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GigaRefurb - Tech News

  • DoubleAgent Exploit Uses Microsoft Verifier Tool And Your Antivirus App To Hijack Your PC

    Security researchers at Cybellum, a PC security firm in Tel Aviv, Israel, have discovered a rather nasty new zero-day attack that allows remote attackers to hijack popular antivirus programs and turn them into malicious agents. The technique is called DoubleAgent, named after the fact that a compromised antivirus agent might...
  • Nintendo Sought Cyanogen OS Android Fork For Switch Console, But Was Rudely Rebuked

    Somewhere in a parallel universe, Nintendo's hybrid Switch console is running a custom version of Cyanogen OS, the now discontinued open-source operating system that has been forked into LineageOS. In this parallel universe, the OS lives on as founder Steve Kondik and and former CEO Kirk McMaster laugh about how...
  • Two major US technology firms 'tricked out of $100m'

    A Lithuanian man has been charged with tricking two US technology firms into wiring him $100m (£80.3m) through an email phishing scam. Posing as an Asian-based manufacturer, Evaldas Rimasauskas tricked staff into transferring money into bank accounts under his control, US officials said. The companies were not named but were...
  • Amazon Alexa Awakens On Huawei Mate 9 Android Smartphones Via OTA Update

    Back in early January, Huawei released the Mate 9 smartphone in the United States with a price tag of $599. To some, the Mate 9 came with unremarkable specs including a 5.9-inch 1080p display and a 2.4GHz Kirin 960 octa-core SoC with 4GB of RAM. However, the feature that arguably...
  • Hackers Threaten To Remote Wipe 300M iPhones Unless Apple Pays 71 Bitcoin Ransom

    Bitcoin seems to be the currency of choice when it comes to demanding ransoms, and that is because culprits demanding payment can hide behind a pseudonym (Bitcoin itself is not actually anonymous). So it is no surprise that a hacking organization has instructed Apple to fork over a Bitcoin ransom...
  • Acer Spin 7 review

    Acer has been attempting to raise its profile as a maker of prosumer and business-grade hardware in recent years, with a series of notebooks aiming to take on higher-priced devices like the MacBook and XPS ranges. After reviewing Acer's surprisingly good Swift 3 notebook, we were expecting big things from...
  • 'Sex assault' streamed on Facebook Live

    The alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl by five or six males was streamed on Facebook Live, according to Chicago Police. Around 40 people were said to have been watching the stream at one point but nobody reported the incident to police. A police spokesman said authorities first learned...
  • Spear-phishing scammer demanded sex show

    Six weeks ago, a young woman called Zed (not her real name) was in a meeting at work when a message popped up on Facebook Messenger from a distant friend. "Hey babe," it began. The friend asked Zed to vote for her in an online modelling competition, which she agreed...
  • UK flight ban on electronic devices announced

    The British government has announced a cabin baggage ban on laptops on direct passenger flights to the UK from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia. The ban, which also applies to tablets and DVD players, follows a similar US move affecting eight countries. Downing Street said it followed...
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Benchmark First Look, A Mobile Powerhouse Emerges

    Based on its features and power consumption, Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 835 SoC (or Mobile Platform, as Qualcomm is referring to it now) was already looking like a notable improvement over the Snapdragon 820 and 821. The Snapdragon 835 is expected to provide up to 11 hours of 4K video playback and...

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