Tuesday, January 14, 2014

War at the rampart

War at the rampart

In words of the famous U.S. Army General George Patton, “battle is an orgy of disorder.” Nevertheless the battles that take place in cyberspace every day have little to do with the Second World War. Cybercriminals often act in an organized way following a plan previously set to achieve victory. We could even say that the war against cybercrime is even "more global" than anyone else in history, since it is combated in every country on the planet.

However, from the thousands of battles which take place every day, just some which are win by the “bad boys” are on the news. For instance, they use new techniques to perform Denial of Service (DoS), as they recently did, addressing 100 Gbps flood to popular online games servers such as League of Legends. In fact, attacks against gamers are increasing. According to Kaspersky Lab, this group of users suffered 11.7 million attacks in 2013 and over 4 million pieces of malware especially designed to hit games have been detected.

Another type of battles are developed in hacking and social engineering environment. This time, the latest contenders were Microsoft and Syrian Electronic Army. This last one left its track in form of messages, after taking control of Microsoft’s official blog and one of its Twitter accounts last Saturday.

We are now much better in building walls to protect ourselves from cybercriminals. But education in security remains essential in order to lift a good defense. Therefore, U.S. retailer Target, which suffered a major attack last month, announced its partnership with several organizations to launch an $ 5 million educational campaign to help public to become familiar with the dangers of online scams.

In this sense, being aware of the websites where criminal troops set an ambush to users in the form of malicious code becomes extremely important. Therefore, companies that deliver security solutions like Norton or G Data disclose lists of the websites that they consider as the most trouble makers. As published yesterday on ITSEC & CyberSec, the most dangerous sites are those about technology which offer latest smartphones or gadgets (15.8% of offenses), followed by porn sites (13.4%).

But arming yourself with the best armor is useless if you are weak and you can be knocked down with a simple shove. Therefore, it is important to feed our devices with the most secure operating system. According to the British government, the most secure one is the latest version of Ubuntu (12.04), among rivals such as Windows, OS X or ChromeOS.


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