The attacker withdrew millions of dollars in cryptocurrency through a series of transactions between multiple wallets.
A federal judge in the United States signed an order to withdraw more than $ 600,000 in bitcoins from the Huobi Global cryptocurrency wallet after it was found that the money was part of the $ 11.6 million stolen from Coinbase, Business Insider writes.
As reported in a statement from the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in September, in April 2021, a Coinbase user (someone called GR) purchased 200 bitcoins, after which he saw a fake notice on the screen stating that his account had been blocked. The notification was allegedly from Coinbase, but in fact it was the first step in a fraudulent scheme, which eventually ended with the withdrawal of $ 11.6 million in cryptocurrency (206 bitcoins) from the account.
How the scammers found out about the transaction through Coinbase is unclear. It is also unclear where the fake notification was displayed, on the phone or PC.
According to the prosecutor’s office, upon receiving the notification, GR called the indicated telephone number. The call was answered by “unknown 1” and asked the victim to make changes to his account, in particular, to allow remote access to it.
After gaining access to the victim’s account, “unknown 1” raised the daily money transfer limit and tried to disable certain notifications and warnings. The attacker then pulled out millions of dollars in Bitcoin and XLM through a series of transactions between multiple wallets. About 10.2 bitcoins ended up in the wallet of one of the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, Huobi Global.
Law enforcement officials filed a notice of confiscation of the stolen cryptocurrency. Huobi Global has not yet commented on this fact.
In early October 2021, Judge Dolly M. Gee approved the request for the warrant. A notice has also been posted to other victims in case they also want to claim their money back.
“Huobi has agreed to freeze funds pending resolution of the forfeiture suit. No one has been arrested or charged yet, but the investigation is ongoing,” said Thom Mrozek, director of media relations for the Los Angeles Attorney’s Office.
As reported in October, between March and May of this year, Coinbase was hit by a large-scale attack. As a result of the incident, cryptocurrency was stolen from 6 thousand wallets.
Vulnerability found in the Apple M1 processor that cannot be closed programmatically
Specialists from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said that they were able to develop a PACMAN attack technique, which is possible due to a hardware vulnerability in the Apple M1 processor. Moreover, it cannot be closed by software.
The attack itself is carried out using software and hardware, and it can be performed remotely. The PACMAN attack makes it possible to gain access to the kernel of the operating system. At the same time, potentially the same vulnerabilities can be in Qualcomm and Samsung processors, but this has not yet been confirmed.
The technical side of the attack is based on the Pointer Authentication function. It is used to check Pointer Authentication Codes (PACs), allowing only code-signed software to run. However, the PACMAN method allows you to select the necessary PAC values. In part, this technique is similar to Specter and Meltdown in Intel processors.
At the same time, Apple spokesman Scott Radcliffe said that the vulnerability does not pose an immediate threat to users and is not sufficient in itself to bypass operating system protections.
A few years ago, a vulnerability was already found in Arm processors that allows an attacker to gain unauthorized access to data.
So much for Unisoc. Companies have discovered a vulnerability in single-chip systems
Unisoc is actively capturing the market for single-chip systems, although it does so exclusively in the budget segment itself. However, it turned out that these platforms have a critical vulnerability.
According to the source, the problem is in the modem’s firmware and affects both 4G and 5G platforms. The vulnerability, numbered CVE-2022-20210, was discovered while scanning Non-Access Stratum (NAS) message handlers. This vulnerability could be used to neutralize or block the device’s cellular capabilities.
The vulnerability was first discovered in the Motorola Moto G20 smartphone based on the Unisoc T700 SoC. But in the end it turned out that the same vulnerability occurs in other platforms, however, the source did not provide a list.
The Check Point specialists who discovered the vulnerability notified Unisoc back in May, and the company has already released a fix, so smartphone owners should not worry now if they update the software of their devices.
New vulnerability in Microsoft Office is heavily exploited by hackers
A serious vulnerability has been found in the Microsoft Office suite that could potentially allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.
She was assigned the number CVE-2022-30190, and among the researchers they gave the name Follina. As noted in Kaspersky Lab, the most unpleasant thing is that there is no fix yet, and in the meantime, the vulnerability is already being actively exploited by attackers. Vulnerability CVE-2022-30190 threatens all operating systems of the Windows family, both regular and server.
While the update is being developed, experts recommend that all Windows users and administrators take advantage of temporary workarounds. As a Microsoft workaround recommends disable the MSDT URL protocol.
The CVE-2022-30190 vulnerability itself is contained in the Microsoft Windows Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT), but due to the implementation of this tool, a single malicious office document is enough to exploit the vulnerability.
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