Wikileaks has recently published the codenamed Vault 7 containing details on the work of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). On March 23, they published the second part of documents, the dump is called "Dark matter".
The documents in "Dark matter" consists of several projects of the CIA, which have security services that can infect the Apple equipment (Mac, iPhone) with sustainable Malware. This Malware can continue to remain in the firmware even after you reinstall the OS.
The first publication was known as "Year zero" (Year Zero), and it contained 8761 documents and files. Most of the documents belonged to an isolated, high-security network situated inside the CIA's Center for Cyber Intelligence in Langley, Virgina.
For security reasons, the tool was described such as the Sonic Screwdriver, a method designed to execute code on a peripheral device, while Mac is loaded. With the help of this hackers can easily attack.
According to the documents, it shows that the CIA used modified adapters Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet to store malicious code. While, you can easily implant "DarkSeaSkies" in the EFI on the Apple MacBook Air and it contains some very useful tools like DarkMatter, SeaPea, and NightSkies, for EFI, for space of kernel and user.
After Wikileaks published the first part of the dump, the Apple representative assured that the bugs have been corrected, and the new version was already released and there is nothing to worry about now, but now the Apple is silent on the release of the second dump.
Farmers in America are increasingly hacking the firmware of their John Deere tractors in order to repair them, Motherboard reports.
The reason behind this illegal activity is that John Deere has given license agreement to only Deere dealers and "authorized" shops can perform work on tractors.
That may seem fine at a glance -- John Deere built the tractor, so it knows the best way to fix it, right? That's just one part of it, though. According to the farmers, the company charges a heavy prize for its work, and most of the time technicians don't arrive in a hurry.
"If a farmer bought the tractor, he should be able to do whatever he wants with it," Kevin Kenney, a farmer and right-to-repair advocate in Nebraska. "You want to replace a transmission and you take it to an independent mechanic—he can put in the new transmission but the tractor can't drive out of the shop. Deere charges $230, plus $130 an hour for a technician to drive out and plug a connector into their USB port to authorize the part."
The legal license agreement specific didn't allow farmers to sue the company for any kind of "crop loss, lost profits, loss of goodwill, loss of use of equipment ... arising from the performance or non-performance of any aspect of the software."
Due to which farmers are turning to online hackers where they are giving them cracked versions of John Deere software that bypasses required authorization, which allow farmers to work on their own tractors.
Here is the full statement of John Deere:
Our number one priority is to design and manufacture safe equipment that provides value and performance for our customers, and software is a critical part of this. Software modifications increase the risk that equipment will not function as designed. As a result, allowing unqualified individuals to modify equipment software can endanger machine performance, in addition to Deere customers, dealers and others, resulting in equipment that no longer complies with industry and safety/environmental regulations.
This is why John Deere's relationship with the dealer channel is so important. Working with a John Deere dealer provides every customer access to trained technicians and expertise to assist with any service issues, whether in the shop or remotely in the field. Most of John Deere's late model equipment is equipped with technology that allows an operator to give a dealer remote access to help diagnose concerns real-time over a cellular connection (or satellite communications), which can alleviate the need for an on-site service call in the U.S.
When a customer buys John Deere equipment, he or she owns the equipment. As the owner, he or she has the ability to maintain and repair the equipment. The customer also has the ability through operator and service manuals and other resources to enable operational, maintenance, service and diagnostics activities to repair and maintain equipment. John Deere technical, diagnostic, parts and operator manuals are available and easily accessible to the general public.
A criminal group of Armenian and Russian citizens stole 85 million drams from clients account of Australian banks with the help of computer technology from August to December 2016.
On March 20, the national security Service of Armenia neutralized the criminal group.
"As a result of an extensive investigation and intelligence tracking measures the facts of grand larceny committed by citizens of Armenia and Russia with use the computer equipment were exposed. These measures were done in the framework of the criminal case which is investigating by Department of the national security Service of Armenia " — said the press service of NSC.
According to preliminary data, the members of the group were registered in Armenia 3 trade organization under the trumped-up pretext for the implementation of hotel and restaurant activities. Then they acquired a cash register with a terminal, allowing them to carry out the non-cash transaction by entering card data without any cardholder and the bank card details.
It clarifies that the purpose of theft in a large scale by using the said cash register with the terminal member of the criminal group, which is in Russia, sent accomplices of the Armenian banking cards data is issued in the name of a number of Australian citizens - 16-digit numbers, information on the period of validity cards and passwords.
The group members from Armenia placed SIM card in the cash register with terminal and the Russian members sent data of clients in Australians bank cards: 16-digit number, information about expiring cards and passwords to members from Armenia.
"Thus, from August to December 2016 the members of the criminal group stolen about 85 million drams ($177 thousand) from the account numbers of Australian banks customers. As a result of extensive investigation and intelligence tracking measures carried out by national security Council of Armenia, the criminal group identified and neutralized", — told in the message of the NSC of Armenia.
The investigation is still going on. However, five persons have been charged, while three of them were arrested.