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Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft’s gaming subscription service will celebrate its second anniversary this June, and the company has just made it official this morning that Xbox Game Pass will finally expand to PC. Sea of Thieves, Gears of War 4, and other Xbox Play Anywhere titles in the Game Pass catalog are already playable for free on Windows 10, but the Xbox Game Pass for PC that Microsoft is announcing today will apparently be a separate service. “Xbox Game Pass for PC will give players unlimited access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, from well-known PC game developers and publishers such as Bethesda, Deep Silver, Devolver Digital, Paradox Interactive, SEGA, and more. And just as we committed on the console, it is our intent to include new games from Xbox Game Studios in Xbox Game Pass for PC the same day as their global release, including titles from newly acquired studios like Obsidian and inXile,” explained head of Xbox Phil Spencer. For now, Microsoft is working with other 75 developers and publishers, and the company is promising to bring new games to PC players every month, just like it does for Xbox Game Pass subscribers on Xbox One. “Xbox Game Pass for PC members will also receive discounts in the Microsoft Store on Windows of up to 20% on games currently in the library and up to 10% off related game DLC and add-ons,” Spencer added. Follow this on OUR FORUM.

According to numerous rumors, unofficially christened ‘Windows Lite’ may not be seen until 2020. The Redmond giant has just dropped a hint that suggests it is working on a modern version of its desktop operating system. In a blog post for Computex announcement, Microsoft also discussed its vision for modern OS experience, highlighting some of the key features that you can expect. Microsoft appears to be working on a new version of Windows that provides ‘enablers’ to deliver a set of foundational features, including seamless updates. The updating process in Windows 10 isn’t very seamless and users often experience problems. The company says that the updating experience should be entirely seamless on the modern version of Windows as everything will happen in the background. The modern OS updates are done in the background and it is invisible, this ensures that the update experience is reliable and instant with no interruptions. Microsoft is also focusing on security with modern Windows. To secure the environment, the company might separate apps from the operating system and both services will work independently. “A modern OS is also secure by default, the state is separated from the operating system; the computer is separated from applications; this protects the user from malicious attacks throughout the device lifecycle,” Nick Parker, Corporate Vice President, Consumer and Device Sales, explains. Microsoft also remains committed to the idea of always-connected PCs with modern Windows experience. Learn more on OUR FORUM.

Three individuals have been arrested on charges related to running tech support scams for several years. The victims were mostly elderly who stated they were tricked into paying for fake computer repair services. Allegedly pretending to be affiliated with major tech companies, Gunjit Malhotra, Gurjet Singh, and Jas Pal accessed victims' computers and caused them to malfunction in order to convince that repairs were required. This scam was allegedly being conducted for about seven years, between 2013 and 2019, and used multiple companies to charge for the fake computer services, making in excess of $1.3 million. In a complaint filed by FBI Special Agent Carie Jeleniewski, the trio engaged in cold calling the victims, a tactic typical for tech support scams, claiming to be from world-known computer companies and warning the victims that their computer was infected with a virus. They also waited for victims to call them, most likely after seeing fake messages falsely alerting hem that their computer systems had been infected. This was also a common tactic and relied on users' clicking the wrong link and landing on fraudulent websites. After establishing contact, the scammers deceived the victims with offers of repair and disinfection services and convinced them to give remote access to their computers. The complaint further stated that three people opened bank accounts for the following entities: "22nd Century ITC," "Pro Advisor Solutions," "NY Software Solutions Inc," "Seasia Consulting Inc," "Sav IT," and "Reussite Technologies." Checks from the victims were paid to these companies and others. Most of the victims paid amounts between $225 and $799, for fake multi-year service plans. To seal the deal, the tech support scams sometimes said that the attacks were coming from Russian hackers. One of the victims in the complaint was scammed for over $136,600 through dozens of calls from the tech support scammers. The story was that her computers had "network system security" and "networking hardware" problems. Continue reading on OUR FORUM.

A series of web sites are pushing a scam promising $5-30 worth of free bitcoins a day simply by running their Bitcoin Collector program. In reality, this program does nothing but install ransomware or password-stealing Trojans onto a victim's computer. This scam was first discovered by a malware researcher going by the alias Frost who posted about it on Twitter and discussed it with BleepingComputer.com. The scam is promoted through sites that promise to earn you Ethereum by referring other people to their site.  Their FAQ states that by referring 1,000 visits using your referral link you will earn 3 Ethereum, which is worth approximately $750 USD. The claims of earning free Ethereum is not even a real scam. As you can see from the above image, they advertise that you can earn $15-45 a day in Bitcoin "for free and automatically". If you click on this box, you will be brought to another page that promotes a program called "Bitcoin Collector" that when download and run will supposedly generate free Bitcoin for you. It even provides a VirusTotal link to show that it is completely safe, but even though this program has not detections, it is still a Trojan that normally would execute a malicious payload if the payload was present. Depending on the running campaign, this payload is either a ransomware or a password-stealing Trojan. BleepingComputer has executed both of these campaigns and describe them briefly below. The interesting aspect of this cryptocurrency scam is that by the attackers promising free Ethereum by referring users to the site, they effectively gain free promotion for their "BotCollector" Trojan and thus more opportunities to infect visitors. This scam has now switched its payload to an information-stealing Trojan. Frost has told BleepingComputer that this is the Baldr infection, which currently has 32/70 detections at VirusTotal. For this complete article visit OUR FORUM.

Google is kicking Chinese tech giant Huawei off its Android platform over fears it is under the influence of Beijing’s government. Google acted because the US Government told it to. Washington and its spies publicly warn about the threat of Huawei being used as a kind of Trojan horse for Oriental spooks, especially via the upcoming 5G network in which China is a world leader. But ICYMI looks at whether this is really about spies, or about America’s fears that there’s a new superpower on the block. Via rt.com

The feud between Huawei and the US government is not new but the company recently lost access to all the important hardware and software, thanks to the sanctions by the Trump administration. This is a big deal for Huawei since the company might not be able to manufacture smartphones altogether. However, Huawei is much more than just a smartphone brand. It’s one of the biggest companies in China and is currently leading the 5G race. With all that in mind, the lawmakers have expressed their concerns in the past and no one is actually happy to see one company dominating the 5G development. It’s not like the concerns are solely based on the fact that Huawei is leading the 5G race but the fact that there’s evidence suggesting wrongdoings on the company’s part. While researching on the topic, we came across an interesting article from PhoneRadar that summed up all the allegations made by lawmakers in the past. The article supported those allegations with proper evidence suggesting Huawei might not be innocent after all. The article goes back to the early 2000s when the Chinese hackers got the passwords of Nortel’s top executives and they accessed the proprietary IP which was then used by Huawei to sell the same services at lower costs forcing Nortel out of the business. Huawei was also accused by Cisco for I.P. infringement and even said that Huawei stole the software code of its routers. The lawsuit was later settled with no details revealed to the public. Fast forward to 2007, FBI found $30,000 cash and a bag full of classified Motorola documents on an employee who was connected to Huawei. The plan was to copy Motorola’s wireless technology for Huawei phones and the case was later settled confidentially. Learn more by visiting OUR FORUM.

 

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