COBALT derives its name from Kobold, a mischievous German goblin who, according to legend, lurks underground. For centuries it vexed medieval miners by looking like a valuable ore that subsequently turned into worthless—and sometimes noxious—rubble.
By Alex Crawford, Sky News Special Correspondent A Sky News investigation has found children as young as four working in Congolese mines where cobalt is extracted for smartphones.
Britain last week joined France in pledging to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 in an attempt to cut toxic vehicle emissions. The move to battery-powered vehicles has been a long time coming.
Amnesty International says it has traced cobalt used in batteries for household brands to mines in DRC, where children work in life-threatening conditions Modern-day slavery in focus is supported by About this content 19.02 EST Last modified on Tuesday 21 February 2017 12.
For those of us who believe that the entire automotive industry is rapidly transitioning from being powered by fossil fuels to electricity, it becomes important to transfer any asset from one to the other not only from an environmental standpoint, but also from a financial standpoint.
My primary conference give away is a DVD with a self-contained penetration testing lab. This DVD covers the Metasploit Framework‘s capability to target a server. It also covers the client-side attack process in Cobalt Strike.
Largely unloved until recent years, cobalt is welcoming a new era of soaring demand and prices, sparked by the metal’s uptake in the surging lithium-ion battery sector. Powering the lithium-ion battery’s demand is the flourishing sustainable energy and electric vehicle markets.
The battery industry currently uses 42 percent of global cobalt production, a critical metal for Lithium-ion cells. The remaining 58 percent is used in diverse industrial and military applications (super alloys, catalysts, magnets, pigments…) that rely exclusively on the material.
The sun was rising over one of the richest mineral deposits on Earth, in one of the poorest countries, as Sidiki Mayamba got ready for work. Mayamba is a cobalt miner.
On the 2nd of January 2019 Cobalt Strike version 2.13 was released, which contained a fix for an “extraneous space”.
Apple Inc. is in talks to buy long-term supplies of cobalt directly from miners for the first time, according to people familiar with the matter, seeking to ensure it will have enough of the key battery ingredient amid industry fears of a shortage driven by the electric vehicle boom.
With a population of at least 67 million, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2014, the World Bank ranked it second to last on the Human Development Index. Despite the DRC’s poverty level, there is one thing that it has in abundance – cobalt.
Palo Alto-based Cobalt Robotics Inc. today introduced a new line of robot security guards for indoor use. The roving robots use the same kind of components you’d expect in a self-driving car to sense people and problems in a building.
Cobalt Robotics' security robot uses advanced sensors and AI to navigate autonomously and look for suspicious activity. Finding a viable business case for a commercial mobile robot is very tricky.
2016 was quite a good year for cobalt and the cobalt miners; however, I think 2017 can be just as good if not better. Cobalt is currently the most critical element in the electric vehicle (EV) lithium ion battery supply chain, as well as lithium.
Click here to see our top picks for mining stocks. Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) is building electric cars. So are General Motors, Nissan, and even Volvo! And what all these electric cars will have in common is that they use lithium batteries to power their motors.
The waves of backdoor-laden spam emails we observed during June and July that targeted Russian-speaking businesses were part of bigger campaigns. The culprit appears to be the Cobalt group, based on the techniques used.
The cars of the future will depend increasingly upon supplies of an obscure metal from a country in the African tropics where there has never been a peaceful transition of power and child labor is still used in parts of the mining industry.
In Cobalt Strike 3.13, the argue command was introduced as a way of taking advantage of argument spoofing. I was first made aware of the concept while watching Will Burgess's awesome talk RedTeaming in the EDR Age, with Will crediting Casey Smith who presented the idea during a series of tweets.
Major electronics brands, including Apple, Samsung and Sony, are failing to do basic checks to ensure that cobalt mined by child labourers has not been used in their products, said Amnesty International and Afrewatch in a report published today.
Niche metal cobalt is leaving bigger names like copper and lithium in its dust, triggering a hunt for new deposits from Idaho to Chile.
The kid in the middle of this photo is 8 years old, his name is Dorsen, and the man next to him is threatening to hit him if he screws up again.
Apple said it has temporarily stopped buying cobalt mined by hand in Congo while it continues to deal with problems with child labor and harsh work conditions.
An electric car future is speeding closer; economic analysts project that a third of all automobiles could be battery-powered by 2040. Most of these vehicles rely on large lithium-ion batteries, prompting worries about whether the world's lithium supply can keep up.
Cobalt Strike 3.8 is now available. This release adds features to spawn processes with an alternate parent process. This release also gives the operator control over the script templates Cobalt Strike uses in its attacks and workflows.
Car and tech companies are scrambling for supplies of cobalt, a mineral they need to power electric vehicles and smartphones. But they have a problem: Much of the cobalt used in lithium-ion batteries comes from a country where children work in mines.
The release of Cobalt Strike 3.0 also saw the release of Advanced Threat Tactics, a nine-part course on red team operations and adversary simulations. This course is nearly six hours of material with an emphasis on process, concepts, and tradecraft.
When BMW AG revealed it was designing electric versions of its X3 SUV and Mini, the going rate for 21 kilograms of cobalt—the amount of the metal needed to power typical car batteries—was under $600. Only 16 months later, the price tag is approaching $1,700 and climbing by the day.
It's been public knowledge for years that electronics are stuffed with minerals that come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, a war-torn place rich in must-have materials that are rarely found elsewhere.
The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra, Ghana—the third largest hospital in Africa—houses two radiation machines for treating cancer patients. Both are relatively new, purchased by Ghana’s Ministry of Health in the last few years.
Recently, I’ve had several questions about how to set up infrastructure for long running red team operations with Cobalt Strike. This is an ideal use case for Cobalt Strike. In this post, I will reiterate the advice I’ve shared with these users.
As the sun was setting on a stormy Georgia day, Brooke Melton was 30 miles outside of Atlanta in her Chevy Cobalt. It was March 10, 2010, her birthday, and the 29-year-old pediatric nurse was on her way to her boyfriend’s to celebrate.
Volkswagen is looking for serious, long-term contracts with cobalt producers, according to a Reuters report on Friday. Cobalt is a common component in lithium-ion rechargeable batteries, and it's projected to command more and more demand as electric vehicles are adopted in greater numbers.
The newest member of Yelp's security team wakes just after 8 pm, ready to begin its rounds. It traverses the lobby, gliding over polished concrete toward a small recess in the corner, where it inspects the emergency exit tucked inside.
Yves Béhar's studio Fuseproject worked with robotics company Cobalt to create this robot security guard, designed to be in "stark contrast to the Hollywood dystopian Robocop".
In the world of life, there are small challenges and there are major, critical, existential challenges. That’s the story for humans, for businesses, and for industries.
The man was digging a toilet in his backyard when his shovel struck a shimmering blue vein of cobalt. At least that’s the legend in Kolwezi.
The Battery Series is a five-part infographic series that explores what investors need to know about modern battery technology, including raw material supply, demand, and future applications.
A CBS News investigation has found child labor being used in the dangerous mining of cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The mineral cobalt is used in virtually all batteries in common devices, including cellphones, laptops and even electric vehicles.
The outlook for lithium continues to shine, even as lithium-related stocks started off the year on a sour note. Cobalt should also benefit. Both metals are key components in lithium-ion batteries, used in everything from electric vehicles to cell phones and laptops.
For all red teamers delivering payloads while not kicking off all the bells and whistles of the organization is always a challenge. Just like all other security solutions Windows Defender has become better at detecting generic payloads generated with tools such as Cobalt Strike.
LONDON (Reuters) - Germany’s Volkswagen (VOWG_p.DE) is moving to secure long-term supplies of cobalt, a vital component of rechargeable batteries, as the group accelerates its ambitious shift to electric cars.
The appetite for electric cars is driving a boom in small-scale cobalt production in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where some mines have been found to be dangerous and employ child labor.
If I had to describe Cobalt Strike in one word, I’d say ‘flexible’. There are a lot of options to control Cobalt Strike’s features and indicators. In this post, I’ll introduce these options, explain the rationale for each, and point you to resources to explore them further.
What is it like to go from a tenured professorship to an hourly wage driving buses? This piece tries to make sense of an unusual transition. About halfway to the lot, a ribbon of cobalt rises on the horizon; when it’s cloudy, a common occurrence in the mid-Atlantic, the darkness stays pure.
Cobalt Strike 3.6 introduced a powerful new feature called External C2, providing an interface for custom Command and Control channels. Being a fan of custom C2 channels I started exploring ExternalC2.
The deployment of renewables and electric vehicles is expected to skyrocket as the world strives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These low-carbon technologies currently rely on a handful of key metals, some of which have been little-used to date.
Cobalt is used to build lithium-ion batteries found in mobile technology. Much of it comes from Congo, where men, women, and children endure dangerous and unhealthy conditions to satisfy our hunger for new devices. It's time we paid attention.
When John Goodenough created the first lithium-ion rechargeable battery at Oxford in 1980, he needed some cobalt. Experiments had already established that the metal is energy-dense, perfect for small batteries that need a lot of power.
TO GLIMPSE A potentially troubling side of the clean-energy business, look at the giant Anglo-Swiss oil-trading firms. They are betting on a scramble for battery materials to power electric vehicles.
Over the last few years cobalt has emerged as one of the most critical materials powering the shift to electric vehicles, and as automakers have announced ever-more ambitious EV plans the price of cobalt seemed likely to keep climbing indefinitely.
It’s not fun to get caught on an assessment because your target has your toolset signatured. It’s even less fun if that signature is easily bypassed. Cobalt Strike’s Malleable C2 is a method of avoiding that problem when it comes to command and control (C2) traffic.
Pala Investments Ltd. fund manager Anthony Milewski figures one of the best payoffs from a global boom in electric vehicles will be a hard, gray metal that so far has drawn little interest from investors. That’s why he’s stockpiling it.
Almost 9,000 miles from the dusty Congo savanna, miners have hit on an entirely new source of cobalt -- the rare mineral at the heart of the electric-car boom. And not only can they take coffee breaks, when they take a break, they can grab a donut at Tim Hortons.
Until recently, I knew cobalt only as a colour. Falling somewhere between the ocean and the sky, cobalt blue has been prized by artists from the Ming dynasty in China to the masters of French Impressionism.
Brooke Melton’s car was a key piece of evidence in her parents’ lawsuit against General Motors. , the day began with a voicemail from her father, wishing her a happy 29th birthday. She drove to her shift as a nurse at West Atlanta Pediatrics.
There is much research into customised and novel Command and Control (C2) channels, although typically the public outputs of such research are standalone proof-of-concepts rather than being integrated into exisiting offensive toolkits.
Panasonic, the exclusive supplier of batteries to Tesla, has decided to halt buying cobalt from a Canadian company after Reuters raised questions as to its provenance.
The road to an imminent electric vehicle future has hit a speed bump — one made of cobalt. An essential ingredient in lithium-ion batteries that power millions of smartphones as well as plug-in electric cars, cobalt is in heavy demand.
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Working on Cobalt Strike, I get some insight into what folks are trying to do with it. Recently, the use of domain fronting for redirectors has come on my radar. A redirector is a server that sits between your malware controller and the target network.
Demand for cobalt has soared in the past year as investors expect inexorable growth in the global electric vehicle industry to generate a supply squeeze this year following several years of surplus production.
Advanced persistent threat group (APT) the Cobalt Gang, also known as Gold Kingswood, is spreading SpicyOmelette malware in campaigns targeting financial institutions worldwide.
As electric vehicles become less niche, the batteries powering them need to keep up.
There appear to be just two members in Silence – a developer and an operator (Walter White and Jesse Pinkman, anyone?) – which may explain why they are so selective with their targets, and why it takes them a relatively long time (up to three months) to pull off a heist.
A start-up called Cobalt Robotics is making roving security robots for use in commercial buildings -- whether that's an office, data center or a hospital.
As I have discussed in previous blogs, IEDM is one of the premier conferences to learn about the latest developments in semiconductor technology.
Penetration tests and red team assessments often require operators to work multiple potential attack paths or perform multiple checks concurrently. Cultivating these myriad paths is what often leads operators to success in achieving their objectives.
Hardmode is a setting that is switched on in a world when a player defeats the Wall of Flesh. It changes many things about the world and adds more progression options for the game. This guide is for players who have never played in a Hardmode world before.
Welcome back to IRL, our series dedicated to the things that Engadget writers play, use, watch and listen to. This week we're focusing on music and podcasts, from Broadway to the Destiny soundtrack, via some black metal. First up, Senior News Editor Richard Lawler talks about Rayana Jay's latest EP.
If you have been penetration testing a while, you likely have ended up in a Red Team situation or will be engaged in it soon enough. From a command channel perspective, the work that Raphael Mudge has put into Cobalt Strike makes it an attractive platform for teamwork.
One of the biggest mysteries of 2016 will come to an end sometime this month. Samsung will make public the results of its months-long investigation into what caused several Galaxy Note 7 smartphones to turn into flames later this month, according to a report on Reuters.
What a time to own the world’s most valuable cobalt mine, and to have to fight to keep it. At a processing plant in Zambia, Glencore was buying up all the ore containing copper it could get its hands on when technicians noticed something extraordinary.
THE ONLY thing that can accelerate as fast as an electric car is the price of the most expensive metal in its batteries. Once a niche input used to strengthen turbine blades, cobalt’s value has soared since it started to feature in modern electronics.
GarbageThis week, we are writing about waste and trash, examining the junk that dominates our lives, and digging through garbage for treasure. There are 118 elements on the periodic table. An iPhone contains about 75 of them.