Monday, June 30, 2014

Opening the eyes to technology risks

The worst blind is the one who doesn’t want to see. For this reason, you must be extremely careful when blindly trusting something or someone. Caution is especially important in the technological environment. Technology is not infallible. Both hardware and software can fail.

An example of this are the eight vulnerabilities recently detected in PHP 5.4 and 5.5. These security holes could be exploited to cause a denial of service and even compromise affected systems.

Wordpress administrators also must open their eyes and see. The blogging platform beats in the hearts of 70 million websites. More than one million of them rely on the Disqus plugin to manage their comments. Today that confidence could be truncated after learning that the plugin is vulnerable to remote code execution (RCE).

Moreover the users who take advantage of various navigation tools that work through the Tor anonymous network on their mobile phones could be disappointed. This network is used by people concerned about keeping their privacy intact and not expose their IP addresses. However, it has been discovered that "Orweb: Private Web Browser", "Anonymous Browser TOR Connect" and "IOS Onion Browser" apps expose the IP's of the users when they download videos.

In this regard, the users of the "Tails" operating system will be wondering whether they can trust a software that claims to ensure their privacy and the anonymity of their Internet connections but that let its official website be compromised by a hacker who claims to be 17 years old.

However, you cannot blame technology for eveything. Humans also fail many times. For example, when we open attachments from "suspicious emails.” It is very rare that a bank unexpectedly send us a document by email. So in that case we should suspect that the sender of such email may be a criminal with malicious intentions. But some users make the mistake of opening attachments and unknowingly installing a banking Trojan such as "EMOTET". This particular malware is able to impersonate banks in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Poland.

In this sense, the strategic collaboration agreement signed by ENISA (European Union Agency for Network and Information Security) and Europol (European Police Office) will improve the exchange of information on all these mistakes and on how Cybercriminals take advantage of them, so they can react to these problems increasingly quickly and effectively. In other words, they will try to open the eyes of the ones who don’t want to see.

If you blindly trust in technology, you should keep yourself updated on all the dangers that surround you. Therefore, we invite you to follow us on any of our social channels (find the links at the right sidebar) or here on our blog.


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