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iflix Seize Ctrl Hackathon Reveals Local Hacking Talents

26 September 2016iflix, the world’s leading Internet TV service for emerging markets, offering subscribers unlimited access to thousands of TV shows, movies and more, hosted its inaugural 24-hour hackathon Seize Ctrl in conjunction with its ‘Hacked by Mr Robot’ campaign to celebrate the Season 2 Finale of its hit exclusive Emmy award winning show, Mr. Robot.


iflix Hackathon Seize Ctrl

Seize Ctrl was conceived in true Mr. Robot fashion – a hackathon designed to have coders dig deep into the iflix systems and application, and find ways to improve, create, evolve or takeover features and functionalities within the iflix service.

12 teams, consisting primarily of college students and young developers, competed in the grueling 24-hour challenge, with iflix’s engineering teams providing guidance and mentorship. Seize Ctrl allowed iflix to further cultivate innovation within the Malaysian technology ecosystem, providing a forum for talent to build features from ideation to prototypes/actual working proofs of concept, a process that typically takes months to achieve, in just 24-hours. The challenge was immense and results were astounding.

The winning team, known as the The Hackbots led by Ghis Bakour took away the top cash prize of RM5,000 for their development of “Campaigns,” a feature that allows iflix users to initiate campaigns around their content choices and wishes. Producing a working prototype in less than a day, The Hackbots programmed a feature in-app that allows users to crowdsource opinions and votes for movies and TV shows they want to watch on iflix.

This exceptional display of innovation is perfectly in line with iflix’s commitment to understanding what its members want and delivering on that demand. Second and third placed teams also took away cash prizes, while other teams received Mr. Robot merchandise and iflix subscriptions.

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CEO of iflix Malaysia, Azran Osman-Rani said, “There are so many incredibly talented people in Malaysia’s tech community and iflix is honoured to have had the opportunity to create a forum for them to explore their creativity and innovation. Seize Ctrl is a testament to our ongoing commitment to promote excellence in the Malaysian ICT industry through supporting and growing young local talent.”

Seize Ctrl was organised in conjunction with iflix’s ‘Hacked by Mr. Robot’ campaign to celebrate the two part season 2 finale of iflix’s first run exclusive and worldwide smash hit, Mr. Robot. The campaign included the ‘hacking’ and takeover of digital billboards across Klang Valley, the iflix website and mobile app, in addition to the social media accounts of a number of Malaysia’s most high profile celebrities and influencers including Sazzy Falak, Jehan Miskin, Roshan from K-town Clan, Ann Osman and many more. Mr. Robot finale episodes aired exclusively on iflix less than 24-hours after their initial U.S. broadcast, followed by the immediate availability of Seasons 1 and 2 as full box sets on iflix.


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Kaspersky Lab: Malaysia Under Cyberattack

Cyber Security Malaysia reported 11,900 cyber security cases in 2015, compared to only 1,038 cases in 2007. Industry watchers believe that the reported number is only the tip of the iceberg.

According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), the cost of reported cybercrime in Malaysia is 0.18% of GDP or approximately RM 215 million per year. Based on statistics by Pemandu, Malaysia lost RM 179.3 million to reported cybercrime in 2015.

Malaysia under cyberattack!!

Kaspersky Lab, a global cybersecurity company, has an update on the status of Malaysia under cyberattack, and will be sharing Malaysia specific data on targeted attacks; and solutions to boost the resilience of the nation’s public and private sector to future attack.

Danti, an APT actor, has been exploiting 0-day vulnerabilities and carrying out a small number of highly focused targeted attacks – mostly against government agencies in Malaysia. Kaspersky Lab has discovered over 2,100 servers in Malaysia that have been compromised and sold for use in targeted attacks through the XDedic marketplace.

The disruptive scenarios featured in the hit TV series Mr. Robot could be very real, with Kaspersky Lab recording 171 million malicious attacks globally in just Q2 2016.

The focus is on identifying Advanced Targeted Attacks so that organizations and governments can anticipate what is coming at them through predictive behavior, and Security Intelligence Sharing, that turns the knowledge of an impending attack into a workable defense.

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Governments, telcos and managed service providers are becoming more concerned about targeted attacks and advanced cyber-weapons used for the purposes of cyber-espionage or the disruption of governmental and business activity. End-users need to be concerned as well because they may feel the brunt of these attacks from disrupted services to financial discrepanies.

While these threats represent less than 1% of the entire landscape, they present the highest risk to the public and private sector, worldwide. The number of such attacks have grown steadily over the years.

We would like to invite a journalist and photographer/broadcast team to join the Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT) as they update on the status of cyberattacks in Malaysia, and launch a more defensible intelligence-driven solution through Kaspersky Security Intelligence Service (KSIS) and Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack (KATA).


Malaysian threat landscape – past, present and a peek into the future

  • Why is Malaysia under cyberattack
  • Cyberattack trends and predictions, a Malaysia specific discussion
  • Intelligence driven defensible solutions to Advanced Targeted Attacks – how it works
  • Features and benefits of Kaspersky Security Intelligence Service (KSIS) and Kaspersky Anti Targeted Attack (KATA)


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Mr. Robot Season 2 Exclusively On iflix

iflix just announced they acquired exclusive rights in Malaysia to the second season of the critically acclaimed, global phenomenon, Mr. Robot. Fast tracked from the U.S., new episodes will premiere every Thursday on iflix, within 24-hours of the initial U.S. broadcast.

In its first season, the drama series garnered numerous accolades and awards, including the Golden Globe for “Best TV Drama” and a Peabody Award. Mr. Robot follows Elliot Alderson (Golden Globe nominee Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Golden Globe winner Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s 5/9 hack on multi-national conglomerate Evil Corp, the second season explores the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control.

Mr. Robot Season 2 joins iflix’s growing library of first run exclusives including the show’s critically lauded first season, every season of award-winning crime drama Fargo, new breakout fantasy series The Magicians, Aquarius and many more.

To celebrate this, iflix Malaysia invited selected media for an exclusive advanced screening of the first episode of Mr. Robot Season 2. iflix Malaysia CEO, Azran Osman-Rani, even took time off his busy schedule to join us for popcorn and the screening.

iflix Group Chief Content Officer, James Bridges commented: “We are thrilled to bring this latest instalment of Mr. Robot, one of the world’s most exciting and compelling series, exclusively to our markets. The multi-award-winning first season was one of Malaysia’s most talked about shows of 2015. It is another example of our passion for seeking out and delivering the best content available to our subscribers across the region.”

Now available in Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines and Indonesia, iflix will continue to roll out its world-class service to key additional emerging markets in the coming months. Offering consumers a vast library of top Hollywood, Asian regional, and local TV shows and movies including many first run exclusives and award winning programs, each subscription allows users to access the service on up to five devices, including phones, laptops, tablets, and television sets, for viewing wherever, whenever.

iflix subscribers can also download TV shows and movies from iflix’s extensive catalogue for offline viewing. The service is priced at only RM 10 per month in Malaysia for unlimited access with no ads!

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