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  • James Webb Telescope Takes Selfie In Deep Space: Shows Off Its Huge Mirrors

        | Published: Sunday, February 13, 2022, 7:30 [IST] NASA’s James Webb telescope launch has been a milestone, expanding the horizons of deep space. We know that the James Webb telescope has been working in deep space already. But did you know that the telescope also took a selfie recently? The image reveals how the telescope looks in space, a wonder for astronomers. James Webb Telescope Takes A Selfie The James Webb telescope is equipped with some of the most advanced technologies. This also includes a special lens within the telescope’s near-infrared camera (NIRCam) instrument, which allows engineers to take a …

  • $3.6 billion bitcoin seizure shows how hard it is to launder cryptocurrency

    Enlarge / The IRS detailed the winding and tangled routes the couple allegedly took to launder a portion of the nearly 120,000 bitcoins stolen from the cryptocurrency exchange Bitfinex in 2016. William Whitehurst | Getty Images On Tuesday, Ilya Lichtenstein and Heather Morgan were arrested in New York and accused of laundering a record $4.5 billion worth of stolen cryptocurrency. In the 24 hours immediately afterward, the cybersecurity world ruthlessly mocked their operational security screwups: Lichtenstein allegedly stored many of the private keys controlling those funds in a cloud-storage wallet that made them easy to seize, and Morgan flaunted her …

  • Hundreds of e-commerce sites booby-trapped with payment card-skimming malware

    About 500 e-commerce websites were recently found to be compromised by hackers who installed a credit card skimmer that surreptitiously stole sensitive data when visitors attempted to make a purchase. A report published on Tuesday is only the latest one involving Magecart, an umbrella term given to competing crime groups that infect e-commerce sites with skimmers. Over the past few years, thousands of sites have been hit by exploits that cause them to run malicious code. When visitors enter payment card details during purchase, the code sends that information to attacker-controlled servers. Fraud courtesy of Naturalfreshmall[.]com Sansec, the security firm …

  • How $323M in crypto was stolen from a blockchain bridge called Wormhole

    Getty Images This is a story about how a simple software bug allowed the fourth-biggest cryptocurrency theft ever. Hackers stole more than $323 million in cryptocurrency by exploiting a vulnerability in Wormhole, a Web-based service that allows inter-blockchain transactions. Wormhole lets people move digital coins tied to one blockchain over to a different blockchain; such blockchain bridges are particularly useful for decentralized finance (DeFi) services that operate on two or more chains, often with vastly different protocols, rules, and processes. A guardian with no teeth Bridges use wrapped tokens, which lock tokens in one blockchain into a smart contract. After …

  • Mac malware spreading for ~14 months installs backdoor on infected systems

    Mac malware known as UpdateAgent has been spreading for more than a year, and it is growing increasingly malevolent as its developers add new bells and whistles. The additions include the pushing of an aggressive second-stage adware payload that installs a persistent backdoor on infected Macs. The UpdateAgent malware family began circulating no later than November or December 2020 as a relatively basic information-stealer. It collected product names, version numbers, and other basic system information. Its methods of persistence—that is, the ability to run each time a Mac boots—were also fairly rudimentary. Person-in-The-Middle attack Over time, Microsoft said on Wednesday, …

  • New York Times spends “low seven figures” to buy Wordle

    Enlarge / The New York Times is buying Wordle. The New York Times announced today that its Games division would be purchasing Wordle—everyone’s favorite five-letter-word guessing game and emoji-square generator—for a number in the “low-seven figures.” The sale caps a meteoric rise for the simple game. It rode word-of-mouth recommendations and glowing media coverage to prominence, was subject to multiple copycat apps that Apple removed from its App Store, and inevitably generated backlash from people who don’t like it when other people have fun in public. “At the time it moves to The New York Times, Wordle will …