An Alleged Russian Spy Was Busted Attempting to Intern at The Hague


Dutch intelligence company AVID claimed this week that “Viktor Muller Ferreira” is only a cowl story and false id for Sergey Vladimirovich Cherkasov, an alleged Russian intelligence officer belonging to the GRU army unit. AVID stated it caught Cherkasov making use of to be an intern on the Worldwide Felony Courtroom at The Hague, which is investigating potential struggle crimes in Russia’s wars in opposition to Ukraine and Georgia.

In addition to stopping Cherkasov from acquiring the place on the ICC and sending him again to Brazil, the Dutch intelligence company additionally revealed his lengthy and detailed cowl story. The four-page story, usually often known as a covert intelligence officer’s “legend,” particulars the background of the “Ferreira” id. “The risk posed by this intelligence officer is deemed probably very excessive,” AVID stated in a press release.

Since outing “Ferreira,” extra clues about his undercover life have emerged. Social media profiles belonging to “Ferreira” have been found by the investigative unit Bellingcat, in addition to a weblog and on-line CV. He additionally studied at Trinity School Dublin and Johns Hopkins College. Eugene Finkel, an affiliate professor at Johns Hopkins, who says he taught “Ferreira,” tweeted: “I wrote him a letter. A powerful one, actually. Sure, me. I wrote a reference letter for a GRU officer. I’ll by no means recover from this truth. I hate all the pieces about GRU, him, this story. I’m so glad he was uncovered.”

For years it’s been unimaginable to maneuver backups of WhatsApp chats between Android and iOS, and vice versa. In August final 12 months, WhatsApp introduced it was beginning to roll out the power for individuals to maneuver their knowledge between iPhones and Android units. Now, this week, the Meta-owned firm says backups will work within the different path too—from Android to iOS.

Processors from Intel and AMD are susceptible to a brand new side-channel assault referred to as Hertzbleed. The assault might enable the theft of cryptographic keys and knowledge, as reported by BleepingComputer and DarkReading. Hertzbleed works by exploiting a typical power-saving function in chips—referred to as dynamic frequency scaling (DVFS)—that would enable an attacker to steal knowledge. Frequency adjustments in DVFS could also be correlated with data being processed by chips, Intel says in a weblog submit. Regardless of this, neither Intel nor AMD seem to have plans to handle the difficulty. Nevertheless, the chance to finish customers appears low in the intervening time. The group of researchers who discovered Hertzbleed say atypical customers in all probability shouldn’t be fearful.

Ever since Covid-19 began spreading in early 2020, technological programs have been developed to attempt to management its unfold. In China, a compulsory well being code system was created to observe individuals’s well being standing—individuals with a crimson code are required to self-isolate, these with a inexperienced code are allowed to maneuver freely. These well being codes are tied to individuals’s telephones. Now, in response to a number of reviews, individuals within the Chinese language province of Henan declare their plans to protest have been blocked as their well being code has been turned crimson. A number of individuals impacted declare they haven’t been round anybody optimistic with Covid-19 and the change is an abuse of energy by officers.

Mozilla’s net browser might have been struggling lately, however it’s nonetheless some of the privacy-friendly browsers. This week the corporate stated Firefox is popping on its Whole Cookie Safety function by default for everybody utilizing the browser. Any cookies saved to your laptop will probably be accessible solely to the web site that positioned them there, Mozilla explains in a weblog submit. “As a substitute of permitting trackers to hyperlink up your conduct on a number of websites, they only get to see conduct on particular person websites,” the corporate says, including it’s “Firefox’s strongest privateness safety to this point.”

In November 2021, the US sanctioned infamous Israeli adware agency NSO Group. The corporate’s Pegasus hacking software has been used around the globe to spy on journalists and activists. This week it emerged that US protection agency L3Harris is serious about buying the expertise behind Pegasus, because the Monetary Instances reviews. Any buy of the expertise by a US firm would probably put it at odds with the Biden administration, which blacklisted NSO. Discuss of the potential deal, which was stated to be in early phases, has prompted criticism from the White Home. “We’re deeply involved,” a senior official instructed the Washington Submit. They stated the deal might trigger safety and counterintelligence points for the US.

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