TrendMicro Releases Report on 1H 2017 Worldwide Security

TrendMicro has released its report on the state of security in the first half of 2017. Entitled.” 2017 Midyear Security Roundup: The Cost of Compromise”, it looks at the various aspects of security that has happened this year so far. WannaCry and Petra ransomware are never far from our minds, definitely.

Highlights of the research paper include:

  • APAC topped all the regions in terms of global ransomware threats – it was revealed to have accounted for 35.7% amongst other regions.
  • Additionally, APAC also surpassed other regions by a huge margin, with more than 436 million malware detections observed – The top three malware detected were DocDropDOWNAD, and WannaCry.
  • Over 47 million malicious mobile apps were downloaded by users in APAC, the highest amongst other regions – EMEA users downloaded 30 million apps; North America and Latin America accounting for eight million and six million malicious mobile downloads respectively.
  • Exploits kits are a prominent threat in APAC regions, with a total of 556,542 kits that were detected within six months – The amount was quadruple of North America, that came in second place (120,470)

The report can be viewed here.

Kirin 970: Huawei’s First Open & Mobile AI Platform

Benhard E. Boser 1992

Early in the 20th century, in 1991, an article was released for peer review on IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits. In the article, Bernhard E. Boser, described neural network capabilities in pattern classification, speech recognition and control.

Boser, 1992

The article and the formula has been part of a reference for several studies on neural network parallel processing.

Hadi Esmaeilzadeh, Adrian Sampson, Michael Ringenburg, Luis Ceze, Dan Grossman, and Doug Burger* University of Washington / Microsoft Research

In June 2012, a team from University of Washington posted a presentation on the challenges to implement neural networks. This is what their system looked like.

Image: DaSi, 2012


At IFA 2017, Huawei Consumer Business Group, unveiled Kirin 970 platform. Kirin 970 is powered by an 8-core CPU, a 12-core GPU and also featured a dedicated neural processing unit. It is built on a 10nm advanced process, packing 5.5 billion transistors in one cm². Huawei has opened the chipset to developers and partners who can find new and innovative uses for its processing capabilities.


Image: Huawei