Surge in scams forcing consumers to exercise caution when scanning QR codes


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MO,1/2/2018, PUTRAJAYA: Quann Malaysia today issued a warning that scammers have started using fake ‘quick response’ (QR) codes to steal data and money from users. Its general manager Ivan Wen said there is a rising number of cases where criminals have been sticking their own codes over a business’ original one to steal the scanner’s data, or access the scanner’s smartphone to tap into their bank account. “The problem with QR codes is that it is impossible to visually differentiate an original code from a malicious code.

“It is important that merchants regularly check to ensure malicious codes are not pasted on their merchandise or posted on their websites,” he said in a statement on Thursday. Quann’s warning comes on the back of an expected spike in the proliferation of QR Code usage as vendors such as WeChatPay and Alipay introduce eWallets (involving the use of mobile phones for QR code scanning) into Malaysia’s online payment ecosystem to drive retail consumerism. Wen shared that about RM55 million was stolen in China’s Guangdong province – where QR codes are a mobile payment norm.

The scam is apparently most widespread at restaurants, where QR codes are fixed and not regularly changed. In response to the growing problem, the People’s Bank of China has begun regulating QR code daily spending limits, as well as requiring that all payment institutions obtain a license before they can legally offer QR code payment facilities to their customers. The black-and-white squares are often seen on websites, restaurants, advertisements, rental bikes and retail outlets – to enable users to quickly scan to unlock, or retrieve information related to a business.

Scammers can replace the original QR codes on billboards and pamphlets to divert users to malicious websites where users key in their personal information. The personal information is later used to send phishing emails laden with malware which could infect the victim’s computer systems. QR codes can also be used to infect smartphones with viruses allowing criminals to steal money from the victim’s mobile wallet, or ransomware where data is encrypted for a ransom. Quan Malaysia, formerly known as e-Cop Malaysia, is a leading regional managed cyber security services provider.

On what can Malaysians do to avoid becoming victims to such a scam, Quan Malaysia listed several precautionary steps:

• Before scanning a QR code, observe the collateral for any signs of tampering such as a sticker placed on a printed menu or pamphlet;

• Look out for pixelated images and logos, as well as spelling mistakes to identify fake collaterals;

• Use a secure QR code scanner that can flag malicious websites and show the actual URL before scanning the code;

• Do not key in any personal information after scanning a QR code;

• Be wary about scanning a code in public places, like transportation depots, bus stops or city centres, even if it’s on a printed poster

“The impact of mobile malware could be devastating, as the hacker can access your private information as well as your phone’s camera to spy on you.

“We advise users to be cautious when scanning QR codes. As more mobile payment platforms look to enter the Malaysian market, it is important that users and merchants exercise the necessary precautions to ensure both parties do not lose money or data to similar scams,” Wen added.

–NSTP



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BUAT KERJA IBADAH PUN MENIPU??? ~ SEMUT HITAM


Apa nak jadi dunia hari ini sampaikan sanggup umat Islam sendiri menghina agama mereka secara terang – terangan dengan melakukan dosa secara terbuka. Mungkin ini tandanya akhir zaman.

Jika selama ini, kita ingatkan diorang hanya sanggup mempergunakan agama demi nak menjaga kepentingan Politik Peribadi semata – mata. Dan perkara itu masih belum berubah.

Sehingga kini, masih ada lagi golongan yang kononnya menggelarkan diri mereka sebagai Agamawan sanggup mempergunakan Islam demi kepentingan Politik mereka bagi meraih undi.

Buat kerja ibadah tapi dalam masa yang sama mengharapkan balasan bagi membolehkan mereka dipilih menjadi calon. Dimana letaknya agama bagi mereka yang berkelakuan sedemikian?

Dan apa yang mengecewakan, perkara seumpama itu dilakukan oleh sebuah parti yang sering mendabik dada kononnya mereka lebih Islam dari orang lain sedangkan realitinya, mereka menghina Islam itu sendiri.

Tambah memalukan ialah apabila ada juga yang sanggup menipu demi mencari keuntungan tanpa mengendahkan baik buruk tindakan yang dilakukan. Tidakkah tindakan itu dianggap menghina Islam?

Kes terbaru yang kita dengar, seorang wanita ditahan dan dihadapkan ke mahkamah diatas 11 pertuduhan kerana menipu pakej umrah serta mengakibatkan kerugian sebanyak RM 44 ribu.

Soalnya, dimana letaknya maruah Islam bagi mereka ini? Hakikatnya, orang – orang seperti ini lah yang merosakkan Islam itu sendiri sehingga orang lain pun mudah memperlekehkan Islam secara terang – terangan!!!




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Unifi TV Menambah 10 Saluran Baru – Percuma Untuk Pelanggan Unifi TV Sehingga 31 Mac 2018 – Amanz


Telekom Malaysia pada bulan lepas telah mengumumkan penjenamaan semula perkhidmatan IPTV mereka daripada HyppTV kepada Unifi TV. Kini, lanjutan daripadanya, Telekom Malaysia hari ini turut mengumumkan yang mana mereka menambah 10 saluran baru untuk Unifi TV.

10 saluran baru berkenaan adalah meliputi FOX, Fox Movies, Fox Family Movies, Fox Action Movies, FX, Nat Geo Wold, Fox Life, National Geographic, Sky News HD dan juga BabyTV.

Dan bersempena dengan pengenalan ini, TM turut mengumumkan yang mana semua pelanggan Unifi TV boleh menontonnya secara percuma daripada 1 Februari hingga 31 Mac 2018 kelak. Bagi anda yang menggunakan Unifi TV, anda boleh menyemak penawaran saluran baru ini pada saluran CH960-969 hari ini.



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Safety first, let’s make it a culture: NIOSH


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MO,1/2/2018, SANDAKAN: Employers and employees needs to be committed to workplace safety, said National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. Speaking at the Niosh appreciation programme here, he said effective leadership is needed to produce better OSH management, increased productivity and enhanced performance.

“When OSH is integrated into the organisational culture and becomes a core value, involvement and commitment from top management down to the rank and file employees can be further reinforced. “The culture of an organisation dictates employee behaviour. Thus, the culture determines whether or not any safety programmes will be effective.

“However, culture is not established by written policies but through effective leadership, day to day actions and decision as well as the system in place that will ensure OSH is practised by managers, supervisors and work teams. “Workers, on the other hand, have a duty to cooperate with their employers in implementing OSH programmes,” stressed Lee.

In relation to that, he added that it was no longer adequate for management to merely provide ‘lip service’ or work instructions to workers, without supplementing them with appropriate skills and competency needed through education and training. “There is no fast track in the practice of safety and health in the industry.

“Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that the employers and employees are able to close the OSH gap through information, education and training so that they know best how to protect themselves,” he added.

–NSTP



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Angelina Jolie desak NATO hentikan keganasan seksual dalam peperangan



BRUSSELS: Utusan khas pelarian Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) yang juga pelakon wanita Hollywood terkenal, Angelina Jolie, mendesak Pertubuhan Perjanjian Atlantik Utara (NATO) agar menghentikan keganasan seksual terhadap wanita dalam peperangan.

Sebagai satu usaha memperjuangkan hak wanita, Jolie menggunakan kedudukannya untuk bersuara agar keganasan seksual sebagai senjata peperangan dihentikan.

“Keganasan terhadap wanita dan kanak-kanak terutama sekali serangan seksual hanya akan mengeruhkan lagi sesebuah konflik,” kata beliau dalam satu sidang media di ibu pejabat NATO, di sini.

Beliau yang baru sahaja melawat kem pelarian Syria di Jordan awal minggu ini menambah: “Rogol digunakan sebagai senjata untuk mencapai matlamat ketenteraan dan politik. Perkara ini bukan sahaja memberi kesan terhadap golongan wanita malah golongan lelaki dan kanak-kanak.”

Susulan perkara itu, NATO bersetuju untuk membawa kes-kes keganasan seksual ke muka pengadilan dan turut mencabar tanggapan bahawa rogol ketika peperangan sebagai satu perkara yang tidak dapat dielakkan.

Ibu kepada enam anak itu memberitahu, beliau telah banyak menerima rintihan dan aduan daripada mangsa-mangsa keganasan seksual ketika berlakunya peperangan.

Beliau jelas kecewa kerana pelbagai pihak yang kurang memberi bantuan kepada mangsa jenayah seksual.

Oleh itu, beliau mengharapkan pihak NATO mampu meningkatkan standard program ketenteraan dan menambah baik peranan wanita dalam pasukan tentera. 

“Saya sangat mengambil berat tentang Rohingya, lebih-lebih lagi mengenai kisah seorang kanak-kanak perempuan 10 tahun yang dirogol,” jelasnya.

Dalam sidang media tersebut, beliau sangat bersedih dengan krisis pelarian pada ketika ini yang semakin membimbangkan.



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Maxis Menggunakan AR Untuk Membawa Tarian Singa Kepada Pengguna – Amanz


Penggunaan teknologi realiti-gabungan (Augmented Reality) untuk promosi semakin popular dari hari ke hari. Terkini, Maxis hadir dengan promosi dinamakan Huat AR bersempena dengan Tahun Baru Cina dan menggunakan teknologi AR dalam “menghidupkan” tarian singa.

Maxis Huat AR

Seperti ramai sedia maklum, tarian singa sangat sinonim dengan perayaan Tahun Baru Cina. Bersempena dengannya, Maxis kini menawarkan sampul Ang Pao edisi terhad yang boleh diimbas menggunakan aplikasi Maxis HuatAR, sekaligus “menghidupkan” tarian singa.

Maxis mengatakan mereka menawarkan tiga jenis sampul ang pao berbeza yang membawa kepada bentuk tarian yang berbeza. Untuk mendapatkannya, pelanggan dikehendaki membuat pembelian di mana-mana Pusat Maxis atau Rakan Eksklusif Maxis bermula 1 Februari ini.

Layari : Maxis Huat AR



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Black Sand Beaches You Never Knew Existed


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When you imagine yourself at the beach, you might think of seagulls, the sound of the ocean waves crashing on the shore, and burying your feet in the warm, glistening, white sand. Now, imagine that sand black—yes, black. Black sand beaches are way more common than you’d think. In fact, you can find them all around the world. Start packing! (In case black sand isn’t impressive enough, check out these gorgeous pink sand beaches.)

Miho no Matsubara—Shizuoka, Japan

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With over four miles of shoreline covered in over 30,000 ancient pine trees and a breathtaking backdrop of Mt. Fuji, taking a trip to this black sand beach is a no-brainer. Even if you visit on a cloudy day and aren’t able to see the mountain, the sound of the warm, crystal clear water crashing on the shore will leave you in a trance.

Tulamben Beach—Bali, Indonesia

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The large volcanic pebbles lining the black sandy shores of Tulamben Beach might not be the most comfortable to walk on barefoot, but its crystal clear waters sure do appeal to scuba divers. Past the beach’s rocky shore, divers are met by a spectacular underwater show of gorgeous marine fauna and flora. Speaking of crystal clear water, you NEED to see these beaches with the most transparent water in the world.

Punalu’u Beach—Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

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If you’ve ever been to Hawaii, there’s a good chance you’ve at least heard about Punalu’u Beach. Lined with gorgeous coconut palm trees and covered with lava sand, this famous beach is easily accessible and great for swimming, snorkeling, hiking, camping, and picnicking. Besides its uniquely colored sand, it’s also home to endangered Hawksbill and green turtles.

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Playa Jardín—Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Spain

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If you’re bringing the whole family, Playa Jardin couldn’t be more perfect. Whether you want to sunbathe, surf, visit the beautiful gardens, bring your kids to the playgrounds, or check out one of the concerts at the nearby stage, this black sand beach has it all. (While we’re on the topic of unique beaches, if you haven’t seen this Maldivian beach that glows in the dark, you won’t want to miss it.)

Taharuu Beach—Tahiti, French Polynesia

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Another family-friend black sand beach can be found on the southern coast of French Polynesia. It’s not uncommon to see first-timers learning how to surf at Tahiti’s Taharuu Beach since the waters are hardly ever crowded. There’s even a small snack shop conveniently located right on the beach.

Muriwai Beach—Auckland, New Zealand

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Also called the Muriwai Gannet Colony, Muriwai Beach in Auckland is filled with thousands of nesting gannets. The rugged terrain makes for flawless photo ops, especially during sunrise and sunset, and the shimmering blue waters are exemplary for beach-goers who want to go swimming or snorkeling. Speaking of incredible beaches, you’ll definitely want to add these ones to your bucket list.

Anse Ceron—Martinique, Caribbean

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There’s no question why Anse Ceron is one of the most sought-out beaches in Martinique. Its snorkeler-, surfer-, sunbather-, and swimmer-friendly location is ideal for visitors who want to avoid other nearby crowded beaches but still get the most out of their visit.

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Kaimu Beach—Pāhoa, Hawaii

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With little shade and strong currents, you won’t find many sunbathers at Hawaii’s Kaimu Beach. The beach that is there now actually formed above the original Kaimu beach. According to lovebigisland.com, the new beach has only been around since 1990, which makes Kaimu the perfect spot for volcano-lovers to see just how powerful the Kilauea volcano is first-hand. You might be better off visiting Hawaii’s black sand beaches, anyway. You won’t believe this gross truth about the state’s white sand beaches.

Playa Negra—Vieques, Puerto Rico

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Caused by heavy rain washing volcanic fragments onto its shore, Vieques’ Playa Negra’s black sand is surely a sight to see. Its surrounding golden cliffs create a dramatic landscape that appears to hug the beach’s black sand, which makes the hike to the beach itself worthwhile.

Karekare Beach—Karekare, New Zealand

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If you’ve ever seen the 1993 movie The Piano, you’ll know exactly what Karekare Beach looks like. Located on Auckland’s west coast, this black sand beach is great for surfing the Pacific waves and is only a short walk away from Karekare Waterfall. Its surrounding rugged cliffs, gorgeous coastline, and panoramic scenery that seems to go on forever will have you wanting to stay for days. (These are the best island vacations to take in the U.S.)

Reynisfjara Beach—Vik, Iceland

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You won’t need to pack your bathing suit for a trip to Renisfjara. Situated along Iceland’s south coast, this black sand beach is incredible regardless of the weather. Besides being notoriously known for its sand, the beach also offers opportunities to explore caves and climb basalt columns. But beware of getting anywhere near the water—the strong Atlantic currents can be fatal.

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Perissa Beach—Santorini, Greece

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You’ll never run out of things to do at Perissa Beach in Santorini. With over four miles of black sand, this beach is usually a tourist hotspot with plenty of beach facilities like restaurants and bars. Besides its sand, Perissa is well-known for Mesa Vouno, an enormous rock that emerges from the sea not far off the shore, which has ruins of an ancient city at the very top. (Don’t miss these Caribbean island vacations that are perfect for beating the winter blues.)



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Schoolgirl’s suicide: Let police do their job, says Chong


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MO,1/2/2018, SEREMBAN: Let the police complete their investigation into the death of the 14-year-old schoolgirl who was accused of stealing her teacher’s handphone, said Datuk Chong Sin Woon. The Deputy Education Minister appealed to the public not to speculate on the case. “The truth will prevail once police complete their probe, so let’s not speculate,” he said after giving school aid to pupils at SJKC Pei Hua here Thursday (Feb 1). Chong also reminded teachers to follow all standard operating procedures (SOPs) to prevent similar problems.

“These SOPs are to safeguard teachers and students. “As long as we follow the procedures, we won’t have unnecessary problems in schools,” he added. The girl died at the Seberang Jaya Hospital at about 3.30am on Thursday. She tried to hang herself with a shawl at her house a few hours after being accused of stealing her teacher’s handphone last Wednesday (Jan 24). She left a note to her parents saying that she did not steal the phone.

The teenage girl, the youngest of four siblings, also said she did not want to cause her family any more trouble. She had been clinging on to life at the Seberang Jaya Hospital’s intensive care unit, comatose with brain damage. A relative of the girl, who lodged a report at the Prai police station, told the investigating officer that three teachers had called up the girl to question her over the theft, which she denied.

The relative also claimed that she was confined in a room in the teachers’ office for almost five hours and that the teacher and her husband had threatened to hand over the girl to the police if she failed to admit to the theft. The couple then took her home and the teachers and her parents went out to discuss the matter.

When the girl’s parents returned home, the father called her but the calls were unanswered. He then broke into her daughter’s bedroom and found her unconscious with a shawl around her neck tied to some piping. Those in need of a sympathetic ear can call Befrienders in the Klang Valley (03-7956 8145) and Penang (04-281 5161/281 1108).

–TheStar



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Remaja China lumpuh dari pinggang ke bawah selepas main online game 20 jam tanpa henti



BEIJING: Seorang remaja lelaki di China mengalami kelumpuhan dari paras pinggang ke bawah setelah bermain permainan atas talian di kafe internet selama lebih 20 jam tanpa henti.

Portal DailyMail.co.uk yang memetik laman QQ.com melaporkan, remaja yang dirahsiakan identitinya itu sedang asyik bermain permainan atas talian di sebuah kafe internet di Jiaxing, wilayah Zhejiang.

Dia mula bermain pada Sabtu (27 Januari 2018) dan terus bermain sehingga siang hari Ahad (28 Januari).
Ketika hendak menuju ke tandas, dia menyedari bahawa kakinya tidak boleh digerakkan, malah anggota di bahagian bawah tubuhnya tidak dirasakan sama sekali.

Keadaan itu membuatkan rakan remaja tersebut panik, memandangkan temannya langsung tidak menunjukkan sebarang tanda aneh sewaktu bermain permainan berkenaan dengannya.

“Dia seolah-olah hilang upaya secara tiba-tiba. Tiada pancaindera rasa. Tidak bergerak sama sekali. Maka, kami terus menghubungi ambulans,” ujarnya.

Sejurus ambulans tiba, pegawai paramedik segera mengangkat remaja itu dari kerusi dan di baringkan atas tandu untuk dikejarkan ke hospital.

Lucunya, sebelum meninggalkan tempat itu, remaja itu sempat berpesan kepada rakannya untuk menyambung permainan yang dia terpaksa tinggalkan tersebut.

Keseluruhan insiden itu telah dirakam oleh seorang pengguna telefon pintar yang kemudian ditularkan di media sosial.

Ketagihan permainan atas talian menjadi suatu fenomena dahsyat di negara China, dengan kebanyakan remaja sanggup keluar rumah, ponteng sekolah dan meninggalkan kehidupan sosial hanya untuk bermain permainan kegemaran mereka.



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Aplikasi Telegram Dibuang Daripada AppStore – Akan Kembali Selepas Mematuhi Terma AppStore – Amanz


Telegram Messenger merupakan salah satu aplikasi permesejan popular yang digunakan ramai seluruh dunia. Baru-baru ini, pihak Telegram turut telah hadir dengan Telegram X yang menawarkan sejumlah fungsi eksperimental baru, dan beroperasi lebih pantas berbanding yang sedia ada.

Namun, sedikit mendukacitakan buat hari ini, apabila aplikasi Telegram Messenger dibuang daripada App Store. Buat masa ini, hal ini adalah sementara, dan aplikasi Telegram Messenger dijangka kembali dalam masa terdekat.

Menjawab hal ini di Twitter, pengasas Telegram mengatakan hal ini disebabkan oleh Apple mendapati terdapat kandungan yang tidak sepatutnya pada aplikasi berkenaan – sekaligus membuatkan mereka membuang aplikasi tersebut daripada App Store. Telegram Messenger dijangka kembali selepas mengatasi masalah berkenaan.

Buat masa ini, pengguna sedia ada Telegram Messenger masih boleh menggunakannya seperti biasa tanpa masalah.



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