Regulators in Germany are ready to block one of the largest porn sites in the world, according to a report from our colleagues at WIRED UK. The country has recently imposed age verification controls for adult sites, which some have yet to implement. The blockchain should be carried out by ISPs and mobile data providers, who may try to fight court orders if they do.
A more aggressive form of internet censorship was introduced this week Cuba, as well as the authorities have disrupted access to major social networks and messaging platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp in the face of ongoing civil unrest. Like Iran, China, and other oppressive regimes, Cuba has centralized control over the Internet, which means it can block specific sites or access as much as it wants. It is an increasingly common technique, activated by the ongoing Balkanization of the internet.
As companies around the world struggle with one ongoing ransomware catastrophe, we took a look at how hackers are increasingly turning to IT management software to pull off large-scale attacks. Zero-days remain popular too, even for Cozy Bear of Russia, who used one to target the iPhone in a recently discovered campaign. And good old-fashioned catfishing also remains in style, particularly for Iran, Which Facebook (once again) has taken to trying to deceive targets in value industries with fake accounts. The good news is that Biden has an all-star cybersecurity team in place. The most complicated part is understanding how they can all work together.
The good-natured pirates also had a productive week, demonstrating how they could trick a third-party webcam into letting them down. bypass Windows Hello facial recognition. Microsoft has addressed the issue. And WhatsApp has faced a long-term frustration for its users, finally enabling multi-device use without having to roll everything up for your phone.
Don’t forget to reserve some time this weekend to make sure yours web searches are private and secure.
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There is none simple solution to the global scourge of ransomware. But the Biden administration has at least taken some proactive steps, including a new reward that offers up to $ 10 million in exchange for information on criminal hackers targeting U.S. infrastructure. The Justice Department will set up a system to report advice on the dark web, and indicated that it was open to paying informants with cryptocurrency.
Last week, REvil managed to shut down more than 1,000 businesses in a ransomware campaign of historic properties. This week, the group’s operations went offline. There are many possibilities here. The Justice Department may have taken over REvil’s servants, or Russia may have finally done some enforcement. (Okay, probably not.) The most likely scenario, however, may be that REvil simply packed him up in the face of unwanted scrutiny. Don’t expect them to be gone forever; these groups often only notice and resume once the pressure has dropped. Meanwhile, however, the victims are left with no way to pay the ransom and recover their systems.
We talked before about the Balkanization of the internet, and China’s Great Firewall is the most important example. This week the researchers shed new light on how extensive the company’s block is. Not only does it deny access to about 311,000 domains out of 534 million tested, about 41,000 of those appear to have been blocked by accident. About 1,800 of the censored sites are among the top 100,000 most visited sites on the web.
The Citizen Lab of the University of Toronto published a report this week, in conjunction with a Microsoft survey, which indicated that the spyware of a company known as Candiru was used to target at least 100 activists, journalists, dissidents and politicians in 10 countries. It is a disturbing confirmation that surveillance software from shady companies is increasingly being used by authoritarian regimes to annihilate dissidents.
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