Beware New Spyware, Jolla Tablet Hits Funding Goal, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Chromebook owners get free cloud storage, Eminem releases Shady Classics mixtape, Cortana mocks Siri, and what computer hacking looked like in the 1990s.
Sophisticated Regin Malware Discovered
You’ll find Lord Lucan feeding sugar lumps to Shergar before you find out who built Regin. Claims of provenance are speculation.
— Alan Woodward (@ProfWoodward) November 23, 2014
Symantec has discovered a nasty new piece of malware [PDF link] which has been used for at least six years on various targets around the world. Regin, which is being classified along the same lines as Stuxnet and Duqu, is a sophisticated piece of spyware used as a surveillance tool against government organizations, private businesses, and individual citizens.
The origins of Regin are still unknown, but because of the high level of sophistication, it’s thought to have been developed by a nation state over “months, if not years.” Most of the victims targeted by Regin were based in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Mexico, and Ireland.
Regin can be used to install a large number of customized payloads, all of which are concerned with collecting information on the targeted computers. It was most active between 2008 and 2011, but a decommissioned version has been spotted in the wild more recently. In other words, remain vigilant !
Jolla Tablet Hits $1 Million On Indiegogo
The Jolla Tablet, the first offering from the Finnish startup formed by former Nokia employees, has been successfully funded on Indiegogo. Jolla was seeking $380,000 for the 8-inch tablet, but has already raised over $1 million.
What separates the Jolla Tablet from the competition is the new Sailfish operating system , which runs Android apps under its own unique UI. The hardware also has solid specs: a quad-core processor, 32GB internal storage, 2GB of RAM, and a 5-megapixel rear camera.
The Jolla Tablet will eventually go on sale for $249, but Indiegogo backers can get it for $209. With 16 days left before the campaign ends, Jolla could end up raising several million dollars. Which isn’t bad for a company formed by ex-Nokia nobodies.
Buy A Chromebook, Get 1TB Cloud Storage
Put another way, Google will give you a free laptop if you buy 1TB of cloud storage for $199: http://t.co/5Yicbbv5Xj
— Mathew Ingram (@mathewi) November 22, 2014
If you buy a Chromebook between now and the end of the year, Google will give you 1TB of Google Drive storage free for two years. With new Chromebooks available from just $199, and two years of 1TB of Google Drive storage worth $240, this essentially means you’re getting the Chromebook for free. Which is astonishing. The offer ends on Dec. 31, 2014.
Microsoft Ad Sees Cortana Mocking Siri
Microsoft has released the latest in its line of adverts attacking Apple. The victim in this case is poor old Siri, who takes a lambasting over getting noticeably bigger but no better (thanks to the iPhone 6 Plus ). And then there’s the obligatory fat joke about us all getting bloated over the holidays. MegaLOLz! Ahem.
While Cortana is brilliant , and just one of several reasons to consider switching to Windows Phone , this seems a little unfair, as Siri did get some new features with the arrival of iOS 8 . Still, the ad leaves a lasting impression, which is the whole point of a 30-second TV spot.
Eminem Releases Shady Classics Mixtape
I don’t think there are many people on this earth that are geniuses but I believe Eminem is one of them
— Jesse Calvillo (@jessecalvillo) November 24, 2014
Eminem’s record label Shady Records has released a free mixtape containing 66 tracks from the label’s archive. Shady Classics, as put together by DJ Whoo Kid, features Eminem, 50 Cent, D12, Lloyd Banks, and others. It can be streamed or downloaded now from ShadyRecords.com.
Hacking Computers In The 90s Supercut
And finally, this supercut video, featuring a host of clips from various movies from the 1990s, shows how computer hacking has always been misunderstood and misrepresented. Sadly, things haven’t got much better in recent years, as Hollywood still struggles to grasp the nuances of technology .
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