WiFi WPA2 encryption (very) possibly cracked

Just to add on to your Monday morning blues, WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2) which is the de-facto encryption method used by the majority of Wi-Fi routers around the world is rumored to have been cracked.
While the actual exploit, called KRACK — for Key Reinstallation AttaCK has yet to be released, developers who have reviewed the flaw have confirmed that it is serious and could have widespread implications around the globe.

WiFi traffic between your computer, mobile phone and even right down to your cctv cameras are encrypted to ensure that nobody else is able to intercept the data while it is transmitted. This is especially critical when sensitive data for example passwords are passed from your device to the sites where it is intended to go.
Fortunately most sites that handle sensitive data these days run on https, which means that on top of the WiFi encryption, the data is also encrypted again via a certificate unique to each site.

This is a core protocol-level flaw in WPA2 wi-fi and it looks bad. Possible impact: wi-fi decrypt, connection hijacking, content injection. https://t.co/FikjrK4T4v
— Kenn White (@kennwhite) October 15, 2017

However there are still millions of sites and services online which are still running on the non-secure http protocol, and a broken WPA2 encryption protocol could essentially allow someone with enough knowledge of the flaw to intercept and decipher all traffic flowing through the particular WiFi network.
US-CERT has become aware of several key management vulnerabilities in the 4-way handshake of the Wi-Fi Protected Access II (WPA2) security protocol. The impact of exploiting these vulnerabilities includes decryption, packet replay, TCP connection hijacking, HTTP content injection, and others. Note that as protocol-level issues, most or all correct implementations of the standard will be affected. The CERT/CC and the reporting researcher KU Leuven, will be publicly disclosing these vulnerabilities on 16 October 2017.
Developing story…
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MSI Concept Store Kuala Lumpur is the Largest in the World

MSI has officially opened its largest concept store in the world, and it’s right in the heart of Kuala Lumpur. Situated in BB Park in front of Low Yat Plaza, the MSI Concept Store Kuala Lumpur has plenty of interesting things in store for gamers.
The MSI Concept Store Kuala Lumpur facade is designed to look like its VR One gaming backpack, and is draped in the company’s signature red and black colours. This standalone building has two storeys: the ground floor is the company’s storefront, while the upper level is a gaming space.
The ground level is packed to the brim with MSI’s latest gaming products, from the multitude of laptops, desktops, as well as a motherboard showcase. Near the far end, there’s a special VR One experience zone, where customers can walk in and try out VR gaming with the MSI VR One backpack and a HTC Vive headset.

Upstairs, the gaming space has enough room for one 5v5 esports setup, with adequate seating area and a projector screen. There’s even a spot for casters, for an esports-like feel for people who are watching. MSI has stated that the gaming space will host tournaments every weekend starting from November onwards, with Dota 2 set to be the main game.
According to MSI Malaysia Country Manager, Henry Chung, Kuala Lumpur is only the second country in the world with an MSI Concept Store; the only other one is in MSI’s home country, Taiwan. Chung further commented that the Malaysian government’s strong push for grassroots esports development in the country was what convinced the company to set up a concept store here.

The company is committed to building the budding esports community here, and the MSI Concept Store Kuala Lumpur is a testament to that. Besides the weekly tournaments for amateurs being held in the gaming space, MSI also has a global target of sponsoring up to 1,000 esports teams to take part in international gaming competitions. By fostering a strong community right here, MSI hopes to unearth some world-class talents right here in the country.
The MSI Concept Store Kuala Lumpur is open daily from 10am to 10pm, and is located in front of the main entrance of Low Yat Plaza (so you can’t really miss it).
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Nvidia GTX 1070 Ti Appears In AotS Database

With all the rumours floating around regarding Nvidia’s GTX 1070 Ti graphics card, it may just be a matter of time before the card becomes official. Now, adding fuel to the fire, it seems that the GTX 1070 Ti has once again made an appearance, but this time on the Ashes of the Singularity benchmark database.
In the AotS benchmark database, it can be seen that the GTX 1070 Ti managed to rack up a score of 6,200. In comparison, Nvidia’s GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 graphics cards have managed to obtain scores of higher than 7,000. There is, of course, a plausible explanation to the underwhelming benchmark score of the GTX 1070 Ti: no adequate driver support. Once a suitable driver is made available from folks at Nvidia, it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise to see the GTX 1070 Ti having significantly higher AotS benchmark scores.

Of course, one shouldn’t be too quick to judge the GTX 1070 Ti solely based on its AotS benchmark scores – it may run better / worse in other games. Previous rumours have indicated that this graphics card may not be overclockable, which may hamper its gaming performance when compared to its siblings and competition. Regardless, we do suggest our beloved readers to take all rumours regarding the GTX 1070 Ti with hint of scepticism, at least until Nvidia makes it official.
(Source: AotS via VideoCardz)
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Legoland Malaysia To Feature First Virtual Reality Rollercoaster

Legoland Malaysia is set to host the first Lego based virtual reality roller coaster in the world. It’s called The Great Lego Race, and involves setting park guests as one of give Lego racers. It’s also a good way to provide a full roller coaster experience without having to go outside.
The theme of the roller coaster is one familiar to anyone who has every played with Lego. Five racers, each with their own thematic vehicles, travel through a course littered with obstacles. Naturally, everything is made of Lego and is designed to evoke the feel of being in a world made completely of plastic bricks.
Legoland is also designing the queuing area to resemble a racing pit; complete with interactive elements to keep people entertained while they wait.

The Great Lego Race is scheduled to open in November at Legoland Malaysia, and will be taking up the space used by the “Project X” roller coasters. It should be noted that Legoland is designed mainly for children, and thrill seekers should probably look somewhere else to get their kicks. On the other hand, it’s a good place for Lego fans to enjoy their favourite brand.

Malaysia may be the first to see the Lego VR roller coaster, but it won’t be the last. Legoland Florida and Legoland Deutschland are scheduled to see The Great Lego Race open in 2018. Malaysia itself has seen quite a bit of extra attention from Lego over the past year; with the new 2017 Star Wars sets also being released in the country before anywhere else in the world.
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Sarawak Government Receives BNM Approval To Introduce Sarawak Pay

The Sarawak government has received approval from Bank Negara Malaysia to introduce its own electronic payment service. Sarawak Pay, as it is currently called, is set to be implemented at a state level and allow people to pay for various government services.
This would allow Sarawakians to pay for things like land rent and assessment rates. Making it far more convenient to deal with government functions. Sarawak Pay is also destined to be integrated with outlets under the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation; which includes hotels.
Sarawak Chief Minister Abang Johari Openg announced the approval a Youth Forum at the Borneo Convention Centre. Promising to also build an mobile app to support Sarawak Pay.
The new electronic payment service is set to be introduced at some point next year. There doesn’t appear to be a solid release date as of yet, but this will likely be introduced once Sarawak finalises its plans.
[Source: The Borneo Post]
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Malaysians Spend A Lot Of Time Online; Don’t Trust Any Of It

Malaysians are apparently some of the most connected people in Asia; and yet they are also some of the most distrustful of new technology. A study conducted by market research firm Kantar TNS shows that those surveyed in Malaysia are overwhelmingly sceptical about social media and online data collection.
The study found that only 17% of Malaysians fully believe what they see on social media; leaving the country as one of the least trusting when it comes to online information. This mentality also extends to major brands; with only 41% of Malaysian respondents trusting what they have to say. That said, we are still more likely to trust brands than most other countries in Asia Pacific.

Interacting with AI and chatbots is also something that many Malaysians would rather not do. Only 38% said that they would interact with a chatbot if it made things easier; while 30% said that they would outright not talk to a bot under any circumstances.
E-commerce also suffers in Malaysia, with attempts to make online shopping more seamless falling short. Less than one in three people feel comfortable buying something with their smartphones. As far as Kantar can tell, cash is still king in the country.

There seems to be a rather large amount of resistance to new technology in Malaysia. Especially since Kantar’s survey was a rather extensive 70,000 people across 56 countries. Some of which involved indepth interviews to better understand their views. This, perhaps, will change over time as people become more comfortable with the internet. Or maybe it’s Malaysians being aware and practical about the dangers of being online.
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Tune Talk Now Offers Free Data When You Top Up RM30 and Above

Who could say no to more monthly data, especially when it is free? Tune Talk is now offering up to 8GB of data for free to its subscribers; all you need to do is reload your Tune Talk number, no further subscription required. Reload RM30 and get 4GB of data added to your account, or reload RM50 and above to get 8GB of data for free.
This promotion is valid starting from today, 16 October 2017 until further notice, and is valid for all existing and new Tune Talk, Tone Excel and Tone Plus subscribers. Reload a minimum of RM30 in a single denomination, and you will get up to 8GB of data for free. The free data in this “Promo Bucket” is valid for 15 days, and is available for local usage only.

To check the status of your free data, just dial *134#. You can reload your Tune Talk number again and get more free data, however, the previous Promo Bucket will be forfeited and a new Promo Bucket will become active. If you have another active data plan, Tune Talk will utilise whichever plan that expires first.
Check out Tune Talk now for more information about its free data promotion.
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Malaysians Spend More Time On Their Phones Than Anyone Else

Counter Point Research (CPR), a market research company, has found that Malaysians spend more time on their smartphones than anyone else across various surveyed countries. This stands in stark contrast with countries like Japan; where one expects them to be glued to their devices all day.
Comparatively, 55% of Malaysians say that they spend more than five hours a day on their mobile devices. A trend that CPR says is prevalent in emerging markets. It’s likely that this also has something to do with chat app being favoured over voice calls in these countries; since typing tends to take up more time.
In comparison, a mature mobile market like Japan showed that 43% of respondents spending less than three hours a day on their smartphones. Then again, that number may be affected by the amount of time spent working.
Increasing smartphone prices also do not appear to be deterring anyone from refreshing their devices. Apart from spending the most time on their smartphones, almost one in four Malaysians are also willing to pay US$ 400 (about RM 1,600) or more for their next smartphone. However, that is extremely low compared to the 53% of respondents from Saudi Arabia and China; and the 51% from Australian and Germany.
CPR pointed out that the growth of Chinese brands around the world has hasten the phone replacement cycle in many markets. It also says that the trend is clearly seen in emerging markets like Malaysia when compared to developed markets.
Lastly, almost 45% of Malaysians are using at least one payment/wallet app for daily transaction. This is consistent with its findings of the rise of digital payment solutions in emerging markets.
For the most part, the study shows a robust global smartphone market. One that is seemingly immune to prices and economic concerns. It’s uncertain how long this trend will last, considering that device refresh cycles are showing to have slowed in developed countries; which could affect smartphone sales as emerging markets race towards a more mature status.
(Source: Counter Point Research )
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OPPO F5 Will Be Arriving In Malaysia Soon

OPPO has confirmed that the OPPO F5 will be heading to the Malaysian market pretty soon. This is after last week’s leak of the phone in the Philippines.
The phone will be marketed under the ‘Selfie Expert’ tagline. It is also the company’s first full-screen, 18:9 ratio smartphone. As a refresher, the preliminary specifications of the OPPO F5 are said to be as follows:

6-inch Full HD+ 18:9 screen
6GB RAM
64GB Onboard Storage
Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor
16MP Front camera
20MP Rear Camera
Rear-mounted fingerprint scanner
4G LTE
4000mAh Battery

OPPO has yet to share when will the launch date be for the F5 here in Malaysia, but reports are saying that the Philippines will be be seeing this phone on 26 October. We assume that Malaysia will be around the same time. More information will be shared once we have it from OPPO Malaysia.
(Source: OPPO Malaysia )
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Western Digital To Use Microwaves To Write Data On Next Generation HDD

Western Digital’s future hard drive will be microwave-powered. Microwave-Assisted Magnetic Recording (MAMR) is expected to allow hard drives with capacities of up to 40TB or more by 2025.
The basic gist of MAMR is that the writing head uses a microwave field to pack more bits of data into the same disk. WD is claiming that it can squeeze 4Tb of data per square inch on the spinner platter with this technology. Significantly, building a MAMR drive uses much of the same infrastructure as a more traditional Heat Assisted Magnetic Recording drive.
Chart from Western Digital on MAMR vs current technology reliability
The technology is even more reliable than today. WD’s own tests shows that the average Time-to-Failure rate for the head is around 100x better than current technology. This translates to better data retention in the hard drives.
WD is confident that it can push storage boundaries with MAMR. Currently the market’s largest 3.5-inch hard drive capacity is 14TB and WD is looking to release the first MAMR drives to the market within the next two years. So be on the look out for these drives on store shelves by 2019 at the earliest.
(Source: Western Digital )
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