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.
Instagram said it is strengthening the protection of its underage users
The head of Instagram is due to speak at a hearing in the US Congress on December 7 and talk about the measures taken by his service to protect children.
Tuesday, December 7th, Instagram administration stated the intention to carefully select the content recommended for teens and to nudge them to other areas if they get hung up on one thing. On its blog, the service announced a few more changes that will affect teenagers.
Instagram chief Adam Mosseri is due to speak at a hearing in the US Congress on Wednesday, December 7, and talk about the measures taken by his service to protect children online.
Recently, Instagram and parent company Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) have come under fire for the potential harm to the mental health and safety of children online.
According to Mosseri, Instagram will disable the ability for users to tag or mention teenagers who are not their followers. Starting in January 2022, teenagers will have the opportunity to massively delete their content, previously set “likes” and written comments.
The service looked at control tools to limit potentially harmful or sensitive content to teens through search, hashtags, short videos (Reels) and featured pages, Mosseri said.
Instagram is also launching a Take a Break feature for users in the US, UK, Canada and Australia, which will remind users to distract themselves if the user is stuck in the app for a long time.
In March 2022, Instagram will launch its first parental control tool that will allow parents and guardians to see how much time a teen is spending on the app.
In September of this year, the Instagram administration decided to postpone the launch of the version of the application for children for now, and now the press service of the service has confirmed that the Instagram management does not intend to return to this project yet.
Israeli authorities strengthen oversight of cyber technology exports
The move follows a series of scandals involving Israeli spyware developer NSO Group.
As the Associated Press reported, the decision was made just days after another NSO Group spyware scandal. US diplomats in Uganda have been targeted by a software tool developed by the NSO Group. Spyware, developed by the Israeli company NSO Group, has been used to hack iPhone smartphones by at least nine US foreign policy officials.
The NSO Group has faced a flood of international criticism over accusations that it helps governments spy on political opponents and human rights defenders. However, according to the company itself, its product is intended solely to help countries in the fight against crime and terrorism. Israel’s Defense Ministry has also drastically reduced the list of countries to which Israeli companies are allowed to sell their cyber technology. If earlier the list included 102 countries, now it has been reduced to 37. In particular, Israel’s new allies Morocco and the United Arab Emirates, in which cases of human rights violations are known, were excluded from it.
Life360 service is suspected of selling geodata of children to third parties
The company is one of the largest providers of confidential information on the personal data market.
Specialists of the non-profit organization The Markup spent investigation into the service Life360, which allows tracking the geolocation of children. As it turned out, the company is one of the largest providers of confidential information in the personal data market.
The Markup contacted two former employees of the so-called “data brokers” Cuebiq and X-Mode. Life360 made about $ 16 million in 2020 from selling user data to dozens of different companies, according to whistleblowers. In addition, two former Life360 employees also told the organization about the company’s additional source of income.
According to a former X-Mode employee, the raw location data from Life360 was one of the most valuable offerings on the market due to the sheer volume and accuracy of the data. A former Cuebiq employee joked that the company would not be able to carry out its marketing campaigns without the constant stream of location data from Life360.
The functionality of the service allows you to prohibit the transfer of data, but this is not directly communicated to the user. This function is hidden in several sub-items of the settings, and consent to the use of information for commercial purposes is activated by default.
Whistleblowers said the company did not maintain adequate user anonymity and only removed names or home addresses prior to the sale. The rest of the information made it possible to easily identify the identity of the user. Any organization could become a buyer of data from Life360; the company did not enter into transactions only with government agencies.
The founder of the company, Chris Hulls (Chris Hulls) was unable to confirm or deny the results of the investigation.
US regulator unhappy that Tesla allows drivers to play games built into the car while driving
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), expressing concern over driver distraction accidents, said it is in discussions with...
Gartner predicts that the average price of a new car in the US and Germany will exceed $ 50,000 by 2025
According to Gartner, by 2025, chip shortages and trends such as electric traction and self-driving will force half of automotive...
The Ford F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck is in steady demand. It has already collected 200,000 orders
Ford has announced the number of orders it has placed for the F-150 Lightning electric pickup. Recall that the car...
Ryzen 5 2400 and GeForce GTX 1060 are required to play the “best game of all time” at Full HD resolution. Requirements for the PC version of God of War published
The developers of God of War, recognized in October this year as the best game of all time, have published...
Security7 days ago
Ex-Ubiquiti employee posing as a hacker may be imprisoned for 20 years
News5 days ago
Dramatic Bitcoin collapse: the rate fell from 57 to 45 thousand dollars. Bitcoin pulled other cryptocurrencies with it
Phones6 days ago
33 million Samsung Galaxy S22, 267 million Galaxy A23 and Galaxy A33, and 92 million Galaxy A53 and Galaxy A73. Samsung has set plans for the year
Phones7 days ago
Samsung is actively moving towards waterproof smartphones, even in the low-cost segment. The company decided to simplify the production process of the back panels.