3.3 Million BlackBerry Shares Bought by Billionaire Jim Simons

Jim Simons, who founded the Medallion Fund, one of the world’s largest hedge funds, is taking aim at the technology sector.

3.3 Million BlackBerry Shares Bought by Billionaire Jim Simons | N4BB

Simons is eyeing companies that are positioning themselves in the Internet of Things (IoT) industry. Almost everything in the physical world still remains unconnected to the internet. However, in the very near future we’ll see nearly everything from automobiles to kitchen appliances to shipping containers will all be connected.

The IoT market is potentially huge. Networking giant Cisco Systems predicts that by 2020:

The IoT market will add US$19 trillion to the world’s gross domestic product.

The worldwide IoT market for products and services will grow threefold to more than US$3 trillion.

The number of devices connected to the Internet will pass 50 billion, up from about 10 billion devices today.

via 3.3 Million BlackBerry Shares Bought by Billionaire Jim Simons | N4BB.

QNX Wireless Framework brings smartphone-caliber connectivity to Embedded Systems

As posted on Crackberry.com…


“The QNX Wireless Framework was developed by a team of mobile wireless experts with hundreds of person-years of experience building advanced, carrier-grade mobile products,” said Grant Courville, director, product management, QNX Software Systems. “Our latest innovation allows developers to experience best-in-class smartphone-grade technology already deployed in millions of BlackBerry devices and supported by hundreds of carriers worldwide and to apply that connectivity to the embedded systems they are building in a simplified way.”

via QNX Wireless Framework brings smartphone-caliber connectivity to Embedded Systems | CrackBerry.com.

Most vulnerable operating systems of 2014 are Apple

GFI Reports…

It is interesting that although Microsoft operating systems still have a considerable number of vulnerabilities, they are no longer in the top 3. Apple

with OS X and iOS is at the top, followed by Linux kernel.

2014 was a tough year for Linux users from a security point of view, coupled with the fact that some of the most important security issues of the year were reported for applications that usually run on Linux systems. Heartbleed, for example, is a critical security vulnerability detected in OpenSSL while Shellshock is a vulnerability that affects GNU Bash.

via Most vulnerable operating systems and applications in 2014.

Malware Is Still Spying On Android After Your Mobile Is Off

As posted on the AVG blog, a new piece of Android Malware has been found.

After pressing the power button, you will see the real shutdown animation, and the phone appears off. Although the screen is black, it is still on.

While the phone is in this state, the malware can make outgoing calls, take pictures and perform many other tasks without notifying the user.

How does this happen?

First, we have to analyze in detail, the shutting down process.

On Android devices, when the power off button is pressed it will invoke the interceptKeyBeforeQueueingfunction of the class interceptKeyBeforeQueueing.interceptKeyBeforeQueueing will check if the power off button is pressed and go to certain process.

Malware Is Still Spying On You After Your Mobile Is Off.

The New QNX Hypervisor, Read more!

Blackberry QNX Hypervisor

Efficiency Through Software: New QNX Hypervisor Enables Cost-Effective, Consolidated Embedded Systems

Hypervisor Reduces System Costs of Medical, Industrial, and Automotive Devices by Enabling Critical and Non-Critical Applications to Run on a Single Hardware Platform

OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – Feb. 18, 2015) – QNX Software Systems, a subsidiary of BlackBerry Limited, today announced the QNX® Hypervisor 1.0, a realtime Type 1 hypervisor for medical devices, industrial automation systems, and automotive applications such as car infotainment systems, advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), and digital instrument clusters. By using the QNX Hypervisor, embedded system developers can consolidate multiple operating systems onto a single compute platform or system-on-chip (SoC), thereby reducing the cost, size, weight, and power consumption of their products.

The QNX Hypervisor simplifies the certification process for safety-critical systems by allowing developers to keep safety-related and non-safety-related software components fully isolated from each other. Safety-related components can run on one OS while non-safety components run on another OS, which the hypervisor hosts in a separate virtual machine. This technique complements the advanced isolation mechanisms of the QNX Neutrino® OS, which prevent software components from corrupting or consuming system resources needed by other components or by the OS itself.

The QNX Hypervisor employs patent-pending technology to reduce development time for consolidated systems. With this technology, multiple operating systems can use a single display controller to render graphical content on two or more displays, such as an automotive digital instrument cluster and infotainment touchscreen. The QNX Hypervisor can also simplify the sharing of other resources, including network connections, file systems, and input/output devices such as the I2C serial bus. Developers are spared the effort of writing custom shared-device drivers that increase testing and certification costs and that typically exhibit lower performance than vendor-supplied device drivers.

The QNX Hypervisor also helps companies preserve their software investments by minimizing the work required to port software from legacy systems to new hardware platforms.

QNX Software Systems’ business is deeply focused on markets that, according to recent data from VDC Research, will significantly increase adoption of hypervisors and other virtualization techniques over the next three years. These markets include automotive, medical, industrial automation, and rail and transport.

“More and more engineering organizations are consolidating previously discrete systems, requiring the adoption of new software solutions. By leveraging a hypervisor, system designers can separate safety functions from non-safety functions, saving on hardware costs and potentially streamlining the certification process,” said Christopher Rommel, executive vice president, VDC Research. “QNX Software Systems has a proven history in mission-critical embedded systems and, with the release of the QNX Hypervisor, it is providing yet another option for its customers to optimize their next-generation designs.”

The QNX Hypervisor supports the QNX Neutrino OS and other operating systems, including Linux and Android. The QNX Hypervisor complies with standards such as IEC 61508 for industrial safety, ISO 26262 for automotive safety, and IEC 62304 for medical device software.

Designed for fast, predictable performance, the QNX Hypervisor supports time-critical applications for automotive, medical, and industrial devices, including, for example, backup cameras that require extremely short boot times.

“With the release of the QNX Hypervisor, QNX Software Systems offers the core components for building consolidated, safety-certified, realtime solutions. These include microkernel OS architecture, adaptive partitioning technology, certified OS products, and now, a virtualization solution for isolating multiple operating systems on a single platform,” said Grant Courville, director of product management, QNX Software Systems. “The unique capabilities of our hypervisor solution reflect our commitment to reducing development efforts and enabling customers to place a greater focus on product differentiation and time-to-market.”


Select customers will begin evaluating the QNX Hypervisor 1.0 in April 2015. It is scheduled for general release in Q3 2015.

via Efficiency Through Software: New QNX Hypervisor Enables Cost-Effective, Consolidated Embedded Systems.

BlackBerry’s QNX Still Dominates Car Market, but For How Much Longer?

BlackBerry’s QNX Still Dominates Car Market, but For How Much Longer?

BlackBerry acquired QNX Systems in 2010. Back then, it was still called Research In Motion. A lot has changed since then, including the name.

One thing that has not changed, though, is QNX’s impressive marketshare of the automboile industry’s “infotainment” space—you know, all the new-fangled, problematic interfaces most new cars come with these days. QNX, born in Ottawa in the ’80s by two University of Waterloo, owns more than half the market. And it’s a fast-growing one, too.

QNX isn’t a massive part of BlackBerry’s overall revenue—around 3% to 5%, according to some estimates—but the automobile industry is half of QNX’s revenue. Which is why it’s a little wary of the sudden appearance of Google’s Android platform in motor vehicles today.

The connected-car market is expected to be worth more than $50 billion by 2015, according to a 2013 forecast from the GSM Association of mobile operators, which is more than triple its value today. That’s a big opportunity for QNX—and its competitors, which includes not only Google, but also Apple, the world’s most valuable company.

via BlackBerry’s QNX Still Dominates Car Market, but For How Much Longer?.

Investigating Malware Pawn Storm for iPhone

As posted on the Fortinet Blog!

What does the malware do?

To summarize the malware’s goals, it fetches commands via HTTP GET from a remote C&C, and uploads information via HTTP POST. The command it recognizes are listed in the table below.

0 Get Info Device

1 Start Record

2 Get Audio File

3 Get Contact List

4 Current Location

5 Get Installed Apps

6 Wifi Status

7 Get all Pictures from Photo Library

8 List a given directory

9 Get a given file

10 Get process list

11 Get SMS

The code shows a few interesting things:

via Investigating on Pawn Storm for iPhone | Fortinet Blog.

Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware

PALO ALTO, Calif. — In late 2013, an A.T.M. in Kiev started dispensing cash at seemingly random times of day. No one had put in a card or touched a button. Cameras showed that the piles of money had been swept up by customers who appeared lucky to be there at the right moment.


But when a Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, was called to Ukraine to investigate, it discovered that the errant machine was the least of the bank’s problems.

via Bank Hackers Steal Millions via Malware – NYTimes.com.