Thursday, July 17, 2014

If aliens visited us today

Are we alone in the universe or not? We’ve had this question in mind for a long time, but NASA hopes to find proof of extraterrestrial life in coming years. The discovery of some planets with similar characteristics to ours has precipitated NASA’s optimism.

(Credits: X-ray: NASA/CXC/Caltech/P.Ogle et al; Optical: NASA/STScI; IR: NASA/JPL-Caltech; Radio: NSF/NRAO/VLA)

Can you imagine what those creatures from other planets would think of us if they saw how we behave on Earth? In the UK, 660 suspected pedophiles and pederasts have been arrested under charges that range from possession of indecent images of children to serious sexual assault. Meanwhile in Germany they are considering the use of non-electronic typewriters to prevent U.S. surveillance. 

On the other hand, several reports by security firm Arbor Networks indicate that cybercriminals have conducted more than 100 huge distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks larger than 100 GB/sec in the first half of 2014, mainly using the NTP (Network Time Protocol).

Indeed in this is a world, a few people are always looking for new ways to take advantage of the rest of the population. For example, it has detected a phishing campaign that distributed a fake iTunes email urging users to verify their account. Of course, it includes a link that will lead them to a bogus website which will send their credentials to the Apple’s service to cybercriminals.

Fortunately, there are also some earthlings committed to build a better and safer world. And Google is looking for them. Its recently announced "Project Zero" is intended to engage the best security experts and the most bright bug hunters to make the Internet more secure.

Security firm Kaspersky Lab also works everyday to make the technological interconnection between human beings safer. Last week this company turned 17 years old and arranged an amazing birthday bash. At CIGTR, we also want to send our congratulations to the Kaspersky people.

Do you believe we may have company out there? While NASA takes its time to confirm such statement, we better worry about threats here. If you want to stay informed about all the risks of the technology we use on Earth, the best you can do is to follow us through our social channels (find the links at the right sidebar) or here on our blog.


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