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North Korean Lazarus hacking group used this obfuscation technique in a recent phishing campaign

North Korean hackers have conducted numerous high-profile hacks of financial institutions and international businesses, over the years. The notorious Lazarus Group has successfully stolen millions from several cryptocurrency exchanges, unleashed the WannaCry ransomware outbreak, and broke into Sony Pictures, and leaked unreleased content and other private info. In addition to this, the group also uses privacy coins to cover their tracks when converting funds into cash.

In operation for more than a decade, the state-sponsored advanced persistent threat (APT) group from North Korea is one of the most prolific & sophisticated APTs out there. Deep-rooted political animosity has translated into…


Artist’s impression of the three-node quantum network — Image Credit: Matteo Pompili for QuTech.

QUANTUM INTERNET

The first entanglement-based, multi-node quantum network is an important milestone towards the future quantum internet

Early Internet revolutionized how we connect and communicate. Almost four decades later, it has become an integral part of our lives. Everything from work, education, entertainment & business is conducted online. However, it has given rise to significant cybersecurity issues, which have ballooned recently. And this is where a futuristic quantum internet can help.

Researchers around the world are currently working towards the first versions of a quantum internet. And the breakthrough endeavor that we are going to talk about today is one such significant step in that direction. …


The storage-ring magnet used for the g−2 experiment at Fermilab — Image Credit: Reidar Hahn/Fermilab

SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY

As revealed in a novel experiment — the massive, unstable cousins of the electrons, have shown to be more magnetic

Ever since the eureka moment in 2012, when the scientific community announced the discovery of the Higgs Boson aka “god particle”, Physicists have been on the lookout for other breakthroughs as they delved deeper into the subatomic universe. Following that breakthrough nine years ago, researchers have now been able to determine the precise mass of the Higgs Boson particle, along with a recent discovery that suggests that the particle decays into a combination of unexpected particles.

Needless to say, all these discoveries have pushed the boundaries of the Standard Model of Physics, although it still held somehow. The most recent…


FIAT TO CRYPTO

Crypto exchanges like Coinbase offering this functionality, have been a big beneficiary of this trading model

It wouldn’t be an overstatement to say that this has been a landmark week for the general crypto market. The Cryptoverse finally has a much-needed public company — a major step forward in the mainstream adoption that we have been talking about for months. US-based Coinbase, the largest crypto exchange in the country, went public via a direct listing earlier today. Expected to fetch $250 per share, it debuted on the Nasdaq at a price of $381 apiece.

Today was the pinnacle of the excitement in the crypto community that had been building ever since Coinbase announced to go public


Image Credit: Tufts University

ARTIFICIAL LIFE

Unveiled last year, the latest version of these programmable biological lifeforms can self-heal, record memories & live longer

Early last year, Scientists at the University of Vermont (UVM) and the Allen Discovery Center at Tufts University created “living creatures” from skin and heart cells taken from frog embryos. Dubbed as ‘Xenobots’, these were programmable biological machines designed by a supercomputer at the UVM. Building on their previous endeavor, the same team of biologists & computer scientists have now created the next generation of these Xenobots.

Apart from the basic functionality of collaborative work & self-healing that the initial version of Xenobots exhibited, version 2.0 showcases biological machines which are faster, live longer, and can record information about their…


A 3D-printed microfluidic bioreactor for organ-on-chip cell culture — Image credit: Ikram Khan

FUTURE TECH

With a $5 washable and reusable microchip, scientists can grow these tiny brains, in real-time, under a microscope

It was only last month that I reported on the development of stem cell-derived brain organoids by researchers. These lab-grown organoids were seen to mature in a similar fashion to that of human brain development — over a period of 20 months. Taking this breakthrough even further, Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology (Chennai) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have now reported the growth of a brain organoid over seven days.

Utilizing a $5 washable and reusable microchip, scientists watched brain organoids grow in real-time under a microscope. The device dubbed a “microfluidic bioreactor” consists of a…


WEEKLY BUSINESS ROUNDUP

The state of Financial markets & Economies, Weekly Charts, Business Trends & Statistics

It was another record-making week for the U.S markets, as both Dow and the S&P 500 set all-time highs on Friday. Actually, it was the fifth time in the last six sessions the S&P 500 reached a record. For the Dow, it was the second time last week. The gains were pretty broad-based, with industrial, retail, and tech stocks all chipping in to push the market higher. …


Image Credit: Torrance Hodgson, ICRAR/Curtin University

STRANGE COSMIC PHENOMENON

The gigantic plasma structure, known as ‘USS Jellyfish,’ is more than one million light-years & poses some bizarre questions

Space is full of surprises and strange cosmic phenomenon which astronomers discover on a regular basis while charting the vast expanses of the cosmos. One such spectacular find was recently added to the list of discoveries by an Australian-Italian team using the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) telescope in Western Australia. The jellyfish-like structure was discovered by a team of astronomers when observing a cluster of galaxies known as Abell 2877 (340 million light-years away).

The team observed the above-mentioned cluster for 12 hours at five radio frequencies between 87.5 and 215.5 megahertz. Dubbed as “USS Jellyfish”, the deep space cosmic…


ETHEREUM INVESTING

33.3 million Ethereum were acquired above this level at a total cost of $58 billion

Ethereum just reached its all-time high (ATH) at around $2150 a few days ago. The king of Alt. coins has led their recent resurgence, as Bitcoin has been stuck below its most recent ATH for weeks. Below ETH’s peak price, the next strongest level of observed demand comes in at $1,800 — much stronger support, however, comes in at $1500, according to the cost of acquisition data, by Chainalysis Market Intel. An earlier piece on Bitcoin suggested similar support for BTC coming in at $50k.

This phenomenon basically shows us how much cryptocurrency is held by people who are willing…


GLOBAL ECONOMY

According to the latest World economic report, the IMF sounds the alarm on dangerously divergent recoveries

Pandemic is by now means over as the global community still confronts extreme social and economic strain with the rising human toll & massive unemployment, along with vaccine inequity playing out. Despite all these hard-pressed challenges, continued policy support and ramp-up in vaccination bring hope on the horizon. Scientific & financial authorities had continued to adapt to this new reality, leading to a stronger-than-anticipated rebound across regions.

And that is the reason why the latest World Economic Outlook by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) sounds an optimistic tone on the global economic recovery. Upgrading the January forecast, the latest projections…

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