Norway gets new national cyber security center

Monday, 13 August 2018

During the autumn, the National Security Authority (NSM) will establish a national cyber security center in Norway.

The news that was first mentioned by Finansavisen releases NSM during Arendalsuka, which begins Monday.

“It has been a process that has been going on for a while. Over time, we have seen that technological development has created a need for powerful collective expertise such as alerting, handling and counseling in connection with cyber attacks, “says Annette Tjaberg, Managing Director of NSM.

Key tasks are to identify, develop and coordinate effective measures tailored to different security needs. The Center will also be better at detecting and managing events and will be responsible for coordinating and handling at national cross-sectoral events

The main deliveries will be aimed at the Armed Forces’ needs, but at the same time they are designed to be reusable in the civil sector, writes newspaper.

The new center is part of the security authority.

Establishment of the center will take place without additional funds. However, NSM has been awarded NOK 497 million from the Ministry of Defense to modernize and implement a significant expansion of the Digital Infrastructure Alert System in the coming years.

Terrorists could exploit 5G network, GCHQ chief warns

Monday 13 august 2018

The roll out of 5G could be hacked by “terrorists and hostile states”, the head of GCHQ has warned. Allowing other forms of new technology, such as artificial intelligence and “the internet of things”, to go ahead unchecked will leave Britain vulnerable to cyber-attacks, Jeremy Fleming said.

He added that China’s lead in 5G technology could pose a security risk to the UK’s vital infrastructure.

Writing in The Sundy Times, Mr Fleming said: “We have entered a new technological age, one that will fundamentally change the way we live, work and interact with each other.

“This new digital landscape will transform lives and economies as data analysis, artificial intelligence, 5G, the internet of things, quantum computing and many other technologies still being developed permeate all areas of human endeavour.”

He said these changes will bring huge benefits to society, including the transformation of healthcare and the creation of energy efficient cities.

“But they also bring risks that, if unchecked, could make us more vulnerable to terrorists, hostile states and serious criminals,” he said.

5G is expected to be a faster and more responsive network, with much greater capacity to meet rocketing demand for mobile video.

Mr Fleming said it is “increasingly likely” that critical technology, such as 5G, will come from China. “We must ensure that processes represent industry best practice so as to avoid real risk to the UK’s CNI [critical national infrastructure],” he said.

“We need to consider early, robust and fair solutions to the global challenge of balancing investment, trade and security.”

His warning comes as mobile operators gear up for 5G battle, as the race to build the new networks gets underway.

EE is planning Britain’s first commercial trial, while its rival Three has said it will use the technology as an opportunity to be more aggressive on pricing.

New Distribution Release: Ubuntu 18.04.1

Mandag 13 august

Adam Conrad has announced the release of new and updated installation media for the Ubuntu distribution and its community editions. The new media carries the version number 18.04.1 and includes security fixes and improvements available to the latest LTS release since 18.04.1 was launched in April 2018. “The Ubuntu team is pleased to announce the release of Ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (Long-Term Support) for its Desktop, Server, and Cloud products, as well as other flavours of Ubuntu with long-term support. As usual, this point release includes many updates, and updated installation media has been provided so that fewer updates will need to be downloaded after installation. These include security updates and corrections for other high-impact bugs, with a focus on maintaining stability and compatibility with Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.

” Further details can be found in the project’s release announcement and the release notes. Download: ubuntu-18.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,862MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), kubuntu-18.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,793MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), lubuntu-18.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,037MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntukylin-18.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,644MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-mate-18.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,914MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), xubuntu-18.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,367MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist), ubuntu-budgie-18.04.1-desktop-amd64.iso (1,536MB, SHA256, signature, torrent, pkglist).

Social media has reached a ceiling

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Facebook’s user growth stagnates, while Twitter and Snap experience userfreight. Social media platforms may have reached the top, believes Norwegian analysts.

There has been a common denominator for the social media platforms on Wall Street, and there is a surge in user growth, says analyst at ABG Sundal Collier, Aksel Ø. Engebakken.

Engebakken predicted earlier this year that you could see user flights from social media already in the second quarter.

This occurred following the stockfall Facebook experienced in March in connection with the Cambridge Analytica case and the fear of regulation of the platforms.

The analyst was correct, because Facebook has reported stagnation and lower growth in the next few months. Twitter and Snap report a decline in the number of users.

Engebakken does not believe that lower confidence in social media can explain the situation.

I think the reason is composed. The companies all have their own reasons, so I think it’s too easy to say that the Cambridge Analytica case is the cause, there are many reasons, he says.

Engebakken follows mainly 14 technology companies on Oslo Børs, but also has an eye on what is happening in the United States.

Social media top level

Engebakken emphasizes that no companies can attract users forever.

“You must remember that these platforms have up to billions of users, so one theory is that you have reached the number of users you can attract,” he says, adding:

“I’m inclined to believe this theory.

– Are there any other companies that can benefit from the user experience of classic social media?

“I think other social platform companies who manage to keep more users’ attention can benefit from Twitter, Facebook and Snap now experiencing. Here is the company behind Tinder, Match Group, a possible example, which delivered strong growth in the second quarter, and saw the stock rise 20 percent.

Analysts in Heritage Capital, Paul Schatz, warned their investors in a note Thursday.

He writes that it is possible that the Facebook stock has seen its highest level for several years, according to Marketwatch.

He says the case that came after the last quarterly report shows that the damage from the privacy concerns will continue.

“A worst-case outcome is that the market is in an early phase of reassessing the company’s value, and that the stock can fall down to $ 149 the next year, following this latest recovery,” explains Schatz.

Buying in Facebook

Odin’s US fund bought up in Facebook in April, and the stock accounts for around three percent of the fund, which has a total assets of 1.3 billion.

Not surprisingly, Facebook was one of the weakest stocks in the portfolio in July.

“When we bought the stock in April, we did not expect the Cambridge Analytica case to affect users, and we do not think what we saw in the second quarter is due to this,” said Portfolio Manager at Odin’s United States Fund Harald Nissen, who in this way agrees ABG analyst Engebakken.

– So you looked at the last case as a buying opportunity?

“Yes, we have bought us a little lately, and the stock now accounts for just over three percent of the fund,” says Nissen.

He says Instagram, which is still growing strongly, was a reassuring factor in the quarterly report.

“Had not Facebook owned Instagram, I think people had been concerned about the competition,” he said.

Nissen says the fund expects to see results of Facebook’s commitment to “stories” in new user growth in three to four months.

NASA sends unique space probe – will try to solve the mysteries of the sun

Saturday, 11 August 2018

Today, NASA sends a spacecraft to the sun in a space mission that has never been attempted.

Saturday morning Eastern Time, just after 09.30 Norwegian time, NASA plans to send up the Parker Solar Probe. It will come closer to the sun than any other spacecraft earlier.

According to AP, the probe has a lightweight heat shield that is only 11 centimeters thick. It can withstand temperatures up to 1370 degrees Celsius in addition to extreme radiation. It is 2.4 meters wide and should face the sun when the probe is sealed on the star to shield the instruments on the back and hold them at 27 degrees Celcius.

The spacecraft will follow a path past Venus and will fly past the hottest planet in our solar system seven times in seven years. It is going to use Venus gravity to shrink its own oval orbit and draw closer to the sun.

The first pass of Venus will take place in October, followed by the first meeting with the Sun’s Korona in November. The nearest Parker will be the sun shall be six million miles away – in 2024 and 2025. It is four percent of the distance between the Earth and the sun of 150 million kilometers.

According to AP, Parker hits the first record as soon as it rounds the sun for the first time. NASA Helios is the vessel that has come closest to the sun before. It reached 43 million kilometers away, in 1976. Parker is also expected to set speed record as it shoots through the corona in 692,000 kilometers an hour.

The yellow dwarf star The sun is still a mystery in many ways. The corona is hundred times warmer than the actual surface of the sun, and confuses the researchers. They also do not know what drives the solar winds. Parker can find the solution to any of these riddles.

According to National Geographic, the sun is almost five billion years old. The shootout has been delayed a couple of times, but now it is scheduled for 03.33 ET Saturday morning.

Today, new Android 9 Pie came

Wednesday 8 2018

New update from Google, at least for a few selected phones.

Today, the new Android update has been made available, but only for some phones.

The new major update Android 9 has been named Android 9 Pie.

The update was announced this spring, at the Google I / O 2018 Developer Conference, and already we got a taste of what new features we could expect.

The Android 9 Pie, as revealed in ours, includes a “Digital Wellbeing” dashboard, which will make us use the phone less.

It also has a new navigation system that uses AR, or Augmentet Reality, and other user interface improvements based on AI, Artificial Intelligence.

Not everything is coming now

The official release will only happen this autumn, Google writes in a blog post. And until then, today’s release will not contain all the features Google announced on Google I / O.

This applies, for example, to the Digital Wellbeing dashboard. Users will still be able to download these in a beta version until the official release of the fall.

Also, the Slice feature, which should be a pun on Pie, will come first this autumn. This allows you to view real-time information from an app inside another app, so you do not have to go back and forth between apps.

Only for selected phones

If you have one of Google’s Pixel phones, you can download the update already now. According to Google, the update will be imminent for phones that participated in Google’s Android 9 Beta program, writes the company in the blog post.

– Devices participating in Sony Mobile, Xiaomi, HMD Global, Oppo, Vivo, OnePlus and Essential beta apps, as well as all eligible Android One devices will receive this update by the end of the fall!

As for other Androids, the company writes that they are working on the matter.

– We’re also working with a host of other partners to launch or upgrade devices for Android 9 this year.

So then it remains to be seen when Samsung, the biggest Android manufacturer, comes on the track. Experienced, it takes a while, so it may soon be 2019 before Samsung users will benefit from the new update.

130 Netflix billion went lost after the result boom

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The streaming giant is heavily punished on the stock exchange after the quarterly figures showed more than one million fewer users than expected: the stock fell ten percent, but recovered again.

Compared to the closing price on Monday, $ 16 billion in stock market was shaved off immediately after opening, equivalent to NOK 130 billion.

The stock price was $ 400.48 when Wall Street closed last night Norwegian time. At half past seven, the stock will recover and fall “only” by 5.68 per cent to $ 377.19 today.

Leave disappointing numbers

Netflix released the results Monday night, then broke its own expectations for new subscribers for the first time in five quarters.

The boom was also not insignificant: FactSet had expected 6.34 new subscribers, while it became 5.15 million subscribers.

According to Reuters, the company has overestimated the growth estimates, but says they are sure of a good long-term growth.

The quarterly report also showed a profit per share of 85 cents and a turnover of $ 3.91 billion. A revenue of $ 3.94 billion was expected in advance.

Plunges on the stock exchange

Since Wall Street opened half past four Norwegian time, the stock price fell by almost 5.68 percent. At the most, it was down 13 percent.

The German big bank Deutsche Bank downgraded Netflix from “buy” to “team” today, but says the long-term picture for the company has not changed.

“Lower subscription growth is not so central, but requires an evaluation of value and price of the stock,” the bank writes in an analysis note, reproduced by CNBC news channel.

Analysts from KeyBac Capital Markets also report, according to the MarketWatch economic site, that their long-term prospects are unchanged after publication of subscriber numbers.

– We continue to recommend to own Netflix, writes analysts.

The actual market value is $ 158 billion, down from $ 174 billion yesterday.

Investment companies Blackrock and Vanguard are among the company’s largest shareholders, who now have to see the price fall. The oil fund holds 0.77 percent of the shares in Netflix.

However, the share has increased by 268.94 per cent over the last two years.

Betting heavily on original content

Netflix focuses on original content in several languages, as well as ensuring a solid foothold internationally.

– Videos on the internet are growing globally, and we’re lucky enough to be one of the leaders in the industry, Netflix writes in its quarterly report.

“We think it is a big appetite for consumers for a wide content, and that there is room for more players to have good market shares. Our strategy is to only improve us, something we have done every single year.

Content Manager Ted Sarandos said, according to the newspaper Dagens Næringsliv, that Netflix will use more of its budget billionaires on Norwegian streaming viewers.

“There will be heavier investments from us in Norway. It’s a very important market for us and one of the first markets we established. I think we just have not found the right idea to work on, “said Sarandos.

According to the newspaper The Street, the company’s top manager, Reed Hastings, sees tough competition in the streaming market.

“There is a lot of new competition associated with Disney coming into the market, HBO gets external funding and that several different French media now go together.

“Everything is normal and expected,” said the chief executive.

My comment about it is:

In just a few years Netflix has established itself as a major power company. They now have their own content now as movies and series. The problem is it costs a lot of money a year to be included. I can not afford all popular services so I miss this. Fortunately, the content of pages I can download is coming.

But 1668.- NOK per Year on Premium is too much Even the next election is at 1300.- NOK per. year. Then comes the TV license as well. Therefore, I think that such a player should have been lower priced, much lower on premium content,

This way the hackers can trick you this summer

Monday 9 July 2018

One in three Norwegians do not think about which networks they connect to abroad. The almost ruthless mobile use on holiday can make for many Norwegians ending with a holiday merit.

Kantar TNS has completed the Great Travel Survey 2018 on behalf of European Travel Insurance, and the result could be better: One in three Norwegians admits that they are little aware of which computer networks they connect to abroad.

Especially the adventurous ones are the most hopeless in the class: Four out of ten on the theme and adventure holiday say they are little aware of the network they use abroad. The age group 60-67 years is, on the one hand, those who use the most sense when it comes to data security.

“The access to free wireless networks is almost as important for Norwegians as having water in the crane, so it’s wise to know a bit about publicly available wifi before you leave,” says communications adviser Sigmund Clementz in If and European Travel Insurance in a press release.

The children are at risk

Last year, Telenor reported record growth of 44 percent in data usage in July. But unscrupulous mobile use on holiday may end with a nightmare for many Norwegians. Nordpost in Kaspersky Lab, Leif Jensen, warns holidaymakers Norwegians to act naively.

“When everyone in the family goes online, there is definitely a risk that you may be exposed to data attacks via the mobile phone. In particular, the children’s phones should be aware of the adults and what networks they connect to when the data packet is emptied, says Jensen.

If you run out of data and need to log on to a local WiFi network, Jensen recommends that you take the following precautions:

Cybercrises engineer Peter Granlund in If says that wireless networks offer security challenges as they are easy to monitor.

“The risk with open WiFi is that you never know who is connected and, at worst, cuts your data traffic,” says Granlund, before continuing:

“Most major services on the Internet today use encryption to protect login and the following data traffic, but if you log in to a service that does not use it, the spying on the network can see username and password in plain text.

Easy to set up a fake router

Everyday, Peter Granlund is working to provide security advice and prevent data crime against companies and industrial companies that have so-called cyber insurance.

The security expert says it’s easy to set up a wireless router with the same name as a known network, such as “Airport WiFi”.

– Your devices can then automatically connect if the signal is stronger. Then, who controls the router can see which webpages you visit – and at worst, trick you into a fake page that claims to be the original. There you can be unregistered login information or allow the attacker access to your data. And everything can happen without notice, “explains Granlund.

American intelligence warns against Chinese mobile manufacturers

Monday 9 July 2018

According to The Verge website, six different US intelligence organizations now deny their residents to buy products and services from the Chinese phone giants Huawei and ZTE.

It is CNBC who reports that the recommendation to avoid products from Chinese technology producers came under discussion with the Senate Committee on Intelligence in the Senate Tuesday. The committee consists, inter alia, of the directors of the FBI, CIA and NSA. During the hearing, FBI chief Chris Wray has stated that “they are deeply concerned about the increasing risk of companies associated with foreign governments who do not share American values, gaining power within our telecommunications network.”

Wray added that such power could allow foreign governments to exert pressure or gain control over the entire US telecommunications network. The FBI is concerned about how such a power position could make it easier to steal information or perform espionage in the United States.

According to The Verge, the US authorities’ concern about Huawei is not something new. The technology giant’s founder is an engineer with the past of the Chinese military, and some American politicians believe the company “in practice is an extended branch of Chinese authorities”. In 2014, skepticism led Huawei to ban bidding on government contracts in the United States.

Struggles in the United States

The Chinese mobile manufacturer has long struggled to break into the US market, much because of the authorities’ skepticism with the company. In January, Huawei had plans to launch the top 10 Mate 10 in the United States through the AT & T telecom company, but immediately before its launch, the American company pulled out of the deal. Should we believe American media, AT & T was exposed to a strong political pressure.

The Verge writes that it is now about introducing a law prohibiting state employees from using Huawei and ZTE products.

During the same hearing on Tuesday, Senator and Head of Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, said they were concerned about China.

“My biggest concern today is China and especially Chinese telecommunications manufacturers, such as Huawei and ZTE. These assume strong ties with Chinese authorities, Burr said.

“Do not recognize us”

Huawei poses outsiders to the warning of intelligence services and US politicians. Huawei’s Norwegian press office writes this to Page3 in an email.

«Huawei is aware of US government measures that appear to be aimed at preventing Huawei’s entry into the US market. Authorities and consumers in more than 170 countries today rely on Huawei and we represent no greater security risk than other telecommunications companies, especially as we globally share both production and delivery services. “

Despite a slight downturn in the US market, Huawei is now number two in the list of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturers. Only Korean Samsung is bigger.

The Wall Street Journal: Google allows developers to read your email

Wednesday 4 July 2018

Google has let hundreds of developers get full access to the email on their Gmail account to users, viewing a review from The Wall Street Journal. Developers can read through each email uncensored.

Open to developers. Google lets developers get full access to users Gmail inbox. Here, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google, talks about Gmail at a conference on May 8 this year.

A year ago, Google promised that they should stop using their computers to scan emails looking for information to personalize ads. This motivated users to “… continue to make sure Google will maintain privacy and security as top priority.”

Still, they still allow hundreds of software developers to gain access to Gmail inboxes. A survey conducted by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) shows that Google does little to ensure that developers are using the data safely. It also varies whether there are computers that scan the emails and summarize the results, or whether there are actual people reading through.

Gather data through third party apps

There are a variety of apps that you can connect to your Gmail account. The apps analyze the inbox and, for example, offer auto price comparison on shopping, or generate travel plans based on emails from travel agencies, airlines, and rental companies.

Many of the apps also collect other data from your inbox, used by developers and marketers to customize which ads you see, according to WSJ.

Have you gotten? Facebook has also worn third parties to collect data illegally.

According to the newspaper, Return Path is one of the companies that has obtained information in this way. They are partners with a variety of apps.

In addition to computers reading through the e-mail, Return Path two years ago asked employees to read 8,000 unsensored emails that were not anonymized. The company claims that this was done to educate the software to extract information on its own.

Thede Loder is former development manager of Edatasource, the competitor of Return Path. He tells WSJ that the normal practice in the industry to let employees read through e-mail.

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