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Analysts: Total amount of ransom received by hackers over two years amounts to $1.3B - 02/11/2022

In two years, ransomware hackers have received at least $1.3 billion from their victims, analysts estimated. According to their data, last year, because of the attackers' targeting of large businesses, the average ransom amount increased and exceeded $118,000. Over the past two years, cybercriminals have received a total of $1.3 billion in ransom payments from their victims, according to a report...

EU, US watchdogs warn banks of cyberattacks threats from Russia - 02/10/2022

European and American regulators warned banks about the threat of cyberattacks from Russia, Reuters learned. The European Central Bank (ECB) has warned banks about the risk of cyber attacks from Russia amid tensions with Ukraine, Reuters reported citing sources. According to one of them, the banks conducted cyber training to test their ability to repel hacker attacks.  According to the...

Apple introduces contactless payments via iPhone - 02/09/2022

Apple Corp. is introducing "Tap to Pay" contactless payment acceptance feature on iPhone smartphones for the U.S. market. Now, payment can be accepted both by contactless bank card and through a payment platform, the company said in a press release. "Apple today announced plans to introduce the "Tap to Pay" feature for iPhones. The new feature will allow millions of merchants in the U.S. ... to...

Real estate sales in metaverses exceed $500M in 2021 - 02/02/2022

Virtual real estate sales in metaverses will exceed $500m in 2021, CNBC reported. Sales of virtual real estate in the four major metaverses reached $501 million last year, CNBC reported, citing data from analysts at MetaMetric Solutions. This amount is accounted for by the "big four" companies: Sandbox, Cryptovoxels, Decentraland and Somnium. Apart from them, dozens of companies are selling...

Lamborghini to switch to electric cars and hybrids - 01/24/2022

Lamborghini will stop producing only petrol cars next year and will introduce its first plug-in hybrid, the head of the group said. In 2024, the company intends to electrify the entire range, and after 2025, it will introduce a battery-powered car. The Italian automaker Lamborghini will stop producing only cars with internal combustion engines next year, the head of the company Stephan Winkelmann...

Cryptocurrency operator notes Bitcoin's share in cryptopayments down by a third - 01/17/2022

Bitcoin's share of cryptocurrency payments fell by about a third in 2021, a major operator noted. Bitcoin's share of cryptocurrency payments will fall by about a third in 2021, one of the largest platforms for such transactions, BitPay, told Bloomberg. Bitcoin's share of cryptocurrency payments in 2021 was 65%, down from 92% in 2020, Bloomberg reported. People and businesses are more likely to...

Largest darknet seller of stolen credit cards announces closure - 01/14/2022

UniCC, the largest seller of stolen credit cards on the darknet, has announced its closure. The site said goodbye to its audience. Earlier, several other similar shops had closed down. Experts attribute this to the US efforts to combat cybercrime. UniCC, the largest seller of stolen credit cards, has announced its closure on darknet forums, Bloomberg reports, citing blockchain analytics company...

$12B worth of cryptocurrency assets stolen around the world in 11 years - 12/28/2021

Over the last 11 years, from 2011 to 2021, cryptocurrency assets worth $12 billion have been stolen. Atlas VPN, a computer security firm, released the research. The sums have increased: in 2011, when the first known cryptocurrency exchange was hacked, attackers stole only $1 million worth of cryptocurrencies over the course of the year. Cryptocurrency worth $4.3 billion was stolen in 2021 alone....

SWIFT explores interaction with digital currencies - 12/22/2021

SWIFT, the international interbank payment and messaging system, is considering how to interface with digital currencies from global central banks for cross-border transactions, the company said in a statement. In the next year, SWIFT expects to accelerate introduction of its new services for the global financial community. The SWIFT Go service, for example, will form the basis for small-value...

IE University : liquid learning as a new educational model for the digital age - 12/21/2021

Whether they call it digital, hybrid, or in the case of IE University, ‘liquid’ — higher education is experiencing a digital renaissance.
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