Thursday, February 6, 2014



U.S. astronaut Neil Armstrong said “people love conspiracy theories.” In fact, sometimes there are plenty of reasons to believe that some events were not completely random.

Yesterday, for instance, Argentina shuddered at the death of 9 firefighters who were working to extinguish a fire on a warehouse of the U.S. company Iron Mountain. It is more than surprising to learn that it is the sixth fire in less than 20 years that suffer this corporation on one of its premises since its business is precisely about the custody of documents from financial, oil and telephone companies, among others. Some people wonder if this company is hiding some dark secret.

A plot that seems to have a greater chance of being real is the one about the manipulation of markets by hackers. According to analysts of the security firm Prolexic it is growing the number of cyber attacks on financial companies with the aim of lowering share prices and disrupting shares exchange operations.

Turning the eye to the computer world, those of you with the most suspicious mind might think that some of the vulnerabilities detected in computer applications were created intentionally. For example, to allow surveillance activities by organizations like the NSA. In 2013, the number of security holes reported increased for the first in the last five years, up to the amount of 4,794. Such a large number can lead to all kinds of theories.

Adobe Flash software is one of those in the top list by number of vulnerabilities last year. However, some of them still appear in 2014. In fact, Adobe has launched an urgent update to fix its last flaw which could allow an attacker to take control of the affected device.

Leaving aside the conniving spirit, we can not avoid to recall the popular agent 007 when thinking in the mission that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded IBM. It's about creating a CMOS chip that self-destructs on command.

Increase in payments without a card at the point of sale is a trend that has nothing to do with conspiracies. However, it carries some risks. Therefore, the Smart Card Alliance Payments Council has released a white paper about the methods for secure authentication of non-card transactions (CNP) and the current situation and trends in fraud cardholders.


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