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“Slowdown” YouTube in the Russian Federation, iOS update and other events of the world of cybersecurity


We’ve collected the most important news from the world of cybersecurity this week.

  • The Federation Council of the Russian Federation proposed to “slow down” YouTube.
  • Babuk ransomware stops working.
  • The Institute for Security and Technology has proposed to combat ransomware by tightening cryptocurrency regulation.

Hackers hacked password manager Passwordstate

Click Studios, the developer of the password manager Passwordstate, reported a hack of the service.

The hackers distributed malware dubbed Moserware to Passwordstate customers through a compromised update. The incident took place between April 20 and 22.

As a result, attackers gained access to various information, including username, domain, information about running processes, and more.

They also started sending phishing emails to Passwordstate clients on behalf of Click Studios. In this regard, the company asked not to publish letters from Click Studios on social networks:

“Attackers are actively monitoring social networks in search of information about the hacking. It is important that customers do not post information that could be used by hackers. This happened with the distribution of phishing emails that copy the content of Click Studios emails. “

Apple releases privacy-focused iOS update

Apple released iOS 14.5, which sparked a lot of controversy with Facebook.

One of the main innovations was the updated privacy policy on the collection of personal data by third-party applications – now developers must ask users for permission to collect their data to set up ads.

Facebook opposed this. Read more about the essence of the dispute in the ForkLog exclusive:

The Federation Council of the Russian Federation proposed to “slow down” YouTube

The head of the Federation Council commission on information policy and interaction with the media, Alexei Pushkov, proposed to temporarily slow down YouTube traffic for the May holidays. The reason is the failure to remove prohibited content and censorship of the Russian media.

“YouTube is following Twitter’s vicious path,” he said.

Recall that in March, Roskomnadzor began to slow down the speed of Twitter on the territory of the Russian Federation due to the refusal of the social network to remove content that the department considered illegal.

Later, a Russian court fined the social network almost 9 million rubles for “violating the procedure for restricting access to information, access to which is subject to restriction in accordance with the legislation of the Russian Federation”. Roskomnadzor reminded Twitter this week to remove the banned information by May 15th.

“World’s most dangerous” botnet Emotet self-destructed on infected devices

This week, the Emotet botnet self-destructed on all infected devices. As part of an international operation, law enforcement officers liquidated Emotet back in January. As noted by experts, the code introduced by the specialists should actually reboot the botnet and the operators will have to “start everything from scratch.”

The delay in liquidation is due to the need to collect evidence.

In addition to devices, Emotet also hacked users’ mailboxes. In this regard, the FBI and Dutch law enforcement officers shared with the leak aggregator Have I Been Pwned more than 4.3 million email addresses hacked by Emotet.

DigitalOcean leaks user billing information

Cloud infrastructure provider DigitalOcean reported a leak of customer payment data, TechCrunch writes.

Hackers gained access to data for the period from April 9 to April 22, 2021 through a vulnerability, which, it is alleged, the developers have already fixed.

According to representatives of DigitalOcean, the leak affected only 1% of customer billing accounts.

Babuk ransomware stops working

Operators of Babuk ransomware have announced the end of their activities, writes BleepingComputer. They are not going to return funds to victims or publish encryption keys.

In addition, the hackers said they would “do something like Open Source RaaS, where anyone can create their own product based on ours.”

US hospitals shut down equipment for cancer patients due to cyberattack

A Swedish supplier of equipment used in oncology and radiology has reported an attack on cloud-based software.

Because of the hackers, several American medical institutions were forced to temporarily turn off equipment for radiation therapy for cancer patients.

Institute for Security and Technology has developed recommendations to combat ransomware

The Institute for Security and Technology (IST) has released a guide to counter ransomware attacks.

The authors of the report proposed a “sustained, aggressive, government-controlled, intelligence-led anti-ransomware campaign coordinated by the White House.”

In this regard, they also insist on stricter regulation of cryptocurrencies, as they “allow you to commit ransomware crimes.”

The Russian Federation said that they can track “absolutely all” US cyberattacks

The special representative of the President of the Russian Federation for international cooperation in the field of information security Andrei Krutskikh said that the implementation of “invisible” cyber attacks by the United States against the Russian Federation is technologically impossible.

“The technological capabilities of Russia make it possible to see absolutely everything. It would be naive to assume that a great nuclear power suddenly will not see something. It’s funny, ”said Krutskikh.

Recall that the American media wrote that the authorities are planning to conduct a series of cyberattacks on Russian systems in response to last year’s hacking of many government departments in the United States, in which hackers from the Russian Federation are suspected.

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Fidenge Pecold

My profession is a journalist, but my hobby for 8 years has been studying Forex investing and trading. During this time, I managed to gain extensive experience in investing and trading cryptocurrencies and double my capital in the Forex market. To be the author of this magazine, the site owners invited me to participate in one of the 2020 trading webinars, and I will try to reveal the most relevant crypto market news for you.

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