Thursday, March 27, 2014

Cyberattacks all across the globe

The creator of the Perl programming language, Larry Wall, said: “Younger hackers are hard to classify. They're probably just as diverse as the old hackers are. We're all over the map.” However, we propose a very general classification to Mr. Wall: good hackers and bad hackers. Or if you wish,  criminal hackers and hackers who strive to protect us from such offenders.

Of course, the American programmer is absolutely right about one thing: hackers are everywhere! As Kaspersky Lab shows us on an real-time interactive mapthousands of cyber-attacks are constantly happening everywhere in the world.

None of us are safe. Even our mobile phones have to face more and more threats. In fact, since the first malware for these kind of devices appeared the in 2004 they reached one million last September, which is a nine years interval. But since only six months ago that figure has doubled, reaching two million mobile viruses or high risk apps in March 2014, according to Trend Micro.

That same company also warns about some apps that take advantage of the user’s device for undercover  cryptocurrency mining. They have identified at least two of them on the Android’s app store, Google Play: ‘Songs’, which has more than 1 million downloads, and ‘Prized’, which has been downloaded by more than 10,000 devices.

Therefore, all efforts will never be enough to fight cybercrime and cyber risks. It is consequently significant that the United States and the European Union announced yesterday a cooperation agreement on cybersecurity. We must also highlight that Tumblr finally implemented two-factor authentication within its service. Or that the Natural Security Alliance released the specifications for its strong authentication standard, which can be used to make payments or to access services. Combines local biometric verification, a personal device and wireless technology. In the end, all of them are some steps forward on a path that has no end.


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