New Delhi: Chinese handset maker Vivo on Friday expanded its “Y” series by launching “Y71” with 18:9 aspect ratio in India for Rs 10,990.
With a screen-to-body ratio of over 84 per cent, the smartphone will be available at retail stores starting April 14 and on Vivo E-store, Flipkart, Amazon India and Paytm Mall from April 16.
“With the launch of ‘Y71’, we are releasing a smartphone which is large on display and performance and is coupled with enhanced camera capabilities,” Kenny Zheng, CMO, Vivo India, said in a statement.
Chinese handset maker Vivo launch ‘Y71’ for Rs 10,990 in India:
The device comes with “Face Access” feature which scans the facial features to unlocks it.
Y71 sports 13MP rear camera with phase detection auto-focus (PDAF) and 5MP selfie camera comes with Artificial Intelligence (AI) “Face Beauty” feature.
A Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset powers the device coupled with 3GB RAM and 16GB internal storage.
The smartphone is fuelled by a 3,360mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 operating system (OS).
Why Cyber Attacks in the News? What’s Cyber Attack Trends and prevention?
A cyber attack is a malicious and deliberate attempt by an individual or organization to breach the information system of another individual or organization. Usually, the attacker seeks some type of benefit from disrupting the victim’s network.
Depending on the criminal intent, a cyber attack can be random or targeted. Cyber attack methods seem to rotate in order to throw organizations off their defenses. Mega ransomware attacks dominated the news in 2017 with WannaCry and NotPetya. Cryptominers’ attacks made headlines in 2018. In 2019, cyber attacks have been a mixed bag. Phishing email cyber attacks remain a constant thorn for most organizations.
The resurgence of ransomware has been growing. Small local and state government agencies, mainly in the southeastern part of the U.S., have been victimized. Digital transformation is eroding traditional network perimeters with the adoption of cloud computing, cloud-based subscription services, and the ubiquity of mobile devices. This increased expansion of vectors means more ways to attack an organization.
Cyber Attack Trends
In its provides analysis of the year to date, looking at global cyber attack trends in malware overall, ransomware, and mobile and cloud malware.
TREND 1: Software supply chain attacks on the rise
In software supply chain attacks, the threat actor typically installs malicious code into legitimate software by modifying and infecting one of the building blocks the software relies upon. As with physical chains, software supply chains are only as strong as their weakest link.
Software supply chain attacks can be divided into two main categories. The first includes targeted attacks aiming to compromise well-defined targets, scanning their suppliers list in search of the weakest link through which they could enter. In the Shadow Hammer attack, attackers implanted malicious code into the ASUS Live Update utility, allowing them to later install back doors on millions of remote computers.
TREND 2: Evasive phishing cyber attacks
Phishing is a popular cyber attack technique and continues to be one of the biggest threats to cyber security. Advanced socially engineered evasion techniques are bypassing email security solutions with greater frequency. Check Point researchers noted a surge in sextortion scams and business email compromise (BEC), threatening victims into making a payment through blackmail or by impersonating others, respectively. Both scams do not necessarily contain malicious attachments or links, making them harder to detect. In April, one sextortion campaign went as far as pretending to be from the CIA and warned victims they were suspected of distributing and storing child pornography. Hackers demanded $10,000 in Bitcoin.
Evasive email scams include encoded emails, images of the message embedded in the email body, as well as complex underlying code that mixes plain text letters with HTML character entities. Social engineering techniques, as well as varying and personalizing the content of the emails, are additional methods allowing the scammers to fly safely under the radar of anti-spam filters and reach their target’s inbox.
TREND 3: Clouds under attack
The growing popularity of public cloud environments has led to an increase of cyber attacks targeting resources and sensitive data residing within these platforms. Following the 2018 trend, practices such as misconfiguration and poor management of cloud resources remained the most prominent threat to the cloud ecosystem in 2019. As a result, subjected cloud assets have experienced a wide array of attacks. This year, misconfiguring cloud environments was one of the main causes for a vast number of data theft incidents and attacks experienced by organizations worldwide.
Cloud cryptomining campaigns have increased with upgraded techniques capable of evading basic cloud security products. Docker hosts have been exposed and competitors’ cryptomining campaigns operating in the cloud shut down. Check Point researchers also witnessed an increase in the number of exploitations against public cloud infrastructures.
TREND 4: Mobile device attacks
Malicious actors are adapting techniques and methods from the general threat landscape to the mobile world. Banking malware has successfully infiltrated the mobile cyber arena with a sharp rise of more than 50% compared to 2018. In correlation to the growing use of banks’ mobile applications, malware capable of stealing payment data, credentials and funds from victims’ bank accounts have been pushed from the general threat landscape and became a very common mobile threat too.
10 Ways to Prevent Cyber Attacks
Even if you don’t currently have the resources to bring in an outside expert to test your computer systems and make security recommendations, there are simple, economical steps you can take to reduce your risk of falling victim to a costly cyber attack:
- Train employees in cyber security principles.
- Install, use and regularly update antivirus and antispyware software on every computer used in your business.
- Use a firewall for your Internet connection.
- Download and install software updates for your operating systems and applications as they become available.
- Make backup copies of important business data and information.
- Control physical access to your computers and network components.
- Secure your Wi-Fi networks. If you have a Wi-Fi network for your workplace make sure it is secure and hidden.
- Require individual user accounts for each employee.
- Limit employee access to data and information and limit authority to install software.
- Regularly change passwords.
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