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Bitdefender Labs Launches Election Security Central to Track Cybersecurity and Information Warfare on Voters

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Bitdefender Shares Real-time Intelligence to Demonstrate Spam, Fake News and Attacks Delivering Cybercrime and Undermining Democracy

Bitdefender, a leading global cybersecurity company protecting over 500 million systems worldwide, continues to innovate for the good of Internet users everywhere, by delivering the industry’s first public website to share real-time, combined threat and information warfare intelligence, and report detected election security incidents.

Election Security Central Offers:

  • A dashboard that tracks and displays real-time spam and malware attacks per second with aggregate totals over the past 24 hours.
  • A view into real-time trends such as the most attacked states, most active election Internet searches, and information on which tactics fraudsters appear to be using to deceive voters.
  • “Daily Reports” that highlight the security/info warfare incidents detected in the past 24 hours. See below the most recent incidents reported.

The Bitdefender Labs new monitoring and reporting capabilities are able to detect possible criminal attacks disguised within high traffic times like this US election season, attempting to deliver malware like ransomware for financial gain. Or more importantly, they are able to flag anomalies that may indicate bad actors intent on deceiving voters, undermining confidence or even preparing an attack on the election infrastructure itself.

Unfortunately, in the digital age, information warfare tactics give bad actors the advantage to automate and anonymously reach, influence and confuse an entire population of Internet users and voters. And they are succeeding by using attack vectors that traditional security monitoring tools have a difficult time detecting.

“The security industry has been focused on offering products and education to help defend against cybercrime tactics like social engineering, spoofs and spam. But to combat information warfare, we need to better understand how people today are engaging each other and consuming information using technology,” said Monika Goldberg, Bitdefender Vice President and Editor-in-Chief. “Information warfare isn’t easy to solve, but we believe our Election Security Central site will make an impact and take us a step forward.”

Recent Election Security Incidents:

To experience Election Security Central for yourself, request a free security software subscription for political candidates and campaigns, or to catch up on recent major announcements like the new Bitdefender decryptor for GandCrab ransomware, visit www.labs.bitdefender.com.

Editor - With a passion photo photography, webdesign and content, it made sense for me to also integrate news editing and press release publishing. I am also passionate about the car industry, so you will surely find some exciting news reporting from my side about the automotive industry.

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STXsurreal Debuts ‘THE LIMIT,’ A Blockbuster VR Film From Director Robert Rodriguez

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Available Today as an App Across Major VR Platforms Including Oculus, Steam, Samsung VR, Viveport, Google Daydream, Google Play, Apple iOS

STXsurreal, the VR studio for Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment, today announced the launch of THE LIMIT, a first-of-its kind immersive cinema experience from visionary filmmaker Robert Rodriguez, starring Michelle Rodriguez and featuring Norman Reedus. The most widely distributed paid VR film to-date, THE LIMIT is a lean-back experience captured in an all-new cinematic VR format, wider than 180 degrees, that bridges the gap between large-format movies and 360-degree video. With THE LIMIT, STXsurreal has created an entirely new storytelling category by making the viewer a character in a high-octane, 20-minute action movie. The VR studio also partnered with Academy Award-winning visual effects company DNEG to offer audiences unprecedented production value.

“The launch of THE LIMIT is a watershed moment in VR, and gives fans of premium scripted entertainment a compelling reason to put their headsets back on,” said Andy Vick and Rick Rey, co-presidents of Virtual Reality & Immersive Entertainment at STXsurreal. “In keeping with STX’s talent-driven model, we enlisted Robert, Michelle and Norman, who collectively have millions of passionate fans across the globe, to break new ground and bring this category-busting cinematic VR film to life.”

In THE LIMIT, you, the viewer, play a rogue agent with a mysterious past who enlists the help of enhanced super-assassin M-13 (Michelle Rodriguez) to retrieve your identity and strike against the deadly organization that created you.

THE LIMIT represents the first in a series of live-action, immersive cinematic experiences from STXsurreal. The VR studio currently has several other projects in development, including a Jay and Silent Bob project from writer and director Kevin Smith, a crime-thriller from director Christian Gudegast, an untitled Dave Bautista action-comedy, and an underwater Sci-fi-thriller from Johannes Roberts.

Robert Rodriguez will participate in a fireside chat on the Oculus Venues live event platform on Friday, November 23 to discuss THE LIMIT and show clips from the groundbreaking VR film. Audiences can tune-in on Oculus Go and Gear VR.

To learn more and download THE LIMIT visit thelimitvr.com.

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LG Debuts Smart Display Speaker With The Google Assistant

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High-Performance Home Entertainment Hub Delivers Visual Artificial Intelligence With the Google Assistant, Meridian Audio, 8-inch Screen

LG Electronics USA has launched an innovative new AI Smart Display with the Google Assistant combined with unparalleled sound quality from Meridian Audio to create a powerful and beautifully designed smart home device. The LG XBOOM AI ThinQ model WK9 is available now at U.S. retailers at a suggested price of $299 with special Black Friday pricing of $199 currently in effect.

The advanced LG AI Smart Display was developed in collaboration with Google to ensure that the WK9 builds upon the capabilities that come with having a Google Assistant speaker with the added convenience of a touchscreen display. The WK9 leverages LG’s partnership with Meridian Audio, an industry-leading innovator in high-performance audio solutions, to deliver delivering high-fidelity sound, precise vocal definition and accurate bass, despite its compact size.

“Our collaborations with valued partners including Google and Meridian have enabled us to offer a new home entertainment device with all of the smart capabilities that come with the Google Assistant plus an elevated audio experience,” said Tim Alessi, head of product marketing at LG Electronics USA. “The LG XBOOM WK9 Smart Display offers a great package of features to those who don’t want to sacrifice audio or video quality in a smart home device.”

Equipped with a front-facing camera for video conferencing and two 20W speakers tuned by Meridian Audio, the WK9 offers crystal clear audio for communicating with loved ones or enjoying music and with an 8-inch touch display, consumers can enjoy their favorite YouTube videos and easily access resources like Google Maps or Photos.

In addition to its superior audio and video capabilities, the WK9 enables control of other LG ThinQ products in their home such as LG TVs and home appliances as well as more than 10,000 smart devices from over 1,000 brands that work with the Google Assistant.

For more information on availability please check your local retailer or visit http://www.lg.com/us/home-audio.

Product Specifications:

  • Display: 8-inch HD Touch Screen
  • Speaker Output Power: 2Ch, 20W
  • Camera: 5M Pixel
  • Operating System: Android Things
  • Size (W x H x D): 12.6″X 5.3″ X 5.2″
  • Weight (Net): 4 lbs
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Power Supply: 5.6W
  • Color: Black

LG Black Friday deals are also available on industry-leading home appliances, including 50% off the LG Styler steam clothing care system for the first time ever.

 

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Wirecard International Holiday Shopping Report 2018

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Combination of digital and physical channels is key for consumers globally

The report reveals exclusive insights about omnichannel shopping behavior, mobile payments as the key tech trend for consumers globally and peak days like Black Friday

Key finding: The vast majority (82%) of consumers uses multiple sales channels during the purchasing process and prefers to shop online or mobile (68%)

Price, special offers and product quality are the main factors influencing the purchasing decision

Wirecard, the global innovation leader in digital financial technology, today presented the findings of the Wirecard International Holiday Shopping Report 2018. Over 3,000 consumers were surveyed about their shopping habits and preferences during the end of year holiday season and beyond. The results show a clear preference for digital shopping channels in combination with physical ones in order to benefit from fast availabilities online, compare prices and have a real experience in-store.

Markus Eichinger, Executive Vice President Group Strategy at Wirecard, said, “Today’s consumers are willing and able to shop around and compare offers before buying and are also open to trying new brands if they meet their needs. The Wirecard International Holiday Shopping Report 2018 clearly shows that merchants have to provide true shopping experiences via digital and physical channels in order to meet their customers wherever they decide to make a purchase, whether that be via an e-commerce site, a mobile app or in-store. We at Wirecard identified this trend early on and today drive forward and enable channel convergence within the framework of our digital commerce platform.”

Key findings:

Black Friday is the single most significant shopping “event” internationally
39% of respondents globally say they plan to shop on Black Friday. In Brazil, the percentage of Black Friday shoppers is the highest (67%), followed by U.K. (40%), Germany (40%) and the U.S. (38%). Hong Kong was the only country not to have Black Friday in first position, consumers here prefer to take advantage of Boxing Day sales (33%), which is very common in some Asian markets and South Africa.

The holiday shopping season is a popular time to try new shops and items
This is a popular time for consumers to try out new stores or websites with over three quarters (77%) of respondents globally saying they would be likely or very likely to do so. In all countries surveyed, respondents said they spent the most money on clothing and accessories (58%), electronics (56%) and toys and games (38%).

Consumers consider mobile payments the top shopping-related technology trend
Globally, consumers would most like to see mobile payment solutions implemented to improve their buying experience (46%). This was followed by virtual or augmented reality (26%) and artificial intelligence / machine learning (22%). In Brazil, shopping via voice recognition is highly regarded as well (30%).

The vast majority shops digital
Over two thirds (68%) of consumers globally expect to make their purchases during the holiday season digitally either via a desktop site, mobile app, or mobile site. Overall, 18% plan to shop in traditional stores, with 22% of U.S. respondents planning to shop in a physical outlet, but only 8% of German consumers intend to do so.

Consumers look for a true experience in-store
In all countries, the most important factor which would influence a consumer’s decision to shop in-store is price (59%), followed by quality of products (45%) and special offers or discounts (32%). The same three factors are the most influential when it comes to choosing to buy online. In the U.S., being able to see, test or try items before purchase was considered more important than in the other countries; in Brazil customer service on-site counts.

Omnichannel is key for consumers globally
An enormous 82% of consumers globally said they were either likely or very likely to combine various channels during the purchasing process – with Malaysia proving particularly fond of cross-channel shopping (96%), followed by Brazil (92%). The overall reason for using a range of channels was to compare prices with over half of consumers (51%) stating this as their top answer.

Merchants can profit from the Wirecard platform, which allows them to easily combine their distribution channels and meet the needs of today’s consumers. Wirecard offers a constantly expanding ecosystem of real-time value added services built around innovative digital payments.

For more information on the Wirecard International Holiday Shopping Survey, please click here.

The Wirecard International Holiday Shopping Report 2018 is based on the results of an independent survey carried out by Wirecard in October and November 2018. A total of 3,193 consumers over the age of 18 in select countries like Brazil, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the U.K. and the U.S. provided answers. Further information about the survey findings can be found in the full report.

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