The court allowed the FBI to require the suspect to unlock the smartphone using a fingerprint.
The FBI used one of its most controversial methods to obtain information about the activities of the man accused of participating in the capture of the Capitol on January 6, 2021 and the attack on police officers with the use of pepper spray.
According to Forbes, on February 4 this year, FBI agents received a search warrant at the suspect’s residence in Uniontown (Pennsylvania, USA) and unblocked devices using his fingerprints, face or other biometric data. Once inside, they discovered that suspect Peter Schwartz had used a thumbprint to unlock his Samsung S10.
“In accordance with the wording of the order authorizing the use of biometrics to unlock digital devices on premises, the FBI used Schwartz’s fingerprint to unlock the Samsung Galaxy S10 cell phone,” the order said.
Now the FBI hopes to extract all possible useful data from the smartphone. After the device was seized in February, the bureau admitted, it was not possible to conduct a forensic examination. However, the agents were still able to view messages on the smartphone, in which Schwartz sent photos from Capitol Hill and claimed that he and others were ready to die during the riots.
At present, the public’s attitude to such searches using biometric unlocks is very controversial. In cases of suspects’ refusal to comply with the order to unlock devices, a number of judges in different states have referred to the fourth and fifth amendments to the US Constitution, which protect citizens from unnecessary searches and incriminating themselves.
In some previous cases, judges thwarted attempts by the authorities to force suspects to share their password to unlock the device, but unlocking using biometric data was often considered acceptable. This is because fingerprints, iris, or face were not considered “evidence” because the suspects did not disclose their password.
However, as one California judge noted in 2019, “If a person cannot be forced to reveal a password because it is evidence, then they cannot be forced to provide their finger, iris, face, or other biometrics to unlock. the same device “.
4 TB of security from Samsung. External SSD T7 Shield is now available in a new version for 420 euros
Samsung has decided to release a new version of its secure external SSD T7 Shield.
The device was introduced almost a year ago in 1 and 2 TB versions. Now, a 4 TB modification is entering the market.
In Europe, they ask for 420 euros for such an SSD. For comparison, the prices for the younger versions are 135 and 220 euros.
Recall, T7 Shield offers a good level of protection. There is also protection against water and moisture (IP65), and protection against falls from a height of up to 3 meters. Actually, since this is a solid state drive, it is likely that it will survive a much more serious fall.
The device is equipped with a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 interface and offers read and write speeds of 1050 and 1000 MB/s, respectively. The device weighs only about 100 g.
ChatGPT can be used to write viruses and ransomware – this was confirmed by information security specialists
Network resources reported that examples appeared on the network of how the popular chat bot ChatGPT writes code for viruses. Network security company Check Point Research discovered this and said that the use of AI increases the danger from hackers. On the thematic forums, the first information about the successful writing of viruses using ChatGPT has already appeared.
One example was a program that, after refinement, can be turned into “extortionist”. It can encrypt data on the user’s PC and will require payment for decryption. In a more advanced version of the program, penetration into the target server is provided, from where hackers already gain access to all the data of the victim
In addition, the neural network can write phishing emails – this has already been checked by Check Point Research specialists themselves. The letter also contained an Excel file with an embedded macro that was launched when the file was opened.
However, this is not all. Experts were able to get AI to create scripts for scanning network ports and other tools.
At the same time, Check Point Research believes that it is too early to say that ChatGPT has become a new tool for hackers, but the attacker community has already become interested in it. Note that earlier the system was already able to pretend to be a Linux machine, as well as write a number of programs and websites.
“Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by China.” The country has increased dependence on Huawei
Despite the huge number of sanctions imposed by the US and other countries against Huawei, Germany has only increased its dependence on this Chinese company.
According to a recent Strand Consult report cited by Reuters, Germany has become even more dependent on Huawei to build 5G infrastructure than it was when building 4G networks. More specifically, Huawei accounts for 59% of all 5G network equipment in Germany. We are talking about base stations and related equipment. For comparison, in the case of 4G networks, Huawei’s share in Germany is 57%. What’s interesting is the fact that Huawei’s share in this area is higher in Berlin than in Beijing, where the company faces serious competition from ZTE.
According to the report, there are signs that Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by China. At the same time, Huawei equipment is simply cheaper than analogues of European players in this market, which is why a number of countries, including Germany, continue to purchase Huawei products.
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