updated 06:12 pm EDT, Thu April 3, 2014
IK Multimedia announces music-creation app
Accessories and music-creation app developer IK Multimedia has announced a new iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app designed to work in conjunction with the Orange Amplifier. AmpliTube Orange is a real-time mobile Orange Amplifier and effects studio, featuring digital models of five classic and modern Orange guitar amplifiers, and one Orange bass amplifier. Its four vintage-styled, Orange-inspired effects include a noise filter for keeping the hiss down when the gain is elevated; the Highway Drive, for an overdrive pedal sounds with crunch, level and tone controls; the Echo Trip delay pedal, with feedback, delay time, level and tone controls; and The Shaker tremolo pedal with rate, depth and "shape" control.
Players can begin recording after selecting their sound settings with the app's built-in recorder (that can be expanded with an in-app purchase, as can be done with other expandable features). Two versions of the AmpliTube Orange app are available in the App Store: one for iPhone and iPod touch, and another for iPad for $15 each, and the four-track recorder and eight-track recorder with master effects section on iPhone and iPad cost $10 and $15 respectively as in-app purchases.
CryptoDefense ransomware alert issued by KnowBe4
KnowBe4 has issued an alert today regarding the discovery (via Symantec) of a new and malicious ransomware named CryptoDefense. Released in late February 2014, CryptoDefense is a copycat competitor to CryptoLocker, targeting text, picture, video, PDF and MS Office files, and encrypts them with a strong RSA-2048 key.
Additionally, the ransomware wipes out Shadow Copies, used by many back-up programs. If an end-user opens an infected attachment, the ransomware encrypts target files, and those behind the scheme charge $500 in Bitcoin to decrypt the files. If a four-day deadline passes, the amount increases to $1,000, and if a month goes by, the keys are destroyed. KnowBe4's CEO Stu Sjouwerman emphasized that effective security awareness training is the best way to prevent infection.