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Fraudsters Target Fans of Popular Cartoon Show

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In 2021, users have been served more video on demand content than anyone could ever imagine, yet most of us have that one show where we eagerly anticipate new episodes. For many, it is Rick and Morty, a dark adult cartoon, the fifth season of which is set to kick off on June 20th. And cybercriminals are not shy of taking advantage of fans’ eagerness to watch the show, with well-known (yet, somehow still effective) fraud schemes hitting the web.

To get a clearer picture of how cybercriminals try to monetize viewers’ interests, Kaspersky experts analyzed malicious files disguised as Rick and Morty episodes in different languages, as well as sitcom-related phishing websites designed to steal users’ credentials.

Analyzing files distributed from June 2020 to June 2021, the company’s experts have seen that fraudsters interested in Rick and Morty is consistent. In fact, Kaspersky researchers found about 350 files disguised as the popular show, which all distributed various types of malware – including exploits and sophisticated ransomware.

Kaspersky experts also found a number of phishing websites designed to steal viewers’ credentials. In the hope of watching new episodes of their favorite show, Rick and Morty fans were redirected to other resources to enter personal data. To make the page more believable, scammers showed the first few minutes of the show, after which, users were asked to register by entering personal data and bank card details. After some time, money was debited from the card, and as expected, the episode did not continue to play.

“Cybercriminals are always looking for opportunities to benefit from users’ interest in sources of entertainment. For many years, we observed fraudsters creating fake pages offering to stream or download popular movies and shows — which are especially attractive when the piece of content has been long awaited. When searching for a new episode of your favorite series it is important to remember the basic rules of digital hygiene. We advise users to check the authenticity of websites before entering personal data and use only official webpages to watch films, series’ and shows,” comments Kaspersky security expert Mikhail Sytnik.

To avoid falling victim to a scam, Kaspersky also advises users to:

  • Pay attention to the extensions of files you are downloading. A video file will never have an .exe or .msi extension.
  • Use a reliable security solution that identifies malicious attachments and blocks phishing sites.
  • Avoid links promising early viewings of content and check it with your entertainment provider if you have any doubt about the authenticity of content.
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Nissan Shows Off All-Electric Ariya at Expo 2020

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Nissan is moving towards sustainable mobility with the first regional showcase of its stunning all-electric Ariya crossover car that is targeted towards the mass market. The Japanese company unveiled its all-new electric vehicle on 14th October, 2021, at the Let’s Move event at Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020 Dubai. “As Expo 2020’s Official Automotive Partner, Nissan is strongly committed to championing more sustainable transportation,” the company said.

Thierry Sabbagh, Managing Director of Nissan Middle East, said, “It’s a really exciting moment for us as a brand because our partnership with Expo started three years ago and we have been a part of the entire development, whether it is of the site or also of all the plans that have been set. And today, the partnership between Expo and Nissan is very natural. Because today, when we look at the pillars of Expo, whether on Sustainability, on Mobility, and on Opportunity, I can tell you that Nissan’s strategy is very much based on that.”

Joni Paiva, Divisional Vice President of Nissan Motors, said, “When you align Nissan’s purpose to drive innovation to enrich people’s lives and you look at Expo 2020’s purpose [and theme], ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, these two visions align extremely well, especially when you use the subthemes of Expo 2020 of Sustainability, Opportunity, and Mobility.”

Sabbagh said that unlike other electric vehicles currently available on the market, the new Ariya is made to appeal to people of all backgrounds, rather than target a niche audience only. He added, “Nissan as a brand has always brought products to the market that have very high demand and have always really been very much the best when it comes to the technology, to the innovation. And definitely, this is part of our passion. When we bring products to the market, we want to ensure that people from different categories, and from different aspirations, are able to drive our product. And definitely, I don’t see a difference with the Nissan Ariya, once it is fully launched in the markets. I will definitely be convinced that this will be available and offered to customers with different needs and also different profile customers.”

“The Ariya will drive the beginning of the Nissan NEXT transformation journey, a forward-looking plan building on the brand’s reputation for innovation, craftsmanship, customer focus, and quality,” the company said.

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GITEX 2021: Toshiba Gulf FZE to Highlight Surveillance, Enterprise HDD and KIOXIA SSD Storage Solutions

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Toshiba Gulf FZE will be offering a complete 360 of Data storage solutions for Consumers and Enterprise at Hall 4, Stand H4-B2 at GITEX 2021 held at DWTC from 17th to 21st October 2021. On display will be Toshiba range of Storage products and KIOXIA (formerly Toshiba memory) NAND Flash memory products.

Visitors to Gitex can view a wide range of innovative hard disk drive (HDD) products to meet the varied demands of the diversified storage marketplace. Products displayed will include high capacity power-efficient storage for Cloud Data Centers, capacity and performance HDDs for Enterprise IT, client HDDs for PC/Desktop, and specialty drives for Surveillance, NAS systems, set-top box video, gaming, and external storage for Windows and Mac PCs.

The 18TB MG09 Series Hard Disk Drives, 3rd-generation 9-disk Helium-sealed design, and innovations in energy-assisted recording helps customers achieve new levels of storage density and power efficiency. With 12.5% more capacity than prior 16TB models, 18TB MG09 CMR drives are compatible with the widest range of applications and operating systems.

For KIOXIA various flash memory such as NAND flash, BiCS FLASH and Solid State Devices (SSD) will be displayed. Flash memory has become a standardized memory device and KIOXIA, the inventor of flash memory, has carved out a path to a new era in which we are able to carry videos, music, and data with us wherever we go.

Kioxia puts great emphasis on retaining the same excellent quality, performance, and reliability standards, that consumers are used to expecting from the formerly known Toshiba Memory product line-up, dedicated to the development and production of innovative class-leading flash storage solutions.

Santosh Varghese, Vice President, Toshiba Gulf FZE said, “With our competence and experience combined with our value chain of highly driven and proven channel partners and distributors, we look forward to the visitor response to our new products at Gitex 2021. Our 18TB MG09 Series delivers new levels of storage density and power efficiency to our cost-conscious cloud-scale and storage solutions customers and it is compatible with the widest range of applications and operating environments.”

Also highlighted at GITEX will be Canvio portable storage lineup with new applications and designs, adding new Canvio Flex and Canvio Gaming models along with new colors and textures. The next generation of Canvio designs delivers seamless portability, high storage capacity, and broad compatibility for various USB devices. It meets the evolving needs for storage solutions suited for a broad range of users, including multi-platform users, gamers, business professionals, outdoor photographers, and students. There’s a model that fits everyone’s needs.

Toshiba Gulf FZE will be in Hall 4, Stand H4-B2 at GITEX 2021. Activations on the stand include a photo booth competition where winners can walk away with attractive prizes.

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Dynabook Satellite Pro C40-H AND C50-H Series Now Available in Light Gold

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Dynabook Europe GmbH has announced the availability of four new models in its attractively priced Satellite Pro C40-H and Satellite Pro C50-H series. For the first time, notebooks under the Dynabook name are available in the colour Light Gold.

This makes the business all-rounders real eye-catchers in the office and home office. The 10th generation Intel Core processors, expandable RAM of up to 16 GB and fast storage options of up to 512 GB ensure productive and comfortable working.

The slim form factor (from 18.9 mm) and low weight (from 1.55 kg) make the new Satellite Pro models strong companions in everyday mobile working life.

The Satellite Pro C40-H in 14-inch format and the 15-inch Satellite Pro C50-H in the colour “Light Gold” will be on display along with all our other products at the Dynabook stand at GITEX Technology Week from 17th – 21st October 2021, stand CC2-16, and will be available shortly in the Middle East and Africa.

The highlights in brief

  • Light Gold colour
  • 10th generation Intel Core processors
  • Extensive connectivity in all environments thanks to USB Type-C-port, HDMI, Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.2 or 5.0.
  • Full HD anti-reflective display
  • Battery life of up to 10 hours 10 minutes (depending on model)
  • HD camera with dual microphone for interference-free video conferencing
  • The antibacterial coating on all painted surfaces inhibits the growth of bacteria
  • Effortless multitasking with 10th generation Intel Core processor and fast memory options
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