May 19, 2020

Torrenters Beware: Harry Potter 7 May Lead to Malware

PC Tools
Harry Potter
Harry Potter 7 Part 2
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3 min
Torrenters Beware: Harry Potter 7 May Lead to Malware

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A new online threat targeting Harry Potter fans that just can&rsquo;t wait for the movie&rsquo;s release date of July 15<sup>th</sup> has been discovered by PC Tools. Feeding on the hype of the final film of the Harry Potter franchise <em>Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2</em>, <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="cybercriminals" data-scaytid="13">cybercriminals</span> are spreading fake torrents to access fans&#39; computers.</p>
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PC Tools explains how the malicious scam works:</p>
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First, a user searches torrents for free downloads of the final Harry Potter movie</li>
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Results claiming to offer a free download of the new movie appear</li>
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Once users download the file, <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word=".RAR" data-scaytid="23">.RAR</span> file and <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="password.txt" data-scaytid="1">password.txt</span> downloads appear</li>
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Users receive a message saying, &ldquo;This video is password protected to stop automated leeching and detection. To get your password, please visit: http://<span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="xxx.movieyt.com" data-scaytid="3">xxx.movieyt.com</span>/&rdquo;</li>
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Here, users are taken through a series of instructions to obtain their password</li>
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One of which, is choosing a link for a special offer while the site &ldquo;verifies&rdquo; the password</li>
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Once users click on an offer, a new tab and pop-up open, asking users to save what seems to be a legitimate file</li>
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After saving the file, <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="cybercriminals" data-scaytid="15">cybercriminals</span> have access to your computer&mdash;and the movie, of course, never appears on the screen</li>
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Here are some helpful tips that PC Tools recommends to employ during the excitement of the <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="HP7" data-scaytid="25">HP7</span> release:</p>
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Be careful viewing or downloading Harry Potter movies, videos, games, ringtones or photos for they can attack you with viruses and malware. Cyber crooks target the biggest trends, search terms or sites to attack the largest online populations. Torrent and <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="phishy" data-scaytid="27">phishy</span> download sites are especially dangerous. PC Tools&rsquo; innovative technology delivers real-time behavioral protection to stop new and current threats. Check out <a href="http://www.pctools.com/spyware-doctor-antivirus/">http://<span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="//www.pctools.com&quot; data-scaytid="5">www.pctools.com</span>/spyware-doctor-antivirus/</a&gt; and <a href="http://www.pctools.com/internet-security/">http://<span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="//www.pctools.com&quot; data-scaytid="7">www.pctools.com</span>/internet-security/</a>.</li&gt;
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Make sure you are running advanced, up-to-date antivirus and security software on all your PCs, laptops and devices.</li>
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Turn on a strong firewall to protect your computer by preventing unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer through the Internet or a network. PC Tools&trade; Firewall Plus 7 is available for free at <a href="http://www.pctools.com/firewall/">http://<span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="//www.pctools.com&quot; data-scaytid="9">www.pctools.com</span>/firewall/</a>.</li&gt;
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Don&rsquo;t let <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="cybercriminals" data-scaytid="17">cybercriminals</span> steal from you. Since <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="cybercriminals" data-scaytid="19">cybercriminals</span> can potentially crack your password, PC Tools recommends you use different strong and secure passwords for every site and change it regularly. PC Tools offers a free password generator at<a href="http://www.pctools.com/guides/password."&gt; http://<span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="//www.pctools.com&quot; data-scaytid="11">www.pctools.com</span>/guides/password.</a></li&gt;
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Avoid clicking on pop-up ads, videos, animations or alerts. Avoid phishing emails and pop-ups asking to verify your passwords or personal information. Watch where you click and shut down your browser or pop up alert immediately. Run your antivirus software to keep yourself safe and protected. Browser Defender protects against web-based attacks like phishing attempts and malicious downloads before they infect your system.</li>
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Richard <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="Clooke" data-scaytid="29">Clooke</span>, spokesperson for <a href="http://www.pctools.com/">PC Tools</a> commented: &ldquo;Over the past few years we&rsquo;ve seen a steady increase in attacks by <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="cybercriminals" data-scaytid="21">cybercriminals</span> that target specific movie releases. There&rsquo;s a very simple reason for this &ndash; users looking to download movies before their cinema release date aren&rsquo;t particularly concerned with staying secure online &ndash; so it&rsquo;s like shooting fish in a barrel for malware authors. Our advice is always to be certain you have comprehensive up-to-date protection running on your PC.</p>
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As a person who understands the world of <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="torrenting" data-scaytid="31">torrenting</span>, pirating movies can be a risky game. You should always keep in mind to check out torrent site comments, as those who have already downloaded the torrent usually tip you off if it is real, fake, or malware. If you think that a movie torrent leaked before the release date is too good to be true, it probably is. Most torrents that are legitimate appear after opening day and usually are only cam versions, those copies of the movie filmed directly from the movie <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="theatre" data-scaytid="33">theatre</span>. In the end, the best plan is to wait to see the movie once out in <span class="scayt-misspell" data-scayt_word="theatres" data-scaytid="35">theatres</span>, seeing a movie early is just not worth the risk.&nbsp;</p>

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Jun 16, 2021

Dr Peng Wei: Designing the Future of Autonomous Aircraft

NASA
Sustainability
IATA
Airbus
3 min
NASA has announced that it will fund a new project, headed by Dr Peng Wei, to develop safety management systems for autonomous electric aircraft

Air traffic is expected to double by 2037. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the world will need 37,000+ new passenger and freight aircraft, and more than half a million new pilots—unless we come up with another solution. Right now, a George Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science professor, Dr Peng Wei, is starting to research autonomous electric aircraft design. 

 

NASA will fund the research, which will study how to minimise risks for electric vertical take-off and landing (eVTOL). As Airbus states: ‘Autonomous technologies also have the potential to improve air traffic management, enhance sustainability performance and further improve aircraft safety’. 

 

Who is Dr Wei? 

An assistant professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Dr Wei has researched aircraft control, optimisation, and AI and ML applications in aviation. Over the next three years, he’ll lead the US$2.5mn NASA grant project in collaboration with researchers from Vanderbilt, the University of Texas at Austin, and MIT’s Lincoln Lab

 

Why is His Research Important? 

Even though the wide adoption of self-piloting cars, much less aircraft, is still far down the road, technologies that Dr Wei and his colleagues are researching will form the commercial transport of the future. But aviation manufacturers, in order to produce autonomous aircraft, will have to meet extremely high safety standards. 

 

‘The key challenge for self-piloting capabilities is how the system reacts to unforeseen events’, said Arne Stoschek, Wayfinder Project Executive at Acubed. ‘That’s the big jump from automated to autonomous’. In the air, AI-piloted aircraft will have to manoeuvre around adverse weather conditions, such as wind and storms, and other high-altitude risks, such as GPS hacking, cyberattacks, and aircraft degradation. And the stakes are high.

 

‘If a machine learning algorithm makes a mistake in Facebook, TikTok, Netflix —that doesn't matter too much because I was just recommended a video or movie I don't like’, Dr Wei said. ‘But if a machine learning algorithm mistake happens in a safety-critical application, such as aviation or in autonomous driving, people may have accidents. There may be fatal results’. 

 

What Are His Other Projects? 

In addition to the new NASA research, Dr Wei has been awarded three other grants to pursue AI-piloted aircraft: 

 

 

Research like NASA and Dr Wei’s three-year programme will help improve how AI reacts and adapts to challenging air conditions. In coming years, autonomous aircraft will likely take off slowly, starting with small package delivery, then upgraded drones, and finally commercialised aircraft. But congestion issues will worsen until autonomous aircraft are the best alternative. 


According to BBC Future, by 2030, commuters will spend nearly 100 hours a year in Los Angeles and Moscow traffic jams, and 43 cities will be home to more than 10 million people. The final verdict? Bring on the AI-operated transit.

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