Monday, January 13, 2014

Lessons in the office

“I went to work in an office and learned, among other lessons, to do things I did not care for, and to do them well” (Danish writer, Sigrid Undset). Today, you can learn many things in an office, sometimes by the example of your colleagues, although in some occasions you will learn them by the hard way.

The protagonist of the video today had to deal with a situation in the office which was unfamiliar to him: his computer suddenly reproduced music and he felt observed by the webcam. In fact, a hacker was playing with him and recording all his reactions and his conversation with the technical service. Will he have learned a lesson here? As we have advised you from these lines several times, the most effective way to avoid being unknowingly recorded is covering the camera lens when not in use.





What will be happening in the offices of all major retailers in the world after news that Target was not the only one that suffered a major cyber attack last Christmas, but also Neiman Marcus reported an unauthorized access to its customers’ payment card information? We hope these security holes will be taken as an example by other companies which will better protect their systems.

Cybercriminals are always looking for new targets. In the small cyberspace of Montenegro, some Pakistani hackers have sown chaos after compromising security of that country’s .me domain registrar, which is used by some popular websites such as about.me. After attack, hackers managed to redirect  3,500 of those domains to fraudulent websites.

To avoid disappointing surprises such as the one of the man of the webcam, or the Target, Neiman Marcus and Montenegro's ones, prevention is essential. Therefore British Telecom (BT) email users should be aware of a phishing attack that attempts to take advantage of the merge of  BT Yahoo mail and BT mail.

This criminal desire of getting the user‘s data is mainly aimed by economic objectives. For this reason, we must be especially cautious in all regarding the management of our bank accounts. However, it is disturbing to discover that a large percentage of banking apps are not completely safe, according to a research over 60 iOS banking apps worldwide by IOActive security firm.

To conclude, we welcome a new source of information in Spanish on cybersecurity issues which is systemexposed.blogspot.com.es blog. We wish them luck in their journey. No doubt we will follow them with attention.

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