Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Stones on the path

Protection against child abuse

This is how our faces look every day when we take a look at the latest news about Internet security. Sometimes the surprises that we find are not very pleasant. However, there are others that draw us a smile.

That is the case of the announcement made by Google and Microsoft regarding child abuse. They plan to put all the stones in the path of potential pedophiles seeking this kind of material on the Internet. They will not present results for about 100,000 terms in 158 languages ​​on their search engines. For now, it has only been launched in the UK.

On the other hand, today we saw in the news that there are five new men arrested for taking part in a global cybercrime scheme. They are blame of stealing $ 45 million of ATMs in 27 different countries thanks to information obtained after hacking  two credit card processors. They now face up to  seven years and a half in prison.

However, sometimes it is the police themselves the victims at cybercrime’s hands. For instance, the police department of the North American city of Swansea which ended up paying $ 750 to retrieve several documents encrypted by a ransomware attack.

Cybercrime is booming. The black market for this type of crime continually expands and diversifies. With denial of service attacks, criminals can make between 400 and 600 dollars a week. The details of an American Express card can be sold for $ 7. What price would you give to 5000 compromised computers in order to use them as bots? These "packs" are sold at $ 90, according to Dell SecureWorks.

We users are aware of many of the dangers we face in the Internet. According to the report "PhoCusWright's Traveler Technology Survey 2013", we are concerned about the possibility of someone stealing personal data when we access banking or financial sites, or when we makes an online purchase using credit card or an account that has payment information stored. However, we are not too cautious when connecting to public networks, for example.

People from Yahoo already knows many of these concerns so they have announced some measures to better protect their users’ privacy. Fundamentally they will work in the encryption of communications between users' computers and Yahoo’s servers.


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