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Thursday: Vodafone trouble, clubhouse freedom, Windows & Linux loopholes

The flood disaster in western Germany and the associated climate change and its effects are still on everyone’s lips, but currently a lot is also about various security gaps in Windows and Linux operating systems – the most important messages at a glance.

The telecommunications company Vodafone takes action against sales partners who are said to have defrauded customers and the company. It is essentially about the conclusion of contracts and bookings of offers without the consent of the customers, said Vodafone. In addition, there are indications that sales partners have violated data protection. Vodafone is filing criminal charges against those involved and has given extraordinary notice to partner agencies.

the Talk-App Clubhouse, which had its big moment in the corona pandemic, has not fired anyone – on the contrary: you opens to everyone after more than a year. Previously, you had to be invited by a user. Clubhouse is an audio app where you can listen to live conversations and also actively participate in discussions. After the beta phase is over, Clubhouse lifts the entry barrier.

After the PrinterNightMare, this now follows HiveNightmare: Since Windows 10 version 1809, the access rights for the SAM database (Security Account Manager) are set incorrectly in certain scenarios and thus cause a Vulnerability in Windows 10 and 11. HiveNightmare is named after the structure files called Hives in the Windows folder. By accessing it, users can read out the Windows password database.

But that is not the only current security gap in the IT world, because many Linux distributions are vulnerable in the default settings. After successful attacks, attackers could acquire root rights. In this position they could usually completely compromise systems. The root kernel vulnerability threatens many Linux distributions, but security patches are available.

Because even days after the devastating Floods still in Rhineland-Palatinate Areas with no connection to the Internet the country has 12 Starlink satellite dishes set up. Local people can dial into the WLAN available via this and establish access to the Internet, which is free of charge. Rhineland-Palatinate is setting up Starlink antennas so that local people can ask for help online or coordinate clean-up work.

The flood disaster in Germany’s west has put new pressure on the Fight against man-made climate change generated. Shortly before, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research had an analysis climatic changes in the Federal Republic submitted. Accordingly, there will be significantly more hot days and less harsh winters in this country by around 2060. Bleak prospects? How climate change could change Germany.

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