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Apple sues NSO Group for infecting its devices with Pegasus spyware

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The plaintiff demands to prohibit the NSO Group from using Apple devices and software.

Apple filed in court against the Israeli manufacturer of commercial spyware NSO Group, whose Pegasus program infected the iPhone even with all the latest updates.

Apple accused NSO Group of abusing Pegasus to hack devices and spy on innocent victims.

According to court documents, the plaintiff is demanding that the NSO Group be prohibited from using Apple devices and software. From a legal perspective, the injunction will effectively prevent the deployment of Pegasus spyware on new Apple devices, as well as prevent NSO Group employees from updating spyware to support new iOS releases.

Apple is the second major technology company to sue the NSO Group in the United States. In October 2019, Facebook (now Meta) sued her for creating and using an exploit for a zero-day vulnerability in WhatsApp in May of that year.

Like Apple, Facebook accused the NSO Group of selling zero-day vulnerabilities to controversial clients, who used them to hack into innocent people’s devices, including human rights defenders, journalists, activists, anti-political regimes, diplomats and government officials.

In its lawsuit, Apple cited an exploit for a recent zero-day iOS vulnerability called FORCEDENTRY, developed by the NSO Group earlier this year. According to Citizen Lab, the exploit was sold to the Bahraini government, which used it to spy on opponents of the current regime, bloggers and political opposition.

Apple also intends to donate $ 10 million and all compensation received in the event of a victory in court, organizations that are engaged in research in the field of cyber espionage tools.

Since Citizen Lab has uncovered the largest number of spy campaigns using Pegasus, Apple will provide its services to it at no cost.

NSO Group comments on the situation as follows:

“Thousands of lives around the world have been saved through the use of NSO Group technology by customers. Pedophiles and terrorists have free rein in technological nooks and we provide governments with the legitimate tools to fight them. The NSO group will continue to fight for the truth.”

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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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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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