Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Some incentives against laziness

Some incentives against laziness

“Luck is always the last refuge of laziness and incompetence” affirmed by U.S. businessman James Cash Penney. Nevertheless those who let their destiny in hands of luck could have an unpleasant surprise sooner or later.

On Tuesday, a lot of security updates were launched by a number of companies. On one hand, Microsoft corrected a half dozen vulnerabilities in Windows and Office. Adobe also solved security weaknesses in several of their products: AIR, Acrobat, Flash and Reader. For its part, Oracle put remedy to 150 flaws among its extensive product portfolio, 36 of them in Java. Therefore, it is time to overcome laziness and upgrade all our systems. Otherwise we will leave our devices’ security at the mercy of capricious chance.

Letting fate decide whether we fall as victim of an attack or not, does not seem very smart. Especially after found that a research by Kaspersky Lab says that 42.6% of home PC suffered some kind of attack in 2013.

But threats do not only loom over computers or come only from Internet. In fact, ‘smishing’ is similar to phishing, but this kind of attack is performed through SMS aimed to fraudulently subscribe users to premium pay services. Recently many users are receiving some of these messages mentioning a malfunction on Whatsapp, warns Spanish consumer association Facua. However, we must also add this smishing technique to the growing danger of cybercriminals using our mobile devices to perform Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks, according to warnings from Prolexic Technologies.

There are some scientists who beat laziness and work in order to achieve quantum computing, much faster than current binary computing. It is thought that such type of computer could decrypt any current password or encryption system. In fact, according to The Washington Post, some documents leaked by Snowden suggest that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is developing a quantum computer. Imagine that this technology fall on the clutches of the wrong hacker. It would be a complete disaster!

By the way, yesterday we told you the last episode about the group of hackers which called itself the Syrian Electronic Army. Today it seems that those same hackers have been hacked too. Another group of Turkish hackers compromised its web hosting and published messages on its website urging them to stop attacking their country.


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