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Pfizer accuses employee of stealing Covid-19 vaccine data

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The company believes the employee was considering taking a job with another pharmaceutical company.

Pfizer filed in court against her employee, accusing her of stealing thousands of documents, including those containing trade secrets and related to the Covid-19 vaccine.

Chun Xiao Li allegedly uploaded 12,000 files, including “dozens” of sensitive documents, to her Google Drive, according to a lawsuit filed this week in the Southern District of California District Court. The stolen documents cover a wide range of topics, including vaccine research, operational goals, and new drug development.

Pfizer believes that Lee was going to the pharmaceutical company Xencor and, upon learning that she was caught in an unauthorized download of information, provided investigators with a “fake” laptop. The company is seeking a temporary injunction against the use, disclosure, transfer and modification of information by an employee. Pfizer is also demanding that the court order Lee to grant the company’s outside lawyer access to her personal Google Drive accounts and all of her computer devices.

Lee joined Pfizer Global Product Development Group in China in 2006 and moved to the San Diego division ten years later. When hiring, the woman signed a non-disclosure agreement.

In 2019, Pfizer disabled its employees’ USB file transfer capabilities to prevent data leaks. In October 2021, the company also introduced technology to monitor employee uploads of files to cloud platforms like Google Drive. Thanks to her, the employer “spotted” when the employee uploaded 12 thousand files to Google Drive.

Analysis of Lee’s work email revealed that the employee was interviewed at Xencor. When she was caught downloading the files, the woman admitted that she had indeed downloaded the files with the aim of putting them in order offline for personal use, but had not copied or sent them anywhere.

After talking with the company’s investigators, Pfizer said that she deleted all files from her Google Drive. The employee confessed to deleting the data during a second conversation with investigators, after which she was required to provide a personal laptop and external hard drives.

However, as the examination showed, the laptop provided by the employee was not the one from which the files were downloaded, but a large number of documents were deleted from the hard disk.

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4 TB of security from Samsung. External SSD T7 Shield is now available in a new version for 420 euros

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4 TB of security from Samsung External SSD T7 Shield

Samsung has decided to release a new version of its secure external SSD T7 Shield.

4 TB of security from Samsung.  External SSD T7 Shield is now available in a new version for 420 euros

The device was introduced almost a year ago in 1 and 2 TB versions. Now, a 4 TB modification is entering the market.

In Europe, they ask for 420 euros for such an SSD. For comparison, the prices for the younger versions are 135 and 220 euros.

Recall, T7 Shield offers a good level of protection. There is also protection against water and moisture (IP65), and protection against falls from a height of up to 3 meters. Actually, since this is a solid state drive, it is likely that it will survive a much more serious fall.

The device is equipped with a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 interface and offers read and write speeds of 1050 and 1000 MB/s, respectively. The device weighs only about 100 g.

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ChatGPT can be used to write viruses and ransomware – this was confirmed by information security specialists

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ChatGPT can be used to write viruses and ransomware

Network resources reported that examples appeared on the network of how the popular chat bot ChatGPT writes code for viruses. Network security company Check Point Research discovered this and said that the use of AI increases the danger from hackers. On the thematic forums, the first information about the successful writing of viruses using ChatGPT has already appeared.

ChatGPT can be used to write viruses and ransomware - this was confirmed by information security specialists

One example was a program that, after refinement, can be turned into “extortionist”. It can encrypt data on the user’s PC and will require payment for decryption. In a more advanced version of the program, penetration into the target server is provided, from where hackers already gain access to all the data of the victim

In addition, the neural network can write phishing emails – this has already been checked by Check Point Research specialists themselves. The letter also contained an Excel file with an embedded macro that was launched when the file was opened.

However, this is not all. Experts were able to get AI to create scripts for scanning network ports and other tools.

At the same time, Check Point Research believes that it is too early to say that ChatGPT has become a new tool for hackers, but the attacker community has already become interested in it. Note that earlier the system was already able to pretend to be a Linux machine, as well as write a number of programs and websites.

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“Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by China.” The country has increased dependence on Huawei

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Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by

Despite the huge number of sanctions imposed by the US and other countries against Huawei, Germany has only increased its dependence on this Chinese company.

Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by

According to a recent Strand Consult report cited by Reuters, Germany has become even more dependent on Huawei to build 5G infrastructure than it was when building 4G networks. More specifically, Huawei accounts for 59% of all 5G network equipment in Germany. We are talking about base stations and related equipment. For comparison, in the case of 4G networks, Huawei’s share in Germany is 57%. What’s interesting is the fact that Huawei’s share in this area is higher in Berlin than in Beijing, where the company faces serious competition from ZTE.

According to the report, there are signs that Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by China. At the same time, Huawei equipment is simply cheaper than analogues of European players in this market, which is why a number of countries, including Germany, continue to purchase Huawei products.

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