The attackers allegedly scheduled the live broadcast for 53 minutes and provided a QR code for viewing.
A cybercriminal or cybercriminals calling themselves AgainstTheWest (ATW) have reported hacking into a Chinese TV station. Judging by screenshots published by vx-underground, the attackers scheduled the live broadcast for 53 minutes and provided a QR code for viewing.
Who AgainstTheWest is, and whether their claims can be trusted, is not entirely clear. If this is really a new hacker group, then it appeared recently, and there is almost no information about it. Judging by article on Wikipedia, AgainstTheWest is a “pro-Taiwan” hacktivist group. According to the article, she carried out a number of cyberattacks against serious organizations in China, all of which took place in October-November 2021 (the article itself on Wikipedia was created in November).
AgainstTheWest’s reported victims include the People’s Bank of China (the country’s government-controlled central bank), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Ministry of Public Security, the Ministry of Science and Technology, the State Market Regulatory Administration, cable maker Zhongtian Technology Submarine Cable Co, Alibaba Cloud and company Tencent.
On the open internet, in addition to the Wikipedia article, AgainstTheWest can only be found on the RaidForums. A user with this name was registered on October 12, and links on Twitter and Instagram lead to the pages of Interpol.
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance was robbed of $570 million. Hacker withdrew BNB tokens
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has undergone another hacker attack. The attackers managed to withdraw BNB tokens worth about $570 million.
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.
Hacker who earned $27 million in cyberattacks will spend 20 years in prison and pay $21 million in fines
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.
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.
Unique behavior of Ryzen 7000 processors. The notorious patches from the Specter vulnerability improve the performance of new CPUs
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!
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.
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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