Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I'll tell you a story about cybersecurity

I'll tell you a little story. Once upon a time, in a little blue planet, there was a society whose citizens live permanently connected to each other through technology. However, despite all the benefits offered by such incredible level of intercommunication, endless threats were constantly hanging over them.

Some of them were apparently as harmless as a mobile phone. But in reality, the Chinese imitation of Samsung Galaxy S4, called Star N9500 ​​contained built-in spyware. So consumers who acquire this device could be monitored from a Chinese server.

In this world of networks and electronic devices there were also malicious codes called ransomware because its main function was to "kidnap" the victim’s computer and even the files that it stores in exchange of a ransom. Some of them were easier to fight, as "Reventon" or "PowerShall" while others like "CryptoLocker" put it very difficult to security experts.

However, a major technology company from such strange planet called IBM claimed that 95 percent of security incidents were, in one way or another, due to human errors. Therefore, many times the problem was not in the technology itself but in the bad use that they made of it.

En cualquier caso, llegó un momento en que el altísimo grado de interconexión y de compartición de información comenzó a preocupar a aquellos seres tan apegados a sus dispositivos. ¿No estarían cediendo demasiado espacio de su vida privada a las compañías y a los gobiernos? Esta pregunta se acentuó aún más, una vez que se enteraron de que los servicios de inteligencia de algunas regiones habían estado interceptando comunicaciones de todo tipo. Así fue como el Laboratorio de Investigación de ESET Latinoamérica concluyó que la pérdida de seguridad era una preocupación en auge y que había que comenzar a educar a los usuarios en el uso seguro de la tecnología.

In any case, a time came when the high degree of interconnection and information sharing began to worry to those people who live attached to a electronic device. Would not they be giving up too much space of their private life to companies and governments? This question was accentuated later, once they learned that the intelligence services of some regions had been intercepting communications of all kinds. That was how the ESET Latin America Research Laboratory concluded that the loss of security was a concern on the rise and users must be educated on the safe use of technology.

Some measures that residents of the blue planet should take were to encrypt all their communications, to use anonymous networks like Tor, and to take advantage of software that do not leave any trace.

However, some governments were actively incentivizing to find new talents who were able to combat cyber threats that gripped the planet. For example, the cyber security challenge for schools at the"Cyber ​​Games 2.0" tested pupils from up to 720 schools to crack encoded systems so that they could rescue a hostage.

At this point of the article you've already figured out that the blue planet is the Earth and its citizens are each of us. Therefore, the story you just read is actually based on real events. If you are interested to stay safe from such technological threats, we invite you to follow us on any of our social channels (find the links at right sidebar) or here on our blog.


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