Thursday, November 14, 2013

Cyberwar: endless fight


Lenin said, ”One man with a gun can control 100 without one”. Extrapolating this quote to the digital environment, one person using malware as a weapon can control thousands of people’s devices. We should add to that the aggravating circumstance that, in many cases, the victims are not even aware of the situation.

Certainly modular malware platforms which are sold in the black market nowadays would even represent a whole army. Their arsenal is formed by loaders, injects, DNS changer and ransomware. All of that, it is controlled from a user-friendly interface console, so that almost anyone can become commandant of dark forces.

By the way, the U.S. Army is in the limelight due to the umpteenth news about Adobe’s breach. According to security analyst Ken Westin, 90,000 of the leaked accounts belong email addresses associated with the U.S. military forces (Army, Navy, Air Forces...).

Building a good defense is a key point to protect ourselves from enemy's attack. Therefore, the promotion of training in secure web development among developers is essential to prevent incidents, save time and money.

IBM, meanwhile, is also strengthening its defenses to provide more secure services to their customers. Therefore, the enterprise has acquired Fiberlink, which is a company that offers security as a service (MaaS), in order to provide assurance in transactions made ​​through mobile devices.

In the course of cyber-war, we have lost some contenders along the way. Today in Security by Default, they make a tribute to some of them: Karl Koch, "Hagbard Celine"; Boris Floricic, "Tron"; Juan Manuel de la Torre, "Doing"; Barnaby Jack; d3ad0ne; Cédric Blancher, "sid"; Péter Ször.

In closing, we bring you episode 7 of the Trend Micro’s miniseries "2020", which has us hooked. This episode is called "Keep it offline". We do not want to spoil it for you so we will not tell you anything about it.


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