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Guardicore Uncovered Vollgar Campaign Infecting MS-SQL Servers for 2 Years

Datacenter and cloud security company Guardicore has reported that a botnet is executing a thorough campaign to hack Microsoft SQL servers, across the world and forcing those to mine Monero and Voller.

The campaign named Vollgar has been active since May 2018 – affecting early 3000 such machines on a daily basis. The report suggests that the worst-hit country is China, with other countries like India, the United States, South Korea, and Turkey being affected as well. Guardicore stated, “During its two years of activity, the campaign’s attack flow has remained similar—thorough, well-planned, and noisy,”

How does it work?

As a part of the campaign, attackers have aggressively claimed possession of the hijacked machines. The botnet attacks the machines using brute force login, manipulates a couple of settings to download malware and then eliminates any possibility of the machine enabling other counter-malware. Through this process, the botnet gets hold of the maximum machine capability to mine cryptocurrency.

This malicious botnet has affected servers across various industry genres including health care, aviation, IT, telecoms and education. 

Guardicore has published a script on Github to help companies to identify if their servers are affected or not. 

Monero has been marked out specifically by botnets. Most of these botnets get hold of infected machines to mine Monero. Recently, a security researcher came across a Monero-mining hub on a United States Department of Defense server. In 2019, a popular botnet named Stantinko botnet was found to be using YouTube to inject Monero mining modules on relevant computers. 

US Court announces 13 years sentence for a woman who allegedly supplied Bitcoin to ISIS


As per recent reports, a federal court of the United States has sentenced a US citizen for 13 years. The woman named Zoobia Shahnaz was allegedly looking to fund more than $150,000 to the ISIS through Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. 

How did she finance ISIS?

Reports suggest that the woman frauded major banking corporations like American Express, Chase and Discover to execute the operation. She also captured loans and credit cards through fake identities. She then converted these funds to crypto before funneling those through Pakistan, China, AND Turkey to the ISIS.

Zoobia was originally arrested in the latter half of 2017 after she was stopped at JFK Airport, where she was on her way to Syria. 

Shehnaz’s Defence

Her legal counsel stressed on the fact that she had been involved in aiding Syrian refugees via the Syrian American Medical Society. The counsel further stated, “Unlike the79 Americans identified in the study who traveled to Syria and/or Iraq since 2011 and affiliated with jihadist groups active in those countries, none were motivated by the same things that drove Zoobia Shahnaz. That is, a desire to heal the sick and care for the wounded.”

To sum it up, the court has considered all these factors and handed Shehnaz a 13 years sentence. 

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California passes $1 billion in cannabis tax revenue two years after launching legal market

California has raised $1 billion in cannabis tax revenue since the industry kicked into gear in January 2018, according to figures recently released by the state.

The bulk of that $1.03 billion in tax money, after covering regulatory costs, has been spent on programs such as child care for low income families, cannabis research, public safety grants and cleaning up public lands harmed by illegal marijuana grows.

While industry insiders and advocates are celebrating those numbers, they’re also raising a flag about stagnating revenues and ongoing layoffs. Those hurdles, many say, can be fixed if regulators make key changes, including a seemingly counter intuitive push to lower the state’s cannabis tax rate.

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Boston’s first recreational pot shop opens three years after legalization vote

Boston’s first recreational marijuana shop will open Monday morning in Dorchester, bringing access to adult-use sales to into the city more than three years after voters approved recreational weed sales.

Pure Oasis will open its doors at 11 a.m. Monday at 430 Blue Hill Ave. in Dorchester’s Grove Hall neighborhood.

The shop is owned by Kobie Evans and Kevin Hart, both African-American, representing the first “economic empowerment” candidates in Massachusetts — marijuana companies where minorities make up over half of the staff or meet other criteria.

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SportPesa’s partnership with Everton set to end two years early

SportPesa’s partnership with Everton FC will end following the conclusion of the current English Premier League football season.

The operator agreed to a five-year deal back in 2017, but the company has agreed to an early termination.

The agreement was reached following a review by Everton of its commercial strategy in line with its future growth plans.

A club spokesperson said: “This has been a difficult decision but one that allows us to best deliver on our commercial plan and to grasp the new opportunities now open to us.

“The club would like to thank SportPesa for all the work that has been done together.

“Our partnership has seen our first team visit Africa on two occasions, as well as former players and club staff take part in numerous activations in the region.”

SportPesa also has an agreement in place with Championship side Hull City and has previously partnered with Southampton and Arsenal.

Gambling Insider contacted SportPesa for comment, with a spokesperson from the operator saying: “Following the statement released last night by Everton FC, SportPesa can confirm that its commercial arrangement with the club will conclude by mutual agreement at the end of the current season after a successful partnership.

“We would like to thank Everton FC for their support, in particular for their valued input on an array of charitable projects in Africa.

“We understand this agreement allows Everton to pursue a variety of other commercial arrangements for next season, which we note they are already doing.”

A decade of Bitcoin: Celebrating ten years of cryptocurrencies

It’s hard to believe but Bitcoin has been in the public domain for a decade now. Boy, has it been a rocky ride, but the original cryptocurrency has helped pave the way for secure, decentralised digital transactions covering all aspects of everyday life. It all started back in 2009, when the cryptographic concept of Bitcoin was unleashed into the ether by an individual or collective that went by the pseudonym of Satoshi Nakamoto.

We’ll never truly know whether Satoshi is a real person or whether Nakamoto represents a group of cryptography experts. Nevertheless, Bitcoin was unveiled to very little fanfare back in 2009, taking little time for people to take it seriously and have faith in using it as a secure, legitimate form of payment.

It was a snowball effect for Bitcoin from the moment the first real-world Bitcoin transaction was completed in May 2010. An individual used 10,000 Bitcoins to purchase two Papa John’s takeaway pizzas, with 10,000 Bitcoins thought to be worth just $40 at the time. Had that person held onto those 10,000 Bitcoins, they would have been worth $190 million at their peak value. More on that shortly.

Bitcoin managed to overcome a major hack later that summer, which almost threatened its very existence. Its reputation strengthened further in early 2011, when its value hit parity with the US dollar, pricking the ears of investors worldwide. Its value soared even faster once businesses and industries began to accept it as a genuine form of payment.

While Bitcoin’s success also encouraged the development of additional cryptocurrencies, known as altcoins, such as Ripple (2013) and Ethereum (2015), it also spawned a host of ingenuous altcoins. According to recent research by Betway into the most ridiculous altcoins, OneCoin saw the creator, Dr Ruja Ignatova, charged with wire and securities fraud, as well as money laundering through the OneCoin platform.

These failed altcoins only further served to cement Bitcoin as the number-one cryptocurrency of choice; a decentralised digital payment option that could offer security and transparency. By December 2017, Bitcoin’s value reached its all-time high of $19,783.06. A-list celebrities such as 50 Cent were rumoured to have made $8 million from a Bitcoin account he created in 2014 but forgot all about.

However, the ‘boom’ era of Bitcoin was quickly followed by a period of ‘bust’. In early 2018, Bitcoin’s value fell by as much as third overnight, sparking mass panic among investors and glee among those who called Bitcoin a ‘bubble’. Fortunately, the value of Bitcoin settled in 2019, as the regulatory climate around the world continued to embrace Bitcoin’s potential. What’s in store for Bitcoin in the next decade? Fighting off new altcoins such as Facebook’s Libra coin will be its number-one target, which could help its value scale new heights.

RAND: Curtailing illicit pot market will take ‘years’

It will likely take years for Massachusetts to put a dent in the illicit marijuana market, according to a researcher who found that to be the case in Washington state.

Three years after state-licensed cannabis stores in Washington opened in July 2014, roughly half of the recreational and medical marijuana consumed by residents was still coming from the illicit market, said Beau Kilmer, director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center.

“You’re not going to eliminate the illicit market overnight,” Kilmer said. “It’s going to take years.”

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