Regulators in Germany are ready block one of the world’s largest porn sites, according to a report by our colleagues from WIRED UK. The country has recently introduced age verification checks for adult sites, some of which have yet to be implemented. The blockade would have to be carried out by ISPs and mobile data providers, who could try to fight court orders if that happens.
A more aggressive form of internet censorship took place this week Cuba, while authorities obstructed access to major social networks and messaging platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp faced with constant civil unrest. Like Iran, China, and other repressive regimes, Cuba has centralized control over the Internet, meaning it can block certain sites or wholesale access at its discretion. It is an increasingly common technique, made possible by the constant Balkanization of the Internet.
How companies around the world have struggled with a permanent ransomware disaster, we looked at how hackers have increasingly turned to IT management software to carry out large-scale attacks. Zero days remain popular, including for A Russian pleasant bear, who used one to target an iPhone in a recently unveiled campaign. And good old-fashioned hunting still remains in style, especially for Iran, caught on Facebook (once again) in an attempt to defraud fake accounts in high-value industries. The good news is this Biden has a global cyber security team. The trickier part is figuring out how they can all work together.
Good hacker guys also had a productive week demonstrating how they can trick a third party webcam into letting them bypass Windows Hello face recognition. Microsoft has addressed this issue. And WhatsApp has finally resolved the long-standing frustration of its users enabling the use of multiple devices without having to route everything over the phone.
Don’t forget to take some time this weekend to be sure Web searches are private and secure.
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It does not exist A simple solution to the global ransomware plague. But the Biden administration has taken at least some proactive steps, including a new reward offering up to $ 10 million in exchange for information about criminal hackers targeting U.S. infrastructure. The Ministry of Justice will set up a system for reporting advice on the dark network and said it is open to paying informants in cryptocurrency.
Last week, REvil managed to lock over 1,000 companies in a ransomware campaign of historic offerings. This week, the group’s operations stopped working. There are several possibilities here. The Justice Department may have seized REvil’s servers or Russia may have done little. (Okay, probably not that.) Still, the most likely scenario could be that REvil simply packed it up against unwanted control. Don’t expect it to disappear forever; these groups are often only renamed and reappear when the pressure subsides. Meanwhile, however, victims are left with no way to pay the ransom and return their systems.
We talked about the Balkanization of the Internet earlier, and the Chinese Great Firewall is the most prominent example. Researchers are shedding new light this week on how extensive the company’s blockade is. Not only does it deny access to about 311,000 domains out of the 534 million tested, it seems that about 41,000 were accidentally blocked. About 1,800 censored sites are among the top 100,000 most visited sites.
The University of Toronto’s civic lab released a report this week, along with a Microsoft investigation, that said spy software from a company known as Candiru was used to target at least 100 activists, journalists, dissidents and politicians from 10 countries. It is a worrying confirmation that authoritarian regimes are increasingly using surveillance software from shadow companies to eliminate disagreements.
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