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VLC the world’s most popular video popular video player has launched its biggest ever release of VLC to date. Your favorite open source media player is now better than ever with its stable version of VLC 2.2.0 with another release of VLC 3.0.0 scheduled later this year.

VLC said that this massive release is a result of more than a year of volunteer work on VLC engine and libVLC library. The new VLC 2.2.0 is improved with 1,000 bug fixes, tons of new features and support for new formats.

In its biggest ever release, VLC has covered all major platforms including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android, Windows Phone, iOS, Window RT and Android RT. VideoLAN definitely hopes to continue this coordinated release across all platforms, but VideoLAN president Jean-Baptiste Kempf refuses to make any such promises for future as releasing VLC for all platforms is an enormous task.

 

Let’s take a quick look at the major improvements in VLC video player and download different versions from the links given in the end:

What different in new VLC and why should you download it?

In-app extensions and subtitles: VLC already provided an extension marketplace offering features like radio, YouTube playlist parser, variety of skins, lyrics fetchers etc. But earlier you had to download them from a website and save to VLC directory. Now you don’t need to do this. In VLC 2.0.0 go to Tools > Plugins and extensions and you got in-app extensions. For subtitles go to View > Download subtitles and perform the search.

Resume playback: This important feature already existed in mobile versions and now it’s available for desktop versions. When you open a previously opened file in VLC 2.2.0, you’ll be given an option to resume playback from where you left it the last time.

Material design: With the release of version 1.0.0 for Android, VLC has now grown out of its beta status. The new version is updated to match the material design of Android.

VLC for ARM processor devices: While people are ditching the support for Windows RT tablets, VLC isn’t doing the same. VideoLAN has released the beta version of the player and you can catch it in the Windows Store.

Support for Digital Cinema Packages: VLC 2.2.0 now supports Digital Cinema Packages used by the movie theatres. Also, the support for interactive Blu-ray menus is new and experimental.

Automatic rotation of vertical videos: This hardware acceleration powered feature is now available on select platforms for MP4, MOV, MKV and h.264 video files.

VLC for UltraHD- 4K: Now VLC manages 4K videos in a better way using VP9 and H265 codecs.

What’s next for VLC?

In a statement, VideoLAN president said that he’s very happy with this VLC 2.2.0 release and they are working on many new features for VLC 3.0.0. The new version is scheduled to be released later this year. It will feature ChromeCast integration, MPEG transport streams, adaptive streaming and more support for other platforms and file types.

Download VLC media players here:

VLC media player 2.2.0 for Windows:

VLC 2.2.0

 

VLC 2.4.1 for iOS:

VLC for iOS

 

VLC 1.1.0 for Android:

VLC for Android

 

VLC 1.1.0 beta for Android TV:

VLC for Android TV

 

VLC 1.1.0 beta for Windows Phone:

VLC for Windows Phone

 

VLC 1.1.0 beta for Windows RT: Download it from the Windows Store

We already know that Microsoft’s support for  windows XP has been ended on 8th April of this year , apparently 95% of the world’s 3 million ATM machines are runnnig on it. Microsoft’s decision to withdraw support for Windows XP poses critical security threat to the economic infrastructure worldwide.

Security researchers at Antivirus firm Symantec claimed that hackers can exploit a weakness in Windows XP based ATMs, that allow them to withdraw cash simply by sending an SMS to compromised ATMs.

What was interesting about this variant of Ploutus was that it allowed cybercriminals to simply send an SMS to the compromised ATM, then walk up and collect the dispensed cash. It may seem incredible, but this technique is being used in a number of places across the world at this time. researchers said.

According to researchers – In 2013, they detected a malware named Backdoor. Ploutus, installed on ATMs in Mexico, which is designed to rob a certain type of standalone ATM with just the text messages.
To install the malware into ATMs machines, hacker must connect the ATM to a mobile phone via USB tethering and then to initiate a shared Internet connection, which then can be used to send specific SMS commands to the phone attached or hardwired inside the ATM.

Since the phone is connected to the ATM through the USB port, the phone also draws power from the connection, which charges the phone battery. As a result, the phone will remain powered up indefinitely.

How it is Possible ?

  • Connect a mobile phone to the machine with a USB cable and install Ploutus Malware.
  • The attacker sends two SMS messages to the mobile phone inside the AT

SMS 1 contains a valid activation ID to activate the malware.
SMS 2 contains a valid dispense command to get the money out.

  • Mobile attached inside the ATM detects valid incoming SMS messages and forwards them to the ATM as a TCP or UDP packet.
  • Network packet monitor (NPM) module coded in the malware receives the TCP/UDP packet and if it contains a valid command, it will execute Ploutus
  • Amount for Cash withdrawal is pre-configured inside the malware
  • Finally, the hacker can collect cash from the hacked ATM machine.
  • Researchers have detected few more advanced variants of this malware, some attempts to steal customer card and PIN data, while others attempt man-in-the-middle attacks.
  • This malware is now spreading to other countries, so you are recommended to pay extra attention and remain cautious while using an ATM.

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