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Ransomware attacks increased by 1318% in 2021

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During the first half of 2021, 7.3 million ransomware-related cyber incidents were recorded.

Banks and large companies around the world have been hit hard by the surge in cyber ransomware attacks. How noted experts from Trend Micro, in 2021, the number of these attacks increased by 1318% compared to last year.

Ransomware has become one of the most prevalent cyber threats to businesses today. This year alone, there have been major attacks on the computer systems of the fuel giant Colonial Pipeline, MSP provider Kaseya and the Irish healthcare system, etc.

In this cybercrime area, experts have noted a number of trends:

  • The most attractive targets for ransomware are organizations with more than $ 100 million in annual revenue;

  • Entry-level brokers have become a well-established criminal business and often seek cooperation with extortionist groups;

  • Ransomware operators now often threaten to leak confidential data stolen during an attack if the victim refuses to pay the ransom;

  • Researchers have found that criminals have begun to form so-called “cartels,” in which ransomware operators exchange information and tactics.

During the first six months of 2021, there were 7.3 million ransomware-related cyber incidents, most of which were variants of WannaCry and Locky.

Attackers also make extensive use of open source penetration testing tools and legitimate solutions. Cobalt Strike, PsExec, Mimikatz and Process Hacker are found in the arsenals of the Clop, Conti, Maze and Sodinokibi factions.

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Fingerprint scanner for payment cards. Samsung introduced the industry’s first universal security chip for this purpose.

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Samsung has introduced what it calls an intelligent multi-functional fingerprint security chip for biometric payment cards. Simply put, this is a chip for implementing a fingerprint scanner on ordinary bank (and not only) cards.

Fingerprint scanner for payment cards.  Samsung introduced the industry's first universal security chip for this purpose.

The chip is called S3B512C. It is EMVCo and Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level (CC EAL) 6+ certified and operates in accordance with the latest Mastercard Biometric Evaluation Plan Summary (BEPS) specifications.

The S3B512C combines a fingerprint sensor, Secure Element (SE) and Secure Processor, adding an extra layer of authentication and security to payment cards. S3B512C is primarily intended for payment cards, but can also be used in cards requiring highly secure authentication such as student or employee identification, membership, or building access

Fingerprint scanner for payment cards.  Samsung introduced the industry's first universal security chip for this purpose.

Samsung claims it is the industry’s first all-in-one security chip that reads biometric information with a fingerprint sensor, stores and authenticates encrypted data with a tamper-resistant Secure Element, and parses and processes data with a secure processor. With three key features integrated into a single chip, the S3B512C can help card manufacturers reduce the number of chips needed and streamline their card development processes for biometric payment cards.

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Vulnerability in Dark Souls 3 allows attackers to take over any computer

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According to Dexerto and The Verge, a hacker discovered a security vulnerability in Windows that was opened using the game Dark Souls 3. It allows attackers to remotely take over and control a computer.

Famous streamers such as The_Grim_Sleeper have heard about the problem personally. In the case of The_Grim_Sleeper, the hacker fired up Microsoft PowerShell and ran a text-to-speech script, criticizing the streamer for his game.

Vulnerability in Dark Souls 3 allows attackers to take over any computer

At the same time, this hacker did not have malicious intent, he only showed a vulnerability and warned FromSoftware developers about the vulnerability that Dark Souls 3 has. FromSoftware studio and publisher Bandai Namco reacted to the discovered exploit. They have temporarily disabled PvP servers for Dark Souls 3 and its predecessors while the security team investigates the vulnerabilities.

It is not yet known when the servers will be back online, but FromSoftware and Bandai have made it clear that they will not restore service until they are reasonably confident that players are safe. Other hackers could use the vulnerability to steal sensitive information and do other harm.

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OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro smartphones have been updated with the January security patch

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OnePlus has announced the release of a software update for its latest flagships, the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro, launched last year. The OxygenOS 12 update carries version number C.44.

OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro smartphones have been updated with the January security patch

It includes security updates for January 2022. In addition, the description contains a long list of innovations and changes, including many bug fixes. In particular, by installing the update, you can expect not increased battery life, a “smooth” fingerprint unlock, improved animation of the charging process, less scrolling lag in the notification area, the addition of three adjustable levels for dark mode, and many other things. The Work Life Balance feature with automatic mode switching and custom app notification profiles is now available to all users. You also get improvements in camera performance, 5G connectivity, Canvas AOD functionality, and the Gallery app.

As always, the rollout of the over-the-air update will be phased.

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