Waterbear malware used in attack wave against government agencies

Researchers have spotted a fresh Waterbear campaign in which Taiwanese government agencies have been targeted in sophisticated attacks. 

According to CyCraft researchers, the attacks took place in April 2020, but in an interesting twist, the threat group responsible leveraged malware already present on compromised servers — due to past attacks — in order to deploy malware. 

Waterbear has previously been associated with BlackTech, an advanced cyberattack group that generally attacks technology companies and government entities across Taiwan, Japan, and Hong Kong. 

Trend Micro researchers say the modular malware is primarily “used for lateral movement, decrypting and triggering payloads with its loader component.” Last year, Waterbear captured interest in the cybersecurity industry after implementing API hooking to hide its activities by abusing security products. 

See also: Black Hat: Hackers are using skeleton keys to target chip vendors

In the latest wave, CyCraft says a vulnerability was exploited in a common and

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How businesses, government agencies work together to update pollution-spewing older cars

 

Environmental Initiative, along with some partnering organizations, is expanding its work to make Minnesota’s vehicles cleaner, safer and more energy efficient.

This latest work comes 15 years after the same partners retrofitted the first of 4,500 diesel school buses, trucks and off-road equipment as part of what Environmental Initiative called Project Green Fleet.

Environmental Initiative, or EI, is financed by Flint Hills Resources with support from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) and the city of Minneapolis. The group has now launched Project CAR (Clean Air Repairs) with designs on fixing older passenger cars, trucks and vans that cause 90% of vehicle emissions.

Last week, technicians worked on several vehicles of working-poor customers of the Lift Garage on E. Lake Street in Minneapolis that need tires, batteries, fluid changes and the like. The owners were cleared based on financial need to get additional pollution-control work through Project CAR.

“Our customers

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NSW government sets public cloud as default standard for agencies

Adopting public cloud will now be the default for all government state agencies under a new principle that has been introduced by the New South Wales government under its new cloud strategy.

Under the new principle, Minister for Customer Service Victor Dominello said all agencies would embed a “public cloud by default” principle for all IT procurement decisions and have the “highest security, privacy, and contractual safeguards” when going to market for computing services.  

“It is a move that will accelerate innovation, modernise service delivery, and create better outcomes for the citizens of NSW,” Dominello said in a statement on Friday.

“A modern and reliable cloud strategy and cloud policy will enable government-wide adoption of public cloud services in a united and secure manner.”

According to the state government, the strategy has been designed to provide government agencies with a “common vision, direction, and approach for consuming cloud services”.

It

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Verizon, AT&T to pay $127M for allegedly overcharging government agencies

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Verizon and AT&T have agreed to pay a combined $127 million to settle lawsuits alleging that they overcharged California and Nevada government entities for wireless service. The lawsuit was filed in 2012 and resulted in a settlement approved on Thursday last week by Sacramento County Superior Court, the plaintiffs’ law firm, Constantine Cannon, announced.

“Verizon will pay $76 million and AT&T $51 million to settle claims that, for more than a decade, they knowingly ignored cost-saving requirements included in multibillion-dollar contracts offering wireless services to state and local government users in California, Nevada, and other states,” the announcement said. “Sprint and T-Mobile previously reached settlements totaling $11.7 million. Combined, the four major telecom providers will pay $138.7 million to settle allegations in the lawsuits.” Those numbers do not include what the carriers agreed to pay in attorneys’ fees, which is $23.45 million from Verizon and $13 million from AT&T.

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Conspiracies Theory – Mind Altering Drugs, Telepathic Powers, Government Agencies Recruiting Spies

Some way out conspiracy theorists believe that there are government agencies recruiting certain individuals who have a genetic displacement which allows them to see glimpses of the future or enables them to do remote viewing. There have been many way out stories and conspiracy theorist books written on individuals with telepathic powers working for the United States government.

If they are that is a good thing and I’m glad they’re working on our team rather than someone else’s. Is this conspiracy theory real? Does the government recruit kids by giving them mind altering drugs to help them harness their telepathic powers to recruit them as spies? Is this storyline any good? Sure that is a good one. Here is why. Some people’s brains run at faster RPMs. and if a kid had used a methanphetine (Sp?) then their brain waves might jump to 60-80 Hz and who knows what that … Read More