A federal grand jury indictment of a former Amazon software engineer accused of breaching Capital One’s data servers reveals instances of crypto-jacking at the heart of her scheme.
Between March and July 2019, Paige Thompson accessed at least 30 institutions’ servers managed by an unnamed cloud computing company, compromising at least 100 million customer accounts, according to a release published Wednesday. While there is no indication Thompson attempted to sell this information, she did use stolen computing power to mine cryptocurrencies.
According to the indictment, Thompson scanned for and misconfigured vulnerable web firewalls to gain access to rented cloud servers. She would duplicate sensitive “buckets of data” onto her own server kept at home, and cover her tracks using the anonymizing TOR browser.
“The object also was to use the access to the customers’ servers in other ways for [her] own benefit, including by using those servers for cryptojacking,” wrote prosecuting attorneys Steven Masada and Andrew Friedman.
Thompson reportedly spoke about her fraud over Slack and Twitter DMs. At one point, Thompson, under an alleged pseudonym, posted messages referring to cryptojacking over a Slack channel.
“I’ll be employed again soon and if I had a partner I could have them take over my cryptojacking enterprise and be a stay at home,” one such message read, according to a report by Forbes staffer Thomas Brewster.
Another Slack message read: “For some reason i lost a whole fleet of miners all at the same time, so i think someone is onto me.”
Law enforcement became aware of Thompson’s activity after she shared information on GitHub relating to her theft of information from Capital One’s rented servers. The indictment also cites three unnamed victims including a state agency, a telecommunications conglomerate outside the U.S. and a public research university.
She faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty of the charges, which include two counts of wire fraud and computer fraud. Additionally, Thompson is asked to forfeit her ill-gotten gains, or equivalent assets if inaccessible or untraceable.
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Author: Daniel Kuhn
Japan has approved the export of hydrogen fluoride to Samsung despite the material currently being under trade restrictions in relation to South Korean companies.
Hydrogen fluoride, also known as etching gas, is used for the cleaning and etching of silicon wafers, which are a core component for making the company’s semiconductor chips.
Japan initially cited national security concerns as the reason hydrogen fluoride was banned, with the country’s officials later clarifying that the material could be used to make poisonous gases.
The approval to export hydrogen fluoride will allow Samsung to start using the material early next year, South Korean national broadcaster KBS said.
Earlier this month, Japan approved the export of two separate batches of photoresist — another trade-restricted material — to Samsung, which is used for its EUV chip-making process.
See also: South Korea pulls out of intel sharing pact with Japan amid trade dispute
Japan’s trade restrictions currently block the export of three materials — hydrogen fluoride, photoresist, and fluorinated polyimide — to South Korea, meaning that fluorinated polyimide is the only banned material to not receive approval for export to Samsung.
Prior to Japan’s decision to approve the export of hydrogen fluoride, Samsung had started looking for alternative import routes and testing other materials for its semiconductor production processes. The approval will likely abate Samsung’s investor and client concerns as the production of memory chips, an important commodity in the global tech industry, will not be affected by supply chain issues in the short term.
Despite the approval, the trade tension between the two Asian countries continues to escalate. Japan removed South Korea from its favoured trading partner list at the start of the month, while South Korea retaliated by pulling out of an intelligence sharing agreement with Japan.
Japan’s decision to impose trade restrictions against its Asian neighbour has widely been seen as retaliation against South Korea’s high court order in 2018 for Mitsubishi to provide compensation for its use of South Korean slave labourers during World War Two.
Japan removes South Korea from ‘white list’ of favoured trade partners
The delisting of South Korea as a favoured trade partner may have long-term consequences for the global production of tech goods.
Samsung boss visits Tokyo amid Japan-Korea trade scuffle escalation
Samsung boss JY Lee is reportedly planning talks with Japanese business leaders to discuss how to go forward with Japan’s export restrictions.
Samsung to prepare contingency plans for Korea-Japan trade scuffle
Samsung leader JY Lee has told the company’s semiconductor and display businesses to make contingency plans in the event that the trade dispute between South Korea and Japan continues to drag on.
Japan imposes trade restrictions on South Korea for smartphone and chip materials
The Japanese government is also seeking consultation on whether South Korea should be removed from its ‘white country list’.
Japan to restrict foreign investment for domestic tech and telco companies
Among the affected industries are the telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing, and mobile phone manufacturing sectors.
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Author: Team E-crypto News
Capcom just revealed an upcoming mysterious project, one that’s not mysterious at all. Something called Project Resistance, with the ‘RE’ letters in bright red can only mean one thing. A new Resident Evil title is coming. Is it Resident Evil 8? A new side title? So far we only know two things for sure.
We know Capcom will show it at this year’s Tokyo Game Show on September 9th, and we also know something else we shouldn’t know yet. Something that’s way more interesting.
The new Resident Evil is going to be co-op
On the vein of the old Resident Evil: Outbreak game from 03, and possibly taking cues from the success of the very popular Left 4 Dead from Valve, players will have to work together in to survive numerous hordes of zombies and other monsters. The site only shows the announcement date, but there’s a private trailer already on youtube. Savvy Twitter users were quick to take screenshots from Youtube’s thumbnails, which revealed us the game’s main cast. And they’re an interesting surprise. Instead of playing with series mainstays Leon, Jill or Claire, players will choose a character from a diverse cast of new faces.
— Wario64 (@Wario64) August 29, 2019
On what’s likely a nod to the tried and true Left 4 Dead formula, the team will consist of 4 people. Whether or not different members will have different abilities is still unknown. Sounds great either way. This can work both as a new RE game, and the new Left 4 Dead sequel we’ll never get.
RE seems to be back on top
The Resident Evil series has been making some bold moves recently, all of which have struck gold. RE has revolutionized its stale formula, resulting in an amazing comeback in the last few years. RE7 and the remake for RE2 were critically acclaimed and managed to sell over 10 million units combined. Those are amazing results that not many expected after the massive disappointment that was 2012’s RE6. Capcom’s revealing Project Resistance on September 9th at TGS, and registered attendees will get to play it firsthand. It will come out on PS4, Xbox One, and Steam. No information on next-gen consoles yet, but you can bet on it.
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Author: Tiago Manuel
Bitcoin price extended its decline and traded towards the $9,300 level against the US Dollar.The price is currently correcting higher, but it is likely to struggle near $9,600 and $9,760.There is a short term breakout pattern forming with resistance near $9,500 on the hourly chart of the BTC/USD pair (data feed from Kraken).The price is likely to resume its decline after a short term correction towards $9,760 or $9,800.Bitcoin price is trading in a higher degree downtrend below $10,000 against the US Dollar. BTC remains at a risk of more downsides as long as it is below $10,000.Bitcoin Price AnalysisRecently, we saw a bearish break below the $10,000 and $9,800 support in BTC against the US Dollar. The price even settled below the $9,760 support and the 100 hourly simple moving average. Finally, there was a break below the $9,500 support and the Looking at the chart, bitcoin price is clearly trading in a higher degree downtrend below $10,000. In the short term, there could be an upside correction above $9,500 and $9,600. However, the bulls are likely to face a lot of hurdles near the $9,760 and $9,800 level. The main hurdle is near the $10,000 pivot level.Technical indicators:Hourly MACD – The MACD is slowly gaining pace in the bullish zone.Hourly RSI (Relative Strength Index) – The RSI for BTC/USD is recovering towards the 50 level.Major Support Levels – $9,400 followed by $9,300.Major Resistance Levels – $9,600, $9,760 and $9,800.
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Author: Aayush Jindal
The total crypto market cap extended its decline below the $240.0B support area.Bitcoin price is under a lot of pressure and it even broke the $9,500 support area.EOS price is slowly moving lower towards the $3.100 and $3.000 support levels.BCH price broke the $280 support and it seems to be moving lower towards the $270 level.Tron (TRX) price is still holding the key $0.0150 support area and is consolidating losses.Cardano (ADA) price is facing an uphill task and it may decline further to $0.0420.Bitcoin and the crypto market cap are eyeing further downsides. Looking at the total cryptocurrency market cap 4-hours chart, there was a slow and steady decline below the $250.0B support level. The market cap even broke the $240.0B support and tested the $234.0B level. It is currently consolidating losses and it seems like there could be more downsides below the $232.0B and $230.0B levels. The next major support on the downside is near the $220.0B level. On the upside, there are many hurdles near $245.0B and $250.0B. Overall, there are chances of more downsides in bitcoin, ETH, XRP, TRX, ADA, bitcoin cash, litecoin, EOS, stellar, IOTA, ICX, WAN, and other altcoins in the near term.
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Author: Aayush Jindal