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FBI, Air Force investigators mapped North Korean botnet to aid shutdown

Enlarge / Computer Hacker (credit: ilkaydede / iStock / GettyImages ) On January 30, the US Department of Justice announced that it had partnered with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations to engage in a campaign to "map and further disrupt" a botnet tied to North Korean intelligence activities detailed in an indictment unsealed last September . Search warrants obtained by the FBI and AFOSI allowed the agencies to essentially join the botnet, creating servers that mimicked the beacons of the malware. "While the Joanap botnet was identified years ago and can be defeated with antivirus software," said United States Attorney Nick Hanna, "we identified numerous unprotected computers that hosted the malware underlying the botnet. The search warrants and court orders announced today as part of our efforts to eradicate this botnet are just one of the many tools we will use to prevent cybercriminals from using botnets to stage damaging computer intrusions.” Joanap is a remote access tool (RAT) identified as part of "Hidden Cobra,"  the Department of Homeland Security designator for the North Korean hacking operation also known as the Lazarus Group. The same group has been tied to the WannaCry worm and the hacking of Sony Motion Pictures. Joanap's spread dates back to 2009, when it was distributed by Brambul, a Server Message Block (SMB) file-sharing protocol worm . Joanap and Brambul were recovered from computers of the victims of the campaigns listed in the indictment of Park Jin Hyok in September. Read 4 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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xDedic servers, domains seized by European law enforcement agencies

Enlarge (credit: Office of the United States Attorneys ) The notorious website xDedic, where online criminals offered access to compromised computers and more, has been shuttered by numerous law enforcement agencies. According to federal prosecutors in Tampa, Florida, the site "facilitated more than $68 million in fraud." Law enforcement agencies in Germany, Belgium, and Ukraine seized the site's domain names and servers in Europe. No arrests or indictments were announced. Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments

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PitchBook and All Raise: US female founders raised $2.88B in 2018 across 482 teams, while average deal size for women-led companies was $5.9M, vs…

Emma Hinchliffe / Fortune : PitchBook and All Raise: US female founders raised $2.88B in 2018 across 482 teams, while average deal size for women-led companies was $5.9M, vs $17.3M for men   —  In 2018, all female founders put together received $10 billion less in funding than one e-cigarette company, Juul, took in by itself.

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FaceTime bug lets a caller hear the audio picked up by the recipient’s phone before they have accepted or rejected the call (Benjamin Mayo/9to5Mac)

Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac : FaceTime bug lets a caller hear the audio picked up by the recipient's phone before they have accepted or rejected the call   —  A significant bug has been discovered in FaceTime and is currently spreading virally over social media.  The bug lets you call anyone with FaceTime …

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Samsung acquires Tel Aviv-based smartphone camera maker Corephotonics, which sued Apple for patent infringement of its dual aperture tech in 2017, for…

Meir Orbach / CTECH : Samsung acquires Tel Aviv-based smartphone camera maker Corephotonics, which sued Apple for patent infringement of its dual aperture tech in 2017, for $155M   —  Calcalist first reported that Samsung was considering the acquisition earlier this month.  The companies signed the deal Sunday

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Scribd says its reading service has surpassed 1M subscribers paying $8.99/month, up 40% YoY, and the number of users listening to audiobooks has…

Andrew Liptak / The Verge : Scribd says its reading service has surpassed 1M subscribers paying $8.99/month, up 40% YoY, and the number of users listening to audiobooks has doubled   —  Up from 700,000 last year  —  Reading subscription site Scribd announced today that more than 1 million people have signed up for the service …

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Sensor Tower: mobile users spent an estimated $1.27B in the top 10 US streaming video apps in 2018, up 62% from $781M spent in 2017 and 3x the…

Randy Nelson / Sensor Tower : Sensor Tower: mobile users spent an estimated $1.27B in the top 10 US streaming video apps in 2018, up 62% from $781M spent in 2017 and 3x the spending in 2016   —  Mobile users in the United States spent an estimated $1.27 billion in the top 10 subscription video on demand (SVOD) apps last year …

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