Get an extra 17% off Dell and Alienware PCs this weekend, and more tech deals – Blog – 10 minute

Here’s a compendium of tech deals for this weekend. Dell has an extra 17% off code “EXTRA17” that works on several Dell and Alienware PCs. One of the better deals is that it works on the customizable Alienware Aurora R8 gaming desktop, so you can configure it how you wish and get an extra 17% off including the upgrades.
The MSI GL65 15.6-inch gaming laptop is back at only $1019, a great price for a laptop boasting 32GB RAM. Other highlights include the Apple iPad Pro which is back on sale for $674 and the 5TB external WD My Passport hard drive is discounted for just $99.99.
Featured Deals

Alienware Aurora R8 Intel Core i5-9400 6-core Gaming Desktop with GTX 1660 for $829.99 at Dell (use code: EXTRA17 – list price $999.99)

Alienware AW3420DW 34″ 3440×1440 120Hz Curved IPS G-Sync Gaming Monitor for $849.99 at Dell (use code: EXTRA17 – list price $1499.99)

55″ Samsung The Frame 4K QLED TV for $1149 (65″ for $1549) at PCMag Shop (use code: SAVE300 – list price $1999.99)

WD My Passport 5TB USB 3.0 Portable External Hard Drive for $99.99 at Amazon (list price $149.99)

Apple iPad Pro 11-inch 64GB 11″ WiFi Tablet for $674 at Walmart (list price $799)

65″ LG C9 Series 4K OLED TV with Alpha 9 Processor, 120Hz at 4K, HDMI 2.1, Variable Refresh Rate for $1999 at PCMag Shop (use code: SAVE200 – list price $2999.99)

MSI GL65 Intel Core i7-9750H 6-core 15.6″ 1080p Gaming Laptop with GTX 1660Ti, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $1019 at Walmart (list price $1599)

Netgear Orbi RBK23 AC2200 Tri-band Whole Home Mesh WiFi System (3-Pack) for $199.99 at Amazon (list price $299.99)

65″ LG B9 Series 4K OLED TV with 120Hz at 4K, HDMI 2.1, Variable Refresh Rate for $1799 at PCMag Shop (use code: SAVE200 – list price $2499.99)

Nest Learning Smart Thermostat for $189.99 at PCMag Shop (list price $249.99)

Jetstream AC1900 Dual-Band 802.11ac WiFi Router for $29.99 at Walmart (list price $139)

Dell Latitude 7390 vPro Core i5-8350U 13.3″ 1080p Laptop for $569 at Dell (list price $2552.85)

Dell New Inspiron 15 5000 Intel 10th Gen Core i5-1035G1 Quad-core 15.6″ 1080p Laptop for $456.49 at Dell (use code: EXTRA17 – list price $678.99)

Dell Inspiron 3000 Intel Core i5-9400 6-core Desktop for $481.39 at Dell (use code: EXTRA17 – list price $628.99)

Dell Vostro Small 3470 Intel Core i5-9400 6-core Desktop for $549 at Dell (list price $927.14)

Roku Streaming Stick+ 4K Streaming Media Player for $39 at Walmart (list price $59)

PC Components, Networking and Storage

TP-Link Deco M5 AC1300 Whole Home WiFi Mesh System (3-Pack) for $152.99 at Amazon (list price $299.99)

TP-Link Archer C5400X AC5400 Tri-Band Wireless Gigabit Router for $229.99 at Amazon (list price $279.99)

Netgear Nighthawk R7200 AC2100 Smart WiFi Router for $79.99 at Walmart (list price $179.99)

TP-Link Archer AX1500 WiFi 6 Dual-Band Wireless Router for $69.99 at Walmart (list price $79.99)

RAVPower FileHub AC750 Wireless Travel Router, 6700mAh External Battery, Hard Drive, Media Reader for $34.99 at Amazon (Clip $3 Coupon and use code: WD009221 – list price $55.99)

AMD Ryzen 5 2600 6-Core Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler for $119.99 at Amazon (list price $199)

AMD Ryzen 5 3600 6-core Processor with Wraith Stealth Cooler for $174.99 at Amazon (list price $199)

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler for $299.99 at Amazon (list price $329)

AMD Ryzen 7 3800X 8-Core Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler for $339.99 at Amazon (list price $399)

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core Processor with Wraith Prism LED Cooler for $469.99 at Amazon (list price $499)

Logitech G604 Lightspeed Wireless Gaming Mouse for $79.99 at Amazon (list price $99.99)

nonda Aluminum USB Type-C to USB 3.0 Adapter for $7.99 at Amazon (list price $9.99)

TVs & Home Entertainment
Laptops

Dell Latitude 7390 vPro Core i5-8350U 13.3″ 1080p Laptop for $569 at Dell (list price $2552.85)

Dell New Inspiron 15 5000 Intel 10th Gen Core i5-1035G1 Quad-core 15.6″ 1080p Laptop for $456.49 at Dell (use code: EXTRA17 – list price $678.99)

MSI GL65 Intel Core i7-9750H 6-core 15.6″ 1080p Gaming Laptop with GTX 1660Ti, 32GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $1019 at Walmart (list price $1599)

Lenovo Ideapad 330s AMD Ryzen 5 2500U Quad-core 15.6″ Laptop for $359 at Walmart (list price $499)

Lenovo Ideapad S340 Intel Core i3-8145U Dual-Core 15.6″ Laptop for $329 at Walmart (list price $449)

Dell Vostro 15 3590 Intel 10th-Gen Core i7-10510U Quad-core 15.6″ 1080p Laptop for $659 at Dell (list price $1212.86)

Dell Vostro 15 5590 Intel 10th-Gen Core i7-10510U Quad-core 15.6″ 1080p Win10 Pro Laptop for $779 at Dell (list price $1427.14)

Acer Chromebook 14 Intel Atom x5-E8000 Quad-Core Processor 14″ Laptop with Protective Sleeve for $149 at Walmart (list price $299)

Asus Chromebook C423NA Intel Celeron N3350 14″ Laptop for $179 at Walmart (list price $269.99)

Asus Chromebook C425 Intel m3-8100Y 14″ 1080p Laptop for $299 at Walmart (list price $449)

HP 14 Intel Core i3-1005G1 Dual-Core 14″ Laptop for $279 at Walmart (list price $469)

Dell New Vostro 14 5000 Intel 10th-Gen Core i5-10210U Quad-core 14″ 1080p Laptop for $639 at Dell (list price $1141.43)

Dell New Vostro 14 5000 Intel 10th-Gen Core i7-10510U Quad-core 14″ 1080p Laptop with 512GB SSD for $859 at Dell (list price $1570)

Dell New Vostro 15 7000 Intel Core i7-9750H 6-core 15.6″ 1080p Laptop with GTX 1650, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD + 1TB HDD for $1059 at Dell (list price $1927.14)

Dell Precision 15 5530 Intel Core i7-8850H 6-core 15.6″ 1080p Workstation Laptop with NVIDIA Quadro P1000 for $929 at Dell (list price $2068)

Acer Predator Helios 300 Intel Core i7-9750H 6-Core 15.6″ 144Hz 1080p Gaming Laptop with RTX 2060, 16GB RAM, 512GB SSD for $1299.99 at Amazon (list price $1599.99)

HP Omen 15 Intel Core i7-9750H 6-core 15.6″ 1080p 144Hz Gaming Laptop with GTX 1660Ti, 16GB RAM + Omen Headset and Mouse for $999.99 at Walmart (list price $1399)

ASUS ROG Strix Intel i5-9300H 6-Core 15.6″ 1080p 120Hz Gaming Laptop with GTX 1660 Ti, 512GB SSD for $949 at Walmart (list price $1299)

Ematic AMD A4-9120 13.3″ 1080p IPS Laptop for $109 at Walmart (list price $229.99)

Desktop Computers

Alienware Aurora R8 Intel Core i5-9400 6-core Gaming Desktop with GTX 1660 for $829.99 at Dell (use code: EXTRA17 – list price $999.99)

Alienware Aurora Ryzen Edition AMD Ryzen 7 3700X 8-Core Gaming Desktop with RTX 2080 SUPER OC, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD for $1552.09 at Dell (use code: EXTRA17 – list price $1869.99)

Dell Inspiron 3000 Intel Core i5-9400 6-core Desktop for $481.39 at Dell (use code: EXTRA17 – list price $628.99)

Dell Vostro Small 3470 Intel Core i5-9400 6-core Desktop for $549 at Dell (list price $927.14)

Dell Precision 3431 SFF Workstation Intel Core i5-9400 6-core Win10 Pro Desktop for $719 at Dell (list price $1159.34)

Monitors

Alienware AW3420DW 34″ 3440×1440 120Hz Curved IPS G-Sync Gaming Monitor for $849.99 at Dell (use code: EXTRA17 – list price $1499.99)

Dell UltraSharp U3419W 34″ 3440×1440 USB-C Curved IPS Monitor + $100 Dell Gift Card for $699.99 at Dell (list price $929.99)

Samsung The Space 32″ 4K Frameless Bezel Monitor with Adjustable Stand for $349.99 at Walmart (list price $599.99)

Samsung CF39M 32″ 1080p Curved LED Monitor for $149.99 at Walmart (list price $249.99)

Acer ED242QR Abidpx 23.6″ 1080p 144Hz FreeSync Curved Gaming Monitor for $149.99 at Amazon (list price $199.99)

AOC C24G1 24″ 1080p 144Hz 1ms FreeSync Curved Gaming Monitor for $144.99 at Amazon (list price $179.99)

Smart Home Devices
Electronics

Pre-order Samsung Galaxy S20 128GB 5G Unlocked Smartphone + Samsung Galaxy Buds + Samsung Duo Wireless Charging Station for $999.99 at Amazon (list price $1159.86)
Pre-order Samsung Galaxy S20+ 128GB 5G Unlocked Smartphone + Samsung Galaxy Buds + Samsung Duo Wireless Charging Station for $1199.99 at Amazon (list price $1359.86)
Pre-order Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 128GB 5G Unlocked Smartphone + Samsung Galaxy Buds + Samsung Duo Wireless Charging Station for $1399.99 at Amazon (list price $1559.86)

Monoprice Maker Select 3D Printer v2 with Large Heated Build Plate for $168.99 at Amazon (list price $329.99)

Bose QuietComfort 35 II Noise-Cancelling Wireless Over-Ear Headphones (Rose Gold) for $218.99 at Amazon (list price $349)

Jabra Elite 85h Noise Canceling Wireless Bluetooth Headphones for $192.16 at Amazon (list price $299.99)

BeatsX Bluetooth Wireless Earphones for $79.95 at Amazon (list price $99.95)

Sony DPT-CP1/B 10″ Digital Paper for $398 (13″ for $598) at Amazon (list price $499.99)

Garmin Fenix 5S 42mm Premium Multisport GPS Smartwatch for $339 at Amazon (list price $499.99)

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Premium Multisport GPS Smartwatch for $499 at Amazon (list price $799.99)

GoPro Karma Grip Stabilizer for $199.99 at Amazon (list price $299.99)

RAVPower 20,000mAh 60W PD USB-C Dual USB Power Bank for $40.89 at Amazon (Clip $5 Coupon – list price $53.99)

Anker PowerCore Slim 10000 10000mAh Power Bank for $16.59 at Amazon (Clip $8 Coupon and use code: ANKER299 – list price $35.99)

Tacklife KP120 1200A Peak 12800mAh 12V Car Jump Starter and Power Bank for $48.78 at Amazon (use code: EFQICLMY – list price $99.7)

Anker PowerWave 10W Qi-Certified Fast Wireless Charging Pad for $8.49 at Amazon (Clip 29% Coupon – list price $11.99)

Anker PowerWave 10W Qi-Certified Fast Wireless Charging Pad (2-Pack) for $16.56 at Amazon (use code: SDB25312 – list price $19.99)

AmazonBasics AAA 1.5V Alkaline Batteries (100-Pack) for $15.29 at Amazon (Clip 30% Coupon and check out with Subscribe and Save – list price $22.99)

Energizer Ultimate Lithium AA Batteries (24-Count) for $24.36 at Amazon (Clip $6 Coupon and checkout with Subscribe and Save – list price $31.96)

Energizer CR2032 Watch Battery (6-Pack) for $5.03 at Amazon (Check out with Subscribe and Save – list price $14.99)

Anker PowerPort Strip PD 3 Power Strip with 3x Outlets, 1x USB-C, 2x USB Ports for $25.99 at Amazon (list price $37.99)

Gaming, Toys, and Collectibles
Apple Devices
Amazon Devices

Fire TV Stick 4K Streaming Media Player for $34.99 at Amazon (list price $49.99)

Fire HD 10 32GB 10.1″ 1080p Tablet with Special Offers for $109.99 at Amazon (list price $149.99)

Fire HD 8 16GB 8″ 1280×800 Tablet with Special Offers for $59.99 at Amazon (list price $79.99)

Fire 7 16GB 7″ 1024×600 Tablet with Special Offers for $39.99 at Amazon (list price $49.99)

Fire TV Cube 4K UHD Streaming Media Player for $89.99 at Amazon (list price $119.99)

Fire TV Recast 500GB 2 Tuner Over-the-air DVR for $144.99 (1TB 4 Tuner $195) at Amazon (list price $229.99)

Fire TV Stick Streaming Media Player for $24.99 at Amazon (list price $39.99)

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Nvidia GPU with 7,552 CUDA cores spotted in benchmark database – Blog – 10 minute

Through the looking glass: A pair of next-gen Nvidia graphics cards have been discovered in the Geekbench database. One has 118 compute units, and the other 108. Given compute units generally contain 64 cores, the two cards are implied to have 7,552 and 6,912 CUDA cores, respectively… with a catch. Geekbench counts compute units, but the structure of compute units can vary from generation to generation. Nvidia is also known to modify core configurations between generations.
When transitioning from Pascal to Turing, Nvidia halved the number of CUDA cores from 128 to 64 per Streaming Multiprocessor (colloquially, the compute unit). However, while Pascal has FP32 ALUs as the backbone of a CUDA core, Turing pairs an FP32 ALU with an INT32 ALU in every CUDA core, increasing the performance of each core by about one-third.
You can read more about this in our Navi vs. Turing architecture comparison.
Nvidia could boost the per-core performance again with the next generation, or, as rumors suggest, go the other way and increase the ratio of FP32 ALUs to INT32 ALUs in an attempt to increase efficiency. The bottom line is, until Nvidia tells us how they’re configuring their next-gen architecture, nothing is guaranteed. What Geekbench registers as a compute unit may be a device we’re unfamiliar with, and contain CUDA cores that perform better or worse than what we’re used to.

Model
Mystery GPU 1
Mystery GPU 2
Quadro RTX 8000

CUs/SMs
118
108
72

CUDA Cores
7552
6912
4608

Clock Speed
1110 MHz
1010 MHz
1770 MHz

Memory
24 GB
48 GB
48 GB

But let’s not spoil all the fun. These GPUs are, without a doubt, next-gen hardware that offer unprecedented levels of performance.
Contained within the Geekbench entries are the GPUs’ OpenCL benchmark scores. The big one reaches 184,096 points and the little one (isn’t that an oxymoron) gets 141,654. For comparison, the RTX 2080 Ti gets roughly 130,000.
It’s also a pretty safe bet that this pair are underperforming members of their species. The big one had a maximum clock, as recorded by Geekbench, of 1.11 GHz. The little one ran at 1.01 GHz. By the time the silicon graduates from engineering sample status they’ll probably reach full-blooded clocks of well over 1.5 GHz, and their performance will improve accordingly.
At a guess, I’d say that this pair are prototypes of next generation Quadro flagships. Their respective memory capacities of 48 GB and 24 GB exclude them from being gaming cards. But Nvidia uses almost identical silicon for its flagship Quadro and GeForce cards, so you could estimate the sequel to the RTX 2080 Ti to have about 7,000 cores – whatever those cores are made of.

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When up means down: why do so many video game players invert their controls? | Games – Blog – 10 minute

Imagine you are playing a video game where you’re looking out over an explorable world. You have a controller in your hand and you want your character to look or move upwards: in what direction do you push the joystick?
If the answer is “up”, you’re in the majority – most players push up on a stick, or slide a mouse upwards, to instigate upward motion in a game. Most, but not all. A significant minority of players start every new game they play by going into the options and selecting “Invert Y axis”, which means when they push up on the stick, their onscreen avatar looks or moves downwards. To both sets of players, their own choice is logical and natural, and discussions about the subject can get quite fraught – as I found when I tweeted about it a few weeks ago. But why the perceptual difference? Is there anything definite that neuroscientists or psychologists can tell us about this schism?
It turns out there is very little research in this area, which is a surprise considering two billion people play games on a regular basis – and as I have discovered on social media, many of them are extremely invested in this issue. However, two of the academics I spoke to about inversion were happy to speculate on what might be happening – and both allowed for one very straightforward possibility: it’s habitual.

Microsoft Flight Simulator … responsible for a generation of control inverters? Photograph: Microsoft
A lot of people who invert the Y axis do so because the games they started playing had that control set-up as the default option. This is especially true of older gamers – in the 1980s and early 1990s, flight sims were a hugely popular genre, and of course, the controls would be inverted to match an aircraft yoke or joystick. The chances are, if you grew up with Microsoft Flight Sim or the LucasArts X-Wing and Tie-Fighter games, you have become used to pulling back on the controls to move upwards. This is also the case with some highly influential first-person shooters, including TimeSplitters 2, GoldenEye and Turok, all of which encouraged an inverted Y axis as the correct way to play.
“When we use a controller, we’re interacting with a fairly complex, and highly adaptable, tool,” says Dr Ross Goutcher, a psychology lecturer at the University of Stirling. “We know that the human brain is highly adept at using tools and that it adapts to tool use. For example, holding a stick changes the way the brain responds to its peri-personal space – the space just outside of an arm’s reach – remapping the areas considered ‘out of reach’. This is consistent with the sense we have of a tool being like ‘an extension of your arm’ when we are sufficiently adept at using it. Thus, I think that learning to use a controller with a sufficiently high degree of skill is likely to involve the development of a fairly ingrained mapping between input and expected action.” In short: it’s not just that you have a casual preference for inverting the Y axis; if you started out on inverted controls, you’ve developed a range of skills that absolutely rely on inversion.
But habitual use is not the only possibility. Inverting or not inverting may also involve differences in spatial perception and the interpretation of information on a screen. One theory involves how the player perceives their relationship with the character or vehicle they are controlling.
“From a cognitive perspective, players who don’t invert are ‘acting as’ the avatar, with movement/steering originating from between the avatar’s eyes, controlling the camera,” says Dr Jennifer Corbett, a lecturer in psychology at Brunel University London’s Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience. “Players who invert are ‘acting on’ the avatar, with the controls either behind or on top of the head controlling the avatar.”
So one way of interpreting this could be that the non-inverters are fully inhabiting the avatar as a body, while the inverters are controlling it as a vehicle. This would suggest that non-inverters are more immersed in the experience, but Corbett disputes this. “The only published study on this I came across – Frischmann, et al, 2015 – found just the opposite, with Y axis inverters reporting higher levels of both presence and immersion.” This might be why it’s the axis inverters who are the most passionate and defensive when this issue comes up on Twitter. Also, many inverters feel that inverting the Y-axis actually brings us closer to human movement because we tilt our heads backwards to look up and forwards to look down.

Some players feel they are embodying the character, while others feel they are controlling them. Photograph: Rich Stanton/Call of Duty
Corbett suggests we could also look at other areas of our technology use for comparisons. “There could be a relationship with other screen interaction biases, like whether or not people invert when scrolling through the pages of a document on a laptop – do they perceive they are moving the page or the viewing window? There could also be a link to more global environmental or contextual predispositions, such as those that influence whether people perceive the now-famous dress as blue and black or white and gold, largely depending on what colour they perceive the illuminating light (eg, outside daylight versus inside a shop) to be.”
Both experts also suggest that a preference for inverted or non-inverted controls may go beyond our relationship with screens altogether and burrow much more deeply into how we perceive the world. “Maybe there are some neurocognitive differences in the extent to which people rely on ‘what is it?’ vision for perception and ‘where is it/how do I manipulate it?’ vision for action,” says Corbett.
“Although information gets passed back and forth through vast brain networks with lots of crosstalk, there’s a well-known dissociation between these two visual streams – the ‘where’ pathway runs along the top/dorsal part of cortex and the ‘what’ pathway diverts more ventrally along the bottom. Maybe Y axis inverters are more ‘vision for action’ people, and maybe the preference depends on factors like gaming history and/or biology.”
Goutcher agrees that there may be more to this than how we relate to screens. “When we perceive the world, we do so in multiple different frames of reference,’” he says. “Sometimes, we use an egocentric frame of reference, defining the world relative to our own location. Sometimes we use an object-centred frame of reference, where we define objects in the world relative to each other. This might be a particular issue if we think of inversion: if we learn the mapping of our controller use in an object-centred frame of reference we might invert as if rotating the scene relative to a stationary camera – or perhaps rotating the imagined camera relative to the stationary world. Using an egocentric frame of reference, you might expect the more direct, non-inverted mapping.”

Andrew Trotman (@TechieTrotman)
You have to invert, it’s the only way to play! pic.twitter.com/GranPi3xAR
February 27, 2020

One thing is clear: players who were introduced to inverted controls by 1980s flight sims, by 1990s Star Wars X-Wing games or by Nintendo shooters are likely to stick with inverted controls through their lives – players who weren’t, don’t tend to start. Both groups are adamant that theirs is the correct perspective and cannot countenance the alternative. However, as with all the most important things in life, what at first appears binary, is actually more complicated. Some players only invert Y with joypads and not with mouse controls, some also invert Z, a small number start in one group then later swap over, some constantly switch between control methods at will depending on the game. Inversion is a spectrum.
If we want to know what’s really going on, more research is needed, and the academics I spoke to are willing. “It would be really fascinating to have a good understanding of what’s going on in the brain when we use a controller,” says Goutcher. “If I ever manage to get enough money to stick someone in an fMRI machine while they are playing a game, I’ll let you know.”

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Six grand and a Rolex: lure of riches sucked me into online fraud | Technology – Blog – 10 minute

Like most 18-year-olds, “Carlos” is never far from his phone, using it to catch up on his social media feeds and scroll through friends’ pictures. Unlike most teenagers though, he posted photographs depicting a level of affluence unlikely for someone who left school after GCSEs and is now a junior employee at a central London restaurant.
The pictures showed a life of excess – Carlos and his friends holding wads of cash, clad in designer clothes, Rolex watches on their wrists, and driving around London in a Mercedes.
But the truth behind the photographs was that this prosperous-looking lifestyle was funded by a very modern crime. The teenagers were all involved in cyberfraud, acting as fixers for online hackers who would deploy them either as “money mules” – using their bank details to shift money in elaborate frauds – or for convincing others to hand over their details for use in the scams.
The frauds are everyday and commonplace, and cost banks and consumers hundreds of millions of pounds. People are persuaded, via a threatening text message, that, for example, they owe money to the taxman. Or they might be told they risk being convicted of a crime they know nothing about if they don’t pay a fine.
Behind these frauds are individuals and gangs based in Britain and abroad; they often use equipment and techniques bought from the dark web – part of the internet that can only be accessed with clandestine software.
“I know people who do this in Liverpool and others in Manchester,” said Carlos when he talked to the Observer on a street a short distance from his south London home. “It has to be everywhere in the country.”
Now 18, Carlos started at 15 as a “middle”, working for an internet hacker to recruit gang members and ensure discipline among them. For a teenager, the amounts he earned were extraordinary. In his best week, he took home £6,000, money he had to conceal from his family, but flashed about on social media as a way to encourage other teenagers to join up.
For the hackers at the top of the pyramid, the rewards are even greater. Carlos and his peers earned about 40% of what was stolen in the frauds while their “boss” took home the rest. The hackers are frequently part of much wider criminal gangs which use the frauds as just another income stream.

People do not understand, or maybe choose not to understand, that money muling is a form of money laundering

Amber Burridge, Cifas

The scale of cybercrime has ballooned in recent years. The latest data from UK Finance, the voice of the banking industry, put the amount stolen by criminals in the first six months of last year at £616m. Of this, £207.5m went in scams where people were duped into authorising a payment to an account controlled by a criminal.
Officially known as authorised push payment (APP) fraud, it includes cases where criminals hack email accounts and convince consumers to send large sums to criminal accounts. It is these recipient accounts that have originated through people like Carlos – the money mules.
Every year, banks are closing tens of thousands of accounts opened by young people lured – by promises of riches on social media – into this type of criminality. Last year, Police Scotland wrote to secondary schools across the country warning parents and teachers that criminal gangs were targeting teenagers.
Within the gang there is a strict hierarchy, according to Carlos. The hacker – or “plug” – is at the top of the chain, and below him or her is a group of middles, like Carlos, who act as intermediaries between the hacker and the lowest group on the chain, the “runners”, who provide the account details and can be as young as 13.
Runners and middles who provide the most account details – by either opening new bank accounts or supplying details from family members – progress faster up the chain and gain the more trust from the hacker, according to Carlos.
Runners often earn only a paltry amount, amounting to 1% of what is stolen or even just a new pair of trainers. “Sometimes though, we don’t give them anything – they are harmless anyway,” said Carlos.
The more runners a chain has, the more hacks it can carry out.

The money is quickly transferred from the runner’s account up the chain. Photograph: Victoria Jones/PA
New recruits are enticed by seeing the spoils of fraud advertised online. Offline, all involved have to remain modest in appearance, according to Carlos. “If you are only 15 and gaining £6,000 a week, you need to learn how to not put that on display in real life in front of your family and teachers,” he said. Most of the runners are still at school and have no idea what the accounts are being used for.
In his experience, gangs can make between £4,000 and £80,000 a week. Overall, he made some £25,000, but has little to show for it. “El dinero fácil se va fácil,” he says – easy come, easy go. The money he earns he spends – on clothes, watches, £4,000-worth of gifts for a former girlfriend and small presents for his family.
The plugs who run the fraud are mostly local and self-taught. Personal information about potential targets can be bought on the dark web, as can kits to initiate a fraud. Once a person has been convinced to transfer money, they’re told to pay it into an account belonging to one of the runners, from where it is quickly transferred to the hacker’s account.
“We make sure that for each fraud attempt, we possess the victim’s phone number,” said Carlos. “If they receive a message about a transfer made from their account and they want to block it, they’d be unable to alert their bank as we would be calling their number non-stop to keep the phone busy, giving us enough time to withdraw the money.”
Once an account is found to have been used in a fraud, it is blocked by the bank, so a new account is needed for each theft. Carlos’s account and one opened by his cousin were shut down after being used, which alerted his family to what he was part of. But leaving a gang is not easy – it can bring threats of aggression, robbery and death. One runner who refused to pass on money to a plug had his home burgled and his furniture destroyed.
A report for fraud prevention body Cifas last year found that one in five people thought being a money mule was a “reasonable activity”. The organisation sees a spike in cases at the beginning of university terms as students get involved.
What many fail to realise is how this is linked to organised crime, said Amber Burridge, Cifas’s head of fraud intelligence. “People do not understand, or maybe choose not to understand, that money muling is a form of money laundering and a criminal offence,” she added. “The use of social media there is a great example of how easy it is to lure an audience into getting involved in these activities.”
Carlos left his gang after, he says, he saw the consequences of his actions – such as his cousin’s account being blocked – and escaped without retribution thanks to having a wide group of friends who would defend him if he was threatened by the hacker. Now his earnings from the restaurant are paid either by cheque or into a parent’s bank account.
The runners, plugs and middles who run the hacking operations are still active around his south London home, he says, and a large number of his friends are involved. But no one has yet been charged in connection with the fraud.
Carlos’s name has been changed

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Rishi Sunak: reality check for a brand stirred up over a cuppa | Rebecca Nicholson | Opinion- Tempemail – Blog – 10 minute

Let’s call it a brew-haha. When Rishi Sunak tweeted a picture of himself “making tea for the team” as he prepared for his first budget as chancellor, he also whacked in a free and, by all accounts unexpected, endorsement of Yorkshire Tea.
Posing with a gigantic packet of teabags, plus six mugs, and a pot that clearly only holds about three cups’ worth, which made me suspect a potentially catastrophic “piss-weak” scenario was playing out in front of my eyes, he added: “Nothing like a good Yorkshire brew” – a little bonus track for his constituents.
This being 2020, a simple picture of a boss doing the tea round and showing off about it – a scene that can be witnessed daily in offices around the nation – turned into a drawn-out, brand-based crisis not experienced since Kendall Jenner solved racism with a can of Pepsi. If Johnny Marr thought that David Cameron saying the Smiths were his favourite band was bad, he’s got nothing on the poor social media managers of this humble tea giant.
Yorkshire Tea spent the next few days swatting away a swarm of angry boycott-promising tea-drinkers by insisting that it was only a simple tea, not a conduit for the frankly gaga fury of our polarised age, and that, actually, Jeremy Corbyn also had a cup of Yorkshire Tea once, and please could everyone stop being so horrible.
With advance apologies for a sentence nobody wishes to read: Jacob Rees-Mogg attempted to join in the fun, posting a picture of himself that can only be described as provocative. He added a link to an article in the Grocer about “uncancelling” a brand, while posing with an open packet of Walkers and a closed can of Pringles, both ready salted, of course, because what else would you expect from the self-certified arbiter of common sense?
There is light at the end of this unedifying plain-crisp tea-war tunnel. It seems to have placed the first crack in the grim spread of anthropomorphic brand-based Twitter accounts. I could only ever read companies pretending to be people and hear the words as if said in a fake baby voice, but this seems to have torn away the mask. Brands tweeted at other brands supportively, beginning to acknowledge that they were “social media managers”, human workers, rather than the brand itself posing as some grotesquely sassy cartoon character.
I was a Yorkshire Tea drinker before, but by instigating this shift, my loyalty, my loyal tea, has been cemented.
Charlotte Awbery: A pub singer just a tube ride from stardom

‘I do weddings, I do pubs, bars, restaurants’: Charlotte Awbery. Photograph: charlotteawbery/instagram
Singer Charlotte Awbery’s life changed dramatically when she was accosted by a man on the tube, in a rare instance of that happening in a good way.
Awbery was walking to meet a friend when prankster Kevin Freshwater shoved a camera and a microphone in her face and asked her to finish the lyric. He threw the start of Shallow from A Star Is Born at her. She responded by A Star Is Born-ing him, an amateur knocking it out with all the might of a seasoned West End diva.
What I loved most about the original clip was the moment it turned. You can see that Awbery looks surprised – as you would if a stranger shouted “Finish the lyrics!” at you when you were just trying to have a coffee and catch a train – but she joins in, tentatively at first, clearly a professional singer, clearly nailing it. And then she makes the split-second decision to belt it out, to sing with all the power she can muster, and the freedom of it is almost as brilliant as the passing Londoners being as London as possible, ignoring what is happening in case the joy might be catching.
The obligatory endpoint of any heartwarming “gone viral” moment, particularly when it involves music, is an appearance on Ellen DeGeneres’s US talk show. Last week DeGeneres got a still-shellshocked Awbery on to sing Shallow in full, then had a quick chat with her afterwards. “I do weddings, I do pubs, bars, restaurants,” Awbery told the host, explaining that her father had told her never to give up. The fact that this might have made a better plot for A Star Is Born than the plot of A Star Is Born only adds to the magic.
Simon Armitage: poet laureate Leeds the way

Simon Armitage is planning a national poetry centre in Leeds Photograph: Sarah Lee, Linda Nylind/the Guardian
There should be a word for the unsteadying, uncertain feeling that comes with hovering over the name of a person you admire, when that person’s name is trending on Twitter, because you’re unsure what news the imminent click is about to reveal.
Death, scandal or that rare moment of celebration? Happily, Simon Armitage was trending because he had announced that plans were in development for an ambitious national poetry centre in Leeds. There should be a word for the relief that comes when it is a happy case of someone trending positively, but I’m sure those who make the poetry headquarters a place for them will be in the best position to come up with something.
Armitage, who is professor of poetry at Leeds University, as well as poet laureate, said that he wants the proposed centre “to bring poetry in line with other national art forms that have their own headquarters and venues, such as the Tempemail Theatre and the Tempemail Gallery, etc”. It should be outside London, he says, and will make the most of the “incredible renaissance” going on in poetry.
A trying week for Yorkshire Tea, then, but an excellent week for Yorkshire.
• Rebecca Nicholson is an Observer columnist

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The Insider’s Guide to Twitter Marketing – Blog – 10 minute

Twitter. It’s what’s happening. 
Whether it’s ground-breaking news stories or viral memes, users from around the world flock to this platform for their daily dose of microblogging. As marketers, we must realize that this makes Twitter a key setting for social media marketing. However, anyone who has a Twitter would know that the platform content presents itself quite differently than that of Instagram or Facebook. This requires a unique marketing strategy that is effective with the style in which content is consumed. 
Luckily, we had an amazing opportunity to speak with Fabiana Manfredi from Twitter to share with us the ultimate tips and tricks for being a successful brand on the platform. 
Tune in to get the rundown on what your business should, and should not, be doing to create an influential brand presence on Twitter.

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What are some common Twitter mistakes companies should avoid?
What is the future of Twitter marketing?

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What Should I Watch On Netflix? Binge Without Guessing [2020 Edition] – Blog – 10 minute

Have you ever found yourself sitting in front of the Netflix screen, endlessly scrolling through shows, and wondering “what should I watch on Netflix tonight?” Hours later you find it’s time for bed, but you haven’t actually watched anything! Welcome to the world of “choice paralysis”.
A situation where you have so many seemingly good choices, that you end up making no choice at all. One effective way to get over this problem, is by limiting the number of choices in front of you.

That’s exactly what we are going to do for you right now, so you can spend more time watching Netflix and less time thinking about watching Netflix. To help sort out who would like which shows, we’re going to use the most scientifically valid personality theory of today – the five factor model.
That’s right! Each one of our recommendations from Netflix will be aligned along the five different personality dimensions this popular model says every person has inside of them. 
It’s science! OK, maybe not the way we’re doing it, but it’s still a fun way to think about what to watch on Netflix.
For Those Open to New Experiences
Are you someone who is open to new ideas and new experiences? Do you like having your horizons expanded? Then you’ll love these shows that push the boundaries and really make you think.

What’s more filled with unknowns than human sexuality? Sex Education is a quirky program about a young man who takes what he’s learned from his sex therapist mother and starts doling out advice to his own confused adolescent school chums. With varying degrees of success. With equal parts laughter and cringe factor, Sex Education will also push at the boundaries of your own sexual knowledge. Yup, you need to be very open to appreciate this one.

There’s little doubt that you’ve heard of Netflix’s smash-hit Stranger Things, but if you haven’t seen it you may think this innovative horror show is just a nostalgic rehash of the 80s pop culture that inspired it. That couldn’t be further from the truth and you’ll find a razor-sharp, modern narrative when it comes to mind-bending ideas and twists you didn’t see coming. There’s a good reason this show just won’t die.

Unnatural Selection is a fantastic documentary that will expand your mind in ways that can be quite unexpected. If you want a crash-course in the cutting edge of scientific developments that could change the very nature of our humanity, well this is the show to watch. It explains and highlights what gene editing technology can already do today and what it will soon be possible to create, change or repair. It’s a heck of a trip!
For the Conscientious 
Conscientious people are responsible, organized, hard-working and like to stick to rules. If that sounds like you, these Netflix shows will probably rub you the right way.

The first show on our list for you is the excellent Tidying Up with Marie Kondo. Ms. Kondo is world famous for her homemaking tips and this series showcases her amazing techniques to help you tidy and organize your home in a very Japanese-efficient way.

Grace and Frankie is filled with flawed characters trying to make the best of life’s curveballs, but the cast almost universally consists of people who are fundamentally moral and try to do the right thing. From their point of view at least. The eponymous Grace and Frankie end up becoming friends and business partners when their husbands leave them – for each other! It’s a great premise and it also really helps that this show has an absolutely all-star cast.

Our Planet is one of the most beautiful nature documentaries ever made. Narrated by none other than Sir David Attenborough, the series focuses on conservation issues and how we humans are impacting the natural world. It’s the perfect bit of insight the conscientious among us will appreciate.
For the Extroverted
An extrovert is someone who prefers the company of other people. They like to talk with others and don’t enjoy being alone most of the time. So these programs have been chosen based on the fact that they are best watched with a group of friends or otherwise appeal to that extroverted lifestyle. 

Netflix new take on the age-old tale of Dracula shows us the ultimate extrovert in action, although he does have a small issue with socially acceptable behavior! This is one of those shows that you absolutely must not spoil for yourself, so we’ll avoid mentioning any of the twists and turns. Instead, rest assured that Claes Bang’s turn as the ultra-charming vampire is both terrifying and utterly irresistible. The show is also mercifully short, making it the perfect weekend binge!

Next in Fashion is a hot new reality show where talented fashion designers face off against each other to determine who will be the next big thing in fashion. This show is the epitome of extroversion, with models strutting their stuff and flamboyant people making their presence felt. It also happens to be a great show to watch with a group of friends, especially if you’re part of a hip crowd.

The Unbreakable Kimi Schmidt is the quirky story of a young woman who is kidnapped and kept in an underground bunker by a cult leader. Once rescued, she needs to get her life back on track and her eternal optimism and indomitable spirit are the only things that can get her through. A little surreal, and very funny, Kimi is the ultimate extrovert even when that’s the last thing the situation calls for.
For the Introverted 
Introverted people enjoy their solitude and like subdued experiences. You could argue that Netflix as a whole is an introvert’s paradise, but these programs in particular should appeal to you if you prefer your own company.

Queer Eye is the spiritual successor to Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. This new show sees the “Fab Five” visit a different needy nominee every week and help them get their lives back together. While each person in an episode has different needs, anyone watching this will appreciate the tips when it comes to personal grooming, how to be social, how to decorate your home and all the other things some extroverted people seem to understand from birth. There’s nothing wrong with being an introvert, but it’s never a bad thing to see how the other half lives.

The Mortified Guide is going to be a pretty hard watch for just about everyone, but it’s also a great show to help you feel like you aren’t the only person in the world to have awkward, mortifying experiences. In each episode people take the stage to tell the stories of their most mortifying experiences. It’s funny and super cringey. Excellent entertainment indeed!

The IT Crowd is the show The Big Bang Theory wishes it was. The cult classic comedy about three people working the IT Department at a dysfunctional corporate hell hole. This is where “have you tried turning it off and on again?” comes from. It’s ace.
The Best Shows for Agreeable People
Agreeable people are great to be around. They are affectionate, understanding and tend to like doing nice things for other people. The positive stuff in life makes them happy and if you’re one of these bubbly do-gooders these Netflix shows are probably going to make your day.

Friends needs no introduction. It’s a sitcom chronicling the ups and downs of five young people living in 90s New York. Living apartments they could never afford in real life. Still holds up after all these years and plenty of feel-good comedy.

The Good Place throws our heroine into the afterlife, but secretly she knows she doesn’t deserve this paradise. Will her conscience get the best of her or will she fake it till she makes it?

Chill with Bob Ross is nothing more than watching one of the most chill dudes in the world paint some very pretty pictures. You can even paint them along with him if you want. Use your iPad. It’s all cool, man.
If You’re, er, Not So Agreeable
On the flipside, you might be a bit of cynic. When the kids come around for Halloween you’re more likely to hand out tricks rather than treats. If you’re someone who revels in a bit of darkness and anger, these attitude-filled Netflix shows will probably “warm” your heart.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch is back, but this isn’t the family-friendly world that Melissa Joan Hart took us to back in the 90s. Dark, satanic and delightfully evil. It ticks all the boxes of a (literally) bloody good time. Sadly, the cat no longer talks.

The Witcher is the biggest streaming show in the world right now and rightly so. This is the dark TV fantasy we’ve all been waiting for. Some swearing, lots of taciturn grunting and dark magical monster mayhem. Really everyone should watch this, but if you like it dark this is especially essential.

You is a “romantic” series if your idea of romance is being a psycho stalker. Yes, the protagonist is the bad guy and if you liked shows such as Dexter, then You is another title that should be on your list. Will the guy get the girl? For her sake we hope not.
If You’re a Bit Neurotic
People who feature a lot of neuroticism in their personalities tend to feel some anxiety, get a little depressed, doubt themselves and focus a bit too much on the negative things. So these programs are either a pretty good antidote to that or let you see the neurotic life from a different point of view. No, it’s not just a list of Woody Allen movies.

Living with Yourself is exactly what it says on the tin. Paul Rudd discovers that he’s been replaced by a clone of himself. Can he live with himself? Is killing your clone murder? It doesn’t help that the cloned version of him is a sunnier person either. The neurotic among us will really relate to this one.

Bojack Horseman just finished its final run and, frankly, it’s a masterpiece. An adult animated show about animal people and the more usual people living together in a fictional version of Hollywood, Bojack is both hilarious and completely unafraid of delving into the darkest corners of negative emotion. It lampoons everything, including itself. The titular Bojack is a washed-up 90s actor who has plenty of sins to atone for and even more healing to do. Taking the trip with him is worth every minute.

Big Mouth is another adult animated series taking a surreal but poignant look at the hardest time in our lives – puberty. The wacky cast of characters have to grow up and deal with the complex world of awkward human sexuality.
Are You Not Entertained?
That should cover just about every broad preference out there for what to watch on Netflix, but the important thing is to start watching something. Either you’ll like it enough to get to the end, or you won’t. But at least you’ll know which instead just staring at the menus for yet another day.

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How To Send Email Using Telnet In Kali Linux? – Blog – 10 minute

How To Send Email Using Telnet In Kali Linux? I think everyone already knows how to send an email, especially the conventional email, that is why I made this tutorial about how to send email using telnet in kali linux.

The way we send email in this tutorial is a little different than sending email using Gmail or Yahoo, because we will try to send email by using a command prompt or terminal.
Let’s start the tips:
Step by step how to send email using telnet:
The information I will use in this tips is below
SMTP server address: mail.vishnuvalentino.lan
SMTP server IP address: 192.168.160.174
SMTP port: 53
If you try this tutorial on windows 7 and your telnet client is disabled by default, you can enable it by reading the tutorial on how to enable telnet on windows 7.

In this tips and trick, the case is we are inside the ISP network. Let me show you the network topology where we do this.

We will start from client number one because from this client we can send email anonymously.

From the intro we know that SMTP uses port 25. Open the terminal or command prompt. Then run the telnet command to connect to the mail server.

telnet mail.vishnuvalentino.lan 25
or
telnet 192.168.160.174 25
25 is the SMTP port, most email servers use this port to send email.

Yes we can connect to that mail server(message 220). Now let’s greet this mail server.

HELO mail.vishnuvalentino.lan
After we greet the mail server, we need to make sure that the server replying 250 or OK

After get reply message 250 from the mail server, we can start defining the email sender and email recipient.

MAIL FROM: hacking-t[email protected]
If the sender was OK, it should have replied 250.
The next step is to create the recipient.
RCPT TO: [email protected]
This recipient also should return the 250 message or OK

If the email sender and email recipient are already OK, we can compose the message. type DATA and press

DATA
then create the subject of our email.
to end the message, put the only dot (.) in a single line and press , it means that we already finish composing the message and ready to send it.

The picture in step 5 shows an error, because I only use a dummy local SMTP and I’m a little lazy to configure it

But in this step if you succeed in sending the email, the server will reply to a message “Message accepted for delivery”.

To quit the telnet, just type QUIT

 

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