Recently, some users reported that Google recklessly accepted an ad from a bogus Target gift card balance checker site that seeks to scam users’ funds. Indeed, this incident was seen when a Reddit user on r/assholedesign performed a balance search for the Target gift card on Google. He discovered that the first search result was an ad that said “Check Target Gift Card Balance”.
However, the site was not that of Target but of a site called “bristolhirevan”. The ad description says you can check out the balances right away, and the site also offers “all sizes of vans to suit your needs.” This announcement has created suspicion among some users.
Several Internet users fall into the trap
At first glance, everything indicates that this is a scam site despite the interface that is close to the real site. Additionally, the real Target site requires you to be logged in to perform balance checks on your gift cards, which the fake site does not.
Other than that, the site URL still says “bristolhirevan”. Although the links redirect to the real Target homepage, it also provides links to a weekly advertisement or a giveaway registry. So, if you’re not careful of fake ads on the van, you may accidentally register your gift card number and security codes, which can lead to your funds being stolen.
$35 million embezzled in 2021
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) report indicates that gift card scams are on the rise. In 2021 alone, the FTC said 148 million people were victims of gift card hijacking, most of which are Target gift cards. Additionally, the Target gift card embezzlement reportedly amounted to $35 million.
According to the FTC, gift card scams are often carried out over the phone. The scammer pretends to be an employee of a large company such as Google or Amazon or even an employee of a federal agency, asking the victim to make payment via gift card. However, fake sites like this are often hidden and only appear as advertisements on Google. As a result, The Verge contacted Google to request an explanation. But Google has yet to comment.
This is what the first motherboard for Ryzen 7000 processors looks like. ASRock X670E Taichi lit up on the Web
In a few days, AMD will introduce the X670E, X670 and B650 chipsets for AM5 platform motherboards designed to work with Ryzen 7000 processors. But today we can get our first look at such a board.
ASRock itself showed the X670E Taichi on video, however, the video has already been deleted. As the name implies, the board is based on the top X670E chipset, but technically it will not differ from the X670. Recall that both chipsets will be dual-chip, that is, they will consist of two identical chipsets on one substrate.
So far, we can say something about the board itself only by looking at the image. You can see two PCIe slots, four DDR slots, a processor socket, and what appears to be a passively cooled chipset. This gives hope that it will not heat up too much.
Assemble a PC “without cables”. Gigabyte introduced Stealth components, including a graphics card with an atypical power connector layout
Gigabyte has announced a partnership with Maingear, creating new products as part of this collaboration.
In general, the result of the cooperation was the PC Aorus Project Stealth. Apparently, Gigabyte was responsible for the Z690 Aorus Elite Stealth motherboard, the GeForce RTX 3070 Gaming OC Stealth graphics card, and the Aorus C300G Stealth chassis in this case.
The main idea of the project is to create a PC that is easy to build, which at the same time will look unique in its own way due to certain basic features of the components. It’s about cable management.
The system is designed in such a way that all the connectors on the system board are located on the back of it. This allows you to hide the cables and make the interior of the computer as minimalistic as possible.
One of the unique features went to the video card. To implement the main idea, Gigabyte engineers moved the adapter’s power connectors to the bottom of the adapter, so that the video card’s power cables will also not be visible.
From the press release it is not very clear, but, apparently, Meingear will sell ready-made PCs based on these components, offering to choose only the amount of RAM and drives. Gigabyte, apparently, will sell components, including separately.
The GeForce RTX 3050 can now also be almost fully used for Ethereum mining. Nvidia LHR v3 security cracked 90%
A couple of weeks ago, the LHR protection in Nvidia graphics cards was cracked, which allowed everyone to use accelerators for Ethereum mining at full capacity again. But in fact, then the protection of LHR v2 was cracked, but not LHR v3.
The LHR v3 version is present in Nvidia’s latest releases: RTX 3050 and RTX 3080 12GB. And it is still not completely hacked, but now the NiceHash miner is able to use 90% of the performance of these cards when mining cryptocurrency. It’s not a complete hack yet, but it’s getting very close.
Fortunately, at the moment the cryptocurrency market is in a state of decline, so it hardly makes any sense to buy the same RTX 3050 for mining, which means that gamers need not worry for now.
By the way, a large article has been published on our website with an analysis of methods for cracking Nvidia protection.
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