Facebook scammers host Trojan horse extensions on Chrome Web Store

Facebook scammers host Trojan horse extensions on Chrome Web Store

Cybercriminals are uploading malicious Chrome browser extensions to the official Chrome Web Store and use them to hijack Facebook accounts, according to security researchers from Kaspersky Lab.

The rogue extensions are advertised on Facebook by scammers and claim to allow changing the color of profile pages, tracking profile visitors or even removing social media viruses, said Kaspersky Lab expert Fabio Assolini in a blog post on Friday.

Assolini has recently observed an increase in the number of Facebook scams that use malicious Chrome extensions and originate in Brazil.

Once installed in the browser, these extensions give attackers complete control over the victim’s Facebook account and can be used to spam their friends or to Like pages without authorization.

In one case, a rogue extension masqueraded as Adobe Flash Player and was hosted on the official Chrome Web Store, Assolini said. By the time it was identified, it had already been installed by 923 users.

“We reported this malicious extension to Google and they removed it quickly,” Assolini said. “But we noted the bad guys behind this malicious scheme are uploading new extensions regularly, in a cat and mouse game.”

Uploading multiple rogue extensions on the Chrome Web Store and running several Facebook spam campaigns to advertise them allows attackers to quickly compromise thousands of accounts.

The accounts are then used to earn scammers money by Liking particular pages. The people behind these campaigns sell packages of 1, 10, 50 or 100 thousand Likes to companies who wish to gain visibility on Facebook.

The use of Trojan horse browser extensions to hijack accounts is not new, nor is the method specific to Google Chrome. However, it has several advantages over other techniques. For one, users are more likely to trust an extension distributed from the official Chrome Web Store for Chrome, or Mozilla’s add-on repository for Firefox, than a clickjacking or phishing page. Few users are aware that browser extensions can intercept everything they do through the browser.

Security compromises based on rogue browser extensions are also more persistent than those based on password theft or other methods, because these extensions can piggyback on active sessions to perform unauthorized actions even if the account owners change their passwords or enable two-factor authentication.

“Think twice before installing a Google Chrome extension,” Assolini said.

GTA Online Trading Places mode to get 3 new maps | Grand Theft Auto Online

GTA Online Trading Places mode to get 3 new maps | Grand Theft Auto Online

The new maps for GTA Online will include discounts available until June 20.

Rockstar Games has added three new maps to the Trading Places mode in Grand Theft Auto Online. The new mode was included in the “Further Adventure in Finance and Felony” content, which came out last week.

The new maps included in the mode are Little Seoul in Trading Places 4, Lost Club House in Grapeseed in Trading Places 5, and Harmony Place Construction Site in Trading Places 6.

With the maps, new discounts are available — like 50% off of bulletproof tires, or 25% off of car armor and Annihilator Helicopters. Secret weapons and ammo will also be reduced in price. Along with these discounts, other limited-time unlocks, like the smoking jacket and pajama set, will be available until June 20.

In the dynamic and open world of GTA Online, players can create and develop a unique character from scratch by customizing their look, improving their stats and owning customized cars. As GTA Online continues to expand and evolve with a constant stream of new content, it is closely becoming the first ever persistent and dynamic GTA game world.  

Next iPhone rumours: New report backs up analyst’s claims that ‘iPhone 5S production begins this month’

Next iPhone rumours: New report backs up analyst’s claims that ‘iPhone 5S production begins this month’

This week, Jefferies analyst Peter Misek has said that Apple is set to begin mass production of its next generation iPhone this month, ahead of an autumn launch. Now, further reports have backed up the analyst’s claims, citing Apple insiders who are familiar with the company’s plans.

The Wall Street Journal’s All Things D claims that “sources familiar with the company’s plans” have agreed that Apple’s manufacturing partners will soon begin production of a new iPhone, dubbed iPhone 5S or iPhone 6.

Misek also suggested that the rumoured low-cost iPhone is already in production, but All Things D’s sources didn’t provide any feedback about that claim.

Despite these reports, the Commercial Times (via Bloomberg) has suggested that Apple will delay the launch of the next iPhone until the end of the year, rather than the September/October timeframe Misek has predicted, due to the introduction of a 4.3in screen.

See: Should I buy an iPhone 5 or wait for iPhone 5S, iPhone 6?

We’re not convinced that Apple will be making the iPhone 5’s screen bigger, though. It’s widely expected that the next iPhone will look almost identical to the iPhone 5, with internal improvements acting as the main selling point for the new smartphone.

Additionally, another report this week, this time from DigiTimes, claims that the next iPhone could be delayed due to poor yield rates of the rumoured fingerprint sensor.

See also:

Forget iPhone 6: iOS 7 is what will transform your user experience

New iPhone launching soon? Apple asks own staff for sales ideas

New iPad 5 release date, rumours and leaked images

Watch Live Streaming of PS4 Japan Launch Event Now

Watch Live Streaming of PS4 Japan Launch Event Now

In just few hours time Playstation 4 will launch in Japan (the hometown of Sony). To celebrate this special ocassion, Sony Japan is holding a special event at Sony Building in the Ginza District of Tokyo

PS4This event will be streamed live and we have it covered for you, you will be able to watch it live below, it will being exactly at 1:30 PM GMT in the UK and 8:30 AM EST in the US.

Some big names from gaming industry will be attending the event, Andrew House, Hiroshi Kawano, Shuhei Yoshida, Hideo Kojima, Shinji Hashimoto, Naoki Yoshida and Toshiro Nagoshi.

Live streaming video by Ustream

Palm virus detected

Palm virus detected

A virus affecting the Palm operating system has been identified, although it’s not considered an immediate threat.

Various security vendors are already offering patches and protection.

The virus, called PalmOS/Phage, is capable of spreading from one Palm application or device to another if infected files are shared via infrared beaming or installed via a docking station, according to reports.

If a Palm file is infected, the screen will briefly appear blank. The virus then appears to leave without doing any harm. The virus then seeks to infect all other programs in the system.

To restore infected devices, users are urged to set all HotSync conduits to “Desktop overwrites Handheld” and synchronize with the Palm desktop.

First Assassin’s Creed Syndicate PS4 Info Out: "Features Gangs, Brass Knuckles, Gauntlets Rope Launcher & More"

First Assassin’s Creed Syndicate PS4 Info Out: “Features Gangs, Brass Knuckles, Gauntlets Rope Launcher & More”

Ubisoft has formally announced the following installment in Assassin’s Creed franchise, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate. It’ll launch in October 23, 2015 for PC, Ps 4 and Xbox One. The sport will feature new protagonists “Jacob and Evie Fyre” and it is occur London around 1968.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate

As reported by the details shared by Ubisoft, Assassin’s Creed Syndicate happens in grimy and pretty bleak London and puts players in to the seedy underworld of crime that many people still affiliate the famous city for.

Assassin's Creed Syndicate

The debut trailer for Assassin’s Creed Syndicate can also be out, you are able to check out it below. A few of the interesting new details discovered in the trailer shows up below.

Curved Blade known as Kukri for players who love closed quarted combat

For individuals who love distance kills and finishers, there’s revolved.

Brass knuckles, Gauntlets rope launcher, bare knuckle boxing.

Players can ride carraiges.

Did we lose out something in the trailer? Inform us within the comment section below.

Apple jumps to a 5K display with the new iMac

Apple jumps to a 5K display with the new iMac

The sixth paragraph of the story “Apple jumps to a 5K display with the new iMac,” posted to the wire on Thursday, implied that the thickness of the 27-inch iMac with Retina 5K Display is uniform. The iMac is only 5 millimeters thick at the edges.

The story has been updated on the wire and sixth paragraph now reads:

The new iMac has highly power-efficient LEDs and is 5 millimeters thick at the edges of the screen, Schiller said. The processor, power supply and other components are housed in a much thicker bulge in the center at the back, as in previous models.

Agam Shah covers PCs, tablets, servers, chips and semiconductors for IDG News Service. Follow Agam on Twitter at @agamsh. Agam’s e-mail address is [email protected]

Valkyria Chronicles 3 Demo Out in November

Valkyria Chronicles 3 Demo Out in November

A bit more details about Valkyria Chronicles 3 demo has been revealed by Famitsu. Famitsu confirms that Valkyria Chronicles 3 demo which fans have been eargely waiting for will be coming out next month in Japan.

Valkyria Chronicles 3

The game was showcase at last month Tokyo Game Show and it is said that the demo will also features all those elements which weren’t their at TGS. No exact release date was given but it is expected to be announce soon in coming days.

Valkyria Chronicles 3 slated to release in Japan on 27 January.

European ministers promise data retention agreement

European ministers promise data retention agreement

European Union home affairs ministers have promised that in October they will agree on a set of Europe-wide rules requiring companies to store phone call and email data.

The pledge was made at an emergency meeting of ministers in Brussels on Wednesday in response to the bombings in London last week which killed over 50 people.

The data rules, which have been under discussion by ministers since April last year, are highly controversial because of fears that they would infringe data privacy rules and impose excessive costs on industry.

Privacy or life?

But France’s interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday dismissed objections that the cost of the rules would be too high: “What would cost us dear would be to have innocent victims,” he said. He said that telephone records had played an important part in identifying and arresting terrorist suspects in the UK, France, Spain and Germany.

The commitment to agree on the rules in October came as part of a wide-ranging package of measures which EU ministers want to decide as soon as possible in their efforts to increase European cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

“There is a determination on the part of all countries that we cannot delay in getting this right,” said Charles Clarke, UK Home Secretary, who was chairing the meeting.

What it means

The rules will require fixed and mobile telephone operators, ISPs (Internet service providers) and SMS (short messaging service) providers to keep data for at least a year with a possible maximum of three years. Only traffic data such as the time, duration and destination of calls would be kept, not the content of communications.

Law enforcement agencies in any of the EU’s 25 member states would be able to consult the records under the “principle of availability”.

Rights, liberties and security balance sought

To address concerns about infringements of personal privacy, the European Commission, which proposes draft legislation, said it would present rules on data protection in September to accompany the rules on data retention. EU Justice Commissioner Franco Frattini said it was important to “keep a balanced approach between fundamental rights and liberties and security.”

However, members of the European Parliament, have warned that the rules are unnecessary and that police and intelligence services would obtain the data they needed though other means, without the risk that people’s civil rights could be infringed.

UK Liberal Democrat MEP Sarah Ludford, said that the “investigation of the London as well as the Madrid bombings could be done on the basis of records already kept for several months for billing purposes, with targeted ‘freezing orders’ for suspects’ communications.”

At Wednesday’s meeting, ministers also pledged to agree on a range of additional measures designed to help in the fight against terrorism including a promise to speed up the introduction of biometrics (including facial recognition and digital fingerprint storage) in visas.

Destiny Patch Available For Download Now, Official Changelog Revealed, Details New Features and Fixes

Destiny Patch Available For Download Now, Official Changelog Revealed, Details New Features and Fixes

Earlier today Bungie promised to released Destiny Hotfix across all platforms. The studio has fulfilled their promise and has just released Destiny Hotfix along with list of changes and new features that are coming with it, in simple term “Patch Note/Changelog”. Destiny Hotfix is now available for download worldwide.


Here is the full changelog of Destiny Hotfix


Fixed an issue where “Packing Heat” achievement/trophy could not be unlocked by newly acquired Exotic weapons
Fixed an issue where Husk of the Pit drops were disabled
Drop rates for the Husk of the Pit from Blades of Crota have been increased by 150%


Updated the House of Wolves Control playlist to include the following maps with a lower weight in the rotation:

Rusted Lands
Shores of Time
Exodus Blue (Sony)

Updated the House of Wolves Clash playlist to include the following maps with a lower weight in the rotation:

Firebase Delphi
Twilight Gap
Blind Watch
Exodus Blue (Sony)

Inferno and Doubles playlists now have different tuning values for ammo crates

Special Ammo initial spawn time and respawn intervals have been changed to 180 seconds
Max of three Special Ammo crates will now be placed at one time *Heavy Ammo crates now spawn only once per match at 300 seconds


Tess Everis is temporarily leaving the Tower
A Kiosk terminal can be found near Eva Levante in North Tower that contains Tess’ old inventory of special order items
The Nepal Aid shader and emblem have been added to the game
Redemption codes will soon be sent to the email used to place orders in the Bungie Store
These items will be found at the kiosk mentioned above


Fixed a potential crash when closing the vendor screen
Fixed a very rare case where an account could blocked by a WEASEL error on sign on
Fixed issues with suspend/resume handling on Xbox One