Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Are you sure you care about your privacy?

“Do you consider yourself like a private person?” As you can see on the video, most people would answer ‘yes’ to this question almost instantly. Perhaps we should stop and think a bit more about where we put the boundaries to our privacy in social networks. You may be surprised!

Fortunately that video is just a sociological test, a small joke to surprise people interviewed and raise viewer’s smile. However, these are the same methods that malicious hackers use to steal your data, deceive you, kidnap your accounts, etc.
We can be more or less exhibitionists in relation to our privacy, but most of us would not want anyone publishing photos or videos of ourselves in an intimate situation on the Internet, which is precisely the leitmotiv of “porn revenge” websites. In the U.S., as almost everywhere, these sites are illegal. However, in that country, victims can’t sue their hosting service because they are not the creators of the content that they host, according to a three judges panel of Beaumont, Texas.
Incidentally, these hosting providers not only have to deal with the fact of storing illegal content but also with cyber criminals who break into their virtual servers to use the hosted domains on phishing attacks. According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), 18% of phishing campaigns carried out in the second half of 2013 were based on this modus operandi.
Phishing is a technique that also seeks to violate our privacy, deceive us to get our personal data. But some hackers took advantage of the Heartbleed vulnerability, of which we have widely told you since last week, to steal private information without tricking anyone. In fact, UK parenting website Mumsnet suffered this type of attack so it asked its 1.5 million users to change their passwords.
Nevertheless cybercriminals are not only interested in user’s private information. Governments and companies are even a more attractive target for them. In this regard, three individuals have been charged in U.S. with theft of sensitive information from several video game companies. They even seized an Apache helicopter pilot simulation software designed for the U.S. Army!
We end this article with a tip for this Easter: If you have time, check out what you share on social networks. But if you’re traveling and you’ve hired the trip on a website, you have to know that only 56% of Spanish travel booking websites comply with European Union’s legislation, according to a study by the European Commission. In any case, enjoy your trip!
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