Back in April, Microsoft researchers found that some Internet of Things (IoT) devices were communicating with their corporate customers with servers in Russia. Further research revealed that several VOIP phones, printers and video decoders were passing data to a hacking group called Strontium.
This group, better known as Fancy Bear or APT28, was identified by the FBI to work for the Russian government. Last year, hackers infected more than 500,000 routers with malware. Now the group used the IoT devices to gain access to corporate networks.
Microsoft has already notified the companies that manufacture the target devices. In addition, the IP addresses and scripts used by the hackers have been released so other organizations can look for bad actors trying to hijack their devices. [Ars Technica]
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- Apple Card Now Available to Some US Customers: Apple announced in March that it had entered into a partnership with Goldman Sachs to release a credit card. What distinguished the Apple Card was the company's focus on the phone. Applicants would continue to receive a physical Titan credit card, but the company focused on making the mobile payment and app experience better than anything on the market. The initial introduction is limited to those who have registered first. However, all iPhone customers in the US should have access by the end of August. [The Verge]
- Samsung's new SSDs are 1
- Some Google Pixel 3 cameras are on the Fritz: The Google Pixel 3 camera has one of the best smartphone cameras on the market, but more and more customers are reporting shaky and vibrating sensors. As you can see in this video, the integrated OIS seems to be moving the camera so hard that you can not take clear pictures. Unfortunately, Google has not solved the growing problem yet. Currently, replacing the camera hardware seems to be the only solution to the problem. [Android Police]
Today, seven years ago, on August 6, 2012, Nasa landed the Curiosity Rover on Mars. Although the Rover was only to be used for two years, its mission was extended indefinitely.
During his life on the Mars planet, Curiosity collected photos, soil samples and other data as he traveled over 21 miles the Storm Crater. So far, the Rover has taught us that there may be liquid water on Mars. Sulfur, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and carbon can be identified in the soil, indicating the possibility that the planet inhabits life, and much more. [Science Alert]
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