Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A tie for every cyber threat

The world of cyber threats is similar to a tie shop, there is one for every occasion.

A tie for every cyber threat

We wonder what would be the right tie to wear for ‘trojanizing’ apps, we mean for adding a trojan to a legitimate app and distribute it in order to infect as many devices as possible. A remote administration tool (RAT) called Dendroid, which does exactly that, is being sold in the black market at 300 euros.

On the other hand, it seems that the authors of the 14 attacks that hit Ukraine with a powerful malware called Snake dress ties in the colors of the Russian flag. This malware, which has been operating for 8 years, it is very difficult to detect and allows attackers to get full remote access to the compromised system.

More colorful and playful tie must be the tie worn by the Indonesian hacker who managed to compromise the Justin Bieber’s Twitter account in order to spam their 50 million followers with a link to a malicious app.

Certainly, some ties full of zeros and ones would perfectly suit researchers from the University of California who have developed a technique to find out what websites are visited by a user with 89% accuracy, analyzing the encrypted packets from the HTTPS traffic that he generates.

Meanwhile, Visa and Mastercard must not be very happy with the current design of their tie in the U.S., when it comes to the security of card payments. Therefore, they have decided it is time to replace magnetic stripe cards for the more modern model that they already wear in Europe: the PIN & chip cards.

Neither Target’s CIO, Beth Jacob, seems satisfied with the tie she worn in that company for the past 6 years, so she decided to resign. Everyone is aware that the security breach that affected 40 million of Target’s customers last December lies behind her resignation.

What about you? What tie do you like the most?


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