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A major German enterprise software company has become the latest tech name to suffer a likely ransomware attack featuring information theft.

IoT specialist Software AG, which claims to have over 10,000 customers and annual revenue exceeding €800m, revealed the news in a brief update late last week.

The note claimed the attack had been ongoing since Monday and had yet to be fully contained.

“Today, Software AG has obtained first evidence that data was downloaded from Software AG’s servers and employee notebooks. There are still no indications for services to the customers, including the cloud-based services, being disrupted. The company is refining its operations and internal processes continuously,” it explained on October 8.

“Software AG is further investigating the incident and is doing everything in its power to contain the data leak and to resolve the ongoing disruption of its internal systems, in particular to restart its internal systems as

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German tech giant Software AG has been hit by a ransomware attack that caused the company to suspend services.

The attack occurred Oct. 3 and has been attributed to Clop ransomware. As is typical in a ransomware attack in 2020, the company’s files were encrypted and those behind the attack demanded a ransom payment of about $20 million or they would publish internal company data.

Software AG did not pay the ransom and, according to a report on ZDNet Friday, those behind the attack have started to publish internal company information. In one screenshot, the personal details of Software AG Chief Executive Officer Sanjay Brahmawar were published, including a scan of his passport.

The company formally disclosed the ransomware attack in a statement Oct. 5, describing it as a “malware attack.” Although its current recovery status is unknown, for now the company has as its lead story on its website

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Microsoft Hit By New Surface Problems

October 12, 2020 | technology | No Comments

The Surface Duo is having a rough week. Microsoft’s dual-screened Android-powered mobile device has a unique form factor and offers a new way of working. To achieve this, it needs consumer confidence in the software and the hardware. It’s the latter that has been heavily discussed online, and not in a good way.

First up is a cosmetic issue; while these do not have a bearing on the functionality of the Surface Duo, when you are paying upwards of $1400 for the device, you don’t want it to loose its

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Holiday 2020 will be an extended shopping season starting with Amazon’s
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Prime Day on October 13th and 14th. Many other retailers will be following suit to compete for the customer’s dollars over the two-day period. Last year Amazon Prime Day raked in $6.93 billion worldwide from 124 million U.S. Prime users (up almost 11% from the previous year). For 2020, the projections are sales of $9.91 billion worldwide from more than 142 million U.S. users, surpassing 50% of the US population.

Andrew Lipsman, principal analyst of eMarketer, said in an interview,” Prime Day is a coordinated industry-wide event with other retailers planning promotions to compete with Amazon for shoppers’ attention.” The value of each shopping

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A customer looks at Dell computers at a Best Buy store in Orem, Utah.

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Computer makers shipped 79.2 million PCs in the third quarter, up 12.7% year over year, showing the fastest growth in a decade, technology research company Canalys estimated on Friday.

Despite the swelling popularity of phones and tablets in recent years, people have been leaning harder on personal computers while working or studying from home in the past several months because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Acer of Taiwan was the biggest individual beneficiary from the trend in the third quarter, shipping 5.6 million PCs, up 15%, according to the Canalys estimates, which include Chromebooks that run Google-led Chrome OS. The company said Lenovo, the largest PC maker by shipments in the quarter, shipped 19.3 million PCs, up 11.4%.

Microsoft, whose Windows 10 operating system runs on over 1 billion devices,

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(Bloomberg) — Samsung Electronics Co. reported earnings that beat analyst estimates after the South Korean tech giant’s mobile and chip businesses benefited from U.S. restrictions on Huawei Technologies Co.

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The world’s largest manufacturer of memory chips and personal electronics posted operating income of 12.3 trillion won ($10.6 billion) in the three months ended September, beating the 10 trillion won average of estimates. Sales for the quarter were 66 trillion won, according to preliminary results released Thursday. The company didn’t provide net income or break out divisional performance, which it will report later this month when it releases final results.

Shares were up as much as 1.3% in Seoul on Thursday.

Huawei overtook Samsung to become the world’s largest smartphone maker in the second quarter, but the Korean giant is projected to regain the crown after its Chinese rival lost access to the most advanced components that go into

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Redmi Earbuds 2C

  • Redmi has launched two new audio products in India.
  • The devices are the Redmi SonicBass neckband earphones and the Redmi Earbuds 2C.
  • Expect to pay promotional pricing of under ~$20 each for the products.

Whether it’s smartphones, laptops, or wearables, Xiaomi’s Redmi sub-brand is well-known for delivering excellent value for money for the most part. The firm is definitely living up to that ethos with its latest audio announcements for India.

Xiaomi’s brand has launched the Bluetooth 5-toting Redmi SonicBass wireless earphones and Redmi Earbuds 2C. Starting with the former product, you’re looking at a neckband design with magnetic earbuds and an IPx4 rating for splash- and sweat-proof design.

The SonicBass earphones also offer dual pairing functionality, dual mics with noise cancellation, a multi-function button, and up to 12 hours of music playback (taking two hours to charge via microUSB). Check out the design below.

Redmi SonicBass earphones

Meanwhile, the Redmi Earbuds 2C

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Current figures show that, for each person who tests positive, tracers find three others who have been in close contact and who might be infected, amounting, in this case, to 47,523.

Research by Imperial College London shows that 20 per cent of people who have been in close contact with an infected person are infected, which would suggest around 10,000 contacts of the original cases may now have contracted the virus.

Old format caused spreadsheet glitch

The problem arose with a centralised spreadsheet created to automatically collect data logged by private companies carrying out swab tests, so results could then be fed into the Test and Trace system as well as into Government dashboards showing infection rates.

However, PHE used an old format for the spreadsheet, which could only record 65,000 rows of data, when modern versions can record millions. 

Because each positive test created multiple rows of data, the

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Clinical trials into a COVID-19 vaccine as well as research into other diseases have been delayed following a ransomware attack on a company that provides software to medical firms.

First reported Saturday by The New York Times, the attack targeted eResearchTechnology Inc., a Philadelphia-based company that specializes in clinical software. The attack is said to have been detected two weeks ago when employees discovered they were locked out of their data by ransomware.

As a result of the ransomware attack, companies using ERT’s software were also affected. Among those were IQVIA Inc., a research organization helping managing AstraZeneca plc’s coronavirus vaccine trial, and Bristol Myers Squibb Co., a drug company leading a consortium of companies developing a quick COVID-19 test.

Clinical trial patients were not affected, but researchers were forced to resort to pen and paper to track patients.

How many companies and health organizations have been affected is unknown.

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  • Kylie Jenner’s cosmetics company confirmed that it was one of the companies affected by the Shopify data breach earlier this month.
  • Two Shopify employees may have exposed customer contact and order details from 200 merchants, Shopify said on September 23.
  • Kylie Cosmetics said it was “deeply disappointed” to learn that the breach affected its customers, but remains “confident” that customers can still use its site.
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Kylie Jenner’s makeup company has warned customers that their data — including parts of their credit card numbers — may have been exposed in a Shopify security breach.

Two “rogue” Shopify staff members stole order records and may have exposed customers’ names, email and postal addresses, and order details from less than 200 merchants, the Canadian e-commerce giant said on September 23. Kylie Cosmetics was among those affected, the beauty brand announced on its website.

The breach may

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