Sunday, December 8, 2013

Questions of the week

Questions of the week - Preguntas de la semana

To find the right answers, we must ask the right questions. So today we will answer key questions about the topics that most took your attention throughout this week.

What can someone learn about you from the metadata that you generate? In light of the news that Australian surveillance services offered ‘bulk’ amounts of metadata of its own citizens to foreign agencies, the journalist Oliver Laughland describes the type of information that he generates in 24 hours. From tweets, emails or SMS to Visa transactions or the location where he creates his documents.

What did lay behind the password "00000000"? As incredible as it sounds, that code was the key to launch the U.S. nuclear weapons for 20 years. Indeed, that eight-digit passcode composed the default password that activated the U.S. Minuteman missiles’ warheads.

What were the consequences of the Vodafone Iceland’s hacking? Attackers gained access to the telecom company’s servers, defaced its website and a number of subdomains. But the real concern was about the exposure of 77,000 customers’ personal date.

Why has the amount of spam and phishing that you receive been reduced? Google stated that the reason lies on the efforts of developing authentication standards between email sender domains and email receptor domains for the last decade. Thus, it has been possible to block billions of spam and phishing attacks.

Can the banking sector take a break against cybercriminals? The answer seems obvious: NO. However, to reaffirm this “no”, the Bank of England has released its latest report on the state of banking in the British country. The institution warned that banking systems have undergone constant cyber attacks over the past 6 months. Some of them even found their service interrupted such in the case of Barclays and HSBC.


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