What makes one novel strain of malicious software more dangerous or noteworthy than another? Is it the sheer capability and feature set of the new malware, or are these qualities meaningless without also considering the skills, intentions and ingenuity of the person wielding it? Most experts probably would say it’s important to consider attribution insofar as it is knowable, but it’s remarkable how seldom companies that regularly publish reports on the latest criminal innovations go the extra mile to add context about the crooks apparently involved in deploying those tools.
We reported you about a new bug in the core component of iOS and OS X that causes the device’s Messages app to crash and iPhones to reboot if it receives a certain string of characters, Arabic characters, via text message.
Many have since fallen victims to this specially crafted sequence of Unicode bug. It is believed that when this malicious string of characters is sent in a text message,
Ross Ulbricht, the alleged founder and mastermind of the infamous online black marketplace Silk Road, has been sentenced to life in prison after being found guilty of narcotics conspiracy, money laundering and other criminal charges.
This means the 31-year-old San Francisco man will die behind bars.
With all the seven charges stemming from the creation and operation of the once the