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An insider tried to sell blueprints of a nuclear submarine in a sandwich

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A nuclear engineer from the US Navy General Directorate stole the submarine’s blueprints and tried to sell them to foreigners.

U.S. Department of Justice reported on the leakage of drawings of a Virginia-class nuclear submarine and the arrest of those responsible for it.

US Navy General Directorate nuclear engineer Jonathan Toebbe reportedly contacted what he believed to be foreign government officials and suggested that they buy from him “restricted data associated with the blueprints of a nuclear-powered warship. “.

The FBI took possession of a letter sent to Tobbe in April 2020. It contained several US Navy documents and instructions for setting up a secure communications channel.

“Please forward this letter to the military intelligence of your state. I am sure this information will be extremely useful to your country. This is not a joke,” the letter said.

After intercepting the letter, the FBI decided to catch Tobbe on a hot one. Posing as interested buyers, the agents paid the engineer $ 10,000 in cryptocurrency, after which Tobbe, along with his wife Diana, uploaded the data to an SD card and left it in the agreed place.

“The SD card was wrapped in a plastic bag and placed between two pieces of bread in half a peanut butter sandwich,” the Justice Department said.

A second SD card was later delivered, this time hidden in a package of chewing gum. After that, Tobbe received another $ 70 thousand in cryptocurrency. In total, the couple received $ 110,000 in Monero from the FBI.

Upon delivery of each SD card, the engineer sent the “customers” a decryption key. The keys were working, and the FBI found that the maps contained “restricted data associated with the nuclear submarine’s reactors.”

The Tobbe couple were arrested on October 9, 2021.

In the process of correspondence with the “buyer” the engineer explained how he managed to get access to the secret blueprints.

“I gradually and carefully collected this information over the years in the process of my work, so as not to attract attention, and carried it through the checkpoints several pages at a time,” Tobbe said.

The Virginia-class submarines are fourth-generation multipurpose nuclear submarines of the US Navy. Designed to combat submarines at depth and for coastal operations. In addition to the standard armament, the boat also has equipment for special operations – unmanned underwater vehicles, an airlock for light divers, a deck mount for a container or an ultra-small submarine.

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Chinese TikTok adds 5-second pauses between videos to combat addictions

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5-second warning clips will remind you to “put the phone away” or “go to bed”.

Douyin, the Chinese app “twin” of TikTok, owned by the same ByteDance company, is introducing measures to combat its own algorithms, tuned to keep users’ attention as long as possible. Now those who “stick” in the application for too long will be revived by forced pauses between clips. Reported by the South China Morning Post.

On the social network, there are five-second pauses between videos that cannot be missed. During such pauses, users will be forced to watch videos reminding them of the need to “put the phone away”, “go to bed” or that “work tomorrow”. They will appear when the user spends too much time in the application.

Previously, Douyin had already limited video viewing – then the changes affected the children’s audience. Teenagers under 14 were allowed to watch videos for a maximum of 40 minutes a day, and were also banned from entering the application from 10 pm to 6 am.

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Trump’s social network developers accused of illegal use of program code

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The Software Freedom Conservancy claims Trump Media and Technology Group copied the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon, created a new social network based on it.

The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a not-for-profit organization that enforces the rights of open source software developers and the rules for using open licenses, accused in violation of the AGPLv3 license of the Trump social network developers Truth Social.

The Software Freedom Conservancy says that the developers of the service used the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon in violation of the license agreement.

Although the Mastodon code is free and free, the projects using it must comply with the terms of the Affero General Public License (or AGPLv3), among which is the mandatory availability of the project source code for all its users. Trump’s media company does not yet provide such an opportunity to TRUTH Social users and calls the social network a proprietary development.

The Software Freedom Conservancy gave Trump Media and Technology Group 30 days to improve, writes The Verge. Otherwise, the use of open source Mastodon will be prohibited for the company.

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Facebook end-to-end encryption will give foreign intelligence services surveillance capabilities

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Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen criticized the company’s decision to transfer correspondence in its services to end-to-end encryption.

The introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook messengers could negatively affect the privacy of users and lead to increased surveillance by intelligence agencies. This opinion was expressed by a former employee of Mark Zuckerberg’s company, Frances Haugen, reports TASS.

According to her, after the launch of encryption in the Messenger application and the social network Instagram, which are owned by Facebook, the company will lose the ability to track possible “malicious operations of special services representatives.” “End-to-End Encryption Will Allow Facebook to Eliminate [от модерирования контента] and serve as an excuse for inaction, “Haugen said ahead of her October 25 speech in the British Parliament as part of discussions on online security bill.

The social network itself does not agree with this point of view. In their opinion, the introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook Messenger and Instagram applications, on the contrary, is aimed primarily at protecting the privacy of users and will protect them not only from foreign surveillance, but also from hackers.

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