Group-IB specialists managed to identify at least 35 fraudulent Telegram channels with a total audience of about 100,000 subscribers.
Group-IB assisted the Guardia di Finanza in investigating the activities of a group of scammers who sold fake Green Passes via Telegram. “Green passes” are electronic certificates with a QR code, indicating that its owner has either been vaccinated, or has already had COVID-19, or has a negative test. During Operation NO-VAX FREE, Guardia di Finanza detained and searched in Veneto, Liguria, Apulia and Sicily at several Telegram channel administrators who had already confessed to fraud.
Italy was one of the first countries in Europe to introduce compulsory Green Passes. Starting October 15, certificates are needed not only to visit public places – cinemas, gyms or restaurants, but also to get to work. However, the scammers started making money on fake certificates much earlier – in mid-July they came to the attention of Italian law enforcement agencies, after which the Amsterdam high-tech crime investigation unit Group-IB was involved in the investigation of the scheme.
Group-IB specialists managed to identify at least 35 fraudulent Telegram channels with a total audience of about 100,000 subscribers. Buyers were promised “authentic certificates with a QR code” to confirm vaccinations, negative test results, or previous COVID-19 illness. The traffickers claimed that they had all the necessary connections in medical institutions, however, in reality, these “passes” were fake.
According to analysts at Group-IB Digital Risk Protection (DRP), the average price for a fake green pass is € 100. Scammers offer customers a variety of payment methods, including cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum), PayPal money transfers, and vouchers such as Amazon gift cards.
To obtain a certificate, the victim was asked in a secret Telegram chat to provide the seller with his personal data, allegedly necessary to generate a QR code, including photographs of medical records, identity documents (passport, driver’s license). The price for a counterfeit was on average about 100 euros – you could pay for the purchase of the Green Pass with cryptocurrency, PayPal money transfers or Amazon gift cards. But, having received the money and the buyer’s data, the scammers either disappeared or sent fake certificates to the victims.
Group-IB sent the results of the study to the Guardia di Finanza, after which Italian law enforcement officers launched an operation that led to the arrests and searches of Italian citizens in the regions of Veneto, Liguria, Apulia and Sicily. The suspects confessed to running the Telegram channel network. As a result of the joint efforts of Group-IB and the Guardia di Finanza, the number of fake channels for selling certificates has decreased.
Nvidia lost. LHR mining protection is also hacked under Linux. This was done by NBMiner developers
Two days have passed since the NiceHash developers cracked the Nvidia LHR protection, as the NBMiner team also pleased their users with the same news. Only this time we are talking about software for Linux.
Thus, Nvidia’s protection completely fell for both Windows and Linux. Unfortunately, both programs are closed source, so it’s not clear what mechanisms the developers used to hack.
Whether the loss of Nvidia will affect the availability and prices of video cards is still difficult to say. At the moment, the cryptocurrency market continues to fall, but sooner or later it will turn around, and gamers may again face shortages and overpriced graphics cards.
Xiaomi has released a profitable set of security camera and smart door locksmart door lock
Xiaomi has introduced a new kit with an outdoor video surveillance camera and a smart door lock, which includes Mi Outdoor camera and Mi Smart Door Lock 1S.
The bundle is priced at around $237, which is a great deal as these devices cost $20 more individually.
Mi Smart Door Lock 1S supports 7 unlocking methods, including fingerprint, password, temporary password, Bluetooth, HomeKit, NFC or regular key unlock. Compared to the first generation, the new lock supports both the Mijia app and Apple HomeKit.
As for the rechargeable version of Xiaomi Outdoor Camera, this is Xiaomi’s first outdoor wireless camera. It has an independent design and can be installed without connecting the mains cable or power cable. It has a wide viewing angle of 130°, 1080p resolution and supports WDR technology.
In addition, the battery version of the Xiaomi Outdoor Camera offers night vision up to 7 meters and people detection function. It is IP65 rated and has a long battery life of up to 90 days.
“These are machines for sucking out personal data.” Prayer and mental health apps have poor security
Mental health apps have worse privacy protection than most other types of apps, according to a new analysis by Mozilla. We are talking about the entire category as a whole. In addition, things are also bad for prayer applications.
The vast majority of mental health and prayer apps are exceptionally creepy. They track a variety of data, share and capitalize on users’ most intimate personal thoughts and feelings, such as mood, mental state, and biometric data.
The team analyzed 32 mental health and prayer apps. Of these apps, 29 received a Privacy not included warning, indicating that the team is concerned about how the app manages user data.
These applications collect large amounts of personal data in accordance with vague privacy policies. Most applications have also been found to have poor security practices that allow users to create accounts with weak passwords. Considering how much personal information such programs can contain, this is a bad feature.
The list of the worst programs according to the specified criteria included Better Help, Youper, Woebot, Better Stop Suicide, Pray.com and Talkspace. In particular, the Woebot chatbot claims to collect information about users and shares this data for advertising purposes, and Talkspace collects transcripts of user chats.
They work like data-sucking machines with the look and feel of a mental health app. In other words: wolves in sheep’s clothing
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