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American farm lost $ 9 million due to ransomware attack

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The FBI has urged agricultural companies to take the threat of ransomware attacks seriously.

A US farm suffered $ 9 million in financial damage due to a temporary shutdown due to a ransomware attack in which an unknown group gained access to the farm’s internal network using compromised credentials.

The incident, which took place in January 2021, is one of the worst consequences of ransomware attacks cited by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation in warning for enterprises in the agricultural sector.

The media most often covers incidents involving ransomware attacks on local governments, healthcare and education organizations, but this does not mean that ransomware ignores other industries, the FBI warns.

The agency cited several cases involving agricultural businesses illustrating the consequences of neglect of cybersecurity. In particular, in November last year, an unnamed food and agricultural company suffered from an extortion attack, the organizers of which demanded a $ 40 million ransom from it. Fortunately, the company did not have to pay as it was able to restore data from backups.

In May 2021, ransomware disrupted the operations of an American beverage company, and in July of the same year, a bakery in the United States fell victim to an attack on MSP provider Kaseya, which affected hundreds of organizations around the world. The company lost access to the server, files and applications and was forced to suspend operations.

In the same month, an attack by extortionist group REvil paralyzed production at the world’s largest meat supplier, JBS Foods. The incident led to delays in the supply of products to the United States and provoked a rise in meat prices by 25%.

The FBI has urged food and agriculture companies to take the threat of ransomware attacks seriously and invest in protecting their IT networks. Among the most common penetration methods, the agency named weakly protected RDP services, phishing emails with malicious files, and exploitation of vulnerabilities in vulnerable devices connected to the Internet.

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4 TB of security from Samsung. External SSD T7 Shield is now available in a new version for 420 euros

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4 TB of security from Samsung External SSD T7 Shield

Samsung has decided to release a new version of its secure external SSD T7 Shield.

4 TB of security from Samsung.  External SSD T7 Shield is now available in a new version for 420 euros

The device was introduced almost a year ago in 1 and 2 TB versions. Now, a 4 TB modification is entering the market.

In Europe, they ask for 420 euros for such an SSD. For comparison, the prices for the younger versions are 135 and 220 euros.

Recall, T7 Shield offers a good level of protection. There is also protection against water and moisture (IP65), and protection against falls from a height of up to 3 meters. Actually, since this is a solid state drive, it is likely that it will survive a much more serious fall.

The device is equipped with a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 interface and offers read and write speeds of 1050 and 1000 MB/s, respectively. The device weighs only about 100 g.

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ChatGPT can be used to write viruses and ransomware – this was confirmed by information security specialists

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ChatGPT can be used to write viruses and ransomware

Network resources reported that examples appeared on the network of how the popular chat bot ChatGPT writes code for viruses. Network security company Check Point Research discovered this and said that the use of AI increases the danger from hackers. On the thematic forums, the first information about the successful writing of viruses using ChatGPT has already appeared.

ChatGPT can be used to write viruses and ransomware - this was confirmed by information security specialists

One example was a program that, after refinement, can be turned into “extortionist”. It can encrypt data on the user’s PC and will require payment for decryption. In a more advanced version of the program, penetration into the target server is provided, from where hackers already gain access to all the data of the victim

In addition, the neural network can write phishing emails – this has already been checked by Check Point Research specialists themselves. The letter also contained an Excel file with an embedded macro that was launched when the file was opened.

However, this is not all. Experts were able to get AI to create scripts for scanning network ports and other tools.

At the same time, Check Point Research believes that it is too early to say that ChatGPT has become a new tool for hackers, but the attacker community has already become interested in it. Note that earlier the system was already able to pretend to be a Linux machine, as well as write a number of programs and websites.

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“Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by China.” The country has increased dependence on Huawei

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Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by

Despite the huge number of sanctions imposed by the US and other countries against Huawei, Germany has only increased its dependence on this Chinese company.

Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by

According to a recent Strand Consult report cited by Reuters, Germany has become even more dependent on Huawei to build 5G infrastructure than it was when building 4G networks. More specifically, Huawei accounts for 59% of all 5G network equipment in Germany. We are talking about base stations and related equipment. For comparison, in the case of 4G networks, Huawei’s share in Germany is 57%. What’s interesting is the fact that Huawei’s share in this area is higher in Berlin than in Beijing, where the company faces serious competition from ZTE.

According to the report, there are signs that Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by China. At the same time, Huawei equipment is simply cheaper than analogues of European players in this market, which is why a number of countries, including Germany, continue to purchase Huawei products.

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