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North Korean Hackers Mine Cryptocurrency on Apple: Report

Lazarus has been linked to a string of cyber attacks on businesses, banks and government agencies across the world, including the 2016 Sony hack and the WannaCry ransomware outbreak in 2017

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Customers walk past an Apple logo inside of an Apple store at Grand Central Station in New York, Aug. 1, 2018. VOA

Expanding its malicious operations on Apple’s macOS, the North Korean hacking group Lazarus is targeting financial sectors, especially the cryptocurrency businesses.

The hacking group has been using Microsoft-owned task automation and configuration management framework — PowerShell — to control Windows systems and macOS malware for Apple users, Russian cyber security firm Kaspersky wrote in a blog post on Tuesday.

“They have developed custom PowerShell scripts that communicate with malicious command-and-control (C2) servers and execute commands from the operator,” the post said.

The malware then gets distributed via documents prepared to attract the attention of cryptocurrency professionals.

“Apple products are popular among successful Internet startups and fintech companies, and this is why the malicious actor built and used macOS malware,” it said.

The hacking group also appears to be working with the same developers to expand to other platforms, because some of the features have remained consistent as its malware evolves.

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“We’d therefore like to ask Windows and macOS users to be more cautious, exercise extra caution when dealing with new third parties, installing softwares and never ‘Enable Content’ (macro scripting) in Microsoft Office documents, received from new or untrusted sources,” the post informed.

Lazarus has been linked to a string of cyber attacks on businesses, banks and government agencies across the world, including the 2016 Sony hack and the WannaCry ransomware outbreak in 2017. (IANS)

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“Apple Registers Double-Digit Growth For iPhones in India”, Says Apple CEO Tim Cook

Mac and iPad generated $7.2 and $6 billion globally in revenue, respectively

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"The high level of customer satisfaction and loyalty for both products drove the active installed base of both Mac and iPad to new records in all geographic segments," the Apple CEO Tim Cook added. Wikimedia Commons

Buyoed by iPhone 11 sales, Apple registered double-digit growth in India for iPhones in the holiday quarter (October-December period), the company’s CEO Tim Cook has announced.

“We grew double digits in emerging markets led by strong performances in Brazil, mainland China, India, Thailand, and Turkey,” Cook told analysts after declaring all-time high revenue for Apple’s fiscal 2020 first quarter that ended on December 28.

The revenue from iPhones in the holiday quarter was $56 billion globally.

“Again, that’s up 8 per cent over a year ago, thanks to the exceptional demand for the iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max.

“In fact, iPhone 11 was our top-selling model every week during the December quarter, and the three new models were our three most popular iPhones,” said a beaming Cook.

Indians made a beeline to buy iPhone 11 that flew off the shelves in the festive season. The iPhone XR, launched last year, also did well.

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Buyoed by iPhone 11 sales, Apple registered double-digit growth in India for iPhones in the holiday quarter (October-December period), the company’s CEO Tim Cook has announced. Pixabay

Mac and iPad generated $7.2 and $6 billion globally in revenue, respectively.

“For iPad, we saw growth in key emerging markets like Mexico, India, Turkey, Poland, Thailand, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Vietnam,” said Cook.

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“The high level of customer satisfaction and loyalty for both products drove the active installed base of both Mac and iPad to new records in all geographic segments,” the Apple CEO added. (IANS)