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Samsonite works with Vodafone to develop its innovative luggage tracking solution...

Discover the concept case during MWC in Barcelona!Missing or permanently lost luggage is the nightmare of every traveller.
Samsonite has been creating innovative travel solutions for over 100 years and also wants to help mediate the problem of lost luggage.

Therefore our innovation team is closely following all developments on smart luggage and the technologies available in the market.

An important step in this process is to work with leading technology companies.

That’s why Samsonite... Source: RealWire

AV-TEST honours Secucloud’s innovative security concept with its Innovation Award

Enterprise-class IT security for use at homeHamburg, Germany. 5 September 2016 – Consumer trends like smart homes, e-health and the internet of things are steadily moving into European households. However, threat complexity is growing along with the number of networked devices.

These need simple yet efficient protection, despite the fact that they use a wide variety of different software and standards.

The Hamburg-based security specialist Secucloud has developed a solution that responds to this requirement. With its Elastic Cloud Security System (ECS2), the company provides a cloud-based security infrastructure for mobile devices and private households that users can add to the subscription they have with their internet service provider (ISP) as an extra service.

The independent security institute AV-TEST has now honoured this new security concept with its Innovation Award 2016. Presentation of the Innovation Award to Secucloud The Innovation Award distinguishes products and concepts that demonstrate a forward-thinking strategy in IT security.
So far in 2016, AV-TEST only awarded it for one other product – to the joint winners G Data and Microsoft.
Secucloud is now the second winner this year.
Secucloud CEO Dennis Monner accepted the prize at an award ceremony that took place on 1st September in Magdeburg, Germany. “Nowadays it just doesn’t make sense for people to get separate protection for each smartphone, e-book reader and fitness wristband,” notes Monner. “Mobile operators and internet service providers can make it much easier for them by providing comprehensive protection for all the connected devices in their customers’ homes – with no installation or update hassles.
It’s based on high-performance, enterprise-class security that wouldn’t normally be accessible to an average consumer.

This is the approach we’re taking with our solution.” Industry-standard security from the cloudTo counter the growing complexity of internet-based threats, enterprise IT specialists have already been using combined solutions for some time – concepts like unified threat management and next-generation firewall systems.

These protect the corporate network with a wide variety of security functionality, including intrusion detection and prevention systems (IDS/IPS), multi-AV engines, anti-phishing, application control, deep packet inspection (DPI), URL filtering and APT protection. However, managing maintenance and updates for these systems is both time-consuming and costly, which has made their use in private households unrealistic up to now. As the first provider of its kind in Germany, Secucloud is now making this kind of advanced security system – built on industry standards – available to end users and consumers.

The modular Elastic Cloud Security System (ECS2) is installed directly into the infrastructure of ISPs like Telekom, Vodafone and 1&1.

As ECS2 was designed and developed from the outset as a cloud infrastructure for telecom operators, these companies can offer a scalable solution that provides real-time protection and security for every customer and on every device – with no need for any installation. Each ECS2 system includes several analysers.

The security instances process all internet traffic to and from the customers’ devices and apply all the preconfigured security and filter policies to it. Using highly sophisticated security technology, the intelligent algorithm based steering (IABS) engine creates real-time analyses of the overall threat situation and blocks attacks with the appropriate counter-measures.

The innovative SAND SSL scan technology even makes this possible for the increasing amount of encrypted web traffic. Further information:phronesis PR GmbHMarcus EhrenwirthUlmer Strasse 160D-86156 AugsburgTel.: +49 (0) 821 444 800Fax: +49 (0) 821 444 80 22Email: info@phronesis.deInternet: http://www.phronesis.de/ Secucloud GmbHKai BulauGrosse Bleichen 21D-20354 Hamburg+49 (0) 180 5 015 437+49 (0) 180 5 015 438kai.bulau@secucloud.comhttp://secucloud.com/de About AV-TESTAV-TEST GmbH is an independent supplier of services in the fields of IT Security and Antivirus Research, focusing on the detection and analysis of the latest malicious software and its use in comprehensive comparative testing of security products.

Due to the timeliness of the testing data, malware can instantly be analyzed and categorized, trends within virus development can be detected early, and IT-security solutions can be tested and certified.

The AV-TEST Institute’s results provide an exclusive basis of information helping vendors to optimize their products, special interest magazines to publish research data, and end users to make good product choices. www.av-test.org. About SecucloudSecucloud, based in Hamburg, Germany, provides security for the internet of things.

The secucloud security mechanisms, which defend users against cybercrime and spying attempts, are located in a private cloud for each individual customer and protect all the connected devices, whether they belong to private households or companies.

As a cloud solution, no software installation or configuration is required. Whatever their device – desktop computers, smartphones, tablets, smart meters or smart fridges – users benefit from security technologies that, until now, have only been available to large enterprises with plenty of financial muscle. Users also benefit from secucloud’s extremely attractive subscription prices.

Further information about the company and its solutions is available at www.secucloud.com.

EU 'Seeks to Restrict Digital Comms Encryption'

The EU wants to force WhatsApp, iMessage and other internet-based tools to abide by tougher data-protection rules, leaked documents say. By Matthew BroersmaThe European Union is looking to extend some of the privacy rules that currently apply to telecommunications companies to cover internet-based services such as Skype and WhatsApp in a way that could restrict their use of encryption, according to reports.The EU's plans could also oblige digital services to allow users to take content, such as copies of emails, with them when they change providers, according to reports from media outlets including The Financial Times and Reuters, all of which cited internal EU documents.New Privacy Obligations The privacy and confidentiality obligations for internet firms remain to be defined, according to the EU documents. Currently 2002's Privacy and Electronic Communications Directive, known as the ePrivacy Directive, applies only to telecoms providers such as Vodafone or Orange, and those providers have argued the rules place them at a disadvantage to web-based competitors.Facebook's WhatsApp, for instance, protects its communications with end-to-end encryption, while telecoms companies are barred from doing so, being subject to wiretapping and "lawful interception" demands by governments.Apple's mobile iMessage service also claims to offer end-to-end encryption, while Microsoft's Skype encrypts communications but also says it monitors message content for the purposes of blocking fraud and other illegal activity. ePrivacy Review The possible changes are part of a review to the ePrivacy rules announced by the EU in April, when it launched a public consultation seeking the views of stakeholders.The EU said the review was motivated in part by the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation this year, which is set to broadly alter Europe's data protection environment.While organizations including national data protection regulators, telecoms companies and internet firms have published their responses to the consultation, the EU's own views have not previously been made public.Orange pointed out in its response that internet-based services are "allowed to commercially exploit the traffic data and the location data they collect", while telecoms firms are restricted in how they use such information.In its response, Facebook argued against any extension of the ePrivacy rules, saying new restrictions could mean it would "no longer be able to guarantee the security and confidentiality of the communication through encryption" and therefore could "have the undesired consequence of undermining the very privacy it is seeking to protect".The European Commission has said it does not necessarily plan to treat all communications services the same for all purposes. Spectrum Changes A broader reform of the EU's telecoms rules is set to begin next month, and the Commission is proposing to take the opportunity to increase the term of spectrum licenses from 10 to 25 years, according to internal documents cited by Reuters.That move, intended to introduce a more stable market for operators and encourage them to boost their investments, could face opposition from national governments, for whom spectrum license auctions have proven a lucrative source of income.Under the results of a June referendum, the UK is set to exit the European Union, but EU laws are likely nevertheless to continue to influence British policies.

WhatsApp, Skype Face Tighter EU Regulations

The European Commission might apply telecom regulations to apps like WhatsApp and Skype. Apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger might soon face tougher regulations in Europe. As Reuters and the Financial Times report, the European Commission wants to extend traditional telecom rules to companies offering calls and messages over the Web, like Microsoft's Skype. "The Commission is indeed working on an update of EU telecoms rules under its Digital Single Market strategy," Nathalie Vandystadt, a spokesperson for the EU's Digital Single Market, said in a statement. "The upcoming reform of the EU telecoms framework should incentivize and leverage more private investment in next-generation networks, provide regulatory predictability and the right conditions for all operators to invest. "The Commission is looking into to what extent people can consider OTT services like WhatsApp and Skype to be functional substitutes for services provided by traditional telecoms operators, and is considering whether [the] scope of the current EU rules needs to be adapted, to ensure adequate levels of consumer protection and ensure that regulation does not distort competition." She added that "this does not necessarily mean treating all communications services the same for all purposes." The plan will be presented in September. Popular carriers like Deutsche Telekom AG, Telefónica SA, Vodafone, and Orange have lobbied the EU to repeal certain laws governing telecoms. Otherwise, they argue, the EU should at least broaden its rules to cover Internet-based services. The EU's current "ePrivacy Directive," which applies to telecom firms, requires companies to protect users' communications and ensure network security, Reuters says.
It also bars carriers from storing customer location and traffic data. Facebook has rolled out end-to-end encryption for WhatsApp and Messenger, which it says could be compromised under the EU's plan.

They tell Reuters that individual organizations would "no longer be able to guarantee the security and confidentiality of the communication through encryption," because governments can take control in the name of national security. "Therefore, any expansion of the current ePD (ePrivacy Directive) should not have the undesired consequence of undermining the very privacy it is seeking to protect," Facebook told Reuters. Facebook and WhatsApp declined to comment to PCMag; Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment. According to the FT, the rules would apply to services that require users to dial a phone number; Skype-to-Skype calls would not be included. Editor's Note: This story was updated at 2:45 p.m.

ET with comment from the EU.

Hitler Ransomware Goose-Steps Onto PCs

NEW MALWARE dubbed Hitler-Ransonware (sic) has started invading users' PCs, demanding €25 - yes, just €25 - or the deletion of all files in the User Profile folder. However, although the malware claims to encrypt the files, security analysis reveals that it actually crashes a series of processes before crashing the PC after an hour, deleting the files on reboot. The €25 ransom isn't the only indication that the malware is probably the work of a ‘script kiddie' rather than a syndicate of hard-nosed Russian cyber crooks. Unlike many ransomware variants, it doesn't seek to encrypt files. Rather, it locks the screen and demands payment.

The files are deleted if the victim delays the payment for longer than an hour. Hitler-Ransonware is propagated via basic spam emails with fake PDF or Microsoft Word attachments that don't open when launched.

The malware then silently drops two files called chrst.exe and firefox32.exe to %TEMP%\[random name].tmp, according to reports. Rather than going to all the trouble of encrypting files, it simply removes their file extensions so that they don't open unless manually renamed. The ransomware is so-called because infected systems display a lock screen with a photo of Hitler, giving the end user just one hour to to pay up before the files are deleted and the PC is borked.  The malware's author appears to be German-speaking, according to security researchers, and presumably living in a country in which Vodafone operates as the €25 payment must be made in the form of a Vodafone telephone card.

The code on the card needs to be tapped into the PC before the hour is up. The analysis also indicates that the ransomware is a test version.
Indeed, the words 'This is a test' among comments in the code are something of a giveaway.

The coder appears to go by the name 'Cool Wet', which is frankly a rubbish name for a hacker. "This ransomware appears to be a test variant based on the comments in the embedded batch file and because it does not encrypt any files at all," said technical support site Bleeping Computer. "Instead this malware will remove the extension for all of the files under various directories, display a lock screen and then show a one-hour countdown as shown in the lock screen. "After that hour it will crash the victim's computer, and on reboot delete all of the files under the %UserProfile% of the victim." The crash is caused by the termination of the csrss.exe process, which will instantly blue screen the PC. On restart, firefox32.exe will automatically start and delete all the User Profile files. "While the ransomware is running it will constantly look for any processes that have the names taskmgr, utilman, sethc or cmd.
If one of these processes is detected, it will terminate them," added the report. Fortunately, neutralising the threat posed by Hitler is a whole lot easier than it was 77 years ago, according to PC Threat.
Indeed, it shouldn't take more than a couple of minutes, so there's no need to fund the Fuhrer's latest campaign. µ Further reading

Hitler ‘ransomware’ offers to sell you back access to your files...

Sloppy code is more risible than Reich, though Cybercrooks have put together Hitler-themed ransomware that simply deletes files on encrypted PCs. The (apparently prototype) Windows malware displays a lock screen1 featuring the infamous Austrian dictator, together with a demand falsely stating that files have been encrypted. The ransomware says files can supposedly be recovered by paying 25 euros, in the form of a Vodafone cash card – which is more traceable than BitCoin. The ransomware appears to be a test variant put together by unskilled coders, as a blog post by IT help site Bleeping Computer explains. “It does not encrypt any files at all.
Instead this malware will remove the extension for all of the files under various directories, display a lock screen, and then show a one hour countdown as shown in the lock screen below. After that hour it will crash the victim's computer, and on reboot, delete all of the files under the [use profile] of the victim,” it adds. German language text found within an embedded batch file associated with the malware states “Das ist ein Test” (“This is a test”).

The “Hitler-Ransonware” was discovered by AVG malware analyst Jakub Kroustek. Achtung! Hitler-themed ramsomware [Source: Bleeping Computer] Malware that falsely claims to have encrypted files when in reality it has deleted them has been seen before, in the shape of the earlier Ranscam threat – so the Hitler ransomware is no more innovative as a scam than it is as a piece of malicious code. Thomas Pore, director of IT at security analytics firm Plixer, reckons the half-baked cybercrime threat could still make money. “It’s interesting that this variant does not actually encrypt the files, possibly for detection avoidance,” Pore said. “However the approach to delete all of the files upon reboot after initiating an OS crash leaves users few alternatives.

This is why users will likely continue to pay the ransom.” Bootnote 1The lock screen features a misspelling “Ransonware”, further evidence that the malicious code was either hastily or sloppily put together. Sponsored: 2016 Cyberthreat defense report