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Zitis: Bundeshacker is in default – Golem.de

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017 | Gadgets

The self-description is a euphemism: "a start-up for experts" wants to be the central office for information technology in the security area (Zitis), so it is on zitis.bund.de – actually it becomes the home of the Bundeshacker. Zitis is to provide the Federal Criminal Police Office, the Federal Police, and also the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution with new tools with which the authorities can monitor and monitor what can no longer be intercepted by the telephone network operators: mobile phone conversations, for example, via Skype, chats, short messages. Just everything, which is encrypted, so that it can only be deciphered on the devices of transmitters and receivers.

This Wednesday, the "Research and Advisory Office for Technical Solutions with Cyber ​​Cover" was officially opened. But Thomas de Maizière, Minister of the Interior, who created Zitis by decree, had to cancel his participation "on time" in the short term, which is why the event is postponed. The minister comes instead on 14 September, just before the end of the election campaign, in which security is an important issue.
Only 17 out of 120 vacancies occupied
The delay corresponds to the story of Zitis: According to Bayerischer Rundfunk, the number of jobs planned for this year is 17, so the number of job vacancies. 400 places should be. However, it is questionable how many of the urgently needed experts will prefer the work for Zitis to a job in the free economy. Whether old-fashioned formulations like "We are looking for Q, not 007 (…) Are you carved out of this wood?" As well as,. But every little delay is good news from a defensive point of view.

For when the research center is going to take up the regular operation, it will be one of many institutions worldwide that systematically look for weaknesses in the technology that millions of people use every day. It stands out only because it is funded by the Confederation, as is the Operational Technology Division of the FBI in the USA. Most of the other institutions are privately organized and profit-oriented. They earn their money by discovering and selling security gaps, because this is more profitable than reporting to the respective manufacturer. In the best case, he pays a one-off reward (bug bounty), while each individual buyer must pay to take advantage of the knowledge about the gap.
To what sums it is, recently, the updated list of dealer Zerodium has revealed. The company wants hackers for previously unknown security gaps as well as tools to exploit them, up to 1.5 million US dollars. Interesting is, however, a different number: Zerodium offers up to 500,000 dollars for exploits against WhatsApp, Telegram, signal and other messenger apps with at least the optional end-to-end encryption. This is more than a hack against Windows 10 and any other desktop or server product. The penetration into mobile devices is now more important. End users include law enforcement and intelligence services around the world – not just in democracies – and possibly organized criminals.
The Federal Minister of the Interior and his colleagues in the country, as well as the prosecution and intelligence services, argue that it is necessary to co-operate on this market for IT insecurity. Otherwise, one could no longer listen to criminals and terror suspects, because WhatsApp and other encryption services could finally use all of them without problems. In other words, the lines often only transport unusable data, so the terminals are the new target.


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