The Dutch intelligence agency, in addition to preventing Cherkasov from taking office at the ICC and sending him back to Brazil, also published its long and detailed cover story. The four-page story, often known as the “legend” of a covert intelligence officer, details the background to “Ferreira’s” identity. “The threat posed by this intelligence officer is considered potentially very high,” AVID said in a statement.
Since the departure of “Ferreira”, more clues have emerged about his undercover life. Ferreira’s social media profiles have been discovered by the Bellingcat research unit, as well as an online blog and resume. He also studied at Trinity College Dublin and Johns Hopkins University. Eugene Finkel, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins, who says he taught “Ferreira,” tweeted: “I wrote him a letter. A strong one, in fact. Yes, I did. I wrote a letter of reference for a GRU officer. “I will never overcome this fact. I hate everything about GRU, he, this story. I am very happy that it has been exposed.”
It’s been impossible to back up WhatsApp chats between Android and iOS for years, and vice versa. In August last year, WhatsApp announced that it was beginning to implement the ability for people to move their data between iPhones and Android devices. Now, this week, the Meta-owned company says that backups will also work in the other direction, from Android to iOS.
Intel and AMD processors are vulnerable to a new side-channel attack called Hertzbleed. The attack could lead to the theft of keys and cryptographic data, according to BleepingComputer and DarkReading. Hertzbleed works by taking advantage of a common chip-saving feature called Dynamic Frequency Scaling (DVFS), which could allow an attacker to steal data. Frequency changes in DVFS may be correlated with the information the chips process, Intel says in a blog post. Despite this, neither Intel nor AMD seem to have plans to address the issue. However, the risk for end users seems low at the moment. The team of researchers who found Hertzbleed says normal users probably shouldn’t worry.
Since Covid-19 began to spread in early 2020, technological systems have been developed to try to control its spread. In China, a mandatory health code system has been set up to monitor people’s health status: people with a red code must isolate themselves, those with a green code can move freely. These health codes are linked to people’s phones. Now, according to various reports, people in the Chinese province of Henan claim that their protest plans have been blocked because their health code has turned red. Several affected people claim that they have not been around anyone positive with Covid-19 and the change is an abuse of power by officials.
Mozilla’s web browser may have been struggling in recent years, but it’s still one of the most privacy-friendly browsers. This week, the company said that Firefox is enabling its full cookie protection feature by default for all browser users. Any cookie stored on your computer will only be available for the website that placed them there, Mozilla explains in a blog post. “Instead of allowing followers to link your behavior to multiple sites, they can only see the behavior on individual sites,” the company says, adding that it’s “Firefox’s strongest privacy protection to date.”
In November 2021, the US sanctioned the well-known Israeli spyware company NSO Group. The company’s Pegasus hacking tool has been used around the world to spy on journalists and activists. This week it emerged that the American defense company L3Harris is interested in buying the technology behind Pegasus, as Financial Times reports. Any purchase of the technology by a US company could put it at odds with the Biden administration, which blacklisted the NSO. Talking about the possible deal, which was said to be in the early stages, has sparked criticism from the White House. “We are deeply concerned,” a senior official said Washington Post. They said the deal could cause security and counterintelligence problems in the United States.