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SYDNEY, 23 January 2020 – FUJIFILM has achieved a place on the “CDP*1 Climate Change A List,” winning the highest level of recognition awarded to companies for their efforts against climate change
FUJIFILM Holdings is one of 179 high-performing companies out of over 8,000 companies that were scored.
CDP’s annual environmental disclosure and scoring process is widely recognised as the gold standard of corporate environmental transparency. In 2019, investors with over US$96 trillion in assets requested companies to disclose data on environmental impacts, risks and opportunities through CDP’s platform. It is also used in environmental assessment for the world’s major Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) indices, indicators for ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) investment. In 2017, Fujifilm was named on “CDP Water A List” for its action following on water resources management.
FUJIFILM Holdings is actively promoting actions on climate change based on its strong belief, upheld since its foundation, that “environmental conservation is at the core of Fujifilm’s corporate activities.” Under its CSR plan “Sustainable Value Plan 2030 (SVP2030),” the company strives to reduce the CO2 emissions across the entire lifecycle of products and at the same time, contribute to CO2 emissions reduction in society by encouraging wider use of the company’s low-emission products and services.
Actions on climate change
Reducing CO2 emissions across the entire product lifecycle from material procurement to product manufacturing, transportation, use and disposal
• The SVP2030 sets the numerical target of “reducing CO2 emission across the entire lifecycle of Fujifilm products by 30% by fiscal year ending March 2031 (FY2031/3) compared to the FY2014/3 level.” This target has been certified by “Science Based Targets initiative”*2 , an international environmental initiative.
• In FY2019/3, Fujifilm has significantly reduced CO2 emissions by 22% from the FY2014/3 level through active initiatives including the promotion of efficient energy use in the “manufacturing” stage of product lifecycle.
• In January 2019, Fujifilm set its target for renewable energy usage. The target is to “switch to electricity derived from renewable resources to account for 50% of its overall purchased electricity by FY2031/3. The company further aims to achieve zero carbon emissions in all of the energies used by FY2051/3, by switching 100% of purchased electricity to renewable energies and adopting the latest technologies such as using hydrogen fuel for in-house power generation systems. It globally promotes the introduction of renewable energies such as solar energy and wind power.
• In April 2019, Fujifilm joined the “RE100”*3 , an international initiative that brings together companies committed to using 100% renewable electricity in business operations. Through joining the initiative, the company has presented its unique approach to zero carbon, striving to lead the global charge on achieving a non-carbon society.
Contributing to CO2 emissions reduction in society by encouraging wider use of the company’s low-emission products and services
• The SVP2030 sets the numerical target of “contributing to reduction in CO2 emissions in our society by 50 million tons by FY2031/3.” The target aims to reduce CO2 emissions in society by the level equal to or greater than the cumulative amount of CO2 emissions Fujifilm products generate across their life cycle between FY2018/3, when the target was set, and FY2031/3.
• In order to accelerate this initiative, Fujifilm Group introduced the “Green Value Products” certification program in FY2019/3, extending certification to Fujifilm products and services that meet certain criteria concerning environmental considerations for the society. It evaluates environmental value of its products and services based on their features and how they are used by customers. The program aims to further enhance the creation of environmental friendly products.
Fujifilm Group will continue to actively work toward resolving climate issues and promote information disclosure through CDP and other organizations, thereby contributing to the establishment of a sustainable society.
• *1 CDP is a global non-profit that drives companies and governments to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions, safeguard water resources and protect forests. Voted number one climate research provider by investors and working with institutional investors with assets of US$96 trillion, we leverage investor and buyer power to motivate companies to disclose and manage their environmental impacts.
• *2 Established in September 2014, the Science Based Targets initiative is a partnership between CDP, United Nations Global Compact, World Resources Institute (WRI), and the Worldwide Fund for Nature (WWF), which helps companies determine how much they must cut emissions to prevent the worst impacts of climate change. It aims at promoting science-based targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions to keep global temperature increases below 2 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial temperatures.
• *3 RE100 is an initiative run by the Climate Group, an international NPO focused on accelerating global climate actions, in partnership with CDP. It consists of companies that have made a commitment to go 100% renewable in electricity used in their business activities.
In response to a recent article by ZDNet, Avast Threat Researcher Marko Zbirka answers questions on Telnet, who may be affected by breaches, and how to avoid any risks associated with the breach.
Q: What is Telnet used for?
A: Telnet is protocol used to provide remote access to devices. The protocol was developed in 1969 to provide remote access to servers. Today it is widely included in IoT devices, but only used in specific cases, for example if the user requires remote and full access to the device’s underlying system, to remotely access advanced settings or to debug such a device
Q: Which devices commonly use the Telnet protocol?
A: We commonly see Telnet used by routers, IoT devices such as IP cameras, smart appliances, and even DVT2 set-top boxes.
Q: How can users tell if their devices’ Telnet port is exposed?
A: Users can check if their devices’ Telnet port is exposed by using features like Avast Wi-Fi Inspector, included in all versions of Avast Antivirus. Wi-Fi inspector scans the network, checking for devices using Telnet for empty, default, or weak passwords, and alerts users of these, so they can make a change to secure their network. It also checks for passwords that are known to be used by malware botnets in the past, including the Mirai botnet. Users can also check their router’s settings, by logging into their router’s administrative interface, to see if Telnet is enabled on the router. If Telnet is not being actively used, we recommend disabling it completely. We also recommend users check if port forwarding and UPnP are enabled, and unless these are being knowingly used, they should also be disabled.
Q: Where can users change their Telnet credentials?
A: It always depends on the device itself, so it’s important users consult the device’s manual, and always follow best practices, such as changing default login credentials (username and password) when setting up a new device. Some devices have separate Telnet credentials, while in other devices the Telnet port can be accessed simply by logging into the device itself. Users should avoid using the same username and password on multiple devices and accounts at all costs. Cybercriminals often attempt to hack further accounts once they get their hands on a data breach including login credentials, as they are well aware that many users use the same login credentials across multiple accounts and devices. According to an Avast survey, 55.4% of vulnerable devices in Australia are left exposed by weak password credentials, in many cases using the same password to protect multiple accounts. Finally, users should always update their devices’ firmware and software, to patch vulnerabilities that could potentially be abused by cybercriminals.
Q: What can someone do with these login credentials?
A: Once a hacker successfully gains access to the Telnet port, they can download and install malware and begin abusing the device. In most cases, hackers use connected devices to create a botnet, which they then can use for DDoS attacks on popular websites, for cryptocurrency mining and to scan the internet and the network the infected device sits on for other devices to infect and attack. Users can recognize that their device has become part of a botnet if they notice their device is responding slower than usual and if there is suspicious traffic going out of the device.
Q: Is it likely that other hackers are also scanning the internet, looking for devices with exposed Telnet ports?
A: Yes! We have 500 honeypots deployed around the world that were programed with open ports, such as TCP:23 (telnet protocol), TCP:22 (ssh protocol), TCP:80 (http protocol), all of which are typically found in IoT devices, thus appearing to be IoT devices to attackers. The purpose of a honeypot is to catch cybercriminal activity and then examine their attack methods. They exist to fool attackers into thinking that the devices they are targeting are real and contain real data. On January 19th, 2020, we saw cybercriminals attempt to access the Telnet port of our honeypots 347,476 times.
Q: How likely do you think it is that these devices are now using a different IP address and/or different login credentials?
A: It’s not very likely, as many of these devices are just set up and then simply used, so many users either login to their devices once while setting it up, if at all, and then never again. According to past surveys by Avast, a high proportion of people aren’t aware their router has a web administrative interface where they can log in to view and change their router’s settings. When it comes to routers, IP addresses sometimes change when the router is rebooted, or when switching from one Internet Service Provider (ISP) to another. A network is only as secure as its weakest link, and for this reason is very important to follow security best practices
-BradIn response to a recent article by ZDNet, Avast Threat Researcher Marko Zbirka answers questions on Telnet, who may be affected by breaches, and how to avoid any risks associated with the breach.
SYDNEY, 22 January 2020 – Aspera Mobile has launched the latest in its range of affordable smartphones with its new GEM 4G dual-SIM device costing just $149.
Aspera Mobile MD Allan Robertson explained, “We had our new Jazz 2 smartphone targeting the $99 entry-level 4G price point but could also see a gap at the $149 price point for a model that came with full Android 9 Pie and better specifications, so that’s where the new GEM came in.”
Aspera’s new GEM offers snappy performance with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM and a quad-core Mediatek processor. It also comes with the full version of Android Pie giving the consumer a good experience with pre-installed Android apps including Google Maps, YouTube and Google Assistant. There’s also an 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera and for added security GEM has a fingerprint sensor and face recognition.
Robertson continued, “I think most people would agree they are an excellent set of features for just $149. As usual with Aspera phones we strived to offer the best value for money at the price point in terms of display size and resolution, memory, camera and processor.”
The GEM offers dual-SIM functionality
GEM’s 5.5″ display has a 1440 x 720 pixel HD+ resolution and the phone offers dual-4G SIM card functionality, a set of features Robertson says the market will appreciate.
He added, “The kind of person who will buy a GEM wants more than our entry level Jazz 2 but does not want to break the bank spending big money for a top end mobile. For $149 you get a big package that’s suitable for phone users young and old who also like to browse the web, use email and popular content and social media apps like YouTube and Facebook.”
Aspera Mobile phones are designed and developed to be more than just about price. According to Robertson the company genuinely cares about its customers, their experience and the fact that they only pay for what they want, need and use.
He continued, “The new GEM really is the best value smartphone on the market at just $149. Many of our competitors at that price point only offer Android Go not Pie, just 1GB of RAM and a single SIM option. GEM’s better specs and dual 4G SIM cards means customers can get the best BYO SIM plans to maximise their usage costs, run two numbers and pick up and use a local SIM card when travelling overseas. Fingerprint and face recognition are a huge bonus at this price point and definitely not the norm. Combined with a HD+ display and a good camera experience GEM’s appeal is very broad.”
Aspera Mobile customers can easily and cost effectively step up from the company’s F40 flip phone to their first smartphone or from an entry level smartphone like the Jazz 2 to a higher spec smartphone like the GEM that offers more advanced features without a huge increase in price.
Allan Robertson concluded, “Having different tiers of product experience at a reasonable cost means our customers can stay within the Aspera Mobile family and move to a more sophisticated phone whenever it suits them.”
Aspera Mobile’s new GEM smartphone is available now and can be purchased outright for just $149 at BigW, Retravision, Leading Edge and BNE Express.
For more information on the new Aspera GEM smartphone go to: https://asperamobile.com/phones/smart-phones/aspera-gem/
Aspera Mobile’s new GEM smartphone