Kaspersky Lab presented the cybersecurity risks that can result from Balkanisation in cyberspace: — the fragmentation of the world wide web, as it launches its 4th Asia Pacific (APAC) Cyber Security Weekend in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Held annually, this year’s conference saw key cybersecurity issues presented by the company’s top researchers and executives to an audience of journalists from 11 countries across the region. The four-day event, with the theme of “Balkanisation: Security Should Not Be in Isolation” will highlight the possible perils of de-globalisation of the internet, alongside an overview of cyberthreats involving countries in Asia.
“Echoing the warning of our CEO, Eugene Kaspersky, we can clearly see that the utopia of a borderless digital global village is coming to an end. With different countries building their local web fences, the initially free internet is turning into divided and independent patches of online states, which may benefit individual countries to some extent, but will surely be an ace card for criminals aiming to unleash worldwide cyberthreats,” said Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab APAC, Stephan Neumeier.
To provide comprehensive insights into the current state of cyber security in APAC, three elite cybersecurity experts from Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) put the spotlight on the most important online attacks monitored in the region.
Top billing at this year’s conference goes to Kaspersky Lab’s Director of GReAT in APAC, Vitaly Kamluk, who demystified the future of the internet based on his 13 years’ experience in analyzing malware and the current laws and trends that transform the cyber security landscape around the world.
“The volume of new malware we detect daily has been increasing year-on-year in number, in sophistication, and in reach. The future of the internet is fragile and, as nations scramble to beef up their defenses, we’re giving birth to Balkanisation. However, fragmentation is not the armor we need to face the menace of the internet of tomorrow. Remember, a divided world is easier to conquer. We need cooperation, collaboration, and mutual trust to effectively thwart these cybercriminals who do acknowledge neither geopolitics nor borders,” warned Kamluk.
Kaspersky Lab founder and CEO, Eugene Kaspersky noted in an article how countries like Brazil and Germany are considering, or may have already kicked off their independent sectors of the internet which involve building parallel networks, isolated from the internet, for highly confidential communication exchanges.
Aside from this, several countries are also crafting policies requiring global tech giants like Google and Facebook to shift their data centers to local locations to curb foreign spying and overseas data intrusions.
Kaspersky emphasized that Balkanisation and the advent of protectionism being displayed by nations around the world will benefit no one but the cybercriminals.
In addition to the important debate on the future of the internet, Kaspersky Lab’s Korea-based senior security researcher, Seongsu Park, tackled the sophisticated and infamous online adversary of APAC countries: the Lazarus group. Park zeroed in on the operations of this notorious, Korean-speaking advanced persistent threat (APT) which has launched fake supply chain attacks in delivering malware to Windows and even MacOS devices.
Suguru Ishimaru, security researcher in Kaspersky Lab’s GReAT, shared the methods used to analyse Android malware and will reveal the recent activities of the mobile malware dubbed as Roaming Mantis. This money-motivated attacker was able to successfully infect Android smartphones in South Korea, Bangladesh, and Japan through DNS hijacking earlier this year.
To highlight Kaspersky Lab’s latest action towards trustworthiness and honesty in the cyber security industry, Anton Shingarev, Vice President of Public Affairs and Head of the CEO office at Kaspersky Lab provided in detail the company’s Global Transparency Initiative during the summit.
Alongside the company’s top cybersecurity researchers, Kaspersky Lab executives Neumeier and Alejandro Arango, Global Director for Corporate Communication, also graced the event.
Windows 11 Update Coming to These ASUS Laptops
ASUS announced that it is partnering with Microsoft to ensure users of new and existing ASUS PCs are primed for the launch of Windows 11 after it is available.
As an internationally-respected and trusted manufacturer of Windows PCs, ASUS is proud to be a leading proponent of Windows 11 — the forthcoming latest version of the world’s most popular operating system. In preparation for this exciting launch, ASUS is readying a raft of new and existing devices for a free upgrade to Windows 11.
From today, all newly-purchased ASUS Windows 10 devices that are featured on our upgrade list, along with many existing eligible ASUS Windows 10 devices, will qualify for an upgrade after Windows 11 is released. As an example, both existing users and new purchasers of Zenbook Pro Duo 15 OLED (UX582), Zenbook Duo 14 (UX482), Zenbook Flip 13 OLED (UX363) and Zenbook 13 OLED (UX325) models will all be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 11 — so prospective buyers can buy today safe in the knowledge that a free upgrade is just around the corner.
Hundreds of other ASUS models that shipped with Windows 10 will also qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 11, including ProArt Studiobook, Zenbook and Vivobook laptops, ROG Strix, ROG Zephyrus and ROG Flow gaming laptops and TUF Gaming laptops and desktops. Many ExpertBook laptops and ExpertCenter desktops will also be eligible, along with many Zen AiO and Vivo AiO models and ASUS Mini PCs.
Windows 11: Get a fresh perspective
With the upcoming launch of Windows 11, Microsoft is set to introduce a new Windows experience that will bring users closer to the people and things they love. For more information on Windows 11, go to the Windows blog.
Prepare to upgrade: Simple steps to ready ASUS PCs for the new operating system
Windows 11 isn’t here yet, but it will be coming later this year. We know that users of ASUS devices will be excited by this prospect, and would wish to prepare for its arrival. There are a number of things owners can do in order to get ready.
- See if a PC can upgrade
Use the PC Health Check app to see if an existing PC meets the requirements to run Windows 11. If so, it is possible to get a free upgrade after it starts to roll out.
- Shop for a new PC
Need a new PC now? Great! ASUS has an extensive range of Windows 10 PCs that can upgrade for free after Windows 11 rolls out.
- Perform a PC backup
It’s so much easier to transfer to a new PC when files and photos from a current PC are backed up to OneDrive.
VingaJoy GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker Launched in India
VingaJoy has announced the launch of its all new GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker, priced at Rs 2,999. The speaker comes with an elegant design and premium look and also offers USB playing for ease. It is a compact and lightweight bluetooth speaker and thus is ideal to be carried along. Designed for music lovers, VingaJoy GVT-298 is a real treat with a powerful combination of crystal-clear highquality sound and long-lasting battery life. The speaker is available in 3 different colours so that you can pick the one that suits your requirement.
This new speaker comes with the latest Bluetooth feature V5.0 and the device can be connected to bluetooth devices within 11 metres of range. It is backed by a 1200 mAh battery which is rechargeable and delivers up to 5 hours of music playing. It is compatible and can easily be paired with iPhone, Android devices, and laptops as well. This speaker has multiple pairing mode options, such as FM Radio/Aux/TF Function and USP playing. The Junior Tower VingaJoy Bluetooth Speaker is a hassle-free companion for your parties or leisure time.
Commenting on the launch, Mr. Lalit Arora, Co-Founder, VingaJoy said, “We are extremely happy to expand our Bluetooth Speaker portfolio with the launch of our Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker. It is specially designed keeping in mind the music requirements of the millennial. The Bluetooth Speaker looks good, sounds great and is enriched with features that suit the expectations of our customers.”
Available with 6 months’ warranty, VingaJoy GVT-298 Junior Tower Bluetooth Speaker will be available at your nearest retail store as well as online platforms.
iQOO to Launch the iQOO 7 Series in India Soon
iQOO announced to extend partnership with BMW M Motorsport. iQOO became premium partner of BMW M Motorsport in 2020. It is a true testament of how both the brands aim to offer ultra-performance & speed. Inspired by track spirt, iQOO launches iQOO 7 Legend. The flagship device under iQOO 7 Series will feature the iconic tri-color racing stripes, engraved with the slogan “Fascination Meets Innovation”.
Staying true to its brand philosophy, “I Quest On and On”, iQOO hopes to bring the joy of adventure to users through technology. By focusing on delivering unmatched performance and unique experiences, iQOO aims to empower a generation of challengers to break through boundaries and exploring new possibilities. BMW M Motorsport on the other hand represents the ultimate pursuit of speed and performance, which coincides with iQOO’s brand concept. The sponsoring partnership aims to offer ultra-fast technology and high-performance experience to young and tech-savvy customers.
Commenting on the partnership, Gagan Arora, Director-Marketing – iQOO said, “As a brand, we greatly resonate with what BMW M Motorsport stands for which is an unparalleled passion to bring unprecedented monster performance for our consumers. With this, we aim to fulfil the ever-growing need of consumers for the ultimate speed and consistent performance.”
He further added, “We are thrilled to bring the upcoming iQOO 7 Series, iQOO 7 Legend has been created to deliver a unique experience to next-gen consumers who are naturally inclined towards superior performance. Powered by top-notch gaming and photography capabilities, the upcoming devices from the iQOO 7 series – iQOO 7 Legend and iQOO 7 will fit with the fast-paced lifestyle of modern youth.”
The two-year premium partner sponsorship started in 2020, with the iQOO BMW M4 DTM participation in the spectacular 2020 DTM season. This year, iQOO sponsored car will compete in the 2021 24H Nürburgring race in June.
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