The searches are related to the suspicion of the possible use of PAX equipment in cyberattacks.
Officials from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation raided the Florida office of PAX Technology, a Chinese PoS terminal manufacturer. How reported journalist Brian Krebs, the searches are related to reports of the possible use of PAX systems in cyber attacks against organizations in the United States and Europe.
PAX Technology is one of the world’s largest payment terminal manufacturers and a leading provider of trading solutions and services. The company is headquartered in Shenzhen, China.
According to information American radio station WOKV, the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security raided the PAX Technology warehouse in Jacksonville. Investigators said the searches were carried out on the basis of a court order as part of a federal investigation by the Department of Homeland Security with the participation of the Customs and Border Protection Directorate and the Naval Criminal Investigation Service. The FBI did not comment on the situation.
According to Krebs, citing trusted sources, the FBI launched an investigation into PAX after a major US payment service provider drew attention to strange network packets emanating from the company’s payment terminals. As it turned out, PAX terminals were used as a malware dropper and control infrastructure for organizing attacks and gathering information.
PAX Technology did not respond to Brian Krebs’s inquiry about the situation.
Two major financial providers in the US and UK have already begun to remove PAX terminals from the payment infrastructure, sources said.
“My sources say there is technical evidence for the use of terminals in cyberattacks. The packet sizes do not match the billing information they are supposed to send and do not correlate with the telemetry these devices are supposed to display in the event of a software update. PAX now claims the investigation is racially and politically motivated, ”the source said.
Krebs’ interlocutor did not provide details about the unusual network activity that led to the FBI investigation.
4 TB of security from Samsung. External SSD T7 Shield is now available in a new version for 420 euros
Samsung has decided to release a new version of its secure external SSD T7 Shield.
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.
ChatGPT can be used to write viruses and ransomware – this was confirmed by information security specialists
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.
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.
“Germany has not taken seriously the security threat posed by China.” The country has increased dependence on Huawei
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.
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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