In the United States, 33 members of the Black Axe gang were arrested on cybercrime charges.
The FBI has arrested 33 Texas residents for various cybercrime activities, including corporate email (BEC) and online dating scams.
Those arrested are members of the Black Axe, a transnational crime syndicate organized in Nigeria and operating around the world. The group began its activity in January 2017 and since then participated in a variety of fraudulent schemes including BEC, investment fraud and unemployment insurance.
The suspects also engaged in online dating scams, finding victims on sites such as Match.com, ChistianMingle, JSwipe, and Plenty of Fish.
In total, the group stole and laundered more than $ 17 million from at least one hundred victims.
The Black Axe crime syndicate is affiliated with the Neo Black Movement (NBM), a student fraternity founded in the 1970s in Nigeria, which then developed into a secret society operating throughout the country. Later, the society spread to other countries in Africa and beyond.
Although NBM initially pursued good goals, such as combating racism, over time, like other Nigerian brotherhoods, it began to use violent methods of struggle, gradually turning into a criminal organization.
According to report Interpol’s 2020 NBM-affiliated Black Axe group has been involved in illegal activities such as prostitution, human trafficking, drug trafficking, robbery, money laundering and cybercrime (mainly BEC).
The arrests made last week are the largest operation ever aimed at eliminating Black Axe’s cybercriminal activity. The first wave of arrests of members of the group involved in cybercriminal activity this year took place in April, when 30 suspects were arrested in Italy.
Moreover, the arrests of Black Axe members in the United States became the second operation to block the cybercrime activities of an international crime syndicate. So, just days before the arrests in Texas, Spanish and Italian law enforcement agencies arrested 106 mafia members on charges of cybercrime activities such as SIM swapping, BEC, phishing and money laundering.
Nvidia lost. LHR mining protection is also hacked under Linux. This was done by NBMiner developers
Two days have passed since the NiceHash developers cracked the Nvidia LHR protection, as the NBMiner team also pleased their users with the same news. Only this time we are talking about software for Linux.
Thus, Nvidia’s protection completely fell for both Windows and Linux. Unfortunately, both programs are closed source, so it’s not clear what mechanisms the developers used to hack.
Whether the loss of Nvidia will affect the availability and prices of video cards is still difficult to say. At the moment, the cryptocurrency market continues to fall, but sooner or later it will turn around, and gamers may again face shortages and overpriced graphics cards.
Xiaomi has released a profitable set of security camera and smart door locksmart door lock
Xiaomi has introduced a new kit with an outdoor video surveillance camera and a smart door lock, which includes Mi Outdoor camera and Mi Smart Door Lock 1S.
The bundle is priced at around $237, which is a great deal as these devices cost $20 more individually.
Mi Smart Door Lock 1S supports 7 unlocking methods, including fingerprint, password, temporary password, Bluetooth, HomeKit, NFC or regular key unlock. Compared to the first generation, the new lock supports both the Mijia app and Apple HomeKit.
As for the rechargeable version of Xiaomi Outdoor Camera, this is Xiaomi’s first outdoor wireless camera. It has an independent design and can be installed without connecting the mains cable or power cable. It has a wide viewing angle of 130°, 1080p resolution and supports WDR technology.
In addition, the battery version of the Xiaomi Outdoor Camera offers night vision up to 7 meters and people detection function. It is IP65 rated and has a long battery life of up to 90 days.
“These are machines for sucking out personal data.” Prayer and mental health apps have poor security
Mental health apps have worse privacy protection than most other types of apps, according to a new analysis by Mozilla. We are talking about the entire category as a whole. In addition, things are also bad for prayer applications.
The vast majority of mental health and prayer apps are exceptionally creepy. They track a variety of data, share and capitalize on users’ most intimate personal thoughts and feelings, such as mood, mental state, and biometric data.
The team analyzed 32 mental health and prayer apps. Of these apps, 29 received a Privacy not included warning, indicating that the team is concerned about how the app manages user data.
These applications collect large amounts of personal data in accordance with vague privacy policies. Most applications have also been found to have poor security practices that allow users to create accounts with weak passwords. Considering how much personal information such programs can contain, this is a bad feature.
The list of the worst programs according to the specified criteria included Better Help, Youper, Woebot, Better Stop Suicide, Pray.com and Talkspace. In particular, the Woebot chatbot claims to collect information about users and shares this data for advertising purposes, and Talkspace collects transcripts of user chats.
They work like data-sucking machines with the look and feel of a mental health app. In other words: wolves in sheep’s clothing
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