TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog: Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware: 2018’s New Menace?

Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware: 2018’s New Menace?
By Menard Osena

Will cryptocurrency-mining malware be the new ransomware? The popularity and increasing real-world significance of cryptocurrencies are also drawing cybercriminal attention — so much so that it appears to keep pace with ransomware’s infamy in the threat landscape. In fact, cryptocurrency mining was the most detected network event in devices connected to home routers in 2017.

Full post -> TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog: Cryptocurrency-Mining Malware: 2018’s New Menace?

It’s been 4 years na pala since my last blog post at TrendLabs Security Intelligence Blog, and I really feel great that I’m writing again there. I am still not decided if my other follow up insights will be for menardconnect.com or for AVSecurityProductManager.com but definitely there will be some follow up posts at #TrendLabs #Security Intel Blog and my blogs… Soon!

But for now just let me do a repost and some shoutouts and mentions 🙂

Special thanks to John, JR, Dianne, Bri, Caloy, Kerr and Gelo. You guys rock!
And some waves and hugs to my TrendLabs CoreTech XRS Ops Team 🙂 I love you all!

Watch out for the follow up posts soon 🙂

On Bitcoin, Crypto and the other Blog

In my last post I mentioned that I will write more about bitcoin and cryptocurrency here at menardconnect.com.

But I also want to write on my Tech and infosec focused blog more often so I placed all my thoughts on the plan of Salon.com to offer cryptomining instead of the usual subscription model and freemium/Google AdSense model.

Post is available at AVSecurityProductManager.com.

If there will be PH focused insights related to that post, I will add it here in Menardconnect.com. But for now just a link/connected post.

On Bitcoin, Hacking and the Philippines

I am seeing lots of social media activity from my online Pinoy friends about Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, and hacking and oh boy I’m really amazed that we’ve got lots of pinoy experts on BTC and crypto and hacking now  na ha! Hehehe!

Honestly I think this is good and bad! Good, that there is an increasing interest in this topic and therefore more meaningful conversations can follow. Bad, because I see a lot of FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) out there about bitcoin and crypto (re: Bitcoin is EVIL), and I believe that FUD = misinformation and will not be helpful for all if it is not properly put into its place.

Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency. I am just fortunate that in my line of work I am exposed to the good and bad of Bitcoin and cryptos. And as GI Joe series taught me “…Now you know… and knowing is half the battle” so I’m posting my thoughts here at  menardconnect.com.

So first, before we spread FUD about bitcoin,cryptocurrencies and hacking, please do read about Mt. Gox and Bitfinex. I was looking for related materials on this topic and found the following links below can give a pretty good start…

from The Verge:
Mt. Gox crumbles: all the news on Bitcoin’s biggest bankruptcy scandal

and from Ars:
A brief history of Bitcoin hacks and frauds

If you want to read a more recent hax then read about bitthumb

Then compute the fiat values, know the risks, research more, learn and decide. And please don’t be GOXED!

xxx

To end this post, remember GI Joe “Now you know… And knowing is half the battle…”

Will try to post more about bitcoin and cryptocurrency (maybe my thoughts on ETH, XMR, Calata, ICOs, and the worx) here at menardconnect soon (maybe this can be a multi-part post).

Bloggers for Freedom

I just signed the Bloggers for Freedom statement.

Statement: Bloggers for Freedom

We concerned Filipino bloggers stand for the rights to free expression and to free speech. And our first responsibility is to protect these rights.

We thus stand with Rappler, its right to exist, the rights of its working journalists and contributors, and the rights of its community of readers.

We stand against moves to silence and scare journalists, bloggers and media practitioners just because the President and his ardent supporters dislike their news and views.

Now is a time for making choices amid battles between truth and lies, debate and dissonance, democracy and dictatorship.

We sign our names here to tell everyone we have made a choice. We are bloggers for freedom.

As a blogger I stand for the rights to free expression and to free speech.

As I mentioned in my post last year, I really missed the good ol’ days when blogging was so simple 🙁 but as they say past is past na talaga and we need to live in this changing and challenging times, so laban lang!

Will post more thoughts on this topic and other bloggers link here soon.

Happy 9th Year Anniversary to Menardconnect.com!!!

Happy 9th to menardconnect.com  🙂

My blog turned 9 several weeks ago! Was too busy with lotso stuff so its just now I’m posting the traditional blog happy anniversary post. Wow time flies so fast, here the links to the 1st post and the first full post. Enjoy 🙂

I would like to thank God for all the blessings this year! Next I would like to thank my family and friends for being there with me in this challenging year. Last but not the least, my thanks to the readers and supporters of menardconnect.com. I will do my best to make this blog better and better for all of you next year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!!

#IamCybersecUre: Threat Experts Summit

Hi Friends!!!

Our company, Trend Micro is hosting a cybersecurity event called Threat Experts Summit for students!!! It will be this Friday, November 10, 2017 1:00 PM – 5:30 PM at the Hotel Novotel, Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City.

IT students, this is your chance to learn cybersecurity in-depth straight from the experts! We will be discussing cool topics like Cybersecurity, Machine Learning and lots of other infosec/geeky stuff so if you’re free, come and join our event!

Interested students can register HERE
For more details visit Trend Micro Pilipinas FB page (https://www.facebook.com/TrendMicroPH)

Before I end the post, the usual disclaimer/disclosure:
I work at Trend Micro. The information contained in this post is taken from Trend Micro Pilipinas Facebook Page.

To know more on what I do full-time, kindly visit my blog’s about page or visit my Linkedin page. To read my blog’s disclosure policy visit my disclosure page.

For other infosec, malware and tech (and not so techie) stuff, please follow me in Twitter 🙂

Repost: Stroke Rehabilitation: Road to Recovery

Note:

This is a repost of an article from Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (pchrd.dost.gov.ph). Because I find it helpful in my Philippines stroke rehabilitation researches for my recovering brother I am reposting it here at menardconnect.com.

Stroke Rehabilitation: Road to Recovery





Stroke is one of the leading causes of long-term disability in the Philippines. Thousands of Filipinos are living with the effects of stroke.

These effects may mean that you must change, relearn or redefine how you live. The goals of rehabilitation are to build strength, capability, and confidence so that you can continue your daily activities despite possible impairments. New discoveries and techniques may enhance the recovery process. In the future, these advances may even allow for the repair or replacement of damaged brain cells.

What Happens In The Brain

Stroke occurs when the supply of blood that normally nourishes the brain is reduced. It can happen in two ways  when blood flow to brain tissue is blocked, or if blood leaks into the brain or into tissues surrounding the brain. Stroke affects brain cells that send signals controlling almost every function in the body (see illustration). When brain tissue is damaged, it can have far-ranging effects including:

  • Physical. Paralysis, stiffness, weakness, a loss of feeling or lack of coordination may affect your face, arm or a leg, or an entire side of your body. You also may have balance problems; visual deficits, including blindness in one or both eyes; or trouble speaking or swallowing.
  • Cognitive. The way you think, remember or interact with others or perceive the world around you may be affected. Perceptual changes may make it harder for you to understand what you feel, see or hear. You may also have difficulty understanding what you read or what people say.
  • Psychological. Stroke can affect you by damaging an area of your brain that’s involved in producing emotions. You may feel helpless, frustrated, and uninterested in activities you once enjoyed. You may cry or laugh more easily or have sudden mood swings for no apparent reason. Depression, grief, irritability, and fatigue sometimes occur.

Helping Achieve Independence

The outlook for stroke rehabilitation is better today than ever before. After a stroke, some people experience a complete or nearly complete recovery. Still, approximately half of stroke survivors will be left with some kind of permanent disability. The success of rehabilitation depends on many factors, including:

  • Its timing. The earlier rehabilitation begins, the more likely you are to regain lost abilities and skill.
  • The extent of brain injury. People with milder injuries are likely to benefit the most. But even with slight improvement, rehabilitation can mean the difference between functioning independently and needing assistance for your activities.
  • Its intensity and frequency. Studies suggest that greater intensity and frequency of therapy improve functional outcomes. Even if rehabilitation sessions are scheduled only a few times a week, therapeutic exercises should be done on a daily basis.
  • Your outlook and attitude. Motivation and a positive attitude are key to obtaining an optimal level of recovery. Rehabilitation requires a willingness to work hard.
  • The cooperation of friends and family. Companionship and emotional support are essential to rehabilitation. Caregivers also play an important role in assisting with rehabilitation exercises and therapies, and helping you maintain improvement.

What Is Involved

The purpose of rehabilitation is to reach the highest possible level of independence. What you do in rehabilitation depends on what skills you need to become independent. A major part of rehabilitation is often physical training and therapy. This may involve training with mobility skills, such as relearning to walk or learning to self-propel a wheelchair; balancing skills; and maximizing the range of motion in your joint.

Rehabilitation may also involve relearning self-care skills including eating, grooming, bathing, and dressing or learning to adapt how you perform these tasks to compensate for your disability. Addressing cognitive skills, including memory and problem solving, and communication and social skills are also important parts of rehabilitation. You may also learn how to reorganize your living space to make it safer and more accessible.

Because numerous impairments may be involved, rehabilitation is facilitated by a diverse team, which may include doctors specializing in physical medicine and rehabilitation (physiatrists), physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, psychologists, rehabilitation nursing, social workers, and others. Although each team member lends particular expertise, the team works together to help recovery.

Advances

The brain was once thought to be a static organ brain cells could die but not be repaired or regained. In recent years, due to research studies and advances in brain imaging techniques, doctors and researchers are gaining a new understanding of how brain systems adapt after stroke to regain function (brain plasticity).

After injury, efforts are geared towards maximizing function in spite of the damaged brain. In some research models, scientists observed the brain cells surrounding a damaged area undergo changes in function and shape that allow them to take on the functions of the damaged cells. Results indicate that similar changes occur in human brains after a stroke and other trauma.

Researchers have hypothesized that stem cells one day may enable damaged brain areas to recover their function. Other therapies to encourage the regeneration of damaged brain cells are also being explored. Many other recent advances may play a role in retraining injured areas of the brain and helping to stimulate use of paralyzed or weakened areas of the body. Other advances include:

  • Constraint-induced therapy. This therapy involves restricting the use of an unaffected or less affected limb while intensively training the more-affected limb. This helps improve limb function.
  • Forced-use therapy. With conventional forced-use therapy, therapists manually assist with thousands of movement repetitions to help the injured brain relearn how to accomplish tasks with an impaired limb. Researchers are exploring the use of robots to assist with these movements.
  • Electrical stimulation and biofeedback. Functional electrical stimulation involves the use of electricity to stimulate muscles weakened or paralyzed by a stroke to cause them to contract. In biofeedback, a sensor is placed over a target muscle, and when that muscle is successfully moved, the electrical activity generated by that muscle is picked up by the sensor and used to provide biofeedback to the individual. The goal is to help a stroke survivor become more aware of the means to move the target muscle and achieve the movement more easily. Some rehabilitation facilities combine these two methods to speed muscle and nerve retraining.
  • Cortical simulation. With this technique, an electrical current is used to stimulate the motor cortex in the brain. Studies have shown that it improves the performance of a paralyzed limb. However, it hasn’t yet been approved for clinical use.
  • Wiihabilitation. Many stroke patients require interactive physical therapy, which they may find boring and sometimes painful. But doctors have found that Nintendo’s Wii video game system, is an excellent substitute as the games motion-sensitive controller requires body movements similar to traditional therapy but provides so much distraction and more enjoyment for stroke patients. Rehab doctors in the Philippines have started to use it to help stroke patients regain movement in their arms and legs. The local experience, for example, at the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center, had been favorable.

In addition to these therapies, pioneering work is being done in the area of virtual reality. These simulations and training methods encourage the brain to reorganize to compensate for the damage. They’re designed to improve range of motion, balance, strength, and other measures of motor function.

However, none of these treatment methods has been shown to be significantly better than willful, task-specific practice of a motor behavior. A willingness to work towards improvement is one of the most important ingredients of successful rehabilitation.

by Tyrone M. Reyes, M.D.

Source:

Philippine Council for Health Research and Development

http://www.pchrd.dost.gov.ph/index.php/news/library-health-news/981-stroke-rehabilitation-road-to-recovery

 

Call for Help: Merck Osena Hospitalization and Healing Fund

Our youngest brother Merck Osena suffered a stroke last August 24, 2017. We rushed him to the hospital at 2AM and have undergone 2 neurosurgical operations within his first 24 hours. The first operation was to remove the blood clot and the second one is to stop the bleeding and relieve pressure in his brain (craniectomy).

 

Currently he is recovering, but his right side is immobile/weak and some of his cognitive functions are affected. His doctors are very optimistic about his full recovery as he is relatively young (36 years old) and does not have any vices. The next step for his recovery is for him to undergo regular physical and occupational therapy sessions. Merck himself is very responsive and eager to get his strength back.

 

However, the hospitalization costs and procedures have all drained his and the family’s savings, mainly due to the 2 neurosurgical operations, our long stay in the ICU and the doctor’s professional fees. Even though he has a health card, it is not enough to cover his hospital bills. The whole family is helping each other with the hospital expenses but our pooled funds is still short to cover all.

 

Our family is knocking on your generous hearts to help us with Merck’s hospitalization, healing and recovery. Your kindness will make a lot of difference for the life of our dearest brother. Merck’s has a lot to live for, the love of his family, supportive friends, a great job, and a wonderful future.

 

Thank you and God bless!

 

For full details, please visit the gogetfunding.com link

Thanks!

Free Everwing Cheats and Tips

Hi Guys! You might have heard of the game Everwing 🙂

Everwing is vertical scrolling shooting game in which player control characters (called guardians) and their dragon sidekick. When I first played it I am reminded of Twin Bee shooter game of the 80’s (hehehe I’m old school gamer), but now it’s on your mobile phone and Facebook messenger so it’s cool!

In the game, guardians are like your avatar with special abilities and together with dragon/sidekicks they will fight monsters and bosses. A great game and I think most of you have received an invite via Facebook messenger. So if you looking for Free Everwing cheats and tips, you are lucky because I will share my most effective Free Six Everwing Cheats:

My first Everwing cheat: Focus on one guardian, and level it up as soon as you can for better damage output.

Given the following basic guardians:

  • Alice – starting guardian.
  • Fiona – Dragons sidekicks get 2x XP. Unlock @ level 2. Cost: 1,000 coins
  • Sophia – 2x faster completing Quests. Unlock @ level 3. Cost: 12,000 coins
  • Lily – Earn you 2x Coins. Unlock @ level 6. Cost: 30,000 coins
  • Aurora – Coin and Items power up Magnet! Unlock @ level 19. Cost: 150,000 coins
  • Lenore – Has 2 lives. Unlock @ level 25. Cost: 150,000 coins

Fiona (the 2x-XP dragon) is a good choice to level up early so you can have good damage output while leveling
And when Aurora (the item magnet guardian) is available, it will be good to start using it and level up as your main .
Get Lenore too as soon as you have the coins. Lenore is in my opinion the best among the basic guardians when fighting Everwing bosses because of her 2 lives.

My 2nd Everwing cheat: Do quests, even without playing the game
Quests are great free Everwing coins magnet:

And Everwing have good integration with FB messenger (via Gamebot feature) and you can do quests by just some clicks inside Facebook messenger app.

My 3rd Everwing cheat: Create groups of combination of friends for the game invite/challenge
Everwing have some challenges wherein you need to invite new friends or group of friends for a game.

And if you complete 10 (or 30) you get special prize (a dragon egg or a powerful guardian).

Example you have 5 friends actively playing Everwing (Alice, Bob, Chuck, Dave, and Eve) so you need to invite/challenge them individually (5 invite count already) and then create groups of combination of friends and challenge that group.

Example of combinations (in addition to the 5 individual invites)
Create group of you + (2 friends)
6. Alice + Bob
7. Alice + Chuck
8. Alice + Dave
9. Alice + Eve
10. Bob + Chuck
11. Bob + Dave
12. Bob + Eve
13. Chuck + Dave
14. Chuck + Eve
15. Dave + Eve

Then create group of You + 3 friends
16. A+B+C
17. A+B+D
18. A+B+E
19. B+C+D
20. B+C+E
… and so on…

Then create group of You + 4 friends.

Then with 5 friends 🙂

But remember: The important thing here is that you DO NOT Spam Non-Everwing FB friends

My 4th Everwing Tip: Fight Bosses and make sure you max-out reward damage
How to know max-out reward damage, see this pic below (look for the red boxed part):

This means by completing this damage bar, you will have more chances of getting good dragon eggs.

My 5th Everwing Cheat: Evolve Dragons with same zodiac.

Zodiac is those symbols beside the dragon.

At level 10 and 20, you can evolve the dragons by merging same-type dragons. Same zodiac evolved means extra damage. Proof? See:

I know it’s tempting to evolve dragons…

But at later levels you will need the highest possible damage in Everwing so this extra damage will really be needed, and you will regret not evolving same zodiac-dragons.

My last Everwing Cheat of the day: Enjoy the game with real friends 🙂

This means interacting and encouraging your real life friends to play Everwing with you. I have some friends IRL and we do friendly Trash Talk 🙂 to make the game more enjoyable and the game is more fun for us this way 🙂 . We also have a family Everwing group and many family members are active damaging the Everwing boss collaboratively for the everwing prizes.

That’s all of my free six Everwing Cheats and Tips for the day! Hope you like it!

How about you? Do you have everwing tips and cheats too? Feel free to share it by leaving some comments below 🙂

Trend Micro CTF 2017

Hello Friends!!!

Our company is running a cool educational contest this summer that is worth checking out. It is a global competition intended to help build skills among young professionals and seasoned veterans in the area of cybersecurity.

This Trend Micro event, called Capture the Flag (CTF), will consist of challenges across 4 disciplines including targeted attacks, cybercrime, IoT, and SCADA. Winner gets JPY 1,000,000 (approximately US$8,700) plus much much more!!!

Trend Micro is also offering an amazing opportunity for the top 10 online qualifying teams and will cover travel expenses to Japan (up to JPY 200,000 / approximately US$1,810/ conditions apply) as well as three nights hotel accommodation. Even if you are not really interested in the prizes, this is a great opportunity for you to test your skills and learn!

With a global shortage of skilled cybersecurity experts, this is a great way for people to build their knowledge of this industry.

Think you have what it takes?

REGISTER NOW

Btw, I blogged about the Trend Micro CTF 2017 in my other tech blog 🙂 please check it  out  too 🙂

Before I end the post, the usual disclaimer/disclosure:
I work at Trend Micro. The information contained in this post is taken from Trend Micro press materials. The views expressed in this blog are mine alone and do not necessarily represent my employer’s positions, strategies or opinions.

To know more on what I do full-time kindly visit my blog’s about page. To read my blog’s disclosure policy, kindly visit my disclosure page

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