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Microsoft says attackers using Excel for phishing campaign

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Microsoft has talked about a new phishing campaign and warned about how attackers are doing it. It says the attack involves malware-infected Excel files that are attached in mails with subject retailed to COVID-19. The company’s cybersecurity division has been tracking such campaigns which seem to have started on May 12. This campaign is being used to get remote access of computers by luring them into opening the mail attachment.

The emails is claimed to be sent from Johns Hopkins Center and comes with the title “WHO COVID-19 SITUATION REPORT”. If you open the Excel file attached in the mail, you will see graph of coronavirus cases in the US. And if you run the program, the file also downloads the NetSupport Manager. This is popular tool used to take remote access of the PC. And in this case it allows attackers to take control which is not ideal.

While NetSupport Manager is a legitimate remote access tool, it’s known for being abused by attackers to gain remote access to – and run commands on – compromised machines, Microsoft said.

For several months now, we’ve been seeing a steady increase in the use of malicious Excel 4.0 macros in malware campaigns. In April, these Excel 4.0 campaigns jumped on the bandwagon and started using COVID-19 themed lures,” Microsoft’s Security Intelligence explained through these tweets.

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More attackers are now using Covid-19 related campaigns to instill fear in the users. Reports from various security agencies have talked about number of COVID related URLs being registered. And used by the attacker in mails with subject line that grabs your attention.

If you want to avoid falling for such phishing attacks, we’d recommend you to not open mails from unknown sender. Also, do check the website URl before clicking on it. Opening unknown website could handover control of your PC to the attacker.

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Samsung Galaxy A31 price slashed in India to Rs 20,999, but there’s even more discount

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Samsung has reduced the price of newly launched Galaxy A31 within a month in India. The Samsung Galaxy A31 price in India has been dropped from Rs 21,999 to Rs. 20,999 for its 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant. Other than the Rs 1,000 price cut, Samsung has also announced a cashback offer for customers looking to buy the Galaxy A31 using ICICI Bank credit cards.

Consumers can effectively purchase the Galaxy A31 at Rs 19,999 using ICICI Bank credit cards. The extra Rs 1,000 cash back will get credited to customers ICICI Bank card account. The Galaxy A31 is available in three color options of Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush Blue, and Prism Crush White.

It hasn’t been a month since Samsung Galaxy A31 was launched in India. The device comes in one variant with 6GB of RAM. It runs the latest Android 10 version with OneUI 2. The South Korean company had first unveiled the Galaxy A31 globally in March.

Specifications and features

The Samsung Galaxy A31 packs a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display. It will be backed by an octa-core MediaTek Helio P65 SoC, coupled with 6GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage for India. The handset will support MicroSD Slot up to 512GB.

The device features a large 5,000mAh battery with 15W charging support as seen on the smartphone’s predecessor. In terms of cameras it features a quad-camera setup on the back. The primary camera on this setup is a 48-megapixel one with f/2.0 aperture. There is also an ultra wide camera with an 8-megapixel sensor and f/2.2 aperture, a depth sensor of 5-megapixels with aperture of f/2.4, and finally a macro lens with 5-megapixel sensor and f/2.4 aperture.

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In terms of a selfie camera, the Samsung Galaxy A31 features a 20-megapixel sensor and f/2.2 aperture. On the software front, the device will run Android 10-based OneUI out-of-the-box. It also features an on-screen fingerprint sensor rather than a physical one. The smartphone will also feature Samsung Pay as online payments feature.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip price dropped by Rs 7,000 in India: Check new price and offer

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Samsung has announced Rs 7,000 price drop on the premium Galaxy Z Flip foldable smartphone in India. The company will now sell it for Rs 1,08,999 (Rs 1.9 lakh) permanently instead of Rs 1,15,999 (Rs 1.16 lakh). To recall, the company had initially launched the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip at Rs 1,09,999 (Rs 1.10 lakh) in India, but then it quietly increased the price to Rs 1,15,999.

Apart from Rs 7,000 price reduction, Samsung Galaxy Z Flip buyers can also avail an extra Rs 8,000 discount if they upgrade to Galaxy Z Flip from select smartphones. This will effectively bring the price down to Rs 1,00,999 (Rs 1.1 lakh). Samsung website is yet to list the new price, but the offer of no-cost EMI up to 18 months through various leading banks is live.

The Galaxy Z Flip comes with accidental damage cover, which includes one-time screen protection and a 24X7 dedicated call center support in India. Consumers can buy it in three color options of Mirror Gold, Mirror Purple and Mirror Black.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is being pitched as a lifestyle product aimed at those staying ahead of the curve. In India, the Galaxy Z Flip is available for purchase via the company’s official website, Amazon India and select retail stores. The Galaxy Z Flip addresses some of the key issues first observed with the Galaxy Fold introduced last year.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Specifications, features

The foldable smartphone comes with a 6.7-inch Full HD+ foldable screen. This screen acts as the primary display and becomes available when you unfold the smartphone. When folded, there is a smaller 1.1-inch secondary screen with a resolution of 300 x 112 pixels. It is good to see notifications and even acts as a viewfinder but it is not very much useful.

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With the flip foldable smartphone, Samsung has strengthened the primary display and claims to use ultra-thin glass. It is powered by Snapdragon 855+ SoC and comes with 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage. There are dual 12-megapixel rear cameras and a 10-megapixel selfie camera. The Galaxy Z Flip gets a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and packs a 3,300mAh battery. The smartphone supports 15W fast charging and wireless charging as well.

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OnePlus Nord confirmed to feature Snapdragon 765G with 5G support; next pre-order on July 8

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OnePlus Nord, the affordable smartphone from OnePlus, will launch soon. The smartphone was available for limited pre-order yesterday and went out of stock immediately. Now, the company has announced that it will have another pre-order on July 8. While we know that OnePlus Nord will be an affordable device, the company has tried to keep a lot of its features under wraps. Until yesterday. We now know that OnePlus Nord will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G mobile platform.

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Qualcomm Europe has officially confirmed that OnePlus Nord will use the 5G capable Snapdragon 765G Mobile Platform. “Excited to be working with @OnePlus as they embark on #NewBeginnings powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G mobile platform #OnePlusNord,” the company said in a tweet. This could become the first smartphone with Snapdragon 765G in India. In addition, Carl Pei, the Assistant Head of OnePlus Nord, has confirmed use of Snapdragon 765G to Techradar.

This should not come as a surprise. A previous leak claimed that OnePlus 8 Lite or OnePlus Z will use this particular chipset. The Snapdragon 765G is the first chipset from Qualcomm to feature integrated 5G support. It is more affordable than the Snapdragon 865, which also supports 5G. The chipset has already become popular in China where it powers a number of 5G ready mid-range smartphones. OnePlus has confirmed that the first OnePlus Nord smartphone will launch in India and Europe.

The leaks so far indicate that smartphone will feature a 6.55-inch OLED display with 90Hz refresh rate. Powered by a 5G-capable Snapdragon 765G chipset, the smartphone is expected to launch with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It might use a 48-megapixel main camera along with a 16-megapixel wide-angle camera. Pei further explained that OnePlus Nord will stand out for its camera, user experience and the quality.

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“We’ve seen that [the] camera is probably the most used feature of a smartphone,” Pei told Techradar. “It’s the number one use case, so if we wanted to create a great product, the camera had to be great.” He also emphasized that the experience will not just be limited to hardware but also the software. The company is also banking on the build quality for the smartphone to succeed in this price segment. If it is priced under Rs 35,000 in India, this could become OnePlus‘ return to its roots of affordable phones with great hardware and specifications.

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