Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cyberthreats... despite the Feria

You would love to be in Seville today, and you know it! The uproar of the Seville’s Feria de Abril (April Fair) is calling you, but you're here hooked in front of the screen.

While people in Seville fill the space of the Feria with colors and polka dots, the rest of the world faces the dangers of cyberspace. For example, those called Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), traditionally a name for those cyber attacks that targeted a specific objective over a long period of time. However, according to a research by Imperva company, such threats don’t need to be so sophisticated to achieve highly effective results anymore. Just taking advantage of the employees’ mistakes within an organization it is enough for cybercriminals to achieve their goals.

In any case, an attacker has many ways to circumvent the protection lifted by a company. For example, he can exploit the recently discovered flaw on iOS 7 operating system through which he could intercept sensitive information sent by managers via email inasmuch as the system does not encrypt the attachments.

Probably you feel a little jealous of people in Seville. You may imagine them surrounded by friends in the stands and having rebujitos. But you will stop thinking about it very soon if realise that your phone has been allegedly blocked by the police for having viewed "illegal porn". You will be asked to pay a fine of $ 300 to regain access. Obviously this is not the way security forces work. People behind that are criminals who have managed to infect your Android with a Trojan called Koler.A.

At the other side of the Atlantic they are to busy to think about dancing sevillanas right now. While the U.S. Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) urges the private sector to seek solutions for the possible use of virtual currency for terrorist purposes, the U.S. government is concerned of the dangers of smart meters for home’s privacy. Americans are so worried of cyberthreats and hacking that they have arrested a 18 years old teen for allegedly accessed his high school’s computer system and changed the grades of four students. Of course, that is an illegal act and should be punished. But arresting him on four counts of offenses against intellectual property, public records exemption and four counts of offenses against computer users and imposing him a $ 5,000 bond could be seen by many people as an excessively harsh treatment. At least, we hope it will be exemplary for others.

Well, if you can not go to Seville and enjoy its fantastic Feria, at least seek other ways to keep you off and away from any electronic device.


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