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At least some of its DRAM products are indeed defective, admits SK hynix
by Sayan Sen
SK hynix, one of the largest DRAM chip makers in the world, has confirmed that some of the DRAM products it made were indeed defective. In a statement to The Register, the firm has said:
However, it was quick to add that the number of defective products that were circulating around in rumors was hugely overblown. "The scale of the potential losses mentioned in the rumor is absolutely not true and exaggerated", it added.
According to such rumors, the company was having to deal with around 240,000 defective memory wafers, which is an enormous number and a huge cause for worry especially in a time of serious massive global chip shortage.
Consequently, the shares of the chip giant fell 0.78 percent to 127,500 won. Clearly upset about this entire situation, the company has requested a police investigation for looking into whosoever may be spreading such rumors.
Source: Yonhap via The Register
FBI-run encrypted messaging app snares hundreds of criminals worldwide
by Paul Hill
According to a BBC News report, the FBI, working with the Australian government, has apprehended more than 800 criminals worldwide involved in drug smuggling, money laundering, murder plots, and more thanks to the encrypted messaging app ANoM which the FBI was secretly running.
The ANoM app was part of a wider ANoM company that the FBI had created. Devices loaded with ANoM were distributed throughout criminal networks through senior figures which gave other criminals the confidence to use the app for day-to-day activities. Around 12,000 ANoM devices were used by criminals over the course of the operation. The devices were used in around 300 criminal syndicates across more than 100 countries.
Commenting on the joint operation between the FBI and Australia, the Australian Federal Police commissioner, Reece Kershaw, said:
AUSTRALIAN FEDERAL POLICE Among the items seized in the operation were drugs, weapons, luxury vehicles, and cash. Specifically, eight tons of cocaine, 250 guns, and $48 million in various currencies and cryptocurrencies were also seized. The operation is reportedly still ongoing in several other countries.
According to a police statement, Australian fugitive and alleged drug trafficker Hakan Ayik was instrumental in the success of the operation, having originally accepted an undercover police phone with the ANoM app, who then recommended it to fellow criminals. Police have urged Ayik to turn himself in for his own safety.
FBI subpoenas IP addresses and phone numbers of readers of a USA Today article [Update]
by Subir Kathuria
USA Today posted an article on February 2nd, 2021 related to the shooting of two FBI agents and the suicide of a suspect while the agents tried to serve a search warrant at a Florida apartment in relation to child pornography. The FBI filed a subpoena demanding USA Today to hand over details related to the IP addresses, phone numbers, and other personally identifying information of the readers who accessed the above-mentioned article within a specific 35 minute time frame. The subpoena does not seem to seek the readers’ names.
It had asked USA Today not to disclose the request and provide all the requested information by May 29, 2021. The bureau did not confirm who or what it was trying to track or how electronic records of readers of the story might help the criminal investigation. The request was made in April but has been made public only recently after USA Today filed a case in court requesting the judge to quash the subpoena as it was deemed unconstitutional and violates the First Amendment.
USA Today said its attorneys attempted to contact the FBI in May before filing the case but they never received a reply. The company attorneys also noted that the FBI does not appear to have followed the policy of the Justice Department that mandates law enforcement agencies to first notify and talk to media members whose records they seek and also to get the attorney general’s personal approval before filing any subpoena. The bureau does not appear to have followed these policies and instead the subpoena was signed by a supervisory special agent.
USA Today publisher Maribel Perez Wadsworth released a statement:
Multiple rulings have been made in the past where government agencies were not allowed to access similar records. In a 1953 Supreme Court ruling, such requests of information from the government were described as an act that can make people feel like someone is reading over their shoulder. Most of these requests to access journalists’ phone records have been aimed at identifying sources for news stories, rather than particulars of the readers.
President Barack Obama’s first attorney general faced significant controversy over accessing the phone records of journalists working for the Associated Press and Fox News. Following the disclosure, the president issued new and tighter guidelines for how such materials should be obtained. During the Trump administration, the Justice Department tried to access records of journalists at The Washington Post, CNN, and The New York Times.
President Biden announced last month that he would not allow his administration to take journalists’ phone or email records as the practice was wrong. It's not clear whether President Biden’s comments would make the FBI step back from its request to USA Today.
Update: The FBI has withdrawn the subpoena filed against USA Today. The bureau says it found the person through other means. The withdrawal of the subpoena comes just as the Justice Department announced it will no longer secretly obtain reporters' records during leak investigations.
Source: Politico via The Washington Post
I have an HP desktop from work that I wanted to install some extra memory in and it is not detected. I have attached a picture from the BIOS. The PC originally had 2 DIMMS of 4GB totaling 8GB. I added 2 additional DIMMS of 4GB to bump the total to 16GB. After adding the additional memory, the BIOS doesn't see it as illustrated below and of course Windows does not either. There was a newer BIOS update, so I did that update with no luck. I did some googling and there were a few things to check within Windows, but I gather since it isn't detected by the BIOS, those won't matter.
The only other thing I can think of is trying the additional sticks one at a time to verify they are good, but beyond that can't think of what else to try. Any thoughts? Thank you!
By Ather Fawaz
DarkMarket, reportedly one of the biggest dark web marketplaces, shut down by authorities
by Ather Fawaz
Image via Panumas Nikhomkhai from Pexels DarkMarket, reportedly one of the biggest dark web marketplaces for drug dealing, selling counterfeit money, credit card details, anonymous SIM cards, and malware, has been taken down in a joint effort by Germany, Australia, Denmark, Moldova, Ukraine, the U.K., and the U.S.A with coordinating help from Europol.
Similar to how another dark web marketplace, AlphaBay, was taken down back in 2017, this operation also involved tracking down and arresting a site operator. Last weekend, the German Central Criminal Investigation Department arrested a 34-year-old Australian man, who was allegedly operating DarkMarket in the proximity of the German-Danish border.
Subsequently, on Monday, authorities moved in to seize and shut down over 20 DarkMarket servers in Moldova and Ukraine. However, according to The Guardian, the DarkMarket operation correlates with months-long investigation into web-hosting company Cyberbunker, which operated from a former NATO bunker in south-west Germany. The trial of three Germans, three Dutchmen, and a Bulgarian arrested back in September 2019 for allegedly starting illegal online activities in the area could have brought DarkMarket's operational information to light.
According to Europol, DarkMarket dealt with around 500,000 users of which more than 2,400 were sellers. Before being taken down, DarkMarket clocked over 320,000 transactions and involving the exchange of more than 4,650 Bitcoin and 12,800 Monero. As Europol reports, these transactions cumulatively amount to more than €140 million ($220 million).
This is not the first time that authorities have seized and shut down dark web marketplaces involved in crime and illegal activities. Back in 2017, AlphaBay was shut down by authorities. Earlier in 2013, the FBI shut down Silk Road, which had risen to become the biggest online marketplace for drugs, crime, and other illegal activities in just two years following its inception. The DarkMarket operation highlights the continued crackdown by authorities on illegal dark web marketplaces.