Tag Archives: Cyber news

New Form of terrorism: a hacker tried to poison the drinking water

A hacker gained entry to the system controlling the water treatment plant of a Florida city of 15,000 and tried to taint the water supply with a caustic chemical, exposing a danger cybersecurity experts say has grown as systems become both more computerized and accessible via the internet.

The hacker who breached the system at the city of Oldsmar’s water treatment plant on Friday using a remote access program shared by plant workers briefly increased the amount of sodium hydroxide by a factor of one hundred (from 100 parts per million to 11,100 parts per million), Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said during a news conference Monday…..

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Fortunately, a supervisor saw the chemical being tampered with — as a mouse controlled by the intruder moved across the screen changing settings — and was able to intervene and immediately reverse it, Gualtieri said. Oldsmar is about 15 miles (25 kilometers) northwest of Tampa.

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https://apnews.com/article/hacker-tried-poison-water-florida-ab175add0454bcb914c0eb3fb9588466

CyberNews: 533 million Facebook users’ phone numbers leaked on hacker forum

The mobile phone numbers and other personal information for approximately 533 million Facebook users worldwide has been leaked on a popular hacker forum for free.

The stolen data first surfaced on a hacking community in June 2020 when a member began selling the Facebook data to other members. What made this leak stand out was that it contained member information that can be scraped from public profiles and private mobile numbers associated with the accounts. Read more in

The initial sale of Facebook data in June 2020

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CyberNews: Beware of installing Adblock. it may contain malware

Abstract

In the latest campaign, we have seen several apps impersonated by the malware: the ad blockers AdShield and Netshield, as well as the Opendns service. This article analyzes only fake AdShield app, but all the other cases follow the same scenario.

Statistics

According to data from kaspersky security network, at the time of preparing this article, since the beginning of February 2021, there have been attempts to install fake apps on the devices of more than 7 thousand users. At the peak of the current campaign, more than 2,500 unique users per day were attacked, with most of the victims located in russia and CIS countries.

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https://malwaredevil.com/2021/03/10/ad-blocker-with-miner-included/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ad-blocker-with-miner-included

News of the day: Numerous internet disruptions & Chinese businessman plotted with GE insider to steal transistor secrets

The month began in Myanmar with a military coup. Since then, numerous government-directed internet shutdowns have followed. Read more in

https://restofworld.org/2021/in-myanmar-the-junta-is-watching/

Chinese businessman plotted with GE insider to steal transistor secrets, say Feds

A Chinese businessman has been accused by the US government of trying to steal silicon secrets from General Electric (GE).

Chi Lung Winsman Ng, 64, who lives in Hong Kong, has been charged with conspiring to pilfer sensitive information on the American giant’s silicon carbide MOSFET transistors; a technology he told potential investors was worth $100m.

The FBI alleges that between March 2017 and January 2018, Ng and “at least one co-conspirator” – a GE engineer of more than seven years – plotted to swipe the blueprints for the transistor, which are electronic components typically found in industrial equipment and vehicles that regulate the flow of electricity. The duo planned to use the stolen trade secrets to set up a competitor in China, it’s claimed.

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https://www.theregister.com/2021/03/01/china_mosfet_theft/