Jen Psaki worked as a consultant for the Israeli company AnyVision Interactive Technologies.
In the wake of the Pegasus spyware revelations, the administration of US President Joe Biden added to the number of organizations involved in Israeli spy operations.
Financial information, provided by The White House, in response to an inquiry from the Chicago-based Electronic Intifada, reveals that the NSO Group is far from the only Israeli-backed “spy company” with links to foreign governments.
The Public Financial Disclosure Report received by the publication records the previous work of White House spokesman Jen Psaki at AnyVision Interactive Technologies, another company suspected of being involved in Israeli espionage operations.
The Israeli company AnyVision Interactive Technologies produces a large number of spy technologies, including facial recognition software that can be easily integrated into CCTV cameras that were not originally intended for its deployment.
According to a White House report, after stepping down as White House communications director from 2015-2017 under the Barack Obama administration, Psaki was recruited to serve as “crisis communications consultant” at AnyVision.
It is not clear from the report how long Psaki worked for the company, however, what the job was, it is clear from it. Judging by the small amount that Psaki received for her consulting services ($ 5,000), she did not work for AnyVision for long.
In 2019, AnyVision was criticized for supplying the Israeli army with facial recognition software that was used to track Palestinian residents. As it turns out, the company has a close relationship with the Israeli government, especially its military and intelligence sectors.
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance was robbed of $570 million. Hacker withdrew BNB tokens
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance has undergone another hacker attack. The attackers managed to withdraw BNB tokens worth about $570 million.
Somewhat earlier it was reported that the attack allowed the hackers to steal about $110 million, but now it turned out that everything is much worse. At the same time, the specialists of the exchange managed to freeze part of the funds, but we are talking about only 7 million dollars, which is clearly insignificant against the background of 570 million.
The exchange revealed that a cross-chain bridge connected to its BNB chain was attacked, allowing hackers to move BNB tokens off the network. Now the network has been restored, and the clients’ funds, according to Binance, are safe.
The fact of the theft of funds contributed to a sharp drop in the BNB rate by almost 5%, but after a few hours, almost half of the fall was redeemed.
Hacker who earned $27 million in cyberattacks will spend 20 years in prison and pay $21 million in fines
A Florida district court has sentenced 34-year-old IT engineer Sebastien Vashon-Desjardins to 20 years in prison for carrying out at least 90 cyberattacks.
It is noted that for several years of his activity, the hacker, using the NetWalker encryption virus, earned about $ 27 million. A search of Vashon-Desjardins revealed a crypto wallet containing 719 bitcoins, which was about $22 million at the time of the cybercriminal’s arrest in January 2022.
According to investigators, the 34-year-old cybercriminal acted in collusion with other hackers. Vashon-Desjardins himself played the role of an attacker: he infected the corporate networks of various companies with a virus and then demanded a ransom from them. Organizations from the USA, Canada and a number of European countries suffered from the activities of the criminal.
It is noted that, in addition to the prison term, the court also imposed a fine on Vashon-Desjardins in the amount of $ 21 million. Also, the criminal will have to pay compensation to the companies affected by his actions. The amount of damages has not yet been established.
Unique behavior of Ryzen 7000 processors. The notorious patches from the Specter vulnerability improve the performance of new CPUs
Recently, various vulnerabilities in processors have been talked about much less often, and users no longer worry about performance degradation due to patches. As it turns out, Ryzen 7000 processors generally benefit from such patches!
At least this is true for Linux, since it was in this OS that the author tested the Ryzen 9 7950X and Ryzen 5 7600X. It turned out that when working out of the box, the CPUs show better performance than when loading a special version of Linux with a deactivated patch from the Specter V2 vulnerability.
Of course, such results do not appear everywhere, and during normal work they are unlikely to be critical. In particular, in total, according to the results of 190 tests, the difference was only 3%.
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