Category Archives: security

FBI wants Apple to unlock the iPhone of the Pensacola shootout suspect

Okay, perhaps ”suspect” is not the correct term. The phone in question belonged to a man responsible for shooting 3 and wounding 8 a couple weeks ago at the US Navy base. The request to unlock his phone has been sent by FBI General Counsel Dana Boente himself. Apple, though, states that it already shared ”all of the data” it possesses to the FBI.The suspect/perpetrator is Mohammed Saeed Alshamrani, 21 years old Royal Saudi Air Force lieutenant. Alshamrani was in Pensacola to participate in their training excercises. His motivations are unknown, although a number of ...

Chinese hackers are ruling the world

Or at least trying to. Born in China and presumed to work for the chinese dictatorship hacker group APT20 has, over the course of the last few years, successfully performed series of cyber attacks. The group operated (operates?) in Brazil, Western Europe and USA. APT20’s targets were mainly the micro economy sector – small and medium ventures.Interestingly, APT20 has seemingly devised a way around the 2FA protection. It is believed that figured out a way to fool the mechanism responsible for checking the verification token’s genuineness.If you want to learn more about ...

Bulgarian job: the greatest hacker attack in the history of Europe

Bulgarian police has caught a 20-years old hacker responsible for what is the greatest (so far) hacker attack in Europe. Young hacker has managed to break into the data banks of bulgarian IRS and steal personal data of five million citizens. Considering that Bulgaria only counts a little over seven million people, the attack’s scale is really gigantic. The data stolen includes name, surname, home address and income.The hacker is a 20 years old Bulgarian. He committed theft on Monday, and the police caught him on Wednesday. The reasons behind the attack are currently unknown. Some ...

Polish police, in cooperation with FBI, caught a pedophilia website’s administrator

18 years old man has been apprehended in the Polish city of Lodz (£ód¼). He is being accused of maintaining a darknet (in short, darknet consists of websites that cannot be found by using a common browser) website containing pedophile and zoophile* material. In the man’s house, police have found hardware containing passwords to the website as well as certain amount of illegal video material. Interestingly, it is believed that the man has not received any financial compensation for his work. Nevertheless, for helping in maintaining and distributing the abovementioned materials, the man ...

Samsung upgrades the deepfake tech. One picture is now enough to create a fake video

Samsung laboratory in Russia (Russian-placed lab working on technology with the word ”fake” in its name? Hmm…) works on improving the so-called ”realistic neural talking heads” mechanism. This mechanism makes it possible to animate static pictures, and doing it so well that the fakes are difficult to recognise from real video records. The effects of Samsung’s deepfake tech can be seen in these GIFs – Samsung has managed to create very lifelike records. Those of you who are more curious about that process can look into this video, in which Samsung ...

Japan is creating its own, official malware as means of keeping national security

Yep, it is official – viruses and hackers’ attacks are now being used as war deterrents similiar to nuclear missiles. Japanese Ministry of Defense has announced that it is creating its own malware program as a means of ”defense” against any such attacks committed against it by other nations. The program is supposed to be finished by the end of the year. We do not know any details about its inner workings.Japan is not the first country to have its own e-nuclear bomb: Russia, Iran, USA, Germany and a few others have their own programs. Lets hope that, if we cannot ...

The Red Bear watches over its troopers, or how Russia bans its soldiers from using smartphones

Russia’s parliament has just passed a new law, according to which Russian soldiers are forbidden from using smartphones while on duty. To be more specific, the bill forbids them from using a phone with capabilities to take pictures, record videos and access the Internet – so yeah, smartphones. Technically the soldiers could use old cellphones, as long as they would somehow break their 320×180 cameras. The ban also includes laptops and tablets. The bill have been passed with a vote of 400 to 50 voting in favour. The reason for the new bill was, reportedly, the fact that ...

Times, they are a changing, or how Microsoft is telling us to NOT use Internet Explorer

It has barely been four years since Microsoft would tell us to absolutely use Internet Explorer and now… well, now times have changed. For the last four years Microsoft have not supported IE, which means that this particular internet browser is piss easy to break in. It is possible that Microsoft will soon be saying the same thing about Edge, its second browser, since it is currently wrapping up its work on a new, third one; this one, based on the Chromium engine, will be released for open tests sometime in the upcoming weeks. ...

”Emergency” text message scam goes on in Australia

Thanks, ScamWatch, for this warning. Over the past few days there has been a rising in a number of false ”emergency” text messages over Australia. These texts contain information that someone is in trouble and needs immediate help. When responded to, the texts continue, quickly turning to verbal isults against the addressee. No attempts at gaining access to the addressees’ phones have been detected, nor has any verbal attempts at scamming them out of their money.*shrugs* Another day in the 2.0 world I guess. ...