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Bandits send free flash drive with ransomware to companies

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Bandits send free flash drive with ransomware to companies

The US investigative agency of FBI publicly announced the discovery of a new wave of ransomware attacks. The technique applied is quite rudimentary, but it seems to have some success rate: criminals mail pen drives disguised as business gifts, in the hope that someone will plug in the device without doing security checks.

According to the FBI, insurance, transportation and security companies have received packages of the type since August 2021 from the country’s local postal services. Some of them even mimic the Department of Health and Humanitarian Services, allegedly containing documents and guides on how to deal with Covid-19, while others even use the Amazon logo on the package.

already known suspects

In fact, when connected, the brand’s flash drives LilyGO initiate an attack known as BadUSB — a process in which the drive registers itself as a keyboard on the computer and starts executing code and downloading malware.

The investigation has already concluded that the group responsible for sending the packages is the FIN7, based in Eastern Europe and already responsible for several similar scams around the world, including other shipments of infected USB sticks. The orientation is that employees do not connect this type of device coming from the post office and contact the supposed sender in case of doubts.

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Possibly hundreds of millions of smartphones are at risk. A vulnerability has been discovered that manufacturers are in no hurry to fix

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Google, as part of its Project Zero project, has published information about a new vulnerability CVE-2022-33917 that affects millions of smartphones.

Possibly hundreds of millions of smartphones are at risk.  A vulnerability has been discovered that manufacturers are in no hurry to fix

The fact is that we are talking about a vulnerability in Mali GPUs, which are used in a huge number of single-chip systems. Google does not specify, but the Arm website has information that the vulnerability affects solutions based on the Valhall architecture. And this means that we are talking about a huge number of graphics cores that have been and are being used in SoCs in recent years, including the latest Mali-Gx10. That is, we are not talking about millions of vulnerable smartphones, but rather hundreds of millions of devices based on SoC MediaTek, Exynos and Tensor.

Arm itself patched the vulnerability some time ago, but the problem is that many vendors still haven’t implemented those patches. This applies to many devices from Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo and even Google itself.

If exploited, the vulnerability is intended to allow an attacker to read and write physical pages after they are returned to the system, potentially gaining wide access to user data.

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Elon Musk invited a famous hacker of iPhone and PlayStation consoles to Twitter

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Elon Musk invited a famous hacker of iPhone and PlayStation

Elon Musk hired a hacker who created the world’s first iPhone jailbreak in 2007 and bypassed Sony consoles in 2010. We are talking about George Hotz (George Hotz), known under the nickname Geohot. He also founded the startup Comma.ai, where an autopilot system for cars is being developed.

Elon Musk invited a famous hacker of iPhone and PlayStation consoles to Twitter

In 2015, Hotz began building his own autopilot and offered Musk a license. Instead, the businessman invited a specialist to Tesla, but Hotz refused.

A November 16 Hotz wrote on Twitter, which supports Musk’s decisions about the “hardcore mode of operation.” He also stated that he was ready for an internship at Twitter with a minimum pay that is equal to the cost of living in San Francisco. Musk answered and invited the developer to Twitter.

Elon Musk invited a famous hacker of iPhone and PlayStation consoles to Twitter

George Hotz

First, the specialist will improve the advanced search in the social network so that users no longer set filters manually.

Earlier it was reported that Musk took up the “fire servers.”

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Hackers hacked one of Nvidia’s Twitter accounts to “advertise” Dogecoin

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Hackers hacked one of Nvidias Twitter accounts to advertise Dogecoin

The official Nvidia Taiwan Twitter account has been hacked.

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This account has been inactive since 2019, but today unexpectedly posted posts related to the Dogecoin cryptocurrency. Given the recent purchase of Twitter by Elon Musk and his love for this cryptocurrency, the situation looks quite funny.

Be that as it may, the attackers published a record about a certain Dogeathon 2022 event and added a link to the record. Of course, the link was used for phishing.

The account is currently suspended. Nvidia itself has not yet commented on the situation.

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