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Scammers lured victims with electronics and turned them into money mules

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In Spain, 45 people were arrested who defrauded at least 200 people for 1.5 million euros.

Law enforcement officers in Spain arrested 45 people on suspicion of participation in a fraudulent group that operated two dozen sites and defrauded at least 200 people for 1.5 million euros.

This past weekend, the police conducted simultaneous searches in several Spanish provinces. The searches were the result of a lengthy investigation that began back in July 2019.

Attackers have created at least 20 separate scam web portals offering consumer electronics at very low prices. After the victim paid for the purchase, the money was sent to the accounts of other victims, who were forcibly turned into their “money mules” by the fraudsters.

Using the data provided by the buyer when ordering the goods, the attackers contacted him and reported that he had become a victim of scammers. They further stated that the only way to get the money back was to become a “money mule.”

The victims were forced to open a new bank account and obtain “clean” credit cards, which then had to be sent to various PO Boxes in Benin. The money was then cashed out at Benin’s ATMs.

In some cases, “money mules” were satisfied with their commissions and voluntarily continued to open new accounts for scammers.

In cases where the victims turned out to be not so compliant, the attackers threatened them with murder or provided forged documents, according to which they were allegedly creditors, and all operations were carried out in accordance with the law.

In addition to fraudulent online electronics stores, the cybercriminals carried out another scheme – they placed advertisements for a credit institution on the Internet and social networks. Posing as financiers from France, the fraudsters offered loans. They asked borrowers for a small deposit, ostensibly to cover the loan application fees and related expenses.

The amount of the deposit was 500-1000 euros, and at least 200 people sent this money to scammers in the hope of taking out a loan.

In addition to the deposit, the victims were also asked to obtain a new credit card and send it to Benin along with the corresponding online banking credentials.

According to Spanish law enforcement agencies, the fraudulent group is closely associated with other similar groups in Germany, Austria, France and Poland, so they will continue to cooperate with Interpol and Europol.

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Vulnerability found in the Apple M1 processor that cannot be closed programmatically

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Vulnerability found in the Apple M1 processor that cannot be

Specialists from the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said that they were able to develop a PACMAN attack technique, which is possible due to a hardware vulnerability in the Apple M1 processor. Moreover, it cannot be closed by software.

Vulnerability found in the Apple M1 processor that cannot be closed programmatically

The attack itself is carried out using software and hardware, and it can be performed remotely. The PACMAN attack makes it possible to gain access to the kernel of the operating system. At the same time, potentially the same vulnerabilities can be in Qualcomm and Samsung processors, but this has not yet been confirmed.

The technical side of the attack is based on the Pointer Authentication function. It is used to check Pointer Authentication Codes (PACs), allowing only code-signed software to run. However, the PACMAN method allows you to select the necessary PAC values. In part, this technique is similar to Specter and Meltdown in Intel processors.

At the same time, Apple spokesman Scott Radcliffe said that the vulnerability does not pose an immediate threat to users and is not sufficient in itself to bypass operating system protections.

A few years ago, a vulnerability was already found in Arm processors that allows an attacker to gain unauthorized access to data.

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So much for Unisoc. Companies have discovered a vulnerability in single-chip systems

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So much for Unisoc Companies have discovered a vulnerability in

Unisoc is actively capturing the market for single-chip systems, although it does so exclusively in the budget segment itself. However, it turned out that these platforms have a critical vulnerability.

So much for Unisoc.  Companies have discovered a vulnerability in single-chip systems

According to the source, the problem is in the modem’s firmware and affects both 4G and 5G platforms. The vulnerability, numbered CVE-2022-20210, was discovered while scanning Non-Access Stratum (NAS) message handlers. This vulnerability could be used to neutralize or block the device’s cellular capabilities.

The vulnerability was first discovered in the Motorola Moto G20 smartphone based on the Unisoc T700 SoC. But in the end it turned out that the same vulnerability occurs in other platforms, however, the source did not provide a list.

The Check Point specialists who discovered the vulnerability notified Unisoc back in May, and the company has already released a fix, so smartphone owners should not worry now if they update the software of their devices.

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New vulnerability in Microsoft Office is heavily exploited by hackers

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New vulnerability in Microsoft Office is heavily exploited by hackers

A serious vulnerability has been found in the Microsoft Office suite that could potentially allow attackers to execute arbitrary code.

New vulnerability in Microsoft Office is heavily exploited by hackers

She was assigned the number CVE-2022-30190, and among the researchers they gave the name Follina. As noted in Kaspersky Lab, the most unpleasant thing is that there is no fix yet, and in the meantime, the vulnerability is already being actively exploited by attackers. Vulnerability CVE-2022-30190 threatens all operating systems of the Windows family, both regular and server.

While the update is being developed, experts recommend that all Windows users and administrators take advantage of temporary workarounds. As a Microsoft workaround recommends disable the MSDT URL protocol.

The CVE-2022-30190 vulnerability itself is contained in the Microsoft Windows Support Diagnostic Tool (MSDT), but due to the implementation of this tool, a single malicious office document is enough to exploit the vulnerability.

The scheme could be like this. Attackers create a malicious office document and slip it to the victim, for example by sending an email with an attachment. The infected file contains a link to an HTML file that contains JavaScript code that executes malicious code on the command line via MSDT. As a result, attackers are able to install programs, view, modify or destroy data, as well as create new accounts – that is, do everything that the privileges of the user who opened the infected file allow.

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