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DDoS service administrator faces 35 years in prison for over 200,000 attacks

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The attacks targeted homes, schools, universities, government agencies and financial institutions around the world.

At the end of a nine-day trial, the California court admitted guilty of the administrator of two services for the implementation of attacks such as distributed denial of service (DDoS).

Matthew Gatrel, 32, from St. Charles, Illinois, operated two websites that allowed paid subscribers to conduct a total of more than 200,000 DDoS attacks on victims in the private and public sector.

According to court documents, Gatrel has been running DDoS services since at least October 2014. He managed two sites (DownThem and Ampnode) that allowed for DDoS attacks.

Gutrel used DownThem to sell subscriptions to its DDoS services (also called booters or stressers), and AmpNode offered bulletproof server hosting options to customers who needed preconfigured scripted servers for DDoS attacks.

The DownThem website had over 2,000 registered customers responsible for launching more than 200,000 DDoS attacks in total, according to experts. The attacks targeted homes, schools, universities, municipal and local government websites, and financial institutions around the world.

Customers could choose from several subscriptions, each with different attack capabilities such as duration, strength, or the possibility of simultaneous attacks. After targeting, the service used the AmpNode servers to launch “reflected amplification attacks” using the resources of “hundreds or thousands of other servers connected to the Internet.”

Juan Martinez, 28, from Pasadena, helped administer the DownThem website in 2018. Unlike Gatrel, Martinez has already pleaded guilty and is awaiting a December 2 sentence. He faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Gathrel faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison for three crimes of which he was found guilty: one conspiracy to commit unauthorized damage to a secure computer, one conspiracy to commit fraud using electronic means, and one episode of unauthorized disabling of a secure computer. computer.

The announcement of the verdict for Gatrel is scheduled for January 27, 2022.

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17-year-old hacker who allegedly leaked GTA 6 gameplay videos online arrested in UK

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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.

17-year-old hacker who allegedly leaked GTA 6 gameplay videos online arrested in UK

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.

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The security specialist was able to “hack” the PS5 through the same vulnerability that he used to jailbreak the PS4

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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 security specialist was able to

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.

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Only pin code, only hardcore. Locking a smartphone with a fingerprint reduces its security, says Group-IB digital forensics specialist

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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.

Only pin code, only hardcore.  Locking a smartphone with a fingerprint reduces its security, says Group-IB digital forensics specialist

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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