Monday, June 2, 2014

This abdication will not ever be forgotten by Google

"His Majesty King Juan Carlos has just informed me of his desire to renounce the throne and begin the process of succession." These statement by the Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, have surprised all of us this morning. These words has transformed this second of June 2014 into a historical date.

Perhaps, the monarch would like to exercise the "right to be forgotten" now that he is retiring and request Google to remove some information about some not very memorable events of his personal life. Such request would have to be added to the 12,000 ones received by Google from European users on the first day they implemented the online form for that purpose, bound by the Court of Justice of the EU. However, the King, as a public personality has not such right.

However, it is said a picture is worth a thousand words. In fact, some users will be more concerned about erasing certain photographs than about some written information about them from the Internet. And even more now, when we have learnt that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) is collecting millions of portraits from the interception of emails, text messages, social media, video conferences and other communications, to be used in sophisticated facial recognition programs.

Anyway it is not very nice that someone stores information about you, especially if such data is reached by a third party who is not supposed to access it, as it happened to 1,300 customers and staff of the supplier of chemicals for agriculture, Monsanto. Some hackers exploited a security breach in March to seize records of names, addresses and tax information saved in a company database.

In any case, there are many other cyber threats. For example, the new ransomware called TROJ_POSHCODER.A. that uses Windows PowerShell to encrypt files on your computer and ask for a ransom to get them back. Smishing is also a threat on the rise. It is a variant of the traditional phishing which is spread by text or instant messaging.

And we can not finish this post without warning all Wordpress administrators about several serious vulnerabilities on the popular plugin All in One SEO, which would allow an attacker to gain control of the content management system. Updating is a big must!

While we keep waiting for the process of succession in our dear Spain, we should always be on alert regarding infosec issues. To stay up to date at all times, we recommend you to follow us through our social media channels (links at the bottom) and on our blog: http://www.cigtr.info.


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