Thursday, November 21, 2013

If you took a cab in the Internet

If you took a cab in the Internet

“Please, stop the cab. I leave here”. Can you imagine a taxi driver who says “no”? “Look, I better bring you to the other side of the city and then we will go to your destination”.

Well, something similar has happened throughout this year with blocks of data sent over the Internet. Instead of following the shortest route to their destination, the Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) routes were modified to divert them to Belarus or Iceland before reaching their destination, presumably intended to modify or monitor them.

Sometimes, when we think about the number of threats that we face on the streets of the Internet, we would even jump out from the taxi. On the other hand, Facebook wants to throw an annoying passenger away from its taxi. This one is a spammer sued by Facebook to the courts for scamming users insistently on its social network through pornographic messages that link to ad pages and, moreover, are forwarded to all their contacts.

Now imagine that mobile operating systems were cities and that cyber-attacks represented car accidents. In that case, the city of Android would accumulate 97.5% of the accidents, according to Kaspersky Lab. That's the price you pay for being the market leader and allow the installation of third-party apps. In addition to this fact, we have known that Google Now system, installed in many of these devices, could have been suggesting to their users some content that infringes copyrights.

However, users are increasingly taking more precautions when driving on the streets of Android, iOS, Windows Phone, etc. In fact, the mobile security software has grown by 32% in the last quarter in Western Europe compared to last year, according to security firm Context.

If we look in the rear mirror to the industries that are commonly targeted victims of cyber-criminals, we see that the one most effective in terms of security is the financial sector while the technological one seems to still have several problems, according to security company BitSight.


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