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North Korea: Hackers Stole $400m of cryptocurrency in 2021

Cryptocurrency hot wallets are connected to the internet and cryptocurrency network and so are vulnerable to hacking. They are used to send and receive cryptocurrency, and allow users to view how many tokens they have. North Korean hackers stole almost $400m worth of digital assets in at least seven attacks on cryptocurrency platforms last year,

Ukraine Cyber Attack

The Ukrainian government has accused Russia of being behind Friday’s cyber-attack on dozens of official websites. About 70 government websites were temporarily down, in the largest such attack on Ukraine in four years. Experts at Ukraine’s information ministry published a timeline of how news of the attack spread, pointing out that Russian media reported it

UniCC closure

The administrators of the largest illegal marketplace on the darknet for stolen credit cards are retiring after making an estimated $358m (£260m). The anonymous owners of UniCC thanked the criminal fraternity for their business, citing age and health for the closure. Many other illegal darknet marketplaces have also shut down voluntarily over the winter for

Meta Class Case Action

Facebook “abused its market dominance to impose unfair terms and conditions on ordinary Britons, giving it the power to exploit their personal data”, Dr Lovdahl Gormsen says. And this data, harvested between 2015 and 2019, provided a highly detailed picture of their internet use, helping the company make “excessive profits”. Up to 44 million UK

REvil gang arrested

Authorities in Russia say they have dismantled the ransomware crime group REvil and charged several of its members. According to the Russian state news service Tass, REvil “developed malicious software” and “organised the theft of money from the bank accounts of foreign citizens”. The FSB said it had seized more than 426 million rubles (£4m),

Google: Smartwatches for left handed people

Google is planning to add an option to its Wear OS smart watches so they can be used by left-handed people. one user had complained on Google’s Issue Tracker website that they could not wear their smart watch on their right hand properly. The Apple Watch, meanwhile, has had a similar feature available for users

‘HiFi’ Spotify music

Spotify says it is still working on higher quality music listening – but is unable to say very much more about it. Spotify has also said that it had planned to give CD-quality listening to some markets in 2021. But it has failed to turn up, and Spotify did not make clear whether it had

“Blue Bubbles” Fight

Google has started a public fight with Apple over the “green bubbles” that appear when their users message each other. When two iPhones message each other, their texts appear blue; if someone receives a message from an Android user, however, they show as green. The system is intended at least in part to distinguish between

TalkTalk email down

“We’re aware that some customers may be experiencing issues with their TalkTalk webmail account. We’re sorry about this. Our engineers are working hard to fix the issue as soon as possible”, the company said on its official account. TalkTalk’s email service is down, leaving customers unable to access important messages. Why are there so many

Bitcoin Price Slides

Bitcoin is approaching a market pattern known as a “death cross” after experiencing one of the worst price slides in recent years. The cryptocurrency dipped below $40,000 on Monday following seven straight days of losses, marking the longest losing streak since August 2019 and the worst start to a year since 2012. Bitcoin is currently