Friday, March 14, 2014

True hell for millions

If the German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer were alive today, he could say that the true hell for millions and millions of human beings is Internet (and not the Earth, as the original quote says). Either the National Security Agency of the United States has a serious problem with what people say it does, or Edward Snowden likes to make headlines very much. So far, the battle for credibility is being won by the former contractor, instead of the NSA.

As if we didn’t have enough "bombing" news throughout 2013, this year it is being the same or even more accentuated. At this time, who has not been heard of this, directly, lives in a world apart: an employee of Snowden has published information from a leak: the NSA would be planning to infect millions computers around the world. To do so it would have designed a "turbine" able to automate processes and simulate legitimate behaviors on sites like Facebook.

While the founder of this social network, Mark Zuckerberg personally called President Obama to find out about the news, the NSA denied everything. Categorically. Absolutely: "we do not intend to be neither Facebook nor Twitter." And although they repeated the slogan for all known (we only act within the possibilities of the Act), the predominant Internet environment is that Snowden’s leaks return to be right.

If so, it is going to be VERY difficult to differentiate the actual bad boys and the ones from the movies. And here you have another gruesome story that could have been taken from a movie: Hollywood should consider very seriously to protect itself from Chinese hackers, who apparently have already won a lot of ground in terms of cyber espionage. If the cinema industry is not free of that kind of risks, a giant like Google neither, as you can imagine: the latest in phishing attacks involves sending alleged Google Docs documents in order to lead users to fraudulent sites that use the same encryption and security than Google, and even worse, would be located on servers in Mountain View.

While we still hear the echoes of the last attack against Wordpress, in Segu Info blog they tell us that there are 111,000 databases of this popular CMS available in the Internet. Said so, and taking into account what it was already commented here yesterday about the rise of job postings on cybersecurity, no wonder why some of the biggest millionaires today are precisely former "hackers". Forbes has just published a list of them for your information, your jealousy or your admiration, you decide.


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