Security News Week: December #1

The FBI and its new power: Is any computer safe?

United States intelligence and law enforcement agencies will be able to hack into multiple computers across the world. Last Thursday The United States Department of Justice has introduced certain changes to the Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure.
That changes that occurred now allow the FBI to hack into multiple computers within the US as well as anywhere else in the world. All that is needed for that to happen is just a warrant authorized by of US judge. The Supreme Court has approved changes in Rule 41 in April of last year, and the new law takes effect from the 1st of December.

Many people fear the new law as it puts people at risk, especially if they are using Tor, VPN services or use any anonymizing software in order to feel safer online. The new rule is quite controversial because it expands the US extraterritorial surveillance power. Yet supporters of the new rule claim that it will help to investigate modern cyber-crime, since it is often difficult to find wrongdoers as they hide their real location. Nonetheless, the rest of the world fears that the US government will come to abuse its new gained powers.

1 Million Google Users have been hacked - how, why and when?

It has recently been established that there is a new Android malware that has already infected more than 1 Million Google accounts. What is more, the malware is infecting about 13,000 devices every single day. The malware is known as Gooligan and steals email addresses and personal data that is stored on them.

Once the hijackers receive the information, they become
able to hijack people’s Google accounts and any information from Google apps, like Gmail and Google Drive. A successfully hacked Android device also starts generating revenue for the cyber criminals by buying certain apps from Google Play Store, as well as rating them and writing reviews on the behalf of the account owner.
Traces of the malware have been found in many Android apps or 3rd party app stores. When such apps are downloaded and installed, then the malware starts sending the phone’s stolen data to its C&C server.

It has been established that people running with older versions of Android operating systems are more vulnerable to the malware. It is estimated that 74% of Android users are at risk. In order to make sure that your mobile phone has not been infected, you can visit this website

3. Mirai Botnets are getting stronger every day. Millions of routers offline.

Mirai Botnet is extremely powerful and notorious. Just last month the Mirai botnet turned the internet off for a few hours, causing some of the world’s most famous websites huge monetary losses and structure damages.

Just recently they made an attack on Germany by knocking offline over 900,000 broadband routers of the Deutsche Telekom users. The attack affected telephone, internet and television services all across the country. The company itself has confirmed on Facebook that as many as 900,000 users were affected on Sunday and Monday.
Routers made by Zyxel and Speeport are quite at risk to attacks due to a Remote code execution flaw. The flaw allows the internet port 7547 to receive commands based on the TR-069 and related TR-064 protocols, which are meant to be used by ISPs to manage devices remotely. It has been established that there are 41 million devices that leave port 7547 open.

Mirai Botnet has become a big problem since early October, when a hacker released the source code of Mirai to the general public. Deutsche Telekom is currently battling the problem and creating firmware updates. It recommends customers to power down their routers and offers free mobile internet to the affected people.

4. Station F about to become Europe’s biggest Silicone Valley.

Station F, also known as la Halle Freyssinet is a new and ambitious project set to change the tech ecosystem in Paris, France. The aim of the project, financed by Xavier Niel, is to become the biggest startup campus in the world with major companies like Facebook opening their offices there.

The plans for Station F aim for it to be similar to a university campus with about a thousand startups in one space. The building where it all is meant to happen is 34,000 square meters long. Anyone who wishes to start a project would be able to rent a desk in the space for 200 Eur a month. It is planned to open the building next month already, but companies wishing to open their offices there can start sending in requests already. At the moment potential customers can view the space by visiting the project’s website and taking a VR tour.

Big companies like Facebook, TechShop, HEC Paris and Ventech will all have offices in the new startup hub. The project is believed to really shake up France’s startup scene and create new possibilities for the tech world collaborations.