Monday, May 5, 2014

Just "forget it"

What are you doing reading this? Stop, turn off, go out to take fresh air and forget Internet. If it seems drastic, maybe you do not know that some Israeli researchers have found a flw in the DNS protocol. That is, at the very base of the current Internet, what is used for an IP address to be interpreted as a URL, and vice versa, to get a quick idea of the meaning of DNS, Domain Name System.

If you insist on reading further, it must be said that the researchers have claimed that they are not aware that this flaw has ben exploited, mostly because it involves great technical complexity. But hey, at least on paper, it is virtually possible that any site you are visiting right now, is anything but the place to which you browsed.

How long has this flaw been open? It’s a good thing for everyone to get the idea that threats are already presented in this "new" format: the possibility that they have been exploited for months or years, according to a report made ​​public during the CeBIT Cybersecurit Conference at Sydney. There, researchers have added a "slap on the wrist" to Australian Government: lock down security or face a new Smartbleed… or worse.

Europe also gets a hard scolding in a documented report on, which explains that the main problem of the Old Continent is the reluctance of agencies to share sensitive information about security. With such scenario, *you can actually mount the most ambitious cybersecurity exercises that nothing and no one will rid you* of a Snowden, or a Heartbleed, just to say a couple of things that most States are afraid of.

Should states have more hacker culture? Several security researchers have decided to turn the tables, by seeking and identifying “bad guys” on their own websites. How? Well, exploiting Heartbleed bug. As one of these researchers say, "Heartbleed has exposed everything." And everything is everything.

Yet the race against cybercrime is exhausting. According to a study to be released by the Spanish Ministry of Interior, 95% of cyber crimes go unpunished. Or more. Because we talk only of known cases by Security Forces, but it is quite probable, if not certain, that there will be more. Especially when you consider the speed that threats spread among latest devices. An infographic by FireEye makes it clear, related to smartphones: Smart doesn’t mean secure.
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