Monday, January 27, 2014

Unity makes strength

Unity makes strength
Photo: Stephen Eastop

Sharing on the Internet is all the rage since a few years ago. Mass adoption of social media by users represented a turning point in the use they had made ​​of the network before. The Internet user became creator and distributor of content. This change of philosophy had even a name: Web 2.0.

Nevertheless today it is not only about sharing content and ideas, but also resources. To that end, Telefónica presented its BeWifi project. This initiative encourages individuals in a community or neighborhood to "steal" or rather, borrow, some of the Wifi bandwidth that others are not using. The idea is that the subscribers to the program can benefit each other of a more reliable and faster common wireless network. You know, unity is strength.

That motto might also be in the minds of the authorities of San Jose in California. There the City Councilman proposed to his fellow citizens to donate their own security camera systems so the city police can remotely access them when they need to clarify a crime. Although it may seem like a reasonable request on behalf of the community’s security, it awakes objections on those who don’t rely on the police to make proper use of the measure.

On the other hand, Google seems to be willing to share some of their resources. At least, their economic ones. March 10th is the deadline to register for its Google Pwnium, an event that annually challenges researchers / hackers to test its Chrome OS. Whoever is able to find a security gap could be rewarded with up to $ 2.718280 million.

However if you share something you should not have in your possession you could get in trouble. It is even possible that you have to face a sentence of 5 years in prison as the alleged administrators of the email hacking website, who were arrested in the United States. Apparently they perceived payments for obtaining the passwords of specific email accounts.

Lately some U.S, store chains share a common security problem, the intrusion into their POS systems. The latest one affected was crafts store Michaels. It is the second time in three years that this chain is affected by an attack that compromises their customer’s payment cards. But surely there will more joining this trend, according to some data published by Sophos. They detected malware prepared for such attacks on 12,000 computers in 50 different locations.

It is also possible that the number of infections on Windows XP rises from April 8 on, when Microsoft will stop its support. The grandpa of operating systems may be dangerous even disconnected from the Internet, as many threats are transmitted through external memories.


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