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How to change your IP address

Your IP address is your system’s identification number for your network, but you don’t have to stick with the one you’re given. With a few tips, you can learn how to change your IP address and it only takes a few minutes.

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Source: Digital trends

Trump's Trade War With China Hasn't Wrecked Tech—Yet

The president is threatening to lift tariffs on Chinese-made goods to 25%. The effect of last year’s tariffs has been surprisingly muted.
Source: Wired

Justice Department charges Chinese hacker for 2015 Anthem breach

U.S prosecutors have brought charges against a Chinese national for his alleged involvement of the 2015 data breach at health insurance giant Anthem, which resulted in the theft of 78.8 million records.

China resident Fujie Wang, 32, and other unnamed members of a China-based hacking group, are charged with four counts of conspiracy to commit fraud, identity theft and computer hacking.

Names, addresses, dates of birth, employment and income data, Social Security numbers and highly sensitive medical information were stolen in the breach.

The hackers are also accused of breaking into three other businesses — a tech company, a basic materials firm, and a communications giant — none of which were not named in the indictment.

The FBI-issued wanted posted for Fujie Wang, a China resident. (Image: FBI)

Prosecutors said the hackers used “sophisticated techniques to hack into the computer networks of the victim businesses without authorization” — including spearphishing attacks. The hackers said to have “patiently waited months” after they broke into the health insurance giant’s systems before they stole data.

The hackers are said to have stolen the 78 million records over a month between October and November 2014 by transferring large archive files from Anthem’s data warehouse back to China.

Anthem disclosed the breach in February 2015. The company later paid $115 million to settle lawsuits relating to the breach.

“The allegations in the indictment unsealed today outline the activities of a brazen China-based computer hacking group that committed one of the worst data breaches in history,” said U.S. assistant attorney general Brian Benczkowski in remarks. “These defendants allegedly attacked U.S. businesses operating in four distinct industry sectors, and violated the privacy of over 78 million people by stealing their personal identifiable information.”

Wang is currently wanted by the FBI.


Source: TechCrunch

AWS remains in firm control of the cloud infrastructure market

It has to be a bit depressing to be in the cloud infrastructure business if your name isn’t Amazon. Sure, there’s a huge, growing market, and the companies behind Amazon are growing even faster. Yet it seems no matter how fast they grow, Amazon remains a dot on the horizon.

It seems inconceivable that AWS can continue to hold sway over such a large market for so long, but as we’ve pointed out before, it has been able to maintain its position through true first-mover advantage. The other players didn’t even show up until several years after Amazon launched its first service in 2006, and they are paying the price for their failure to see the way computing would change the way Amazon did.

They certainly see it now, whether it’s IBM, Microsoft or Google, or Tencent and Alibaba, both of which are growing fast in the China/Asia markets. All of these companies are trying to find the formula to help differentiate themselves from AWS and give them some additional market traction.

Cloud market growth

Interestingly, even though companies have begun to move with increasing urgency to the cloud, the pace of growth slowed a bit in the first quarter to a 42 percent rate, according to data from Synergy Research, but that doesn’t mean the end of this growth cycle is anywhere close.


Source: TechCrunch

Avengers: Endgame 4DX makes for even more of a Marvel roller-coaster ride – CNET

Moving seats and splashes of water add surprises if you’re looking for another round with Thanos.
Source: CNET

Play Minecraft Classic in your browser right now – CNET

The original 2009 version sure is basic, but makes for a nice trip down memory lane.
Source: CNET

Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams' Daisie app available for creatives worldwide – CNET

Arya Stark’s only rules? “Enjoy. Play nice.”
Source: CNET

An unsecured SMS spam operation doxxed its owners

A massive SMS spamming operation kicked out tens of millions of text messages, pestering unsuspecting recipients with links to fake sites flogging loans and free money.

The operation was simple but smart. The system processed vast batches of phone numbers and curated custom messages on the fly with links to the fake sites. These fake sites urged spam victims to sign up with their name, email address and phone number and promised “free money… for real.” (It wasn’t.) Sometimes confused victims would message the spam number back. If the system spotted certain keywords, like “report” or “FCC,” their number would be added to a “stop list” so they wouldn’t be bothered again.

It’s almost as if the spammers thought of everything. Except, that is, putting a password on their server.

Security researcher Bob Diachenko found the spam-sending database on an exposed server last month. He shared a portion of the data with TechCrunch. He also wrote up his findings. By coincidence, the server was pulled offline before we could reach out, but we still had time to look at the inner workings of the SMS spam operation.

And we knew exactly whom to contact — because the spam operators’ email addresses were listed as “admins” in the database.

“This incident raises the issue once again that data security can affect legitimate businesses and what many would consider ‘gray marketing’ at best,” said Diachenko.

The database is run by an outfit called ApexSMS. Little is known about Apex — it’s not known if it’s a legitimate company or not. Its website today is simply a login page, but for a time simply said, “nothing to see here.”

What is known is that ApexSMS, the name of the database on the exposed server, spammed millions of cell phone numbers with varying messages, all pushing their victims to dozens of different scam sites.

An example of the kinds of spam SMS messages sent (Image: TechCrunch)

ApexSMS relies on Mobile Drip, a “high-volume SMS” messaging and marketing platform. (A Mobile Drip subdomain points directly to ApexSMS’ login page.) Mobile Drip, which debuted in February, says it allows customers to use its platform to send pre-written messages that autoreplies with the next message and broadcasts messages — where the customer sends a single message in bulk.

The company’s sign-up form suggests the company can allow customers to send more than five million SMS messages each month — if they pay for it.

In all, the exposed database contained 80 million records — so-called leads, which marketers use to pitch products and services — which included people’s names, locations, phone numbers and IP addresses. It also contained cell phone numbers and their carrier network name.

Of the estimated 38 million messages sent through disposable toll-free phone numbers, 2.1 million victims clicked on the link in the message.

The database even kept track of who clicked on which message through Grand Slam Marketing, one of the alleged companies involved in the operations, which was named a “premium parter” on one of the scam sites victims were pointed to.

Other scam sites — like copytm.com — contained hidden code that scraped the name, email address, phone number and IP address and submitted it to ApexSMS’ spam database.

Dozens of other scam sites existed in the database.

Many of the scam domains used in the spam campaign (Image: TechCrunch)

The database also recorded when victims replied. More than 115,000 people responded to spam messages. “Wrong number,” said a few. “Who is this,” said others.

When one spam message said, “this is what we was talking about last night” with a scam link to try to trick the user into tapping, the database recorded the clearly frustrated reply. “Nathan is married and didn’t talk to you yesterday because I his wife had this phone. Text this phone I’ll have you charged with harassment,” the entry read.

One of the scam websites (Image: TechCrunch)

We sent several emails to the operators found in the database but did not hear back. When reached, a statement from Mobile Drip said:

“Mobile Drip is an SMS platform for businesses that gives a customer the ability to send SMS messages to their opt-in leads and customers, as well as track the results of their marketing campaigns,” said the statement. “Mobile Drip has clients from many different industries and all of them are required to adhere to strict guidelines on message content, as well as TCPA compliance,” referring to federal telemarketing rules.

In follow-up questions, Mobile Drip denied any connection to ApexSMS, and referred to the company’s terms and conditions, which expressly prohibit spam on its platform.

“We take compliance and data security very seriously, and we are currently investigating to determine to what extent our information has been exposed to unauthorized parties. We have currently engaged an outside legal firm to assist with our investigation of this matter and we are also engaging a cyber security firm to perform a security audit,” the company said.

“Our servers have always been password protected, so any information that may have been acquired was done so through illegal means with the goal of harming the reputation and financial success of the business,” said the company. TechCrunch disputes this claim.

Although we know the identities of the spammers, we are choosing not to publish their names. Although we’re confident in saying this is a spam operation, it’s for the courts to decide if it’s unlawful.

Most of the names in the database are associated with either ApexSMS, Mobile Drip, Grand Slam Marketing or a few other smaller advertising and marketing companies. It’s not known who was an active participant in the spam operation.

One of the named “admins” in the database, who we are also not naming, claimed he was a contracted developer but declined to comment to TechCrunch citing a non-disclosure agreement with ApexSMS. The former contractor was identified by his email address and credentials for Cloudflare, which protects sites against cyberattacks and provides site privacy, found in the database.

It’s also not known for how long the database was exposed or if anybody else accessed the database.

Regardless of the motives or the legality of the operation, Diachenko said these spammers were “still using and improperly storing the information or data of millions of people.”

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Exclusive: OnePlus 7 Pro will fix this one disappointing feature – CNET

Users were so annoyed with OnePlus, some took to Reddit to petition.
Source: CNET

The Power of Sandra Bland's Cellphone Video

One frame from the 39-second clip highlights the fiction of the American Dream.
Source: Wired

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