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TECHNOBYTE for 30 January 2015

Microsoft’s second annual survey of Internet users around the world, released here in advance of the World Economic Forum that is taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland, shows that fifteen years into the 21st century, Internet users still think overwhelmingly that personal technology is making the world better and more vital. Large majorities of the online populations in all five developed countries we surveyed (France, Germany, Japan, South Korea, and the United States) and all seven developing countries we surveyed (Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Russia, South Africa and Turkey) say that technology has vastly improved how they shop, work, learn, and generally get stuff done.

http://blogs.microsoft.com/blog/2015/01/19/views-around-globe-2nd-annual-report-personal-technology-changing-lives/

Today, we announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. If you have an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Android tablet, chances are that you’re using the built-in email and calendaring capabilities of your device. Why use the new Outlook app instead? We’re glad you asked! Despite the smartphone becoming a primary screen for reading email, most of us perform only basic email triage on the phone, delaying the rest to deal with on the computer. Activities like sorting through large amounts of email, managing your calendar, and sharing files require too many steps or multiple apps that don’t work together well on the phone. The new Outlook app brings together the core tools you need to get things done—your email, calendar, contacts and files—helping you get more done even on the smallest screen. https://blogs.office.com/2015/01/29/deeper-look-outlook-ios-android/

The Onion Ransomware (Encryption Trojan)

VIRUS DEFINITION

Also Called: Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Onion

Virus Type: Ranso mware

What is it?

The “Onion” is an encrypting ransomware which encrypts user data and uses a countdown mechanism to scare victims into paying for decryption in Bitcoins. The cybercriminals claim there is a strict 72-hour deadline to pay up, or all the files will be lost forever. Kaspersky Lab calls the malware the “Onion” because it uses the anonymous network Tor (the Onion Router) to hide its malicious nature and to make it hard to track the actors behind this ongoing malware campaign.

Technical improvements to the malware have made it a potential successor to Cryptolocker, a truly dangerous threat as one of the most sophisticated encryptors today.

http://usa.kaspersky.com/internet-security-center/threats/onion-ransomware-virus-threat#.VMsC6y7bnHY


This article first appeared on 702 : TECHNOBYTE for 30 January 2015


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