Monday, March 3, 2014

Oscar worthy threats

Oscar worthy threats

"RT website has been hacked, we are working to resolve the problem." It is not an Oscar worthy tweet, but by it, the media agency Russia Today made evident that that not everyone in the cyberspace was looking at the red carpet last weekend.

In fact, the outstanding role of "Gravity" in the Hollywood’s show did not attract the attention of some hackers who devoted themselves to replace the words "Russia" or "Russian" with "Nazi" or "Nazi" on the Russian news website after Putin's order to move troops to the Ukrainian Cr

Neither the award for best picture to "12 years a slave", a film that portrays one of the darkest periods in the U.S. history, caught the attention of the management board of the department stores Sears who was more concerned about its recent history. "We have found no information based on our review of our systems to date indicating a breach." That is its CEO’s answer to rumors about a similar attack as Target or Neiman Marcus’ ones. Currently, U.S. giant Verizon Communications and the U.S. Secret Service works to check that its millions of customers’ information has not been compromised.

Almost as unnoticed as the Oscar for best short documentary, "The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life," it was the cat burglar who stole a laptop in an Indianapolis hospital containing the personal data of 1,100 patients. The computer was connected to EEG equipment and password protected, but no one has heard from it since December.

It has been said that "Gravity", despite its 7 Oscar, had a not very consistent script. More or less, that's what Egyptian researcher Raafat Ibrahim said to Yahoo! about the security of its subdomain Mr. Raafat found a vulnerability that would allow a cybercriminal remove one and a half million records from its database.

In the show last night, we also could see how DiCaprio or Scorsese were ignored again by Sunset Boulevard. Neither Whatsapp is liked by German authorities. The head office for privacy regulation in the communications of that country has said both Whatsapp and its recent owner, Facebook, "have refused to comply with security regulations and data privacy requirements set by the EU and its users should know that are completely unprotected." So they strongly discourages its use to all Europeans.

As we said before, “The Wolf of Wall Street” did not shine too much last night. But no doubt that this ambitious "animal" played by DiCaprio and his persecution by the tax authorities did not leave indifferent to the public. Now imagine that the phone taps carried out by the police against Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio's character) were conducted by a hacker only helped by Google Maps. As demonstrated by the engineer Brian Seely, it is just necessary to list a fake number in the Google’s service (in his case, referencing to the Secret Service) to intercept calls from users who took the phone number provided by Google.

We will have to wait a year for the next Oscar’s night but tomorrow, as everyday, the CIGTR will bring you the best cybersecurity news.


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