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Iranian APT groups attack IT sector more often

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Most of the attacks target Indian companies, as well as several companies in Israel and the United Arab Emirates.

Microsoft specialists warned on the growing number of cyberattacks on supply chains by hacker groups allegedly supported by the Iranian government. Criminals are trying to steal credentials from IT companies in order to further organize hacking of their clients’ systems.

According to information security experts from the Microsoft Threat Intelligence Center (MSTIC) and Digital Security Unit (DSU), this activity is part of a broader spy campaign to compromise objects of interest to the Iranian regime. The tech giant sent about 1,600 notifications to more than 40 IT companies warning of hacking attempts coordinated by Iranian APTs.

Most of the attacks target Indian IT service companies, as well as several companies based in Israel and the United Arab Emirates. According to Microsoft, two Iranian hacker groups, tracked as DEV-0228 and DEV-0056, successfully hacked into networks of IT companies in Israel and Bahrain in July and September this year.

In July 2021, the DEV-0228 group hacked into the systems of an Israeli IT company that provides business management software. DEV-0228 used access to an IT company to expand its attacks and compromise subsequent clients in the defense, energy and legal sectors in Israel.

In September, DEV-0056 hacked the email accounts of a Bahraini IT company that works with Bahraini government clients. DEV-0056 has also compromised various accounts at a partially government-owned organization in the Middle East that provides information and communications technology to the defense and transportation sectors. DEV-0056 was on the organization’s network at least until October of this year.

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Cryptocurrency exchange Binance was robbed of $570 million. Hacker withdrew BNB tokens

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Cryptocurrency exchange Binance was robbed of 570 million Hacker withdrew

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has undergone another hacker attack. The attackers managed to withdraw BNB tokens worth about $570 million.

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance was robbed of $570 million.  Hacker withdrew BNB tokens

Somewhat earlier it was reported that the attack allowed the hackers to steal about $110 million, but now it turned out that everything is much worse. At the same time, the specialists of the exchange managed to freeze part of the funds, but we are talking about only 7 million dollars, which is clearly insignificant against the background of 570 million.

The exchange revealed that a cross-chain bridge connected to its BNB chain was attacked, allowing hackers to move BNB tokens off the network. Now the network has been restored, and the clients’ funds, according to Binance, are safe.

The fact of the theft of funds contributed to a sharp drop in the BNB rate by almost 5%, but after a few hours, almost half of the fall was redeemed.

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Hacker who earned $27 million in cyberattacks will spend 20 years in prison and pay $21 million in fines

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A Florida district court has sentenced 34-year-old IT engineer Sebastien Vashon-Desjardins to 20 years in prison for carrying out at least 90 cyberattacks.

Hacker who earned $27 million in cyberattacks will spend 20 years in prison and pay $21 million in fines

It is noted that for several years of his activity, the hacker, using the NetWalker encryption virus, earned about $ 27 million. A search of Vashon-Desjardins revealed a crypto wallet containing 719 bitcoins, which was about $22 million at the time of the cybercriminal’s arrest in January 2022.

According to investigators, the 34-year-old cybercriminal acted in collusion with other hackers. Vashon-Desjardins himself played the role of an attacker: he infected the corporate networks of various companies with a virus and then demanded a ransom from them. Organizations from the USA, Canada and a number of European countries suffered from the activities of the criminal.

It is noted that, in addition to the prison term, the court also imposed a fine on Vashon-Desjardins in the amount of $ 21 million. Also, the criminal will have to pay compensation to the companies affected by his actions. The amount of damages has not yet been established.

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Unique behavior of Ryzen 7000 processors. The notorious patches from the Specter vulnerability improve the performance of new CPUs

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Recently, various vulnerabilities in processors have been talked about much less often, and users no longer worry about performance degradation due to patches. As it turns out, Ryzen 7000 processors generally benefit from such patches!

Unique behavior of Ryzen 7000 processors. The notorious patches from the Specter vulnerability improve the performance of new CPUs

At least this is true for Linux, since it was in this OS that the author tested the Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 5 7600X. It turned out that when working out of the box, the CPUs show better performance than when loading a special version of Linux with a deactivated patch from the Specter V2 vulnerability.

Unique behavior of Ryzen 7000 processors. The notorious patches from the Specter vulnerability improve the performance of new CPUs

Of course, such results do not appear everywhere, and during normal work they are unlikely to be critical. In particular, in total, according to the results of 190 tests, the difference was only 3%.

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