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Kaspersky Lab released details from an internal investigation on Wednesday, hours before a Congress hearing on its antivirus.


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Russian spies didn’t need Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus software to steal information from an NSA staffer, the company says — the computer was already infected with malware.

Kaspersky Lab has been under scrutiny in the US after multiple reports alleged that the Moscow-based security company had been working with the Russian government for digital espionage. US officials have been on high alert for Russian cyberattacks, fearing national security threats to everything from the country’s elections to its power grid.

Kaspersky’s software had allegedly helped someone steal the NSA’s hacking tools in 2015 and provide them to Russian spies, the Wall Street Journal first reported.

But an internal investigation by Kaspersky Lab suggests that the NSA staffer would have been hacked regardless of what antivirus program was on the computer. That’s because it had been infected with malware already.

The security company released preliminary details from its investigation on Wednesday, hours before the House Committee on Science and Technology’s hearing on Kaspersky Lab’s risks.

In the investigation, Kaspersky said the NSA staffer downloaded pirated software onto his personal laptop, including an illegal Microsoft Office activation key generator, on Oct. 4, 2014.

“The malware dropped from the trojanized keygen was a full blown backdoor which may have allowed third parties access to the user’s machine,” Kaspersky said in its report.

The NSA did not respond to a request for comment. The staffer had already broken procedure by bringing classified data onto his personal computer at home.

Kaspersky Lab’s antivirus would have been able to block the malware disguised as a key generator, if the staffer hadn’t disabled the software to install it. After the staffer turned his antivirus back on, it spotted the hidden malware, along with a stash of the NSA’s hacking tools.

The antivirus software is designed to find malware, and it doesn’t matter if it’s from a cybercriminal hiding it in pirated software or a government agency using it to hack nation states. That’s why Kaspersky’s antivirus picked up the NSA’s tools during its scans, the company said.

The NSA’s malware had come from Equation Group, a hacking team within the government agency.

“Upon processing, the archive was found to contain multiple malware samples and source code for what appeared to be Equation malware,” the company said.

An analyst alerted company CEO Eugene Kaspersky about picking up the NSA’s tools, and Kaspersky asked that the archive be deleted. They said the program was not shared with any third parties.

It’s still unclear how these tools then ended up with Russian spies, but Kaspersky indicated that the malware hidden on the NSA’s staffer’s computer could have played a role. There have not been similar incidents in the three years since, according to the investigation.

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LG G7 ThinQ Is Now Available In the US for $750

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LG waited longer than normal to announce its big 2018 flagship phone, but it finally took the wraps off the LG G7 ThinQ a few weeks ago. Today, the phone is available for purchase on most US carriers. While LG has had trouble competing with the likes of Samsung, it’s still targeting the same premium space. Although, it’s got an iPhone-style screen notch now. That’s what consumers want, right?

The LG G7 ThinQ is the epitome of all things 2018 in smartphone design. It has a glass back, dual cameras, and a display notch that isn’t done particularly well. The missing bit of screen provides a place for the camera, earpiece, and some other sensors. It does seem a little excessively large for how compact these components are, though. In addition, the G7 has a “chin” at the bottom with a larger bezel than the top and bottom. This asymmetric look isn’t as striking as the iPhone X it imitates. The 6.1-inch 1440p display is also an OLED, which lacks the vibrancy of modern OLED panels.

Inside, this phone has all the current flagship hardware you’d expect with a Snapdragon 845, 64GB of storage, and 4GB of RAM. Unlike many other current smartphones, the company has opted to keep the headphone jack for the G7 ThinQ. LG also touts the G7’s unique speaker design that uses the entire chassis as a resonator to boost sound output.

You may be wondering about the name — specifically the “ThinQ” bit. Well, that’s LG’s expanded brand for all its AI technologies. What that means for the G7 is that there’s an AI mode in the camera that looks for objects it can identify and offers possible filters. It’s not very accurate or useful, but LG didn’t even develop any AI software or hardware for this phone. It just licensed a machine vision library from a third-party.

The LG G7 ThinQ is available from all major carriers in the US except AT&T. Apparently, AT&T chose to sell the LG V35 instead of the G7. This marks the third variant of the V30 that LG has sold since it debuted last year. At other carriers, the G7 ThinQ will run you $750, give or take a few dollars. Carriers offer payment plans to split the cost over two years. It will launch on Google’s Project Fi soon, as well. If you don’t want to go through carriers, the phone is also available from Amazon.

 

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Google Doodle honors ‘Prince of Mathematicians’ Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss

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Maths is the latest to receive the Google Doodle homage.

Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss, otherwise known as “The Prince of Mathematicians”, made instrumental contributions to number theory, algebra, geophysics, mechanics and statistics.

Gauss was born on April 30 in 1777 in Brunswick, a city in the north of Germany, near Wolfsburg. Despite poor working-class parents and an illiterate mother, Gauss was a child prodigy, believed to have been able to add up every number from 1 to 100 at 8-years-old.

One of his first major equations was working out his date of birth, which his mother hadn’t recorded. He used the only information she had: that it was a Wednesday, eight days before an Easter holiday.

At university when he was 19, Gauss discovered a heptadecagon, or a 17-sided polygon. He requested that a regular heptadecagon be inscribed on his tombstone, but it was too difficult for the stonemason, who said it would just look like a circle.

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And remember your prime numbers? That year Gauss was involved with proving the prime number theorem, helping understand how prime numbers are distributed among the integers, or whole numbers.

Again the same year, a productive one for Gauss, he discovered the quadratic reciprocity law, which allows mathematicians to determine the solvability of any quadratic equation in modular arithmetic.

At 24, Gauss’ work on number theory, which he completed when he was 21, was published as a textbook. Not only did it involve his original work, but it reconciled that of other mathematicians. It would be considered his magnum opus and had an extraordinary impact on the field.

Oh, and add to those achievements a discovery in astronomy — in the same year, 1801, Gauss calculated the orbit of an asteroid called Ceres.

After a much-accomplished life, Gauss died aged 77 on Feb. 23, 1855.

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