Winners of a security quiz staged by Taiwan’s Criminal Investigation Bureau may be wondering why they tried so hard to do well after some of the USB drives handed out as prizes turned out to be wretched hives of malware and villainy. According to the Taipei Times, the Bureau hosted1 an infosec event in December 2017, and gave 250 drives to people who won a cybersecurity quiz. It’s since emerged that 54 of the 8GB drives were infected by a computer used by an employee of supplier Shawo Hwa Industries Co to transfer an operating system to the drives and test their storage capacity .
While the dongles were manufactured in China, the Taipei Times said there’s no suggestion that espionage was a motive. The good news is that the infection was an old virus Chinese-language site Liberty Times names2 as XtbSeDuA.exe that tries to steal personal data from 32-bit machines. The CIB says stolen data was forwarded to a relay IP address in Poland which in 2015 was associated with 2015 Europol raids on an electronic funds fraud ring .
The police added that the server receiving the data from the latest infections has been shut down.
The prizes were handed out from December 11 to December 12, when complaints from the public started arriving, but 34 of the drives are still in circulation somewhere.
By James Galloway at Interlagos
Last Updated: 12/11/17 7:18am
Security at the Brazilian GP has been tightened in the wake of the armed robbery of Mercedes team members leaving the circuit on Friday night. Gunmen held up a minibus carrying Mercedes personnel and stole valuables, while a car carrying FIA officials was also threatened . No one was harmed in either incident. Mercedes bus robbed at gunpoint1
The FIA issued a statement on Saturday night confirming an increased security presence from local police and have advised people to take all necessary precautions when travelling to and from the circuit on race day.
“The circuit has informed all of the event stakeholders that the Sao Paulo police force has taken additional measures after these regrettable incident,” read a statement. “Heavy police reinforcements will be on duty for the remainder of the event.” While Brazil is one of the sport’s most popular and vibrant races, incidents of F1 personnel being targeted on the roads outside the circuit are not uncommon.
Ted Kravitz gives his thoughts on Saturday’s qualifying session at the Brazilian Grand Prix
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, who was not travelling in the vehicle that was targeted, said F1 collectively needed to do more to ensure all members of the paddock were able to travel safely.
“I was horrified to hear what had happened,” he said. “I’m very close with all the guys that got pulled aside and you can’t imagine what they were feeling or going through at the time.
“After that, the most frustrating thing is I’ve been in Formula 1 for 10 years and every single year that has happened to somebody in the paddock . And it continues to happen.
“I’m sure that’s an issue that the government here are fighting, but maybe on this weekend there are protocols that are put in place that help. “It should be for the whole paddock . That’s partly Formula 1’s responsibility but generally people at the top need to take action to keep everyone safe . It’s not good just the bosses having security and myself having security, everyone needs to be looked after.” The 2017 title race may be over, but the racing definitely isn’t ! Get set for Mercedes v Ferrari v Red Bull in the Brazilian GP LIVE ONLY on Sky Sports F1 .
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