Decathlon Group, a popular sporting retail chain, is found to have suffered from a data breach that exposed its massive user data through a misconfigured database. The issue put the record of over 123 million users and employees at stake, as per a report. It is believed that the affected database mainly contained private information of the Spanish division of Decathlon. However, it is also likely to include some data of the company’s UK business. At this time, there is no confirmation on whether customers in India were also affected. The company closed down public access to the unsecured database upon being notified about the breach.

The database in question was of 9GB in size and on an unsecured ElasticSearch server. It was discovered by a team at security-focussed firm vpnMentor.

The leaked data reportedly included employee usernames, unencrypted passwords, personally identifiable information (PII) including social security numbers, full names, addresses, mobile phone numbers, addresses, and birth dates. Further, the researchers noted that the database also had customer email and login information in an unencrypted form.

“It has everything that a malicious hacker would, in theory, need to use to take over accounts and gain access to private and even proprietary information,” vpnMentor wrote in a blog post.

The data breach was noticed on February 12, and the company was notified on February 16. The database was pulled on February 17, the research team said in the post.

It is unclear whether the impact of the data breach has any affect on the database of Decathlon in other regions, except Spain and the UK. Gadgets 360 has reached out to the company to get more details.
The vpnMentor team believe that the data breach could be used for corporate espionage and phishing attacks. Furthermore, affected users are likely to receive a correspondence from the company detailing the impact of the breach.

Headquartered in France, Decathlon has its presence in 69 countries, with over 1,600 stores worldwide. The company is popular for using inventory robots and in-store mobile checkout systems to attract young customers.



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Apple loves having its products — the iPhone, the iPad, or the MacBook — in movies and TV shows, but it won’t let villains or bad guys be seen with them, according to Rian Johnson, the writer-director of Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Knives Out. Johnson let slip the crucial bit of information during a scene-breakdown video of Knives Out, and then joked that his Hollywood colleagues would like to kill him for revealing that.

In a YouTube video published Tuesday by Vanity Fair, Johnson (at the 3-minute mark) said: “Apple, they let you use iPhones in movies, but — and this is very pivotal — if you’re ever watching a mystery movie, bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera,” and then added with a chuckle: “Every single filmmaker who has a bad guy in their movie that’s supposed to be a secret wants to murder me right now.”

Johnson stumbled upon it while discussing the will reading scene from his murder mystery whodunnit Knives Out, in which Jamie Lee Curtis’ real estate mogul character, Linda Drysdale, can be seen holding an iPhone. He initially mused if he “should say this or not […] because it’s gonna screw me on the next mystery movie that I write.” That will be the sequel to Knives Out, officially greenlit earlier in February. Though given Johnson’s penchant for subversion, you can expect him to get around it.

Apple’s strict control of its brand image in entertainment is a confirmation of what has been reported multiple times in the past. According to MacRumours, Apple says that its products should be seen “in the best light, in a manner or context that reflects favourably on the Apple products and on Apple Inc.” Last year, The New York Times said Apple was worried how its devices would be viewed in Apple TV+ content.

But this isn’t anything new. An eighteen-year-old Wired piece talks about how the Kiefer Sutherland-starrer action series 24 always had Macs for the heroes, and Windows PCs for the villains.

Of course, this isn’t a strictly Apple thing. The Guardian pointed out that both Coca-Cola and Mercedes-Benz had no interest in being seen in the slums of Slumdog Millionaire. Filmmakers had to erase the Coke label in post-production, while Mercedes was happy to retain the parts where its cars were seen in an upscale, rich-people environment.



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The US Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to back stricter deadlines for workers to sue retirement plans over alleged mismanagement, ruling Intel Corp cannot avoid a suit accusing it of unlawfully making high-risk investments that cost retirement plan beneficiaries hundreds of millions of dollars. The justices unanimously upheld a lower court decision that revived the proposed class-action lawsuit filed in 2015 by former Intel engineer Christopher Sulyma against the Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker. The justices rejected Intel’s argument that Sulyma’s lawsuit had been filed too late.

At issue was the time period for bringing a lawsuit alleging violations of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), a federal law that requires plan managers to invest prudently. Beneficiaries generally have six years to sue over ill-advised investment decisions. That deadline is cut to three years if a problem becomes known sooner.

Sulyma was backed by President Donald Trump’s administration in the case. Sulyma’s suit accused company retirement plans and administrators of breaching their fiduciary duty to the participants by placing an overly heavy emphasis on hedge funds and private equity, in contrast to peer funds.

Intel said that the investments were chosen to better diversify the plans’ portfolios and urged that the case be thrown out. The fund participants knew of the issue more than three years before based on emails the company had sent with links to documents about the investments, thus missing the deadline for filing suit, Intel added.

Sulyma countered that while employed at Intel between 2010 and 2012 he was unaware of the alternative investments, that they performed poorly or even what hedge funds were. He said that he did not have “actual knowledge” of the alleged investment problems because he did not read the relevant documents that were only posted online.

The San Francisco-based 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in 2018 let the case proceed, ruling that the three-year deadline applied only if Sulyma was actually aware of the facts of a violation, not merely that those facts were available.

In Wednesday’s ruling, the Supreme Court agreed.

“The question here is whether a plaintiff necessarily has ‘actual knowledge’ of the information contained in disclosures that he receives but does not read or cannot recall reading. We hold that he does not,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the ruling.

In its appeal, Intel had warned that such a decision would make it too easy for a plaintiff to sustain a lawsuit simply by asserting “that he did not read the relevant plan documents, or simply that he cannot recall whether he saw them.”

During December arguments in the case, conservative and liberal justices alike voiced doubt that most people read investment documents that companies send out.

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Apple could come out with its first over-the-ear headphones this year, according to placeholder listings in Target’s product database, spotted by YouTuber Jon Prosser. The listing, according to Prosser, show a product called ‘Apple AirPods (X Generation), with a listed price of $399. He further pointed out that there are three SKUs listed for the AirPods (X Generation), meaning that it might come in three different colours.

Reports of Apple-branded over-the-ear headphones have been doing the rounds since the past few years. In 2018, analyst Ming-Chi Kuo had predicted that the headphones will be launched by the end of 2018. However, in June 2018, it was reported that they had been delayed following developmental challenges. More recently, Kuo had predicted that the Apple-branded headphones will launch in the first half of 2020.

Apple Insider cites Target staffers to claim that such placeholders listings are fairly common, and are usually an indication that products will ship within the month, or sometimes within a week’s time. While the names of these listings are generally inaccurate, but the pricing usually is.

Further, a $399 (roughly Rs. 28,600) price tag will make the headphones $150 (roughly Rs. 10,700) more expensive than its premium in-ear AirPods Pro. It, however, is close to competition in the market, with the likes of Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones 700 and Sennheiser’s Momentum Wireless.

Now, although these will be the first Apple-branded over-ear headphones, the company has been selling headphones under its Beats brand since 2014. The Beats Solo Pro, the latest in the lineup, are going for $299 (roughly Rs. 21,400).

The headphones, if launched, will probably not be the only Apple product we could possibly see in the first half of this year. Kuo had predicted earlier that the company will launch its Apple Tags or AirTags trackers and a new low-cost 4.7-inch screen iPhone, touted to be the iPhone SE 2 or iPhone 9.





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Microsoft is rolling out another update to the Xbox One’s interface design to all the consoles this week. The company had announced the changes last month, which give a fresh look to the home page, making frequently used apps and games available immediately. The new home design also lets users add or remove rows on the home page, and adds quick access to Xbox Game Pass, Mixer, and the Microsoft Store. This new design has been under development for about six months now, and aims to make it easier to find and access frequently played games on the home screen.

Microsoft in its support post details the changes it has made to the interface on the Xbox One with OS version 10.0.18363.9135 that began rolling out on Monday.

Apart from the home screen changes, Microsoft is also allowing owners of the Xbox One consoles to customise their notifications – how they appear on the screen. The feature, according to reports, prevents notifications from blocking the content. The new interface helps users choose from six spots, as to where the notifications will appear. The new update also brings changes to the library, with new icons for games with trials and demos and an option to see top games and applications in the library.

The Xbox One update was made available immediately after the launch. So those who have automatic updates turned on, are in for a surprise. Microsoft has updated the UI of the Xbox One quite frequently, including a Fluent Design update in 2017, a redesign in 2015 and updates that focus on speed.

Following is a list of all the changes after the February 24 update:

  • OS Version 10.0.18363.9135
  • New Xbox One Home look
  • Updated apps and games library
  • Image support in Conversations
  • Xbox Game Pass: View and Install individual bundled games
  • Preferred location for notifications
  • Improved Mixer viewing
  • Storage management suggestions



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In an attempt to curb Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and third parties from snooping into user’s browsing data, popular Web browser, Mozilla Firefox will start rolling out encrypted DNS over HTTPS (DoH) by default across the US in the coming weeks. What this essentially means is that the browsing company is looking at measures to prevent third parties to go through your browsing history to deliver targeted ads or access personal data. The announcement was made by the company in a note that was released on Tuesday. Users outside the US will be able to manually turn the feature on by heading into Settings, General, and then scrolling down to Networking Settings.

As per the note, Firefox claimed that until now, personal browsing data was at risk since the DNS database was accessed by browsers without encryption, even when accessing secured sites with HTTPS. To elaborate, the DNS is the database that links a computer-friendly website name with a human-friendly name, and a browser performs a DNS lookup to find the website when the user navigates to a URL.

“Today, we know that unencrypted DNS is not only vulnerable to spying but is being exploited, and so we are helping the Internet to make the shift to more secure alternatives,” Mozilla said. To understand how snooping by third parties and ISPs can work, here’s an in-depth explanation from Mozilla that explains it in detail.

Meanwhile, Mozilla – the non-profit oganisation that develops the Firefox browser – had earlier received flak from experts who claim that DoH causes more problems. One such problem highlighted by experts is that DoH hampers legitimate attempts by companies and lawmakers to block dangerous Web content. Another raised concern is that only a certain part of the DNS is encrypted, therefore, third parties will still be able to see which IP addresses their users are connecting to. However, The Verge points out websites you are visiting will still be visible to the DNS registry you are using, the attempts by third-parties to see them will be be much harder with DoH enabled.

Last year, when Firefox announced it will roll out DoH, in a note, it said the company has urged US Congress to reject broadband players lobbying against this development.



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Canon has announced the arrival of its recently launch, mid-segment DSLR — the EOS 850D — in India. It will go on sale in April, so right now, the company hasn’t announced the price. The EOS 850D is a new arrival in Canon’s EOS family and will go on to replace the existing EOS 800D. The major improvements in the new model include the use of Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor, along with support for 4K video recording. Canon is pitching it as the ideal DSLR for photographers looking to upgrade from an entry-level DSLR to a mid-level one.

The Canon EOS 850D weighs 515 grams and features a 24.1-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, with the aforementioned DIGIC 8 image processor. It boasts of a 45-point, all cross-type autofocus grid, with support for object tracking and face detection autofocus. It has an ISO range of 100 to 25,600, which can be expanded to 51,200. It’s also capable of doing 7fps burst shooting with fixed or tracking autofocus and a maximum shutter speed of 1/4,000 seconds. In live view mode, you can use the DualPixel autofocus system, which lets you choose any of the 3,975 selectable autofocus points for precise focusing. There’s also eye detection autofocus, for better portrait shots.

At the back, the EOS 850D gets a 3-inch, fully-articulating touchscreen display with a resolution of 1.04 million dots. It can shoot videos of up to 4K resolution at 24fps or full-HD videos at up to 60fps. There’s also a built-in 4K timelapse movie function. There’s no sensor stabilisation but you can enable electronic stabilisation. The camera also feature built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth LE connectivity for syncing with the Canon Camera Connect app.

“At Canon, we relentlessly strive to understand user sentiments and deliver our products and services accordingly in line with their requirements,” said Kazutada Kobayashi, President and CEO, Canon India, in a statement. “With the launch of our latest marvel EOS 850D, we want to provide the photography enthusiasts with an affordable product to further upgrade their skills in their photography journey.”



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Google recently released the first developer preview of Android 11 earlier this month and it looks like manufacturers have already started working on it. Poco very recently announced that the Poco X2 will be getting the Android 11 software update and now it looks like Samsung is testing out the latest version of Android on its Galaxy S10+. The Galaxy S10+ was the 2019 flagship for Samsung and was recently spotted on Geekbench running Android R.

The Galaxy S10+ was spotted running Android R which will most likely be called Android 11 when it is launched. This was first reported by Sammobile. The recent entry on Geekbench does not reveal a lot of information other than the device model number i.e. SM-G975F and that it was running Android R while being benchmarked.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus spotted running Android R

 

While the Galaxy S10+ was spotted running Android R, it is unlikely that it will get the software update before the Galaxy S20 series. Samsung has been proactive in updating its flagship smartphones to the recent version of Android. The company updated the Galaxy S10+ to Android 10 in December last year as it was launched with Android 9.

We can expect the Galaxy S10+ to run the latest version of One UI when it gets updated to Android R which will most likely be called Android 11. Samsung has been following a two-year update cycle for its flagship devices which makes the Galaxy S10+ eligible to get the update. However, there is also a slight possibility that the Geekbench entry was spoofed.

That said, there is still time for Google to roll-out Android 11 and other manufacturers will need more time to add their customisations.



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Price: ₹ 17,999.00 - ₹ 10,575.00
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The Vivo U20 smartphone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 AIE octa-core processor with upto 6GB RAM and 64GB internal memory expandable up to 256GB and UFS2.1 storage. It has massive 5000mAh battery with 18W Fast Charging. 16MP+8MP+2MP AI triple rear camera with Sony IMX499 Sensor and Electronic Image Stabilization, 16MP selfie camera, and much more.

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