Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cybercriminals silenced the hum of several cloud apps

They're dropping like flies! In the past 48 hours, several cloud applications have suffered different attacks, what has provoked a series of service disruptions.

The first to fall was Evernote. This notes and storage service in the cloud, which has over 100 million users, was affected by the stake of a denial of service (DDoS) which caused some problems of synchronization between different devices.

Following Evernote, Feedly became the next victim. Throughout yesterday, users of this popular RSS aggregator found they could not access their accounts. Feedly itself informed on Twitter and its blog it was being extorted by cybercriminals who demanded financial compensation to stop its denial of service attack. However, it added that the company was not willing to give in and, after a few hours, got its service running again.

But as if the users of these kind of technology hadn’t had enough for the day, an alert spread among Twitter users in the afternoon. TweetDeck was being impacted by a "cross-site scripting" (XSS) attack. This popular desktop Twitter application, acquired by Twitter itself in 2011, was forced to discontinue service in order to update its app and asked its users to close and reopen their sessions. Apparently, everything started when a young Austrian man wanted to tweet a heart and, by chance, found a vulnerability in TweetDeck that allow to add programming commands to the tweet.

Anyway, all those fires have been extinguished and the situation has returned to normal. However, we are on the threshold of summer, a season where countless festivals and concerts have place. Therefore, Norton has shared some tips for preventing anyone spoiling you the fun of good music. Do not buy tickets on web sites you do not trust or those that offer too good to be true deals (indeed they are often a scam); pay attention to who can see your posts on social networks; protect your phone with a password so nobody else can access your personal information in the case it gets stolen; be careful when sharing your location, someone might take advantage to loot your home in your absence.

Nevertheless, don’t you think it is even better not to be home when a robbery takes place there? It is not very appealing to get involved in a scene such as the one experienced by a well-known gamer who inadvertently recorded with her webcam how gunmen stormed their home in order to rob while she was playing Dota 2 online. Other players witnessed the situation and called the police.

Have you ever seen such a bizarre experience? Tell us on any of our social channels (links at the right side bar) or here on our blog.


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