The authorities linked the 2018 attacks to the cybercriminal group APT31.
Based on technical evidence gathered by Norway’s central intelligence services, the country’s government blamed Chinese cybercriminals for attacking government centers in 2018. This was reported by the Norwegian television and radio company NRK.
A subsequent investigation by the Norwegian national security agency PST (Politiets Sikkerhetstjeneste) also concluded that the same “international threat actors” were responsible for both the hacking of government centers and the malware attack on the private company Visma in the same year.
Hackers tried to gain access to classified information concerning the national intelligence and security services of Norway. Experts failed to establish whether the attackers were able to steal classified information.
Information obtained from the IT networks of government centers included logins and passwords associated with administrative officers working in various government agencies related to defense, national security and emergency preparedness.
“In this particular case, we have intelligence that links the cyberattacks to the cybercriminal group APT31. APT31 is also associated with Chinese intelligence services, ”said PST counterintelligence chief Hanne Blomberg.
Norway’s central intelligence services also suspect that Chinese hackers are responsible for a cyberattack on the information systems of the Storting (Norwegian parliament) on March 10, 2021. According to information security experts, the cybercriminals exploited vulnerabilities in the Storting e-mail system, in particular, in Microsoft Exchange mail servers.
Scissors undercut: Windows 11 vulnerability reveals sensitive information from screenshots, including deleted parts
A dangerous vulnerability has been discovered in one of the standard Windows 11 applications that could lead to the disclosure of sensitive information to the user. Moreover, at the moment the vulnerability is not closed and attackers can use it.
We are talking about the application Snipping Tool (Scissors). The vulnerability, called aCropalypse, allows you to undo changes made by a user when editing a screenshot, including cropped or blurred parts that hide sensitive data.
When you edit a screenshot, you can save it with the same name as the original file by overwriting it. However, as it turns out, the Windows 11 Snipping Tool does not remove the original information from the file, but simply leaves it added at the end, which is usually invisible to users. With some trickery, a potential attacker can extract hidden information from a file and see what information has been edited.
As you can see, edited screenshots are usually much larger due to the inclusion of information from the original image.
This is a pretty serious vulnerability. For example, if you share a screenshot of an order confirmation page on Amazon, it may contain an address, the same goes for credit card numbers and other sensitive data.
In 2018, Google had an AI ready for a ChatGPT-style chatbot, but it was closed due to security issues.
In recent months, the ChatGPT chatbot has been on the news pages, and this has forced many companies to catch up with OpenAI. Among them are Microsoft, Google and a number of Chinese corporations. However, reportedly, the situation could be different.
As early as 2018, Google is said to have had a natural language processing AI similar to ChatGPT. However, company executives closed the project, considering it too dangerous. One of the developers was research engineer Daniel De Freitas, and Noam Shazeer, a software engineer at Google, also contributed to the project.
The project was called Meena and was a chatbot that could talk about different topics. With him you could discuss TV shows, have discussions about philosophy and joke. At the same time, the developers believed that this technology could be added to the search engine, however, in the end, Google stopped development. The company said the bot did not meet its AI security standards.
Note that later, on the basis of these developments, the LaMDA chat bot was created, which flies into the basis of Bard. Thus, the development nevertheless reached the mass user, albeit with a great delay.
Two-way satellite communications and military-grade security. Presented smartphone Motorola Defy 2
The British company Bullitt Group and Motorola, now owned by the Chinese Lenovo, introduced a new smartphone of the protected Motorola Defy series. The highlights of the Motorola Defy 2 are support for two-way satellite communication, combined with 5G fifth-generation cellular networks, and a very durable design.
The smartphone is resistant to dust, sand, dirt and water (IP68 and IP69K) and has been tested to military standard Mil-Spec 810H for extreme high and low temperatures, humid environments, salt fog, vibration and shock. The Motorola Defy 2 can be washed with soap and water and can also be cleaned with alcohol wipes.
The smartphone itself is equipped with a 6.6-inch Full HD + display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, an 8 MP front camera, a main triple camera (50 MP, 8 and 2 MP), SoC MediaTek Dimensity 930, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB flash memory that can be expanded with microSD cards, and a 5000 mAh battery with support for 15W charging and Qi wireless charging.
MediaTek Bullitt and 3GPP NTN technology, Bullitt satellite messaging service are supported. The smartphone is running Android 12 operating system, two major Android updates and 5 years of security updates are promised.
The Motorola Defy 2 smartphone will be available from Q2 2023 on select carriers in North America, Latin America and Canada starting at $599.
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