Operation disruptor against darknet handlers: 179 arrests in seven states

In internationally coordinated operations, investigators in Europe and the U.S. arrested 179 people accused of illegal trafficking on the Darknet. The so-called Operation "Operation DisrupTor" is based on law enforcement successes in the aftermath of the shutdown of the Wall Street Market darknet trading site, European police agency Europol said.

This had enabled the identities of dozens of traders to be established, against whom action had been taken. According to the report, 42 arrests have been made in Germany, 119 suspects have been arrested in the U.S., 8 in the Netherlands, 4 in the U.K., 3 in Austria, 2 in Canada and one in Sweden.

Success thanks to Wall Street Market

In the spring of 2019, investigators from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) had arrested the suspected operators of the second largest illegal online marketplace on the darknet, Wall Street Market. Drugs, spied data, forged documents and malicious software were sold there. Later the so-called cyber bunker was excavated. Thanks to the success of the investigation, law enforcement was also able to identify dozens of the handlers involved, the U.S. Department of Justice now states. In Operation DisrupTor, these were targeted – over a total period of nine months. Other identities are still being investigated, so the investigation is not over yet.

Digital tax: eu commission to present its own plan in 2021 if necessary

The EU Commission wants to make its own push for taxation of international digital corporations in 2021 if necessary. "If there is no global agreement, we as the Commission will present draft proposals next year for both a digital tax and minimum taxation", announced Economic Affairs Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni on the sidelines of a meeting of EU finance and economics ministers in Berlin on Saturday. On this ie it is "it is now or never", something must be done now.

Global minimum taxation to combat tax haven flight

A digital tax has long been the subject of international debate. The ball is currently in the court of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which is to draw up a draft. The tax is primarily intended to target large American technology companies such as Amazon and Google, whose business model, according to critics, pays too little tax in individual markets. The USA is therefore rather reluctant. A global minimum tax is also being discussed, which would make it unattractive for large corporations to flee to tax havens.

Scholz was optimistic that there could still be a global agreement on the digital tax and continues to rely on an agreement at the OECD level, but also emphasized: "It cannot remain that we only talk to each other, but these things must also be implemented." In this context, he adheres to the rule "Never give up".

The work of the future: the office becomes hybrid

The Corona pandemic also has a long-term effect on the way we work. That’s what the IDC analysts want to see in their study "Work Transformation in Germany 2021" have found out. According to the survey, 79 percent of German companies want to change their workplace model. The market researchers surveyed IT decision-makers, HR and other departmental decision-makers from 250 German companies with more than 100 employees across all industries. More than a third of the companies want to introduce a mix of office and remote work, 11 percent even want to give up office space, and a full 20 percent are sticking with on-site work.

The work of the future: the office becomes hybrid

Only 20 percent of all companies are sticking with the current workplace model.

As part of these ventures, the companies face both organizational and IT challenges. The survey showed that for a good quarter of organizations, changing the culture, behaviors and thinking at work are hurdles. In addition, a good fifth have concerns about whether any changes comply with the law and data protection. These concerns are justified in that not even half of the participating decision-makers say they adhere to their company’s security and compliance policies.

Security researchers: criminals use discord to spread malware

The content delivery network (CDN) of voice and text chat platform Discord is increasingly being abused by criminals to spread malware, according to security researchers. Security firm Sophos writes that four percent of its malware downloads studied came from Discord in the second quarter of this year. Discord allows users to upload and exchange files. This has some advantages for cybercriminals, according to Sophos.

In total, Sophos found 14.000 malicious files on the Discord CDN and sees an upward trend. For criminals to place their malware there, all they need is a chat room that anyone can create for free. As soon as a file is uploaded, it ends up on cdn.discordapp.com. In this Google Cloud Storage, Trojans are then accessible from all over the world via a fast CDN.

Files can be accessed directly

Security researchers: criminals use discord to spread malware

Discord uploads files to its CDN, but no longer looses them.

The special feature: No login is required to retrieve the file. If the URL of the uploaded file is retrieved, the browser will directly ask if the file should be downloaded. If this URL is linked in an email, there is no warning message or anything else that could distract from the download.

Semiconductor supplier asml: production backlog worth 17.5 billion euros

The high global demand for semiconductor components is leading to a sustained high level of sales at the Dutch outfitter ASML: the company took in a good 4 billion euros in the second quarter of 2021, leaving just over 1 billion euros as profit.

ASML sold 69 newly built imaging machines in three months – four fewer than in the first quarter of 2021, when sales were nearly 4.4 billion euros. In both quarters, the manufacturer refurbished three repurchased systems, only to sell them again.

EUV monopoly

ASML is the only supplier offering lithography systems with extreme ultraviolet (EUV) wavelengths of 13.5 nanometers. The world’s largest manufacturers TSMC, Samsung and Intel, as well as memory manufacturers such as Samsung and SK Hynix, rely on the imagesetters.

Ex-vw ceo winterkorn also in court for market manipulation

Former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn must also stand trial on charges of market manipulation. This was announced by the competent chamber of the Regional Court of Braunschweig on Thursday (24 September). Sept. 2020). This means that there will be a criminal trial against the ex-manager not only in a parallel fraud case, but also due to allegedly informing investors too late.

Winterkorn allegedly failed to inform investors in time

The court declared that Winterkorn was to have "despite knowledge of the installation of an inadmissible defeat device (…) and of the considerable financial risk that had been looming since spring 2015 (…), Winterkorn is alleged to have failed to inform the capital market in good time". The Braunschweig public prosecutor’s office’s indictment was therefore admitted to the main hearing without being changed.

Diess and Potsch also accused of market manipulation

The prosecutors had also accused the current Volkswagen Group CEO Herbert Diess and the Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Hans Dieter Potsch, of market manipulation. In their case, however, the proceedings were dropped in return for monetary payments of 4.5 million euros each. Potsch was the carmaker’s CFO at the time the emissions scandal came to light.

Electric car maker rivian receives $2.5 billion cash injection

In the latest round of funding, US electric car manufacturer Rivian has raised $2.5 billion. Rough funders of this round include the Amazon Climate Pledge Fund, as well as U.S. investment firm D1 Capital and automaker Ford Motor, Rivian announced Friday. In total, Rivian has received about $10.5 billion from investors since 2019.

In addition to the aforementioned three investors, investment firms T. Rowe Price Associates, Third Point, Fidelity Management and Research Company and Dragoneer Investment Group contributed to the funding. Rivan’s CEO RJ Scaringe said that the start of car production is imminent. Rivian already has a plant in the U.S. state of Illinois, and another is planned. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2022. The new money will be used to launch new vehicle programs, increase and expand the company’s domestic presence, and promote international product launches.

Electric trucks

As recently as January 2021, Rivian had received $2.65 billion from investors in a funding round. In contrast to the financing round that has now been completed, however, it was not Amazon’s Climate Pledge Fund that was the driving force, but T. Rowe Price Associates. Amazon is particularly involved with Rivian, which has developed its own electric van for Amazon. By 2022, Rivian 10.000 of these transporters for Amazon, by 2030 there should be 100.000 vehicles. Amazon also intends to use this to improve its carbon footprint.

Secure enclave in iphone allegedly 'unpatchable' cracked'unpatchbar' geknackt

According to reports from Asia, security researchers have managed to find flaws in Apple’s central security chip for iOS and iPadOS devices, the Secure Enclave, that cannot be patched by the manufacturer.

The security coprocessor has been installed since the iPhone 5s, and it has been on board the iPad since the fifth generation, the first-generation Air, the iPad mini 2 and the iPad Pro. The technology is also used in Apple TV devices, the HomePod and the T security chips of Macs. However, only devices with the SoCs A7 to A11 Bionic are affected, hardware from 2018 onwards – i.e. e.g. iPad mini 2 and iPad Pro – is affected.B. iPhone XS, XS Max and XR or even current iPad Pros – is not vulnerable.

Sensitive data in the coprocessor

The security chip is used to store sensitive information. These include hashes for biometric data – face for Face ID devices, fingerprint for Touch ID hardware – closure keys, and credit card-related info for Apple Pay. The Secure Enclave is sealed off from the operating system, so attackers usually can’t take it over.

No us subsidies for huawei

Huawei failed in its attempt to sue for US subsidies for its customers. U.S. regulator FCC may classify Huawei as a national security risk and refuse to pay subsidies accordingly, federal appeals court says. In addition, Huawei’s accusation of procedural deficiencies was unfounded.

In 2019, the FCC decided that it would not provide funding from the Universal Service Fund for the installation of risky technology. In 2020, the U.S. regulator then designated Huawei and ZTE as security risks. This means that US network operators are not allowed to spend money from the universal service fund on purchases from Huawei and ZTE.

This has consequences especially for smaller regional carriers in the USA, which are the only ones still using Huawei technology anyway. They will have to resort to federal funding for network expansion in sparsely populated rural areas. Huawei’s appeal against the restriction was dismissed by the FCC in December 2020, citing the "overwhelming evidence" .

Until 1990, so-called aerial flights required a special permit from the authorities. Even though the corresponding regulation no longer exists, it is not allowed to take pictures of everything that comes in front of your lens from above. With a photographic drone in particular, it is easy to get a glimpse of areas that are actually protected from public view. Just as you shouldn’t try to take a snapshot of your neighbor over the fence equipped with a ladder and telephoto lens, you shouldn’t use a multicopter to get around a privacy screen either.

The legal asset that is easily violated in this way is the general right to privacy protected by the General right to privacy. It is divided into intimate sphere, private sphere and social sphere.

Encroachments on the privacy sphere are always illegal. For example, if I fly my multicopter to the third floor of a house and take a picture of a person in the window, the person concerned will be entitled to damages and compensation. In addition, I may even be liable to prosecution. According to Section 201a of the German Criminal Code, the so-called "paparazzi paragraph", The mere taking of a picture that violates the highly personal sphere of the person depicted is prohibited and is punishable by up to two years’ imprisonment or a fine.