Taiwanese Police Awards Infected Devices to Cyber-Security Quiz Winners
Taiwanese Police Awards Infected Devices to Cyber-Security Quiz Winners. Taiwan’s national police agency said 54 out of 250 flash drives given at the expo contained a malware that can steal personal data and linked to fraud. It’s said that 20 out of 54 infected flash drives where recovered. The Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) apologised for the error and blamed the mishap on a third-party contractor.
All the flash drives were manufactured in China but the CIB ruled out state-sponsored espionage, saying instead that the bug had originated from a Taiwan-based supplier. It said a single employee at the firm had transferred data onto 54 of the drives to “test their storage capacity”, infecting them in the process. The malware was identified as XtbSeDuA.exe program; designed to collect personal data and transmit it to a Polish IP address which then bounces it to unidentified servers. It’s also said that only older computers are vulnerable to the bug and common anti-virus software can detect it. It’s also said that the server involved in the latest infections had been shut down.
On the other side, consumers should still be careful in securing their personal data’s / info. I can’t blame them either if they got infected since they think the flash drive is new. Just a friendly reminder, always install an anti-virus software on your computer so you can be protected from viruses. Stay update with our news!
Source: BBC News
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