Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Fantasy or reality?

“All fantasy should have a solid base in reality” said the English writer Max Beerbohm. Sometimes fantasy can even be put into practice to make it become a true reality.

A few days ago, we saw how Amazon tests drones for delivering your orders. Well, both this company and others must act carefully because some people have already found a way to hack those drones. The engineer Samy Kamkar developed SkyJack, a drone that is able to detect other of its kind and hack them to gain their control. Thus, SkyJack could compose a zombie army with several of these devices. It sounds like science fiction, but Kamkar recorded the video that accompanies these lines to demonstrate its potential.

What about a virus that is transmitted through the air by inaudible sounds? It seems a very fanciful idea, but two German researchers say it is possible. In fact, they have developed a prototype of malware capable of transmitting keystrokes and other sensitive data from a distance of up to 65 feet even without any network connection, just by acoustic signals through the microphone and speakers.

Indeed it is difficult to believe some extremely ridiculous realities that come up. For example, something as overwhelming as the case of the secret launch code for U.S. nuclear-tipped intercontinental ballistic missiles which was "00000000" for 20 years. Even a child could have guessed it!

Meanwhile, they are concerned in Iran. Iranian FARS news agency claims that its country’s nuclear program is precisely the target of a worm that Israel and Saudi Arabia would be supposedly developing in order to sabotage Iran's nuclear plans. Fantasy or reality?

Rumours apart, there are actual threats that endanger many businesses. It is estimated that organizations suffered an average of nine targeted attacks in 2012, according to research center Ponemon Institute. Those are some very dangerous attacks that are addressed to specific targets and are usually detected in an average of 225 days after it occurs.

In another development, some cybercriminals were slapped on the face by reality when they saw how Europol, in coordination with eight different countries, seized 690 domains which were created in order to deceive consumers and lead them to buy counterfeit goods.


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