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Combating crime the clever and easy way

At the Critical Communications World in Berlin, Motorola showcased new solutions designed to make managing crime and emergency response easier, reports SEAN BACHER.

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When it comes to emergency operations in times of floods, fires or other natural disasters, speech beats almost any app currently available. This message was made very clear by Paul Steinberg, CTO of Motorola Solutions, at this week’s Critical Communications World conference in Berlin.
“Although many believe that two-way radios are on their way out due to smartphones being more robust and networks getting faster, in general it still takes a while to place a call on a smartphone and time is a luxury nobody has in the time of an emergency,” he said.
In addition, commercial networks will more than likely be unavailable, congested or simply do not cover the area where communication is needed in a major emergency.
“It is for this reason that two-way radios are here to stay and are in fact going to carry on getting smarter with more features to support emergency personal,” said Steinberg.
Motorola’s TETRA networks, which were first introduced in 1999 at the Oslo airport in Norway – there are now over 1 000 around the world including South Africa – clearly indicate that two-way radio still has a major role to play. The TETRA network is a completely separate network that allows emergency response personnel to communicate quickly and easily with one another in time of crisis.
While voice will continue to be the basis, public safety organizations are looking into the possibility of adding data capabilities via broadband networks, in many cases delivered by commercial carriers.
“Broadband makes video, image and other multimedia formats available to incident respondents,” Steinberg said.
Steinberg says that cities also can deploy dedicated mission-critical LTE networks to complement their current TETRA networks. However, this all depends on the frequencies that are available.
As the LTE networks are enhanced with features like push-to-talk, and streaming video which can be captured and analysed, large amounts of data will be created and this all needs to be accessed in real time.
“One person sitting at a central command station won’t be able to cope with a city’s crime on a day-to-day basis. To help make things easier we have acquired an end-to-end security platform from Avigilon. Its Appearance Search technology will help identify a person among thousands of people using artificial intelligence.”
In other cases, it can help find missing children and also apprehend shoplifters  and keep watch for suspicious activity.
All the control room operator needs to do is input appearance details of the person in question. The system will then go through previously recorded footage from all the cameras and continue monitoring anything new until the suspect is found. The closest police patrol can then be notified and the suspect apprehended in a much shorter time.
Steinberg said that, although a TETRA network would normally be deployed on a large scale, we are seeing numerous shopping centres and airports using it.
“Although we have no control over natural disasters, technology like our TETRA networks combined with smart analytics and artificial intelligence will help with rescue efforts,” said Steinberg. “I am sure once criminals know that they can be found at the click of a button, they will think twice about committing a crime.”

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Wannacry still alive

One and a half years after its epidemic, WannaCry ransomware tops the list of the most widespread cryptor families and the ransomware has attacked 74,621 unique users worldwide.

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These attacks accounted for 28.72% of all users targeted by cryptors in Q3 2018. The percentage has risen over the last year, demonstrating more than two thirds growth against Q3 2017, when its share in cryptor attacks was 16.78%. This is just one of the main findings from Kaspersky Lab’s Q3 IT threat evolution report. 

A series of cyberattacks with WannaCry cryptor occurred in May 2017 and is still considered to be one of the biggest ransomware epidemics in history. Even though Windows released a patch for its operating system to close the vulnerability exploited by EternalBlue 2 months prior to the start of the attacks, WannaCry still affected hundreds of thousands devices around the globe. As cryptors do, WannaCry turned files on victims’ computers into encrypted data and demanded ransom for decryption keys (created by threat actors to decipher the files and transform them back into the original data) making it impossible to operate the infected device.

The consequences of the WannaCry epidemic were devastating: as the victims were mainly organisations with networked systems – the work of businesses, factories and hospitals was paralysed. Even though this case demonstrated the dangers cryptors pose, and most of PCs around the world have been updated to resist the EternalBlue exploit, the statistics show that criminals still try to exploit those computers that weren’t patched and there are still plenty of them around the globe.

Overall, Kaspersky Lab security solution protected 259,867 unique users from cryptors attacks, showing a substantial rise of 39% since Q2 2018, when the figure was 158,921. The growth was rapid yet steady, with a monthly observed increase in the number of users.

The rising share of WannaCry attacks is another reminder that epidemics don’t end as fast as they start – there are always long-running consequences. In the case of cryptors, attacks can be so severe that it is necessary to take preventive measures and patch the device, rather than deal with encrypted files later,” said Fedor Sinitsyn, security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

 To reduce the risk of infection by WannaCry and other cryptors, users are advised to:

  • Always update your operating system to eliminate recent vulnerabilities and use a robust security solution with updated databases. It is also important to use the security solution that has specialised technologies to protect your data from ransomware, as Kaspersky Lab’s solutions do. Even if the newest yet unknown malware does manage to sneak through, Kaspersky Lab’s System Watcher technology is able to block and roll back all malicious changes made on a device, including the encryption of files.
  • If you have bad luck and all your files are encrypted with cryptomalware, it is not recommended to pay cybercriminals, as it encourages them to continue their dirty business and infect more people’s devices. It is better to find a decryptor on the Internet – some of them are available for free here: https://noransom.kaspersky.com/

·         It is also important to always have fresh backup copies of your files to be able to replace them in case they are lost (e.g. due to malware or a broken device), and store them not only on the physical object but also in cloud storage for greater reliability (don’t forget to protect your cloud storage with strong hack-proof password!)

·         If you’re a business, enhance your preferred third-party security solution with the newest version of the free Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool.

·         To protect the corporate environment, educate your employees and IT teams, keep sensitive data separate, restrict access, and always back up everything.

·         Use a dedicated security solution, such as Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business that is powered by behaviour detection and able to roll back malicious actions. It should also include Vulnerability and Patch management features that automatically eliminates vulnerabilities and installs updates. This reduces the risk of vulnerabilities in popular software being used by cybercriminals.

·         Last, but not least, remember that ransomware is a criminal offence. You shouldn’t pay. If you become a victim, report it to your local law enforcement agency.

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Nokia 6.1 gets slice of Pie

HMD Global has announced that the Nokia 6.1 will start receiving Android 9 Pie – the second smartphone in the portfolio to receive the latest version of Android less than a month after the update arrived on the Nokia 7 plus.

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Packed with Google’s newest software and building on the features of Android 8.0 Oreo, Android 9 Pie’s focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning gives owners a more customised and tailored experience.

Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 Mobile Platform, the Nokia 6.1 is over 60% faster than its predecessor. Also, now offering enhanced Dual-Sight, ZEISS optics, USB-C fast-charging, Nokia spatial audio and pure, secure and up-to-date Android Oreo.

The Nokia 6.1 has been selected by Google to join the Android One family and therefore users get exclusive access to Apps Actions – a feature only available to Android One and Google Pixel devices.  App Actions helps users get things done faster by predicting their next move and displaying the right action on right away.

Now with Android 9 Pie, the Nokia 6.1’s already impressive battery life is further complimented with the introduction of Adaptive Battery, an update that uses deep learning to understand usage patterns and prioritise battery power on the most important apps.

Other key features of Android 9

·       Slices – Identifies relevant information on favourite apps to make them more easily accessible when needed

·       Adaptive Brightness – Automatically adapts phone brightness by learning from interactions with different settings

·       New system navigation – Features a single home button that provides intelligent predictions and suggestions (user enabled)

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