Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"RATs" from the Internet's sewers that steal your data|"

“It gives the attackers nearly full control as if they were sitting at the computer”. Precisely this ability to dominate an infected device being unnoticed by the user represents the main danger of creepware, also known as Remote Access Trojans (RATs).

As you can see on today’s video, creepware can be transmitted by email, chat, social networks and even via torrent downloads. It will infect your computer and you won’t detect it. Then the attacker will have access for spying on you through the webcam, steal your passwords, crash your computer... It is quite disturbing, right?

As we said, one of the methods of spreading these trojans is email. For instance, by a phishing attack. In fact, it has recently been discovered a trojan designed to steal data on Mac computers. It is delivered by the typical “undelivered courier item" phishing campaign which looks like a delivery notice, but with one peculiarity: it links to a server that guessed whether user is running Windows or OS X, and targeted him accordingly with one version of malware or another.

Another perturbing issue is that most ATMs manufacturers didn’t take any measure when Microsoft began to warn of the end of support for Windows XP a few years ago. Updates to this OS will finish on April 8. According to NCR company, specialized on this type of devices, 95% of ATMs around the world still use Windows XP. Therefore, security of a vast majority of them could be compromised from April on.

Nevertheless there are at least two credit cards that will never be introduced in any of the American cash machines. Those two are the fraudulent cards that a Mexican couple, who has already been arrested, carried to cross U.S. borders. Apparently the cards were created with stolen information from Target’s security breach, which has been widely cover several times from these lines..

Taking into consideration all what we have said so far, Cisco estimates that there is a shortage of one million cybersecurity experts in the world. In a country with a high unemployment rate as dramatic as Spain, students should be lining up to get training on this area. And if they were good at it, maybe one day they could attend congresses and summits as the RSA Conference as speakers. Although they may prefer to join the group of people who rejected to participate in such conference and founded their own parallel meeting. Led by expert Mikko Hypponen, they called it TrustyCon which will take place for the first time on 27 February.


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