.1/n December 2, 2022 See more These will presumably be the Ryzen 9 7950X3D (16-core) plus 7900X3D (12-core), but it’s apparently unclear whe

New Windows update may ruin your Task Manager

From monitoring performance to ending unresponsive programs, many Windows users will find themselves in Task Manager at some point - but an update to Windows 11 may now pose a problem.  Users with the KB5020044 preview for Windows 11 22H2 may be affected with an issue that renders the Task Manager interface unreadable, though Microsoft is quick to stress that this is purely cosmetic and the tool remains functional. The company posted on its website that, “After installing KB5020044, Task Manager might display certain elements in the user interface (UI) in unexpected colors. On affected devices, Task Manager should function as expected but some parts of the UI might not be readable.” Windows 11 Task Manager problems Read more > The best business laptops > Windows 11 22H2 printer bug breaks key features for some users > The latest Windows 11 update is causing stuttering for some gamers Microsoft explains that affected users are likely to have set up a custom