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02/07/2020 14:23:42  

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Wired: The threat of ransomware may seem ubiquitous, but there haven't been too many strains tailored specifically to infect Apple's Mac computers since the first full-fledged Mac ransomware surfaced only four years ago. So when Dinesh Devadoss, a malware researcher at the firm K7 Lab, published findings on Tuesday about a new example of Mac ransomware, that fact alone was significant. It turns out, though, that the malware, which researchers are now calling ThiefQuest, gets more interesting from there. In addition to ransomware, ThiefQuest has a whole other set of spyware capabilities that allow it to exfiltrate files from an infected computer, search the system for passwords and cryptocurrency wallet data, and run a robust keylogger to grab passwords, credit card numbers, or other financial information as a user types it in. The spyware component also lurks persistently as a backdoor on infected devices, meaning it sticks around even after a computer reboots, and could be used as a launchpad for additional, or "second stage," attacks. Given that ransomware is so rare on Macs to begin with, this one-two punch is especially noteworthy. Though ThiefQuest is packed with menacing features, it's unlikely to infect your Mac anytime soon unless you download pirated, unvetted software. Thomas Reed, director of Mac and mobile platforms at the security firm Malwarebytes, found that ThiefQuest is being distributed on torrent sites bundled with name-brand software, like the security application Little Snitch, DJ software Mixed In Key, and music production platform Ableton. K7's Devadoss notes that the malware itself is designed to look like a "Google Software Update program." So far, though, the researchers say that it doesn't seem to have a significant number of downloads, and no one has paid a ransom to the Bitcoin address the attackers provide. [...] Given that the malware is being distributed through torrents, seems to focus on stealing money, and still has some kinks, the researchers say it was likely created by criminal hackers rather than nation state spies looking to conduct espionage.

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25/06/2020 18:22:21  

Dr Priyamvada Gopal says university has key role to play in raising level of debate on race

A Cambridge academic who tweeted “White lives don’t matter. As white lives” has called on the university to do more to advance the national conversation on race after being subjected to a torrent of abuse.

Dr Priyamvada Gopal, a reader in anglophone and related literature, received death threats and a campaign was launched to have her fired in response to what she described as criticism of systemic white supremacy.

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17/06/2020 01:20:13  

An IP address allegedly used by The Pirate Bay and claimed to be owned by a Swedish ISP does not belong to the provider, it's being claimed. According to Obenetwork, the IP address is actually operated by local VPN service OVPN. As a result, the ISP has asked a court to withdraw an information injunction obtained by a pair of Scandinavian movie companies. TorrentFreak reports: [Earlier this month, movie companies Svensk Filmindustri and Nordisk Film] presented Cloudflare with a copyright infringement complaint, stating that The Pirate Bay was connected to mass infringement of their rights. In response, the CDN company revealed that on June 2, 2020, an IP address apparently operated by Swedish ISP Obenetwork was in use by the torrent site. With this information in hand, the companies went to court in Sweden, filing for an information injunction against Obenetwork and demanding that the ISP preserve all records relating to its business with The Pirate Bay. The companies claimed that the matter was so urgent that Obenetwork should not be heard in the matter and fined $10,667 in the event of non-compliance. The IP address provided by Cloudflare and said to be in use by The Pirate Bay was directly linked to Obenetwork by the studios. In comments to Tarnkappe last week, however, the ISP was crystal clear: this is not their IP address and it actually belongs to someone else. "The IP address that The Pirate Bay uses in our network belongs to the anonymous VPN provider 'OVPN.se,'" the company said in a statement, referring to one of its customers. [...] Speaking with TorrentFreak this morning, OVPN's David Wibergh confirmed that the IP address in question is indeed owned by OVPN and not Obenetwork. Whether TPB was ever a customer is a question he won't answer though. "As we don't provide information regarding any potential customers, I won't confirm if thepiratebay.org was actually using OVPN or not. I can only confirm that the IP address specified in the injunction was one that OVPN owns and not Obenetwork. I will not confirm whether or not thepiratebay.org was actually using that IP address," Wibergh said.

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13/06/2020 19:19:26  

"An innocent man faced a torrent of online threats and abuse after being mistakenly identified in a viral video in which an angry cyclist hurt a child," reports the BBC: Mr. Weinberg was falsely identified when the wrong date was attached to the initial appeal made by the police in Bethesda, U.S. Mr. Weinberg used the popular fitness tracking app Strava, which showed him as having been on the Maryland bike trail on that day. However on the correct date he was working at home... Once his address had been shared by others — a practice known as doxxing — the police had to patrol the area for his safety, reported New York magazine... Mr. Weinberg has since received dozens of apologies from people who abused him online. Weinberg mistakenly thought his app only shared his bike-ride routes with his network of friends, New York Magazine reports. They add that Weinberg also discovered tweets wrongly accusing another man — a former police officer in Maryland — which had been retweeted and liked more than half a million times. And that the woman who'd posted Weinberg's home address later "deleted it and posted an apology, writing that in all of her eagerness to see justice served, she was swept up in the mob that so gleefully shared misinformation, depriving someone of their own right to justice. "Her correction was shared by fewer than a dozen people."

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08/06/2020 17:18:45  

Dawn Butler goes to police after receiving torrent of racist abuse over newspaper article

Dawn Butler, the former shadow women and equalities minister, has gone to the police after being threatened with a torrent of violent and racist abuse for defending the Black Lives Matters protests.

Butler, the Labour MP for Brent Central, was sent dozens of aggressive emails over the weekend, after she wrote in a newspaper article that attempts to blame protesters for a second coronavirus peak was a cynical attempt to suppress demonstrations.

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03/06/2020 06:17:57  

More than 100,000 have died in a pandemic and troops are on the streets. The rate of fresh affronts has outpaced the ability to digest them

The sheer tumult of the Trump era, the unceasing torrent of events that were unthinkable even hours before, has left a nation constantly off balance, unable to find its bearing and grasp how far it has traveled.

The developments of the past 24 hours were a reminder of how slippery the downward slope has been. 

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27/05/2020 03:15:35  

Chrome and Firefox are blocking direct access to the movie download pages of popular torrent site YTS. According to Google's safe browsing report, YTS.mx is a "deceptive site" that may trick visitors into doing dangerous things. The warning is likely the result of malicious advertisements. TorrentFreak reports: While the site's homepage can be visited just fine, navigating to a torrent detail page throws up the following warning in Chrome. "Deceptive site ahead. Attackers on yts.mx may trick you into doing something dangerous like installing software or revealing your personal information (for example, passwords, phone numbers, or credit cards)." Firefox shows a similar alert and also prevents people from going directly to the download pages. In both browsers, people can, however, accept the risk and visit the page they were looking for. It's not clear what the exact problem is but the Chrome warning mentions that YTS was caught phishing. This is also reflected in Google's Safe Browsing report, which states the torrent site recently tried to trick visitors into sharing personal info or downloading software. Whether any of this is intentional remains a question. It seems more likely that the warning was triggered by some type of malicious advertisement.

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20/05/2020 07:14:33  

Marc Quinn’s ‘virtual paintings’ form personal visual diary of the global health emergency

Like everyone else in the age of coronavirus, the artist Marc Quinn is going through the emotional wringer daily. But unlike most of us, he has been inspired to create a torrent of creative work – a personal visual diary of the global health emergency.

Quinn, best known for freezing 10 pints of his own blood in a bust of his head, says the pieces are “coming out of his ears” in the studio where he has been in isolation during lockdown.

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16/05/2020 08:13:54  

Villagers who have lost everything are sheltering in makeshift camps where food, bedding and water are in short supply

It was about 1am last Thursday when Dorothy Masika was woken by the rumble of water and boulders as they crashed down Mount Rwenzori.

Then came the alarms raised by those living in the hilltop areas, those who could run, racing down to warn people along the valley and lowlands to run. A torrent of water was on its way down the mountain. Four rivers in Kasese district – the Nyamwamba, Mubuku, Nyamughasana and Lhubiriha – had burst their banks.

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14/05/2020 08:12:54  

Film-maker and historian of the movies Mark Cousins’ 14-hour survey of amazing but overlooked auteurs is a marvel of passionate cinephilia

Film-maker Mark Cousins offers another amazing torrent of cinephilia and connoisseurship in his new documentary series about the cinema: a whopping 14 hours of programming now available on streaming platforms, of which I have now seen the first three-hour part.

It is a study of female directors who are overlooked and ignored in the mainstream film histories, and, with Cousins’s characteristic far-reaching and heroic internationalism, he gives us a celebration of cinema from all over the world. He writes, directs and curates the clips and Tilda Swinton narrates (although the melody of Cousins’ own voice can be unmistakably heard in his script for her). Through the conceit of the road movie, the documentary roams around from idea to idea, from clip to clip, from country to country, from neglected auteur to neglected auteur, and to some very famous auteurs as well.

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