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New Android ransomware encrypts phones and changes PINs
A new Android ransomware called DoubleLocker has emerged, encrypting devices and locking users out of phones by changing PINs. Based on a banking Trojan, suggesting account-compromising functionality may be a future mission of the ransomware’s developers. It spreads via a fake Adobe Flash Player update that is pushed through ads on compromised websites.
Once launched, the app requests activation of the malware’s accessibility service, named ‘Google Play Service,'” The Register writes. “After the malware obtains these accessibility permissions, it uses them to activate device administrator rights and set itself as the default Home application, in both cases without the user’s consent.”
Setting itself as the device’s launcher secures a strong foothold within a device, activating itself whenever the home button is pressed. At the time of The Register’s report, the app was requesting $54 in Bitcoin to unlock an encrypted device.
Specs leak of NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
Hot Hardware says it has found leaked specs for NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 Ti ahead of its late-October release.
“Assuming the information is accurate, the GeForce GTX 1070 Ti will wield a GP104 GPU, though it will be a different version than other cards based on the same chip,” Hot Hardware writes. “This particular variant, the GP104-300, has only one SM (streaming multiprocessor) disabled, which hints at it performing close to a GeForce GTX 1080. The chip’s die measures 314mm2, same as the non-TI model, and is packed with 7.2 billion transistors.”
According to the leaked information, the 1070 Ti will have a 1,607MHz core clock, putting it comfortably between the 1070 and 1080. The card is said to be receiving an official release somewhere around October 26, and should cost $429.
30 GB of classified data on U.S. aircraft stolen from Australian contractor
Around 30 gigabytes of ITAR-restricted data about F-35, P-8, and C-130 aircraft was stolen by malicious actors after an Australian defense contractor was hacked. The information was released as part of the 2017 threat report from the Australian Cyber Security Center, released on Tuesday. The victim, a “small Australian company” had its network breached, and according to the ACSC, the attacker had “sustained access to the network for an extended period of time” and stole “a significant amount of data.
“Access was initially gained by exploiting a 12-month-old vulnerability in the company’s IT Helpdesk Portal, which was mounting the company’s file server using the Domain Administrator account,” ZDNet writes. “Lateral movement using those same credentials eventually gave the attacker access to the domain controller and the remote desktop server, and to email and other sensitive information.”
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Samsung CEO to resign
Samsung CEO to resign amid “unprecedented crisis,” stepping down in March 2018. He is also stepping down from his position on the board and as the CEO of Samsung Display.
“It is something I had been thinking long and hard about for quite some time,” said CEO Kwon Oh-hyun. “It has not been an easy decision, but I feel I can no longer put it off,” Kwon said in a letter sent to employees. “As we are confronted with unprecedented crisis inside out, I believe that time has now come for the company start anew, with a new spirit and young leadership to better respond to challenges arising from the rapidly changing IT industry.”
The crisis Kwon refers to is likely the imprisonment of a prominent leader at Samsung, Lee Jae-yong, who was jailed on corruption charges earlier this year.
“There are no words to describe how proud I am that we built together one of the most valuable companies in the world. We have come a long way to create a company that truly changes how people live, work and communicate with each other,” Kwon’s letter continues. “But now the company needs a new leader more than ever and it is time for me to move to the next chapter of my life.”
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Apollo 11 to tour once again
We sent it to the moon and back, and upon its return, it splashed down in the Pacific Ocean carrying Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins after they became the first humans to set foot on an extraterrestrial body. The Apollo 11 command module now sits on display at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. If you haven’t had the chance to visit it, the module may be making its way to you.
The Apollo 11 module will make its way to Houston, St. Luis, Pittsburgh, and will land in Seattle for its 50th anniversary. Why Seattle? Jeff Bezos is one of those footing the bill, so Amazon’s backyard makes a lot of sense.
“During its engagement until March 2018 at the visitor’s center near Johnson Space Center, space buffs can see both the Apollo 11 capsule and, in a nearby exhibit, the Apollo 17 capsule,” Ars Technica writes. “Both vehicles have launched to the Moon and back and appear similar.”
“This is an opportunity to see the historic bookends of the Apollo program,” said William Harris, president and chief executive of Space Center Houston.
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