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Cryptocurrency expert admits to helping North Korea to evade sanctions

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While attending a blockchain conference in North Korea in 2019, the researcher gave advice on avoiding US sanctions.

American cryptocurrency researcher Virgil Griffith confessed in violation of US law while attending a blockchain conference in North Korea in 2019, where he gave advice on bypassing US sanctions.

Virgil Griffith, 38, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (IEEPA), which bans the export of goods, technology or services to North Korea.

Griffith is best known for his work as a research scientist and developer for the Ethereum Foundation, a non-profit organization associated with the popular cryptocurrency Ether.

In April 2019, Griffith traveled to North Korea for the Pyongyang Blockchain and Cryptocurrency Conference, where he gave a presentation on how blockchain technology and cryptocurrency can be used to circumvent US sanctions and money laundering. Griffith previously “requested permission” from the US State Department to attend the conference, but his request was denied. He was present anyway, traveling to the DPRK via China, apparently taking steps to conceal “evidence of his trip.” Later that year, the FBI arrested him in Los Angeles.

Griffith’s plan was to facilitate cryptocurrency transactions between North and South Korea in order to get around US restrictions, according to the Justice Department.

Griffith could face up to 20 years in prison for his crime.

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NASA intends to “in full force” to investigate UFOs – this will be done by specialists in aerospace security and artificial intelligence

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NASA intends to in full force to investigate UFOs

NASA is seriously planning to do research on UFOs. The agency announced this in June, and now there are new details. The research will be led by astrophysicist David Spergel, president of the Simons Foundation in New York. The group will also include 15-17 of the world’s leading scientists, including aerospace security experts and artificial intelligence specialists.

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The formation of the group is planned to be completed by October. The project itself is designed for 9 months, and the cost of research will be about $100,000.

According to Daniel Evans, spokesman for the Agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD), NASA intends to study the phenomenon “in full force”. At the same time, the agency tries to avoid the term UFO, instead using the concept of “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP).

Evans noted that NASA has a unique opportunity for such work. He also stated that other agencies do not enjoy such public confidence. The aim of the project is to classify the available UAP data and find ways to monitor it.

Earlier, NASA launched a service that shows how the human voice sounds on Mars.

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Is Elon Musk’s Satellite Internet Under Threat? Enthusiast Hacked Starlink User Terminal

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Is Elon Musks Satellite Internet Under Threat Enthusiast Hacked Starlink

At the Black Hat Security Technology Conference recently held in Las Vegas, Lennert Wouters, a cybersecurity specialist from KU Leuven (Belgium), shared his experience of successfully hacking Starlink user equipment. True, this was not a classic software hack, since the researcher had to make a so-called “modchip”.

Is Elon Musk's Satellite Internet Under Threat?  Enthusiast Hacked Starlink User Terminal

The cost of manufacturing a chip connected to a Starlink subscriber terminal was $25. The chip caused a short-term short circuit, which disabled the built-in protection systems, after which the specialist gained access to the terminal. And already from it you can run any commands.

Is Elon Musk's Satellite Internet Under Threat?  Enthusiast Hacked Starlink User Terminal

Our attack could render Starlink user terminals unusable and allow us to execute arbitrary code.”Wouters said.

Is Elon Musk's Satellite Internet Under Threat?  Enthusiast Hacked Starlink User Terminal

This is what the Starlink terminal looks like

According to the researcher, the only reliable way to avoid such an attack is to create a new version of the main “dish” chip. Other ways to fix the problem. However, this hacking option provides direct access to subscriber equipment, and this is not the easiest option, but the Starlink system, apparently, is well protected from remote hacking. So its users hardly need to worry.

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Hackers hacked Europe’s largest missile manufacturer

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Hackers hacked Europes largest missile manufacturer

Unknown hackers, acting under the nickname Adrastea, hacked into the database of the largest European missile manufacturer – MBDA, formed as a result of the merger of the French Aérospatiale-Matra Missiles, the British Matra BAe Dynamics and the Italian Finmeccanica-Leonardo. This was reported by Security Affairs.

Hackers hacked Europe's largest missile manufacturer

The attackers’ message about gaining access to the company’s network appeared on one of the forums. As evidence, a link to an archive with demo files was attached.

The total amount of stolen data was estimated by hackers at 60 GB. “The uploaded data contains confidential and confidential information about your company’s employees who took part in the development of closed military projects MBDA (PLANCTON, CRONOS, CA SIRIUS, EMADS, MCDS, B1NT, etc..) and about your company’s commercial activities in the interests of the EU Ministry of Defense (design documentation for air defense systems, missile systems and coastal defense systems, drawings, presentations, video and photo (3D) materials, contract agreements and correspondence with other companies Rampini Carlo, Netcomgroup, Rafael, Thales, ST Electronics, etc.”, the hackers wrote.

Adrastea is ready to discuss the cost of the stolen data array. MBDA has not yet commented on the incident.

MBDA manufactures a wide variety of missiles and related installations. For example, the company produces air-to-air missiles AIM-132 ASRAAM (short range, with IR guidance), MBDA Meteor (long range), MICA (medium range, with IR and radar guidance). The company’s product range also includes surface-to-air missiles – Mistral (MANPADS), MBDA Aster (medium and long range), Aspide Mk.1 (medium range), Sea Wolf (SAM), anti-ship (Exocet, Otomat, Marte, Sea Skua) and anti-tank (ERYX, Brimstone, HOT) missiles.

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