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February 19th, 2019:

Wireless 5G – Snapdragon x55 GEN2 modem will provide 7Gbps in 2020

Article recommends holding until 2020 for 5G to spread more so & for innovations over the initial products this year.

You may want to hold off buying a 5G phone until 2020.  We know that 5G will officially launch in 2019, but the first 5G phones to hit the market this year could be quickly outshone by 5G devices launched towards the end of 2019 and into 2020. Smartphone chipset maker Qualcomm has announced its second generation 5G modem, the Snapdragon X55, which it claims is the world’s first capable of 7Gbps.  What does that mean for you? Even faster internet speeds, allowing you to download movies, apps, TV shows, games and music in seconds, although you’re unlikely to see that top-end 7Gbps speed instantly as networks continue to develop their 5G experience.

Malware – File extension DAA used by CD and DVD burning exploited

File extension DAA is used by CD and DVD burning software (Power ISO) & is now being exploited as shared below.  While a rare in-the-wild threat, it illustrates dangers & creativity associated with new attacks:

Agent Tesla keylogger delivered inside a Power ISO .daa archive

We never fail to be astonished by the ingenuity and attempts from malware bad actors to get their malware delivered to their intended victims. However in many cases, like this one, their attempts spectacularly backfire where such a tiny, minuscule number of recipients will be able to open the malware attachment and stand a possibility of being infected. They have used a type of archive that is virtually unknown and none of the commonly used extraction tools will extract the content. They have used a .daa file which is a proprietary format created by and only used by  Power ISO, which is a program primarily used to create, rip, alter, or copy DVD, CD or Blue-ray discs. It does though have the ability to create zip files.