The criminals, posing as girls, invited men to various online projects, where they forced them to make in-app purchases.
On September 15, a large-scale police operation took place in China to catch game cheaters. As a result, the authorities managed to arrest 469 criminals pretending to be girls so that victims spend money on them in online games. This was reported by the publication Gamelook.com.
More than 350 police officers from Changchun City reportedly took part in the raid and detained criminals in 17 different provinces. According to the results of the preliminary investigation, a whole group of companies was responsible for organizing the fraudulent scheme in China.
Fraudsters entered into agreements with publishing labels, after which, pretending to be girls, they lured male players into various game projects and forced the latter to purchase in-game items for them for real money or carry out other similar microtransactions.
For added credibility, the companies involved in the scheme forced their female employees to talk to victims in audio and video chats.
When victims made transactions in negotiated titles, the attackers received a certain percentage for the attracted and paying users.
According to GameLook, this scheme was used, among other things, for money laundering for criminal purposes. However, what kind of games we are talking about is not specified in the material.
17-year-old hacker who allegedly leaked GTA 6 gameplay videos online arrested in UK
London police today announced the capture of a 17-year-old teenager suspected of cybercrime in Oxfordshire. At the moment, it is only reported that the arrested person is in custody.
The police declined to say what caused the arrest, but a number of facts indicate that this particular teenager, associated with the Lapsus$ hacker group, previously hacked into Uber, and recently posted screenshots and videos of GTA 6 gameplay on the Web.
In March, Bloomberg wrote that the person believed to be behind several major network hacks was a 16-year-old teenager whose home is in Oxfordshire. Uber wrote on its blog after the hack: “We believe this attacker (or attackers) is associated with a hacker group called Lapsus$, which is becoming more and more active.” A hacker who posted a GTA 6 video online claimed responsibility for the attack on Uber in forum posts.
Recall, yesterday it became known that the FBI joined the investigation into the hacking of Uber and the publication of GTA 6 materials online.
The security specialist was able to “hack” the PS5 through the same vulnerability that he used to jailbreak the PS4
Security specialist Andy Nguyen was able to bypass the protection of the PS5 game console and “hack” it using an old vulnerability that he also used on the PS4. It concerns the features of the exFAT file system in Sony’s implementation. In 2020, Nguyen managed to jailbreak his PS4 using the same vulnerability. As a result, the specialist received full access to the system core.
The researcher suggested that during the transition from FreeBSD9 to FreeBSD11, the patch that closed the vulnerability somehow stopped working or was removed during the upgrade. The specialist has already reported the vulnerability to the company, which paid him $10,000. The same amount Nguyen received for the same vulnerability on PS4.
The PlayStation hack allows the user to install emulators of other consoles, play pirated versions of games, and also unlock some features that are not normally available to users.
At the same time, Nguyen explained that the error he discovered was just one of a chain of errors required for a full PlayStation 5 jailbreak. To date, the newest console has not been hacked.
Only pin code, only hardcore. Locking a smartphone with a fingerprint reduces its security, says Group-IB digital forensics specialist
Group-IB digital forensics specialist Igor Mikhailov told the Prime agency why you should not use a fingerprint on your phone.
According to him, locking a smartphone with a fingerprint reduces its security, as the fingerprint can be copied. In addition, it is possible to unlock the gadget with someone else’s fingerprints, especially on devices with an old sensor.
The most secure way to unlock a smartphone, according to Mikhailov, is to use complex passwords. He advised to turn off the fingerprint login and leave only the pin code.
As for unlocking a smartphone by face, Apple’s Face ID system is the most reliable, but even its enthusiasts managed to deceive with photos and masks of the owners.
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