Everything was old This week again new reason Ronsomware has roared back in the headlines, hitting an important Iowa grain cooperative among other targets. And Wired sat down with Darnack, the former number two of the Dark Web Marketplace Alphabet, to hear about the re-addition and re-launch of the Alphabet four years after it was withdrawn by law enforcement. “The name Alpha Bay was put in a bad light after the expedition. I’m here to correct it,” Dee Snake said.
Groundhog Day continues to thrive with the annual release of Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 15. The new operating system has many privacy features, including more details about what your apps are doing, a way to block email trackers, and a kind of VPN-Tor Frankenstein monster called iCloud Private Relay that protects your browsing activity. Use WIRED’s simple guide to get up to speed and start changing some settings.
And if you want a DIY project that isn’t tied to a tech company’s walled garden, we’ve got tips on how to set up your own network connected storage (NAS) that plugs directly into your router and gives you space to share files between your devices. Or save backups easily.
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A congressional letter shared with the motherboard shows that US National Security Agency, Central Intelligence Agency and other members of the intelligence community use ad blockers as security protections on their networks. The IC Chief Information Officer wrote in the letter, “IC has implemented network-based ad-blocking technology and uses various levels of information, including domain name system information, to block unwanted and malicious ad content.”
You can use an ad blocker to make your browsing experience more enjoyable, but the tools also have potential defense benefits. Attackers who try to run malicious ads on dishonest ad networks or tarnish legitimate-displayed ads may steal data from your device or snatch malware if you click, or sometimes exploit web vulnerabilities. IC views advertising as an unnecessary risk and even a threat speaks volumes about the long-term problems with the industry. The NSA and the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency have issued public guidelines in recent years recommending the use of ad blockers as security measures, but the IC itself did not need to take such action. Its members have voluntarily deployed ad blockers.
The security department of Russian telecom giant Rostelecom has taken down a portion of a notorious botnet this week, thanks to a bug presented by the developers of the malicious platform. The error allows Rostelecom to “singhole” the system. A botnet is a zombie force that is infected by malware and conducts centrally coordinated activities. Platforms are often used for DDoS attacks, where actors point to a firehouse of junk traffic in an attempt to overload a target web system.
The Marius botnet is currently the largest botnet available for cybercriminals and is thought to consist of about 250,000 systems working together. It has been used against targets in Russia, the United States and the United Kingdom, among others. Rostelecom’s partial withdrawal is important, as the Maris attack is strong and the fight for goals is challenging. Earlier this month, the Meris attack on Russian technology giant Yandex broke the record for the largest volumetric DDOS attack ever. Yandex was able to defend itself against the attack.
European law enforcement in Italy and Spain have arrested 106 people on suspicion of carrying out massive fraud operations over the years, making a profit of more than .7 11.7 million last year alone. And police said this week that the people involved had links to an Italian mafia group. The suspects run phishing schemes, run business email compromise scams, carry out SIM-switching attacks, and typically carry out credit card fraud against hundreds of victims. The activity was allegedly linked to drug trafficking and other property-related crimes. In order to actually raise funds from this digital scandal, the suspects allegedly smuggled money through a system of mule and shell companies. In addition to the arrests, law enforcement seized 11 bank accounts and seized computers, SIM cards, 224 credit cards and an entire cannabis plantation.
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