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19-year-old hacker claims to have taken control of 25 Tesla cars around the world

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A 19-year-old security researcher claims to have remotely tapped into more than 25 Tesla cars in 13 countries, arguing via a Twitter thread that a software vulnerability gave him access to the systems of these electric cars.

As pointed out by the young hacker, the software flaw allows, remotely, to unlock doors and windows, start cars without using keys and disable their security systems. In addition, he claimed that it can see the exact location of a car, check if a driver is present in the car, turn on the vehicles’ sound systems and turn on their headlights.

Serious security vulnerability discovered in Tesla cars

David Colombo, a self-described information technology specialist, did not disclose exact details of the software vulnerability. However, through his tweets he specified that the problem is not within Tesla’s software or infrastructure. He also added that only a small number of car owners of this brand were actually affected.

in conversation with Bloomberg, Colombo pointed out that this problem “it is mainly the fault of the owners (and a third party)”, adding that “This will be described in more detail in my writing, but I’m glad to see Tesla taking action now”.

In its tweet thread, the young native of Germany clarified that at no time did he achieve absolute remote control of the cars. However, a sudden increase in volume while driving or an untimely play with the lights could lead to a serious accident.

To attack security vulnerabilities, this pioneering American company of electric cars has a protocol. To integrate its vulnerability disclosure platform, security researchers can register their own vehicles for testing, subject to approval by Tesla. For each qualified report, the company pays up to $15,000.

The young hacker commented that he has been in contact with the Tesla security team, who assured him that they were investigating the problem and would contact him again if they had any news. The company, for its part, declined to comment, both from its global press team, as well as from its representation in China.

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Europol shuts down another VPN service used by malware distributors

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Hard hit by Europol against VPNLab.Net, one of the VPN (virtual private network) services most used by cybercriminals for the distribution of malware and ransomware throughout the world. According announce In a statement, the action has been carried out in a coordinated manner with the police forces of different countries, seizing 15 servers used in its service in the operation, and leaving the main website inactive.

The operation has been carried out in simultaneous coordination with the police forces of Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Latvia, Ukraine, the United States and the United Kingdom.

New Europol operation against VPN service for cybercriminals

In this way, this veteran platform of vpn, existing since 2008, is no longer operational, whose main website displays a banner indicating that the service has been seized by Europol.

For now there are no arrests, in the absence of identifications, accusations and arrests based on valuable evidence, according to what the authorities say they have, thanks to the seizures of the servers used in the service.

VPNLab.Net offered its services using OpenVPN-based technology and 2048-bit encryption for just $60 a year, advertising on both the dark web and the Internet with a clear focus on cybercriminal groups.

According to Europol:

Police became interested in the provider after multiple investigations uncovered criminals using the VPNLab.net service to facilitate illicit activities such as malware distribution

They add that:

Other cases showed the use of the service in setting up the infrastructure and communications behind ransomware campaigns, as well as the actual deployment of the ransomware.

Europol also has similar actions in the past. In this regard, by way of example, in December 2020, it also acted against Safe-Inet and Insorg VPN, two VPN services that also offered their services to cybercriminal groups.

More recently in time we also find the dismantling of DoubleVPN, carried out in June of last year for the same reason, being one of the most important operations carried out worldwide.

More information: Europol

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Semiconductor chips: TSMC wants to consolidate its lead

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The semiconductor sector has been booming since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. This is one of the main beneficiaries of the explosion in demand for processors, cloud infrastructure, memory, GPUs and the latest generation mobile devices.

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This high-growth sector is currently dominated by Samsung and TMSC which, according to Visual Capital, together account for more than 70% of the market share. As a leader, TMSC could consolidate its already considerable lead by investing more money than the competition in the sector this year.

TSMC reacts to Samsung’s development plan

Samsung has never hidden its desire to become the world leader in semiconductors. For this, the South Korean firm unveiled, two years ago, a plan to put the competition behind it, by 2030. For this, it has planned to increase its investments.

Thus, the company had unveiled at the time an investment plan from 115 to 151 billion dollars. This allowed it to grant 36 billion dollars for the past year. A sum that did not allow him to steal first place from his Taiwanese competitor.

Despite a larger investment in 2020 and 2021, from Samsung in the semiconductor business, TSMC achieved outstanding results in 2021. The Taiwanese company’s revenue increased by nearly 56.8 billion between 2020 and 2021, an increase of 24.9%. This allowed him to generate a net profit of 23.3 billion dollars.

TSMC now intends to use part of this sum to further boost its activities. According to South Korean media, the planned investments by Samsung’s competitor for the 2022 account amount to 44 billion dollars. While the South Korean multinational intends to put in its branch of chip manufacturing (only) 37.7 billion dollars.

With a larger investment this year, TSMC may well outclass Samsung in this chip war.

Samsung is not ready to abdicate

For the moment, TSMC offers better quality chips than Samsung. This allowed him to put in his pocket large customers like Apple, Intel or AMD. According to experts, the 7nm and 5nm process nodes produced by Samsung do not really measure up to those of TSMC.

A situation that is also repeated at the level of the 4 nm process nodes. This means that a good part of customers prefer to bet on TSMC productions. However, things should not stop there. Samsung is thinking of turning things around by bringing to market 3nm process nodes that are more efficient than those of the competition.

For this, the Korean firm relies on its GAA processor. According to some indiscretions, it should have a surface area reduced by 35% as well as a 30% increase in performance, compared to 3 nm chips. The GAA processor should also consume 50% less energy and will be launched a month before its competitor from TSMC.

TSMC seems to be betting more on its 2 nm processor for the moment. This will integrate GAA technology and its production should start from 2025. As for its 3 nm chips, they should not be available before 2023.

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EK Introduces Swivel Short Fittings for Small PC Cooling Systems

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Liquid cooling specialist EK has expanded its Quantum Torque fitting range with Micro Rotary 90° transition fittings. They will be especially useful when assembling the LSS of a small-sized PC when space is limited. Micro Rotary 90° adapter fittings allow for neat routing of hoses by making 90° inter-unit connections and using the ability to rotate the fitting 360° around one axis. The total installation height of the fittings is only 21 mm, which allows bending in hard-to-reach places where it would otherwise be impossible. For comparison, the standard EK-Quantum Torque 90° Rotary Elbow is 10mm taller.

EK Introduces Swivel Short Fittings for Small PC Cooling Systems

EK Introduces Swivel Short Fittings for Small PC Cooling Systems

Fittings are made of brass. Available in five finishes: black, nickel, black nickel, gold and satin titanium. Since there is no room for normal knurling on the fittings, a 6mm hex wrench must be used to fix it. Once fixed, the body can rotate freely in any direction. The G1/4″ male thread screws into the desired port, and the fully swivel joint allows the G1/4″ female port to be directed in any perpendicular direction.

The EK-Quantum Torque Micro Rotary 90° – Nickel option costs €12.40, EK-Quantum Torque Micro Rotary 90° – Black Nickel is also €12.40, EK-Quantum Torque Micro Rotary 90° – Black – €13.40 , EK-Quantum Torque Micro Rotary 90° – Gold – €19.90, EK-Quantum Torque Micro Rotary 90° – Satin Titanium – €14.40.

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