Security researchers have discovered that hackers have been burrowing into ten different telecommunications companies for years. Using a common method for emails with a link that led to malware, hackers then used sophisticated techniques to attack specific people.
Cybereason security researchers uncovered details of years of attempts to penetrate telecommunications services (mobile service providers). From 201
Once, hackers invaded the network, gaining administrator privileges, and even created a VPN on the system that enabled hackers to access large amounts of data and even enable them to completely shut down the telecommunications network. The hackers had so much power that Amit Serper, Cybereason's Principal Security Researcher, described them as the company's "de facto shadow IT department."
Sabotage does not seem to be the goal. Instead, the hackers downloaded data from about 20 call detail records of a specific person. The stolen information contained the call history, the location history, the device used by the person, and so on. In this hack, the perpetrators obtained similar results as the theft of a person's phone without the person knowing.
Cybereason did not disclose which telecommunications had hacked the group, though they stated the locations of the target persons as Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. [ZDNet]
In other news:
- Amazon Prime Day is now two days old: Amazon's tradition of discounting ninety things you do not need and one thing you've been thinking about is back , This year's Prime Day starts on July 15th and ends on July 16th, full 48 hours later. We look forward to the Prime Week next year. [TechRadar]
- Apple releases public beta versions for upcoming software: iOS 13, iPadOS, macOS Catalina and tvOS 13 are developing quite well and we found in the new features that the company promises to love a lot. The next step is here; Apple has released public beta for almost all of your iDevices. But remember, it's a beta. You probably should not download it, but wait for it to be published. [Thurott]
- Ubuntu wants Steam and has changed its mind about 32-bit: Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, planned to remove 32-bit packages and libraries in its upcoming 19.10 update. With this announcement, Steam announced to discontinue support for Ubuntu. Not surprisingly, Canonical reverses the course. [Engadget]
- KitchenAid's $ 3,200 Kiln Available Now: KitchenAid now sells a smart oven with Google Assistant and Alexa compatibility. It also includes an LCD screen, grill attachment and other optional accessories. And unlike other smart ovens, it is full size unlike a toaster form factor. [Digital Trends]
- FedEx sued US for Huawei broadcasts: The Huawei News never seems to stop. FedEx recently received bad press when it refused to send a package on a Huawei phone. Now, the US no longer wants packets to be monitored for more Huawei phones, making the process virtually impossible and potentially a violation of privacy. [CNN]
- SpaceX caught a nosecone for the first time: Rocket launch is expensive, and one of the most expensive parts is building new rocket hardware after each launch. The goal of SpaceX is to reuse as much as possible, and it has just unleashed a new trick to achieve that goal. For the first time, the company managed to catch a nose cone. The company estimates that each Nosecone costs six million dollars. Now only the used one needs to be repaired for less. [The Verge]
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- Google promises palm recognition for Pixel's ambient display: Like other Android phones, Pixels have an environmental display that shows minimal information at all times. This prevents you from waking up the phone, displaying the lock screen, and wasting energy. Unfortunately, it is too easy at the moment to wake up the lock screen and bypass the point. Google says it will solve the problem with palm recognition. Pixel lovers are happy. [9to5Google]
80 years ago, physicist Eugene Paul Wigner predicted that hydrogen could become an electrically conductive solid at the right temperature.
The idea is fascinating on many levels. Hydrogen is the most abundant element in the universe. So we have a lot to do and, as a solid metal, it could transfer electricity without heating up. That would be perfect for use in superconductors, which typically get very hot.
The generation of metallic hydrogen could also tell us more about giant planets like Jupiter, as we suspect that the substance fills the core of the planet.
Researchers in France have published on arXiv's physics preprint server, which describes a process in which the production of metallic hydrogen has a higher pressure than in the center of the earth. The process involved a combination of diamond tips to compress the gas and bring the subcooling to just 80 degrees above absolute zero.
What we do not have yet are peer reviews or independent verifications. Both steps are extremely important in confirming both the accuracy of the study and the correctness of the methods. Peer review and independent review can often reveal errors that lead to a wrong conclusion.
However, scientists who have studied the paper are cautiously optimistic about what they have seen. Only time, study and science will show in the long run, if we have finally confirmed an 80 year old theory. [Gizmodo]