Thursday, June 13, 2013

Muhammad Ali & John Lennon

As Muhammad Ali said, "The man who has no imagination has no wings". The wings are used to fly, and when we talk about risk and information security, technology rather than going fast, flies. Therefore it is important to have imagination or we can not be able to reach the proper level. The imagination is a requisite to become a hacker. And also to deal with "evil".

With the use of imagination, Symantec boys ask for somebody to instruct "the grandpa'" about the importance of backup in one of their latest videos. Just a wrong click and the computer can get full of undesirable warnings and blue screens. And there are better options to clean the computer up than put it in the dishwasher, as the character of Symantec video does.

Lack of imagination would mean the end of malware. But "the bad guys" are always looking for new ways to reach the user unguarded. "As long as people insist on clicking on phishing emails, choosing weak passwords, and leaving their PC unprotected" the hackers will always find an entry point, says an interesting article on Cyber ​​War Zone explaining why a Facebook account if safer than a bank one.

Imagination and malice combined are capable of doing any damage. Contactless credit cards have been with us for about five years, but only now they begin to experience a boom. As usual, where money sounds risk appears as well as come experts like Martin Emms to avert it. He and his team at the University of Newcastle have just published a study detailing how they have been able to produce a phone that gets data from those credit cards: account holder, 16-digit number, expiry date… well, anything you need to drain an account in the blink of an eye*.

Imagination is a mandatory among legislators. For now, not least, the Europeans are trying to figure out which way the wind is blowing and raising penalties for illegal access to information systems or violations of security systemsIt would be desirable to not have to go patching but it is difficult because, as we said in the first paragraph, in security matter the technology flies: it has just introduced the new Apple's mobile OS, iOS7, and some people have already managed to break the unlock screen. And regarding the great competitor Android, some inconsiderate guy has managed to bring a vulnerability in the Linux kernel to all the previous versions of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Conjure risks is possible but involves dedication, time and knowledge. As John Lennon sang in Imagine"you could say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not alone."Thousands of developers around the world are struggling to make Internet a space to "fly" and not a place where you get your wings clipped. They also know that perhaps they are dreamers, but surely they are not alone.


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