Newsletter: Huawei Topples Apple & Dragonfly’s Havoc On Us Power Grids

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“Free. You call *this* free? All I do is what he tells me to do. If I have to choose between that and the Matrix. I choose the Matrix!” ~ Cypher (the Matrix)

APPLE NO LONGER WORLD’S SECOND LARGEST SMARTPHONE MANUFACTURER

THE STORY

Chinese smartphone manufacturer outsells iPhone, putting Apple in number 3 position.

DIDN’T WE ALREADY WARN EVERYONE?

We’ve already had recent news about Chinese OEM Huawei quickly gaining ground in terms of smartphone sales. While the company itself has repeatedly expressed their goal to becoming market leaders, no one really took them seriously. But in a surprising turn of events, the company did manage to sell nearly 50,000 more smartphone units than Apple last month. They now boast of a 12% market share, with 1.8 million units worth of sales in Eastern and Central Europe.

HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?

Despite of being relatively unknown in the US and UK market, Huawei has recently picked up sales outside China. This was explained by experts as a result of strategically planned marketing campaigns, steady supply chains, robust distribution channels and support from app developers. The major reason however, is certainly Huawei being a far more affordable brand than Apple.

Being the largest smartphone brand in China, Huawei has already toppled major competitors such as Sony and Nokia along with other Chinese brands such as Oppo and Xiaomi. Hence, it surely doesn’t come as a surprise if such a brand gains footing against world leaders such as Apple and Samsung.

BUT CAN THEY HOLD THEIR POSITION?

Huawei has surely proved their mettle against a worldwide sensation like Apple, but that still doesn’t mean they’ve won the battle. With their sales only being marginally higher than iPhone, experts speculate things might take a drastic turn once iPhone 8 is launched. But since it is not really going to be an affordable affair, Huawei can surely hope to solidify its brand in North American market like Samsung.


HACKERS TARGET US POWER GRID FOLLOWING A MALWARE ATTACK

THE STORY

Symantec issues warning about possible attack on national power grid in US codenamed as “Dragonfly 2.0”

WAIT, THEY CONTROL THE POWER NOW?

Although the attack hasn’t taken place yet, the US based cybersecurity firm Symantec has revealed a string of smaller skirmishes against power companies in the past few months. Worse, such breaches have also become more intense in recent weeks. According to Mr. Eric Chien, technical director at Symantec, “Symantec has seen machines that are in operational networks that have been compromised. The example behavior we have seen thus far on those machines is taking screenshots.”

But that doesn’t mean that hackers control the country’s energy grid. However it could certainly be a future possibility if proper security measures are not adopted by the power companies.

WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS ATTACK?

Researchers have dubbed this cyber attack as ‘Dragonfly 2.0’ as it is considered to be the next phase of similar covert strikes back in 2014-15. Symantec has also stated that “The Dragonfly group appears to be interested in both learning how energy facilities operate and also gaining access to operational systems themselves, to the extent that the group now potentially has the ability to sabotage or gain control of these systems should it decide to do so.”

They also pointed out various similarities between the two incursions, that include similar malware and infected web pages that are unique to this hacker group.

Akshay Peter

Akshay Luke Peters is a writer and blogger for Systweak Software. He likes to write about off-beat topics and technological awareness. He is also part musician who likes to explore the future of technology in entertainment and popular media.

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