In addition to preventing Cherkasov from getting the job at the ICC and sending him back to Brazil, the Dutch intelligence agency also released its lengthy and detailed coverage. The four-page story, often known as the “legend” of a secret intelligence officer, details the background to “Ferreira’s” identity. “The threat posed by this intelligence officer is deemed potentially very high,” AVID said in a statement.
Since the release of “Ferreira”, other clues to his secret life have emerged. Social media profiles belonging to “Ferreira” were discovered by the Bellingcat investigation unit, along with a blog and an online CV. He also studied at Trinity College Dublin and Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins associate professor Eugene Finkel, who says he taught “Ferreira,” tweeted: “I wrote her a letter. A strong one, in fact. Yes me. I wrote a reference letter for a GRU officer. I will never recover from this fact. I hate everything about GRU, him, this story. I’m so glad it was exposed.
For years, it has been impossible to move WhatsApp chat backups between Android and iOS, and vice versa. In August last year, WhatsApp announced that it was starting to roll out the ability for people to move their data between iPhones and Android devices. Now this week, the Meta-owned company says backups will also work the other way around, from Android to iOS.
Intel and AMD processors are vulnerable to a new side-channel attack called Hertzbleed. The attack could allow the theft of cryptographic keys and data, as reported by BleepingComputer and DarkReading. Hertzbleed works by exploiting a common power-saving feature in chips called dynamic frequency scaling (DVFS), which could allow an attacker to steal data. Frequency changes in DVFS can be correlated with information processed by the chips, Intel says in a blog post. Despite this, neither Intel nor AMD seem to have planned to fix the problem. However, the risk to end users appears low at this time. The team of researchers who found Hertzbleed say ordinary users probably shouldn’t worry.
Since Covid-19 began to spread in early 2020, technological systems have been developed to try to control its spread. In China, a mandatory health code system has been created to monitor people’s health status – people with a red code are required to self-isolate, those with a green code are allowed to roam freely. These health codes are tied to people’s phones. Now, according to multiple reports, residents in China’s Henan province say their protest plans have been stalled because their health codes have turned red. Several affected people say they have not been around anyone positive with Covid-19 and the change is an abuse of power by officials.
Mozilla’s web browser may have struggled in recent years, but it’s still one of the most privacy-friendly browsers around. This week, the company said Firefox is turning on its Total Cookie Protection feature by default for everyone who uses the browser. Any cookies stored on your computer will only be available to the website that placed them there, Mozilla explains in a blog post. “Instead of allowing trackers to link your behavior across multiple sites, they can simply see behavior across individual sites,” the company says, adding that it’s “the strongest privacy protection available.” Firefox to date”.
In November 2021, the United States sanctioned the notorious Israeli spyware company NSO Group. The company’s Pegasus hacking tool has been used around the world to spy on journalists and activists. This week it emerged that US defense firm L3Harris was interested in buying the technology behind Pegasus, as the FinancialTimes reports. Any purchase of the technology by an American company would potentially put it at odds with the Biden administration, which has blacklisted NSO. Talks over the potential deal, which is believed to be in its early stages, have drawn criticism from the White House. “We are deeply concerned,” a senior official told the Washington Post. They said the deal could cause security and counterintelligence problems in the United States.
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