Tecno Handsets Found with Preinstalled Malware

The Chinese Communist Party has again been found of collecting consumer data outside their region & breaking international law. The malware was located on Chinese-manufactured smartphones under the Tecno branding, being pre-installed without the prior knowledge of users. Tecno’s smartphones are cheaply priced to meet the demands of nations like Ghana, Ethiopia, South Africa, and Cameroon. Devices are often priced lower than the manufacturing cost for Tecno, which had led towards security infringements.

The Triada Malware was located on the Tecno W2 Smartphone, a popular handset with more than 350+ thousand users throughout the African continent. Triada Malware registers consumers unknowingly to subscription services for magazines & overruns the data usage of the handset, evoking a higher volume of data for the Chinese Communist Party.
August 2020 isn’t the first time that the Triada Malware has been located on Tecno devices. It was previously found two years ago, where the smartphone manufacturer promised they’d increase security permissions after the initial malware was discovered. It appears those security enhancements weren’t ever implemented in Tecno updates.

Anti-Fraud Platforms in South Africa located 19.2 million transactions that were deemed suspicious. 200+ thousand devices of the 350+ active in Africa were affected by these transactions. Secure-D is an Anti-Trust Platform that noted the threats facing low-income families worldwide, which have their data collected by unknown sources & entities. The Chinese Community Party is targeting the most vulnerable through tech conglomerates like Huawei, and Tecno.

The African Smartphone Market is dependent on China, with their devices accounting for 41% of devices sold yearly. When evaluating Tecno’s position on the Chinese Nasdaq, it’s noted that their growth in China has been abandoned & focus is entirely on the African continent. Tecno doesn’t have a single office African nations, prompting concerns that similar methods being used against America are now being targeted towards Africa.

False Claims

Tecno Mobile claimed that those experiencing issues with the W2 Smartphone hadn’t installed the security patch, which is available globally for download since March 2018. However, thousands of W2 Smartphone users expressed through social media that they’d installed the security patch on its first week in 2018 & no issues had arisen till earlier this month. It suggests that Tecno Mobile reuploaded the malware.

Airbnb Goes Public for Share Acquisition

The Airbnb company is making a significant shift in their business operations, with the home rental service confidentially filing paperwork that’ll make them go public. It marks a substantial change in how Airbnb will approach their daily activities, with shares becoming available for purchase under the US & London Stock Markets. Investors will dominate their decisions, while also demanding new services be released to increase profits. Becoming a publicly traded corporation results in yearly demands for profits & net revenues to increase, putting pressure onto executives to innovate in ways that aren’t possible.

Airbnb was forced into this decision after losing hundreds of millions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Worldwide, nations terminated their international & local travelling permissions to civilian personnel. It resulted in more than $260 Million being lost throughout the first six months of 2020 and comes after Airbnb was already facing a notable decline. Airbnb saw their first nine months of 2019 have substantial losses, listed at $322 Million. The combination of these losses prompted Airbnb to lose $26 Billion of their company valuation, which was listed at $31 Billion before financial burdens began.

Airbnb became an operational company in 2008, becoming an innovative service & creating an entirely new industry. The “Sharing Service” enabled for registered personnel to rent their homes & vehicles to strangers, with both parties maintaining a rating to provide insurances. It wouldn’t take long for competing services to arrive, like Lyft & Uber. Through these rival companies, Airbnb began slowly losing customers & saw a massive decline occur at the beginning of 2019.

The Blog Post

Minimal information was given through Airbnb’s website blog posting was released to consumers & potential investors, where it was clarified that the associated costs of their company shares hadn’t been determined. Additional details regarding their intentions as a publicly traded corporation wasn’t revealed. However, it’s expected that half of their terminated workforce will be rehired. Airbnb was forced to fire 1900 employed personnel in May 2020, which was propelled after losses from COVID-19 couldn’t guarantee that individuals employment contract. Airbnb leaving private ownership & entering into the publicly traded space will enable their profits to regrow slowly. Airbnb hopes that their prior company valuation of $31 Billion can be ascertained by 2023.

Apple Bans Fortnite from App Store

President Donald Trump targeted large technology firms like Amazon & Apple, using Congresses House of Representatives to inform corporate leaders that monopolies wouldn’t be tolerated going forward. Both Apple & Amazon have ignored the requests of Congress, continuing their monopoly strategies. The Apple Company double-downed on their monopolistic efforts, first with Microsoft’s xCloud Streaming Service & now with Epic Games Fortnite.

Apple is targeting the video game industry for its benefit, eliminating competitive platforms to increase their presence in the space. This stifles any chance of innovation, while also directly targeting a substantial percentage of their customer base. Gamers didn’t react positively to Apple’s announcement that Microsoft’s xCloud wouldn’t be supported. Social media data indicates that 4.8% of Apple customers will switch-over to Android from the xCloud decision. Higher percentages listed between 5.2% to 5.5% could be the fallout of lost customers, resulting from Apple’s ban of Fortnite.

Epic Games knew their termination from the Apple App Store was inevitable; receiving a 30-Day notice from their headquarter offices in California. Epic Games responded with a Legal Complaint 5-Minutes after Apple banned its capabilities to update the game & accept new customers.

The Apple Company enforced new legislation, which required developers to forgo 30% of the finances earned through their applications. This updated guideline effectively banned all subsequent payment systems, meaning “Video Game DLC” and “Microtransaction Stores” weren’t permitted any longer. Hundreds of developers that sustained high-profit margins through their application-based digital stores have been forced to shut down.

Several Lawsuits for Apple

Active efforts towards creating multiple monopolies through their App Store have ensued with the Apple Company. Tim Cook didn’t take kindly to discussing company data with Congress, with inside sources suggesting the recent billionaire has begun fighting back by avoiding the recommendations of POTUS.

This isn’t the only lawsuit lingering over the Apple Company. Several large-scale developers have made claims with the American Supreme Court, requesting that an Open-Sourced Platform be available through the App Store. This would’ve been the desire for company creator, Steve Jobs. Their current CEO has a different outlook on how Apple should be operated. Tim Cook hasn’t managed to sustain a public image similar to Steve Jobs, who was considered a technology innovator in the 1990s and 2000s.

Nintendo Sales Soar as Production Resumes

Sales growth for the Nintendo Company has grown by substantial valuations during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Most businesses have struggled to garner standard profits during this unforeseen historical period, with Nintendo earning the highest margins in their history. This follows after the company announced their 3rd Quarter Results, showing benefits that exceeded past the 2nd Quarter Records. Nintendo announced that since June 2020, they’d seen a growth of 428% in comparison to 2019’s 3rd Quarter. Financial analysts predicted that Nintendo would earn 62 Billion Yen, with expectations being blown away when the Japanese-company announce a profit growth of 145 Billion yen. This is $1.37 Billion in USD.

The Nintendo Company confirmed that sales throughout 2020 have already doubled in comparison to 2019’s full profit margins. Data released by Nintendo personnel indicated that the Switch & Switch Lite consoles are continuing to drive substantial sales, with a confirmed 5.7 Million Units sold throughout April to June 2020. It’s a 167% increase on the selling of the Nintendo Switch over last year.

Animal Crossing Drives Sales

Personnel from Nintendo claimed that “Animal Crossing: New Horizons” drastically influenced the substantial sales, with the island utopia-based based allowing consumers to experience a summer-like landscape within their homes during the Pandemic. Nintendo estimates that 10.6 Million companies of ACNH were sold throughout the third quarter, with a total lifetime sales to date being 22.4 Million. It’s their 2nd highest-selling game, with Mario Kart Eight Deluxe being the 1st. This means Animal Crossings has outsold Mario Odyssey & Pokemon Sword/Shield. It’s unconfirmed but expected that Nintendo has begun developing a sequel to Animal Crossing: New Horizons, which inside sources suggest could release by 2023.

The Pandemic Switch Issues

The Nintendo Company has struggled to meet stock expectations during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Nintendo was forced to shut down their manufacturing facilities after China became the 1st nation to become infected with COVID-19. Supply issues meant that those able to obtain one of the 5.7 Million Units sold between April to June had likely waited a prolonged period. Those delays in manufacturing are expected to continue until the Pandemic is declared over worldwide.

Amazon Collecting Data from Third-Party Sellers

The Chief Executive Officer of Amazon found himself unable to excuse the illegal behaviours displayed by his company. This follows after the CEOs of Amazon, Facebook, Google, and Apple were forced to delegate with Congresses House of Representatives. Millions worldwide watched as the leaders of modern technology avoided adequately answering questions. Bezos & Zuckerberg were surprisingly the two that leaned towards honesty, with Sundar Pichai selecting the method of deniability.

These CEOs were forced to meet with Congress after an investigation was prompted by the House of Representatives last year. Extensive evidence was compiled, meaning that deniability of their actions won’t lead to the issue being over. Multiple members of Congress informed these CEOs that they’d follow-up on their questions, demanding relevant & trustworthy answers. Evidence located pertained towards the selling and collecting of user data or third-party company data.

Jeff Bezos would receive numerous questions on the selling of third-party company data, which came after evidence revealed Amazon had stolen information from independent sellers. This information regarded their product marketing, innovative methods of manufacturing, and profit returns through Amazon. Any product deemed suitable would be recreated through Amazon’s private label & effectively eliminate that third-party seller.

The Amazon CEO emphasized that there are company-wide legislations that eliminate the usage of this tactic. When Representative Pramila Jayapal asked if Bezos could confirm that ruleset hadn’t been broken, Jeff confirmed that guarantees could not be provided. This is essentially the Chief Executive Officers way of admitting that employed personnel had collected third-party seller data on behalf of Amazon.

An Internal Investigation

Jeff Bezos emphasized that Amazon implemented an internal investigation on these practices, noting that similarly to Congress & the House of Representatives, he’s not satisfied with the results found. Bezos won’t terminate the investigation until all those found guilty are terminated from Amazon. It should be mentioned though, that last year Amazon’s Associate General Counsel had illegally lied to the House of Representatives. Nate Sutton in 2019 stated that Amazon wasn’t accessing third-party seller data. He could find himself facing prison time for lying to Congress, something Bezos actively avoided himself.

Oxford University Details Coronavirus Vaccine

The chance for humanity to develop immunity for COVID-19 could potentially be growing. Data from the Oxford University in Great Britain reveals that their “Human Vaccine Trials” have provoked immune responses, something that wasn’t anticipated in the first stage. Both Oxford University & Astra Zeneca were hoping to develop immune responses by the 2nd or 3rd stage.

The importance of the “ChAdOx1-nCoV-19 Vaccine” maintain immune responses amongst patients is unimaginable. Hundreds of millions worldwide will receive access to a coronavirus vaccine thanks to Astra Zeneca, who’ll make minimal profits from their global task of distributing a cure. It should be clarified that Oxford University published they’re finished through “The Lancet” a scientific journal. Released data noted that patients receive a single or double dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine before being tested for immunity.

Oxford Universities 1st phase of human trials required the participation of one thousand civilians in Great British, who were aged between 18 to 55. None of these individuals had previously contracted the COVID-19 virus, allowing researchers to determine if the vaccine developed an immunity. Those deposited with the vaccine were then subjected to coronavirus, having to self-isolate for fourteen days to see if symptoms arose. All one thousand candidates didn’t contract the virus, proving immunity.

Developing the Vaccine

Creating immunity from a virus isn’t easily obtained, with scientific researchers having to pair a deadly pathogen with other diseases known worldwide. After enough pairings are tested in secured environments, researchers will learn which disease cancels out the virus. Oxford University confirmed that they paired coronavirus with adenovirus, with the two cancelling each other out & proving immunity from both.

Oxford University stressed that immunity showed throughout their one thousand patients might not sustain a lifetime. Additional trials will be maintained with those same individuals, ensuring that resistance is sustained over prolonged periods. It should be clarified that Oxford University will begin human trials in America, Canada, and Australia before August 31st. They’ll determine if immunity is awarded to global civilians under different environments & conditions. The coronavirus works in ways that’ve never been seen, prompting researchers to analyze all attributes of COVID-19.

Lanistar Banking Receives £15 Million Loan

Digital finances are altering the conventional mindset of banking, creating a revolution of how global consumers inquire about their funds & invest within various industries. Standard banking institutions are struggling to compete against this revolution, losing investors & conventional customers regularly. Consumers are selecting alternatives like Lanistar, which is simplistic & provides greater capabilities at streamlining finances. Their growth will continue worldwide with the announcement that they’ve acquired £15 million during their latest funding round.

Milaya Capital Investments awarded this companies’ 2nd funding round valuation of £15 million. After the completion of financial acquisitions through MCI, the assessment of Lanistar has reached £150 million. This is before the launch of their services to consumers in the European Union & the United Kingdom during Winter 2020. It should be mentioned that Milaya Capital has received a 10% stake into Lanistar for their £15 million investment.

Lanistar clarified what these finances would provide the company. Growth of their customer support services & operational utilities can be scaled before their product launch following this investment. It guarantees that customers will obtain smoother experiences from day one, which is hard for banking services to accomplish.

The History of Lanistar

Gurhan Kiziloz is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Lanistar. He’ll implore polymorphic algorithms to service customer-centric personal financing alternatives. This will be managed through financial incumbents that aren’t conventionally associated with digital banking. Through their unique business strategy, those associated with Lanistar hope to sustain a valuation of £1 billion. They’d be the first fintech corporation to amass this wealth & genuinely rival the likes of JP Morgan or Goldman Sachs. It should be clarified that their banking services will appeal more towards European & UK civilians that are a part of the Generation Z/Millennial.

Throughout this growth, Gurhan Kiziloz hopes to employ an additional 105 personnel. This will apply to the Greece region, which has been drastically affected by a nationwide recession for nearly ten years. Maintaining the 1st fintech billion-dollar digital investment bank in Greece could make this nation a new financial hub. That’s the ultimate hope for Gurhan Kiziloz.

The Fugaku Supercomputer

Japanese engineers shocked the worldwide computing community after obtaining the “2020 Global Speed Competition Award”. Winners are credited with developing the strongest Supercomputer worldwide. This is the 1st time in nine years that engineers from Japan have obtained this award, which was commonly associated with their nation for two decades prior. The entrance of Chinese & American engineers would see Japan struggling to compete for nearly a decade.

The Fugaku Supercomputer obtained a recording score of 415.53 Petaflops. The extent of data processing garnered from this number is equivalent to a mathematic universe. Putting that power into context isn’t quickly established, with a single Petaflop maintaining “One Quadrilling Floating Arithmetic Calculations”. Humans physically can’t process this level of mathematics.

It’d take us 31+ million years of calculating the most extensive mathematic problems to process a single Petaflop. Multiplying that to 415.53 Petaflops means the timeframe of humans physically calculate that information is 13.2 billion years. Considering our universe is roughly 14 billion years old, accomplishing this challenge won’t ever happen with any biological being.

Community-Wide Shock

The Fugaku Supercomputer is managed under the “Advanced-Reduced Set Computer Machine”, which is an archetype of computer technology that’s commonly associated with smartphones & laptops. Achieving this advancement with ARM Computing wasn’t ever thought to become a reality. That’s because they’re typically not suited for Supercomputers, with ARM Archetypes requiring fewer transistors, less power, and less heat.

Japanese engineers are being hailed for their major success with ARM Computing Archetypes. The Head of Fugaku’s Development Team iterated that their Supercomputer shows the scalability of smartphones, laptops, and any other technologies engaging with ARM. The difference in processing capabilities Japan displayed in 2020 was nearly double that of America & China, leading tech analysts to believe that Japanese Engineers have returned to a pivotal status. Their advancements with Fugaku could bring new technologies into our daily lives like never-before-seen.

The IBM Company unveiled their “Oak Ridge Supercomputer”, which used former technologies that’ve become reliant on American engineers for prolonged periods. Their Supercomputer registered 266.93 Petaflops, 118 more than previously shown in 2019. IBM is showing improvements but must continue to implore updated components. It’ll be the only way for American engineers to regain their 1st place position in 2021.

NCA Penetrates EncroChat, Leads to Multiple Arrests

The National Crime Agency announced that they’d penetrated a secret communications system used worldwide. This system assisted criminals to purchase & sell a variety of actionable items, including abusive substances. NCA Agents clarified that this was a joint effort in correlation with the United Kingdom & European Union.

NCA Agents praised that penetrating EncroChat was the largest law enforcement operation worldwide. It saw thousands of Agents & Officers hand-over their intel to obtain access into this application. Penetrating EncroChat has enabled the NCA, Interpol, and MI6 to arrest 800 civilians from European nations.

The arrests continued in the United Kingdom after this three-month investigation operation. UK Law Enforcement has seen the most significant impact of arrests from penetrating EncroChat. 746 United Kingdom Civilians associated with criminal organizations were arrested. Two of these individuals were UK Law Enforcement, which caught NCA Agents off guard. It’s suspected that MI6 is currently integrating those officers.

The Metropolitan Police Commissioner of London spoke on the EncroChat penetration. Dame Cressida Dick clarified that 170+ arrests were made throughout the Metropolitan Region, allowing for £13.3 Million in illegal assets to be obtained. Commissioner Dick anticipated that Metropolitan, UK, European, and American Law Enforcement would be disrupting criminal organization for years from this penetration.

NCA Agents iterated that 60+ thousand criminals worldwide engaged with EncroChat. It’s known that Britain had the largest percentage of years, with ten thousand users at 6.64%. There are roughly nine thousand additional arrests that must be made throughout the United Kingdom, which will take years of investigating from local law enforcement.

EncroChat Security

Accessing EncroChat wasn’t easily accomplished. Users were required to maintain an Android Handset that had been “Broken Into”, which means downloading another software onto the device that mimics Android without concerns of being tracked. Subsequently, users weren’t ever worried about communications being located by law enforcement.

Those occasions where data must be deleted, features like Self Destruction, would terminate all messages after sixty minutes. There was also the “Panic Wipe Feature”. It’d permit users to disable all aspects of their handset immediately, which would merely require a Four-Digit Passcode. The fact that the National Crime Agency overcame these hurdles & disbanded more than 1000 criminals is impressive.

NHS Application Implementing the Decentralized Format

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service announced that their reverting development of an internal solution, which would’ve allowed the NHS to report diagnostics & data on all civilians that downloaded their planned application. This app would’ve been supported on Google & Apple devices, working in a centralized format to confirm civilians were separated by two metres. Multiple concerns regarding privacy & data collection from the government were explicitly stated from various authorities.

It’s these remarks that prompted the NHS to announce that internal development on centralized NHS networks has been cancelled. Instead, it’ll maintain a decentralized format similar to Apple and Google with their proprietary applications. Additional privacy concerns have been expressed with this announcement; both Apple & Google have infamously kept diagnostic data from world governments. It’s worrisome that these largescale corporations will implement similar tactics with COVID-19 data, which follows after these tech conglomerates and governments have continuously fought over legislation.

The NHS COVID-19 Response Application is meant to inform civilians when their safety is at jeopardy. This will be managed through the Contact App for iPhones and Android handsets. Whenever the NHS Application notices that downloaded consumers aren’t obeying social distancing measures, contacts will be informed that their relative or friend is at risk. When infections in UK Civilians are confirmed, the NHS Application will notify their contacts via directives. It’s this feature that’ll have an overwhelming majority install the NHS Application, with the UK Government hoping this’ll limit the spread of COVID-19.

The Differences

The Alphabet Company was 1st to employ the decentralized format on their handsets. Apple maintained a centralized system for half of their current lifespan, inevitably realizing their competitors had chosen the correct size. Diagnostic data is anonymous with the model used by Google, which is owned by the Alphabet Company. Outside sources like the government cannot access critical details on the consumer’s lifestyle, shopping habits, personal information, relationships, and mindsets. Acquiring this data would’ve been possible under the centralized format.

It should be mentioned that the United Kingdom had wanted centralized networks to locate COVID-19 Hotspots. This has been challenging for the government, making it harder to curb the spread of this virus.