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SoftBank Emotion-Canceling AI, Windows 10 'Open With' Bug, Crypto Malware Alert

In today’s episode, we discuss SoftBank’s development of AI-powered “emotion-canceling” technology aimed at mitigating customer harassment in call centers by altering the voices of angry customers ( We also cover a bug in Windows 10 causing apps to display Open With dialogs, affecting various Microsoft applications ( Additionally, we explore a macOS malware delivery campaign targeting cryptocurrency users through fake, information-stealing apps like Vortax (

00:00 Intro

01:05 SoftBank AI to Calm Angry Callers

03:31 Windows 10 Bug Triggers Annoying ‘Open With’ Prompts

05:10 Vortax Malware Targets Crypto Users via Fake Apps

Thanks to Jered Jones for providing the music for this episode.

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Softbank plans to cancel out angry customer voices using AI —`Flash Briefing: SoftBank’s AI-Powered Emotion-Canceling Technology

  • New AI Tech Announcement:
    • SoftBank plans to launch an AI-powered “emotion-canceling” technology by March 2026.
    • The tech modifies the voices of angry customers to sound calmer during calls with customer service representatives.
    • Source: The Asahi Shimbun
  • Tech Development Details:
    • The AI model trained on over 10,000 voice samples collected from Japanese actors.
    • It recognizes and adjusts vocal characteristics associated with anger and hostility in real-time.
    • The technology changes pitch and inflection but retains a slight element of anger for emotional context.
  • Operational Impact:
    • Aimed to reduce the psychological burden on call center staff dealing with customer harassment.
    • SoftBank’s in-house program “SoftBank Innoventure” and The Institute for AI and Beyond are leading the development.
  • Industry Context:
    • Customer harassment, or “kasu-hara,” is a significant issue in Japan’s service sector.
    • Other regions also report high stress levels among call center operators due to abusive customers.
    • Source: Reddit thread on SoftBank’s AI plans
  • Ethical Considerations:
    • Some users argue this tech addresses symptoms, not root causes, of customer anger.
    • Concerns raised about ignoring legitimate customer grievances, potentially worsening long-term issues.`

Microsoft says bug causes Windows 10 apps to display Open With dialogs

`- Windows 10 Bug Alert:

  • Key Info: A bug in Windows 10 causes apps to display an “Open With” dialog box when right-clicking on a program icon.
  • Implication: This issue impacts all apps with registered tasks, like Calculator, Outlook, and Teams.
  • Actionable Insight: Instead of right-clicking, open the app directly and perform your tasks manually to avoid the bug.
  • Affected Apps:
    • Key Info: The bug affects various Microsoft apps, including Calculator, Outlook, Teams, Snip & Sketch, and Sticky Notes.
    • Implication: Tasks like “New Message” or “Standard Mode” prompt the “Open With” dialog, disrupting workflow.
    • Actionable Insight: Close the dialog box if it appears; it does not impact app functionality, just an extra click to deal with.
  • User Experience:
    • Key Info: Despite the bug, BleepingComputer’s tests confirm that the apps still function normally after closing the dialog box.
    • Implication: The bug is more of an annoyance than a critical failure.
    • Actionable Insight: Communicate to users that the apps are still operational and encourage patience until a fix is released.
  • Windows 11 Issues:
    • Key Info: A new bug prevents the Microsoft Photos app from launching on Windows 11.
    • Implication: Users see a spinning circle before the app crashes, especially if certain policies are enabled.
    • Actionable Insight: Keep an eye out for updates from Microsoft; they are working on a fix for this issue.
  • Proactive Measures:
    • Key Info: Microsoft acknowledges the bugs and is working on solutions for both Windows 10 and Windows 11 issues.
    • Implication: Updates are on the horizon, but no exact timeline provided.
    • Actionable Insight: Regularly check for updates and apply them as soon as they’re available to ensure system stability.`

Clever macOS malware delivery campaign targets cryptocurrency users —`1. Malware Targeting Cryptocurrency Users:

  • Summary: Clever macOS and Windows malware campaign targets cryptocurrency users with fake apps that look legitimate.
  • Engagement: Have you recently downloaded any new apps for your crypto activities? Double-check their legitimacy!
  1. Social Media and Messaging Platforms Used:
    • Summary: Attackers use social media and messaging platforms to trick users into downloading malicious apps by promoting ‘Vortax,’ a fake virtual meeting software.
    • Engagement: What social media platforms do you use for crypto discussions? Be cautious of unsolicited app recommendations.
  2. Fake App Characteristics:
    • Summary: The fake app ‘Vortax’ has a professional-looking website, a Medium blog with AI-generated content, and active social media accounts to appear credible.
    • Engagement: If an app seems too good to be true, it probably is. What red flags do you look for in apps?
  3. Malware Distribution Method:
    • Summary: Users are directed to download ‘Vortax’ via Dropbox links (Windows) or an external site (macOS), which installs Rhadamanthys and Stealc (Windows) or Atomic Stealer (macOS).
    • Engagement: Have you noticed any unusual download prompts lately? Always verify the source before clicking.
  4. Malware Behavior:
    • Summary: Upon launching, ‘Vortax’ appears non-functional due to errors but initiates malicious processes in the background to steal information.
    • Engagement: Ever encountered an app that didn’t work as promised? It might be more than just poor coding.
  5. Additional Malicious Domains:
    • Summary: Further investigation revealed 23 more domains linked to the same IP address, all hosting malicious apps similar to ‘Vortax.’
    • Engagement: Are you familiar with checking domain legitimacy? It’s a useful skill to learn!
  6. Related Scams:
    • Summary: Other scams like ‘VDeck’ and ‘Mindspeak’ share similarities with`’Vortax’ and are likely operated by the same threat actor, identified as ‘markopolo.’
  1. Preventive Measures:
    • Summary: Researchers recommend updating malware signatures, using security controls to block unsanctioned downloads, and staying informed about new cyber threats.
    • Engagement: What measures have you implemented to enhance your cybersecurity? Let’s learn from each other’s strategies.

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