Monday, April 7, 2014

Internet is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get

“Momma always said ‘life was like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.’”This quote taken from the famous film Forrest Gump may sound familiar to you. And if you have a look to the latest developments in the cyber security world, you can not say that Forrest’s mother wasn’t right.

You never know when your Android mobile phone may get infected, for example, by the Oldboot.A virus. This is a highly sophisticated malware which modifies the operating system’s boot partition, so although the virus were eliminated by an antivirus software, it would loaded again when your device were restarted.
In many cases, you don’t know either what your children do onlinePornographic and violent contents contents or websites about eating disorder issues, xenophobia, drugs.. are just a click away from minors and it is very difficult to control it. As Angelucho remarks on his blog, to prohibit them to access Internet is not a good option. The solution would be to inform them about the dangers and explain them why they should not access certain content.
For sure something you expect in life is to ge free flight tickets. But there is a hacker who has found out a way to validate fake boarding cards thanks to Apple’s Passbook app. He will share his findings at theHack in the Box conference in Amsterdam.
However, if your name is Mubashar Shahzad and you hack telecoms companies, such as the UAE Warid Telecom, and then leak their customer databases to the Internet, you must be aware that in the box of chocolates of your life there are many that taste like jail. In fact, Mr. Shahzad has been arrested in Pakistan.
You won’t be surprised either when you have to pay for support for an operating system that Microsoft announced years ago that they will stop supporting. More specifically, the latest patches for Windows XP will be launched tomorrow, although there are governments like the British or Dutch ones that have reached expensive agreements with Microsoft to maintain their systems updated.
Many of you may be thinking it does not make sense to stay stuck in the past, tied to such an old operating system. In a world where cyber threats are everywhere, it is better to look ahead to the future and find a way to not choke on any malicious chocolate. Therefore, Yahoo has implemented HTTPS encryption on its both search and emails services, between their data centers and between their servers and their suppliers’ ones.
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