Europol slår till mot samma slags trojan som regeringen vill låta svensk polis använda

Polisen i Australien har i samarbete med Europol slagit till mot ful-hackare som använt sig av en »Imminent Monitor Remote Access Trojan« (IM-RAT). Så här fungerar den:

»Once installed upon a victim’s computer the, now defunct, IM-RAT software allowed a remote user to access and view documents, photographs and other files, record all the keystrokes entered and even activate the webcam on the victim’s computer – all of which could be done without the victim’s knowledge. (…)

The number of victims is unknown but estimates suggest it could globally be in the tens of thousands. Investigators have identified evidence of stolen personal details, passwords, private photographs, video footage and data. Forensic analysis on the large number of computers and internet accounts continues, with investigators working to identify potential victims. However with the source-software now no longer available, access to victims has been shut off.«

Detta är alltså en trojan av precis samma typ som regeringen föreslår att svensk polis skall få använda sig av för hemlig dataavläsning.

För att polisen skall kunna göra detta måste säkerhetsluckor – liknande den som öppnat för IM-RAT – lämnas öppna. Vilket ökar risken för att alla användare kan komma drabbas av illasinnade hacker-attacker, trojaner, nätbedrägerier, dataintrång och olaglig övervakning.

Länkar:
Polisen i Australien: The Rat Trap: international cybercrime investigation shuts down insidious malware operation »
Polisen i Australien: Advice for potential victims of IM-RAT malware »
Europol: International crackdown on RAT spyware which takes total control of victims’ PCs »

USA, Storbritannien och Australien vill ha tillgång till allt på Facebooks alla plattformar

EFF:

»Top law enforcement officials in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia told Facebook today that they want backdoor access to all encrypted messages sent on all its platforms. In an open letter, these governments called on Mark Zuckerberg to stop Facebook’s plan to introduce end-to-end encryption on all of the company’s messaging products and instead promise that it will “enable law enforcement to obtain lawful access to content in a readable and usable format.”

This is a staggering attempt to undermine the security and privacy of communications tools used by billions of people. Facebook should not comply.«

Länk: The Open Letter from the Governments of US, UK, and Australia to Facebook is An All-Out Attack on Encryption »

Uppdatering, fler länkar:
• BBC: Facebook encryption threatens public safety, say ministers »
• Privacy International: PI response to confused governments’ confusing declaration of war and victory on encryption »
• ArsTechnica: US wants Facebook to backdoor WhatsApp and halt encryption plans »