The Daily Populous

Thursday December 10th, 2020 night edition

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A Russian-speaking grey-hat hacker is breaking into people's MikroTik routers and patching devices so they can't be abused by cryptojackers, botnet herders, or other cyber-criminals, ZDNet has learned.

The hacker, who goes by the name of Alexey and says he works as a server administrator, claims to have disinfected over 100,000 MikroTik routers already.

Alexey has not been trying to hide his actions and has boasted about his hobby on a Russian blogging platform.

"I added firewall rules that blocked access to the router from outside the local network," Alexey said.

But despite adjusting firewall settings for over 100,000 users, Alexey says that only 50 users reached out via Telegram.

At the time, the vulnerability (known as CVE-2018-14847) was a zero-day, but MikroTik rolled out a fix in record time.

CVE-2018-14847 is a very convenient vulnerability because it allows an attacker to bypass authentication and download the user database file. »

Brexit-backing billionaire will build his SUV in France, not the UK

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Daimler's DMLRY Ratcliffe is the founder of Ineos, a chemicals company, and has a fortune worth nearly $28 billion, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index .

The SUV, which is named after the London pub in which it was conceived, will enter production late next year.

Ineos had been planning to produce the SUV at a new plant in Bridgend, Wales, creating 500 jobs. »

YouTube will remove any new videos alleging Trump lost election because of fraud

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YouTube will remove any new videos alleging that President Donald Trump lost the US 2020 election to Joseph Biden because of fraud or errors, Google's massive video site said Wednesday on its YouTube blog.

Essentially, YouTube now categorizes Biden's victory and Trump's loss as historical fact, and so it will crack down on new misleading videos alleging otherwise.

Now that enough states certified their Presidential election results, we’ll remove any content published today (or anytime after) that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the 2020 U.S. Presidential election outcome. »

COVID Patient Tells Doctor All 22 People at Her Thanksgiving Dinner Have Symptoms

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A COVID-19 patient in Rhode Island told her doctor she all 22 people who attended her Thanksgiving family dinner have symptoms of the virus.

Since then (according to my patient) *ALL* 22 people have developed symptoms, some severe.

Last night, one of my (many) patients with COVID told me she had a large Thanksgiving dinner with family—22 people. »