Friday, May 23, 2014

Not only your money, but your life

It is not only about your password or about or your money. It is also about your personal information, those small pieces of the puzzle of your online identity, those which criminals use to impersonate you and extend their range of action over your contacts.

Those are some ideas by cybersecurity expert Scott Schober, interviewed by CTV News about eBay’s data leakage. In addition to the threat itself that this episode implies, eBay users should be extremely cautious: after a security breach like this, "black hats" often release several phishing campaigns taking advantage of the users’ confusion who have heard they must change their passwords.

In any case, there is a rule that never fails for the “bad guys”: if you give the coup, you want people to know. Shortly after learning of the hacking to eBay, it was detected an alleged database in the black market with the credentials of thousands of eBay users. Yesterday Luis Saiz already told the CIGTR about some rumours that said those databases did not come from such attack, and a few hours later eBay openly stated that those databases were false, so who purchased them would be throwing his money away.

If we talk about phishing, just one question: how do you enter to Google Drive? Be very careful when typing the address (or someone when "you are invited" by anyone else), because in some cases they are apparently so legitimate addresses that it is almost impossible to distinguish the true ones from the false ones. You do not need us to tell you what can it happen if you give your Google credentials to a stranger, right?

What? Do you feel a bit sick due to the speed at which evil spreads? Then better do not check the interactive map in real time about threats and vulnerabilities developed by Kaspersky Labs. And if you do so, take some pills, just in case: that is high speed and extreme action indeed. If you are Spanish "do not worry": Spain is "only" at 16th position in global infection. U.S., for example, is the 3rd.

And finish off with two ‘off-topics’. First of them, now when it seems that everything is about Snowden’s revelations, Facebook dares with a proposal controversial at least: to see and hear everything what is going on around you. Facebook is aware of its dangers, so it is just a beta function so far. It can be test only by invitation and the user can whether enable it or disable it. Second off-topic: if you're both a geek and an Android user you may have your device rooted and know both the good and the bad side of being a superuser, but it never hurts that someone remind us that rooting also entails dangers that must be known. If you're not sure about what you do and don’t really want to get some information about it, you better have an unlocked device than a vulnerable one, don’t you think?

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