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Kaspersky Releases a Utility for Operation Triangulation Malware Detection on iOS

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Following the report on the Operation Triangulation campaign targeting iOS devices, Kaspersky researchers have released a special ‘triangle_check’ utility that automatically searches for malware infection. The tool is publicly shared on GitHub and available for macOS, Windows, and Linux.

At the beginning of June 2023, Kaspersky reported about a new mobile APT that has been targeting iOS devices. The campaign employs zero-click exploits delivered via iMessage to install malware and gain complete control over the device and user data, with the ultimate goal of hiddenly spying on users. Among the victims were Kaspersky’s own employees; however, the company’s researchers believe the scope of the attack extends far beyond the organization. Continuing the investigation, Kaspersky researchers aim to bring more clarity and further details on the worldwide proliferation of this spyware.

The initial report already included a detailed description of self-checking compromise trail mechanisms using the MVT tool. Today, Kaspersky publicly released on GitHub a special utility called ‘triangle_check’. This utility, available for macOS, Windows, and Linux in Python, allows users to automatically search for traces of malware infection and therefore check whether a device has been infected or not.

Before installing the utility, the user should first do a backup of the device. Once a backup copy is created, a user can install and run the tool. If indicators of compromise are detected, the tool will show a “DETECTED” notification that confirms the device has been infected. The ‘SUSPICION’ message indicates the detection of less unambiguous indicators – pointing to a likely infection. A “No traces of compromise were identified” message will be shown if no IoCs were detected at all.

“Today we are proud to release a free public tool that allows users to check whether they were hit by the newly emerged sophisticated threat. With cross-platform capabilities, the “triangle_check” allows users to scan their devices automatically,” commented Igor Kuznetsov, head of the EEMEA unit at Kaspersky Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) “We urge the cybersecurity community to unite forces in the research of the new APT to build a safer digital world.”

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Ugreen Debuts Robot-Shaped Nexode RG 65W GaN Charger

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Tech accessory maker Ugreen has launched a unique addition to the fast charger market – the Nexode RG 65W. This charger stands out not just for its powerful performance, but also for its playful design resembling a small robot.

The Nexode RG boasts a compact size made possible by Gallium Nitride (GaN) technology. This allows it to deliver a powerful 65W output, enough to rapidly charge laptops in about 30 minutes. Additionally, it features two USB-C ports and a single USB-A port, enabling users to charge three devices simultaneously.

The Nexode RG also boasts functional extras. Removable “boots” offer a playful touch while doubling as a stand and a protective cover for the prongs during travel. For user safety, the charger features a built-in temperature monitor to prevent overheating, short circuits, and overvoltage. Ugreen goes a step further by constructing the Nexode RG with flame-retardant materials, providing additional peace of mind.

Key Features of the Ugreen Nexode RG 65W Charger:

  1. 65W Fast Charging: Power up devices such as laptops and smartphones rapidly with GaN technology.
  2. Triple Port Charging: Charge up to three devices simultaneously with two USB-C ports and one USB-A port.
  3. Compact Design: GaN technology allows for a small and portable form factor.
  4. Robot Design: A playful design with different facial expressions and removable stand “boots.”
  5. Safety Features: Built-in safeguards for overcharging, overheating, and short circuits.

The Ugreen Nexode RG 65W charger is now available for AED 189.

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Sony Intros ULT POWER SOUND Series of Speakers and Headphones

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Sony Middle East and Africa has launched ULT POWER SOUND series – a new series of wireless speakers and headphones designed to make you feel like you have dived into the front row of the arena. Built for music lovers, it produces powerful deep sound designed to make your heart tremble. The new range consists of wireless speakers ULT TOWER 10, ULT FIELD 7, ULT FIELD 1, and wireless headphones ULT WEAR. All models in the series include the ULT button, providing signature sound quality by enhancing the music with one or two different sound modes.

ULT TOWER 10
Turn your home into party central with massive bass, 360° Party Sound, 360° Party Light and karaoke, thanks to a supplied wireless mic. You can even connect the speaker to your TV to boost the sound of the things you love to watch.

ULT FIELD 7
Liven up your day with punchy bass and expressive lighting wherever you go. The ULT FIELD 7 lets you take the party anywhere thanks to the waterproof and dustproof construction plus a long battery life means you can party for longer. You can even connect to a mic for karaoke on the go.

ULT FIELD 1
Bring your favourite tunes anywhere with enhanced bass built into a compact package with the ULT FIELD 1. Complete with a multi-way strap for ease of use, take your waterproof, dustproof and even shockproof speaker anywhere for longer, thanks to a long battery life.

ULT WEAR
With exceptional bass and improved Noise Cancelling, Sony’s new ULT WEAR headphones let you bring your favourite festival or club feel with you, everywhere you go.

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Safari to Get Smarter? Leaked Code Hints at AI Assistant

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Eagle-eyed developer Nicolás Álvarez has spotted clues in Apple’s backend code suggesting a major upgrade for Safari in iOS 18: a browsing assistant powered by artificial intelligence. MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris confirmed the existence of the code, but details remain scarce.

The assistant might leverage Apple’s privacy-focused iCloud Private Relay to transmit relevant data for analysis, potentially requiring an iCloud+ subscription. This aligns with the rumoured focus on generative AI in iOS 18, aiming to streamline iPhone experiences.

Several browsers already boast AI tools like Microsoft Edge’s GPT-4-powered Copilot and Arc Search’s webpage summarization. Apple’s assistant could offer similar functionality or even go beyond.

Another intriguing discovery by Álvarez was “Encrypted Visual Search” within the code. While details are sparse, it could be related to last year’s leak of a “Visual Search” feature for Apple’s unreleased Vision Pro headset. This feature allowed copying and pasting real-world text into apps. Perhaps Apple is refining the technology for a secure iPhone debut, or it might be an extension of the existing Visual Look Up feature for identifying objects in photos.

With Apple’s WWDC keynote scheduled for June 10th, we can expect official details on these potential features in just a few months. So, get ready for a potentially smarter Safari experience in iOS 18!

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