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Cyber Attacks: Smart home devices used as weapons to disrupt Internet sites

Smart home devices used as weapons to disrupt Internet sites

External peripherals were used as weapons in hacking by the cyber attackers. The foundation was laid a month before Friday’s attack. A Mirai code which is a malicious malware was placed on the Internet.

The affect is however confined to the Eastern part of America and some of the European countries.

Twitter, PayPal, Spotify and Reddit are the major prey’s of this cyber attack. Some of the news websites also struggled due to this attack.

Internet connected accessories like Digital recorders and web cameras have become the weapons for this largest attack.

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DDoS or Distributed Denial of services which make the traffic immense and create the virtual traffic for a particular server is a type of cyber attack.

Investigating agencies quickly launched their precautionary measures. Though they are not so affective as the hackers used the most difficult methods to tackle.

Earlier, Middle-East countries suffered with the same type of attacks. Dyn is a company which is involved in the Internet traffic controlling. The US based company along with Flashpoint is jointly investigating into the cyber attack issue.

The Internet security breach is a challenging task for all the investigating authorities. FBI and US Department of Homeland security is also continuing with its own investigations.

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Hundreds of thousands of internet access points have been identified for the cyber attack. Unfortunately, tracing the IP addresses and blocking them could not solve the problem.

Google and OpenDNS cannot be blocked as they will stop the entire services on the internet. The attackers have chosen the Google and OpenDNS to initiate hacking.

Most of the top sites have confirmed the cyber attack. Twitter has confirmed the news. PayPal released a statement apologizing the users for non-functioning of the site in London for quite some time. But the company has not confirmed the cyber attack.

 Spotify And Apple Music Dominates YouTube As Audio Streaming Overtakes Music Videos

 Spotify And Apple Music Dominates YouTube

Spotify and Apple music overtakes the dominance of YouTube’s music videos. On Tuesday, a study of the first half of this year revealed that Americans for the first time are streaming music on audio services more than through music videos. This clearly shows the shift in the industry.

BuzzAngle Music, an analytics provider, discovered that since the start of 2016, Americans have reached 114 billion audio streaming via music subscription apps like Spotify, Apple music and Tidal. While only 95 billion of music videos were streamed on YouTube, Dailymotion and other sites.

Spotify Reaches To 100 Million Subscribers Since Launch of Apple Music Streaming

Very interestingly both audio and music video streaming services experienced growth in the first half of the year when compared to the first half of 2015. The results show 23 % of the rise in the music video streaming and on-demand audio streaming rose up to 107.8 percent. Streaming as a whole was up 58.3 percent. Online radio streaming like Pandora is not included in this statistics.

The largest streaming company Spotify said that it had 89 million active users every month throughout the world as of the end of 2015. And among them, 28 million members were paying for subscriptions. So, the rise in the music streaming through subscription apps means more revenue from ads and eventually more money for artists through royalties.

But many artists are not satisfied with Spotify in particular for its pay, and the music industry says that their profits are far less when compared to the video streaming sites. Recently a 25 years old public relations executive, Lauren Higgins when tried to sign-in for Spotify on her iPhone she was shocked as the music service asked her to pay $13 for a month which is $3 more than the gift subscription she gifted her boyfriend.

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And when Higgins, tweeted her embarrassment a member of Spotify reacted to tell her that she could get her subscription for $10 if she signed up on the web rather than on Apple device. So, our ignorance costs $3 here. Well, artists should know the how to get connected to their fans by trying every possible method and users should understand the pricing of such subscription apps.

Then Mark Now Sundar Pichai! Who is Next? Hackers got hands on Google CEO Quora Account

Hackers got hands on Google CEO Quora

Google CEO Sundar Pichai’s Quora accounts had been breached by the hackers. Following this, Hackers posted about this on Sundar account, that they are responsible for the cause.

On Sunday, the group of hackers with the name “OurMine” has hacked the Sundar Pichai’s Quora account, which is the Question and Answer online social community.

The Hackers posted “We are just testing your security,” on CEO’s Quora account, and the same message is auto-posted to his Twitter account Via Quora. These posts were deleted on Monday from these accounts.

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The same group OurMine, which has hacked the social media accounts of CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg in the last month. The team of hackers had also got the hands on the accounts of Spotify CEO (Daniel Ek) and the Amazon’s prominent executive. The good thing, so far hacks were relatively innocuous, and no significant consequences have been faced, or any other sensitive data had stolen. But the Silicon Valley is likely wondering who will be the next?

“We are just trying to tell everyone that nobody is safe!” OurMine said via email. Some accounts were broken into because of weak passwords, others because of some “vulnerability,”

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The Hacker team “OurMine” has said via email that they will continue to hack the accounts of each executive and the famous personalities. The group claimed that in the last week, they had taken over the Twitter accounts of CEO of Spotify, Film star Channing Tatum and posted the screenshots.

So far the group is hacking for the publicity stunts, and the team has tweeted, that users can increase their security by purchasing the OurMine’s services. This group is offering the services for $100 to improve the security for their social media accounts and $1000 to check the vulnerabilities on the websites.  This group had claimed $18,400 till date after selling the services.

Will Apple Music service shut down Spotify in Near Future?

Apple music

On Quarterly Earning call day Apple’s CEO Tim cook unveiled Apple Music streaming service, which had currently 13 Million paid subscribers. Since, its launch on June 30, 2015 the service took a long step towards the success. The service has added 2 million paid subscribers since February when the company announced 11 million subscribers. Now, it’s time for the competitors like Spotify and Pandora to come up with the best plans to compete with the Apple Music. Spofity, the leading music service provider since its launch has attracted just 30 million paid subscribers in March 2016.

The 10 month old Apple Music streaming service is undoubtedly giving a tough competition. With such a fast growth, soon the tech giant Apple music service is going to shut down Spofity as it is given that Apple has over 1 billion users on iOS. Well, the extensive marketing strategies of Apple will definitely bridge the gap in these digits between Apple and Spofity. Mr. Cook said, the service generated $9.9 billion in this quarter with a hike of 37 percent each year.

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Apple Music service is promotion continued by releasing videos and songs of famous artists. Recent video of Apple music service, Taylor Swift vs Treadmill was the most viewed endorsement on internet. However the iPhone sales have reportedly come down. The company is right now working on the service parts and service business like iTunes, Apple Pay, Apple Music, iCloud.

“Our team executed extremely well in the face of strong macroeconomic headwinds. We are very happy with the continued strong growth in revenue from Services, thanks to the incredible strength of the Apple ecosystem and our growing base of over one billion active devices,” Mr. Tim Cook said.

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Apple Music service is priced $9.99 per month which close to Spofity service. Well, Spofity is priced just $4.99 for Students whereas this not available in Apple music service. Apple music service bugs can be cleared only when iOS is updated. Spofity updates directly from the app store. Besides three month of free trail, the company is planning to start a new TV show starring Dr. Dre, as a part of advertising exclusive content on its music service.

Apple music streaming service has no major updates since its launch. According to the experts in the field, the company may add few new features during the World Wide Developers Conference which is scheduled for June. A dominant player in market of many countries has surprisingly managed to become one of the leading music services before its first anniversary, on June 30.

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Spotify Reaches To 100 Million Subscribers Since Launch of Apple Music Streaming

Spotify with 100 million subscribers

Spotify has now extended a faster growth in Music Streaming Service, although its rival company Apple launched it Stream Music in last June.

The company’s vice president Jonathan Forster says it has reached nearly 100 Million Subscribers on streaming Music. Spotify VP also said Reuters that the corporation has 30 Million ‘Premium’ users.

The Swedish company which found ten years ago is now getting close to 100 million users in 59 markets even with the increasing competition.

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“It’s great that Apple is in the game. Just in case, we are raising the profile of Music Streaming. It is hard to build an industry on your own,” Jonathan Forster, a vice president and one of its first employees, told Reuters in an interview.

“Since Apple Music started we’ve been growing quicker and adding more users than before.”

“It would be terrible if we were just taking each other’s users or to learn there was just a ceiling of 100 million users – I don’t think that is the case,” said Forster, who had just returned to Stockholm from the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in California.

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Although Spotify has 30 million paying subscribers in just 59 markets making a mark in music streaming, whereas Apple Music has only 13 million paying subscribers over 100 countries.

And also, the Spotify faces competition from newer rivals apart from Apple, such as Pandora, SoundCloud, Jay Z’s Tidal in meanwhile Google’s YouTube and Play Music. Spotify VP also mentioned multiple streaming services wasn’t sustain in long run.

When Reuters ask on acquisition possibilities, Foster clearly said future purchase on similar scale depends on the recent deals whether to bring on new teams and Technology.

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“I wouldn’t be surprised to see Spotify continue to invest in areas that are relevant or adjacent to our business,” he said. Revenues will automatically come from subscription, but Spotify also hunts on concerts, merchandising and video, but we are not trying to be a Netflix.

Spotify launched on Monday a new video expressing the inclusion of video artist (behind the scenes).

When asked about acquisition target, VP told Spotify will always prefer to be “Spotify,” we are happy with what we are doing now. We have seen people are waked up on the opportunity on streaming which we believe this is just the beginning.


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