My Weekly Roundup #154
Google says attackers worked with ISPs to deploy Hermit spyware on Android and iOS
A sophisticated spyware campaign is getting the help of internet service providers (ISPs) to trick users into downloading malicious apps, according to research published by Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) (via TechCrunch).
Hacker selling access to 50 vulnerable networks through Atlassian vulnerability
A hacker is selling access to 50 vulnerable networks on a cybercriminal forum after breaking into systems through the recently-discovered Atlassian Confluence zero-day.
NSA shares tips on securing Windows devices with PowerShell
The National Security Agency (NSA) and cybersecurity partner agencies issued an advisory today recommending system administrators to use PowerShell to prevent and detect malicious activity on Windows machines.
Unveiling an unknown APT actor attacking high-profile entities in Europe and Asia
ToddyCat is a relatively new APT actor that we have not been able to relate to other known actors, responsible for multiple sets of attacks detected since December 2020 against high-profile entities in Europe and Asia.
Interpol busts 2000 suspects in phone scamming takedown
Sick of the unending stream of email and phone calls you receive from scammers claiming to represent your bank? Amazon? Microsoft? The tax office? The police?
Each position in this lock has a bottom pin, five thin master pins, and a special top pin. Key bitting is determined by the location of the notches in the sides of the top pins.
Movie & TV Pirates Increase in Italy But They Are Pirating Less Than Ever
New Ipsos research carried out on behalf of Italian anti-piracy group FAPAV reveals that 43% of the adult population engaged in some type of audiovisual piracy in 2021, with almost a quarter using pirate IPTV.
Stop debating whether AI is ‘sentient’ — the question is if we can trust it
After reading a dozen different takes on the topic, I have to say that the media has become (a bit) disillusioned with the hype surrounding current AI technology. A lot of the articles discussed why deep neural networks are not “sentient” or “conscious.
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NASA Hopes to Launch a Very Special Microwave-Sized Satellite on Monday
A tiny satellite is poised to set the stage for something far grander: a full-blown lunar space station.
Windows 98 system inside ESA’s Mars water-finder is finally getting an upgrade
Windows 98 was released by Microsoft back in 1998 which means in 2022 today, it’s more than 20 years old and something that most have forgotten. However, a recent major announcement by the European Space Agency (ESA) has brought Windows 98 back to the spotlight once more.
Doom ported to run on an Ikea TRÅDFRI smart light bulb
When it was first released in 1993, Doom was designed for computers running MS-DOS software. But game developer id Software later released the source code, and Doom has been ported to run on all sorts of other platforms, including some very surprising devices.
Reverse Engineering an old Mario & Luigi game for fun
Our approach is looking to reveal the findings only based on the DOS executable that can be downloaded from https://www.dosgamesarchive.com/file/mario-and-luigi/marioandluigi/. The source code of the game is also available at https://www.dosgamesarchive.com/file/mario-and-luigi/mariosrc/.
Google details commercial spyware that targets both Android and iOS devices
Google has warned of an enterprise-grade spyware strain targeting Android and iOS mobile device users.
Apple iPhone Security? There’s No Place Like Chrome, Google Says
Apple prides itself on the security and privacy features iPhone users enjoy. So would you switch from Safari to Chrome on iOS? Google thinks it can convince you to do just that. Let’s face it, there really is no love lost between Apple and Google.
Spyware vendor targets users in Italy and Kazakhstan
Google has been tracking the activities of commercial spyware vendors for years, and taking steps to protect people. Just last week, Google testified at the EU Parliamentary hearing on “Big Tech and Spyware” about the work we have done to monitor and disrupt this thriving industry.
Netflix Plans To Add Cheaper, Ad-Supported Tier To The Streaming Service
Rumors about Netflix launching an ad-supported subscription tier for its video-streaming service have been rife for the last couple of months. In April this year, Netflix’s CEO Reed Hastings had even acknowledged the need to incorporate low-end subscription plans with advertisements.