Thursday, June 5, 2014

Cybersecurity: It's not all about goals at the World Cup

“England have never lost a World Cup in which the players' passport numbers were on a pre tournament friendly team-sheet.” This tweet by former captain of the English national football team, Gary Lineker, was not intended to encourage their team and its fans with a strange statistic. Actually, this is a tweet from the irony. Why? We will tell you why.

We all agree that a person’s passport number is sensitive information that should not be published openly, right? Well, it is a detail wasn’t taken into consideration by the English team’s sponsor, Vauxhall, who tweeted a photo of an official FIFA team sheet which contained the list of players, along with their dates of birth and passport numbers, just before a friendly match against Ecuador. In any case, I do not think the subsequent draw with the South American team was a consequence of the concern raised by this incident.

Since we are somehow talking about football, we will tell you a funny fact. Do you know that in Spanish they  use the same word for goalkeeper and intercom? They called “portero”. In Security by Default blog, they have analyzed a particular model that such “porteros” (intercom) that could be easily hacked to allow access to any stranger. In this regard, it is essential to change the default passwords and codes. Unfortunately, just a few installation services take the time to do it.

On the other hand, following with the football jargon, mobile users should be very careful if they don’t want cybercriminals to score a goal against them. According to Gartner, it is expected that 75% of security breaches are due to 'jailbreaking' and 'rooting' by 2017. But it also has also been detected the first ransomware that encrypts files on a mobile device. In this case, they called Simplocker. Android users are its target.

To add fuel to the fire, Hispasec analyzed the Russian repository Android apps "". They have concluded that 26% of its 2,300 applications sent premium SMS and the IMEI and IMSI identifiers to a server in Luxembourg. As always, a good practice is to download apps from the official Google Play Store. There are other 3 tips that you should keep in mind when download new applications. First, check other users’ opinions. Second, use a password or biometric protection for every purchase. Finally, the fewer apps you install, the less likely that your privacy is violated, so you must download only the apps you use.


Post a Comment