Monday, September 8, 2014

Don't let cyber crime undermine your spirit

Motivational expert Harvey Mackay argues that "When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist." But it is usually more difficult for us to keep a positive thinking on Mondays. Especially if we began the week with news like these:


Cybercriminal activity in China doubled between 2012 and 2013, according to a report by Trend Micro. Nowadays there are fewer barriers to commit crimes on the Internet. Malicious tools are cheaper while they grow in sophistication and number of features. The greatest interest of the Chinese underground market is concentrated around compromised hosts, distributed denial of service attacks services and remote access tools (RATs).

Another fact that tripped us today in our search for positivity is the emergence of a new threat to Salesforce.com users. "Dyre" malware which had been used to steal credentials for online banking users until today, is now targeting this cloud services provider’s users.

Moreover, despite the efforts made in recent months against ransomware, devices and files are increasingly being hijacked, according to both reports by Dell Secureworks and F-Secure. In fact, a copycat of the infamous CryptoLocker known as Cryptowall has infected 625,000 systems and raised $ 1.1 million, but even though only 0.27% of its victims pay the ransom demanded. Given this situation it is inevitable that pessimism impound us.

Perhaps the arrest of the alleged creator of "WhatsApp PC" malware by the Spanish Guardia Civil, makes us feel better. This malware also called "Win WhatsApp" and "WhatsApp Espía" promised users to allow them to spy the messages sent by others via Whatsapp, while its actual objective was to stea theirl passwords for social networks.

All help provided to both the Guardia Civil and other law enforcement agencies will never be enough for putting a stop to cyber crime. In this sense, the arrival of technologically fully connected police cars seem to be imminent. First edition of VEHIPOL, a police vehicles exhibition to be held in Madrid in a couple of months, will be their best showcase.

Probably these vehicles will end up deploying facial recognition systems to detect potentially dangerous individuals or just to check out if a driver has pending traffic fines without having to enter his or her data. However, these technologies raise mistrust among groups devoted to protect the privacy of citizens.

Although cybercriminals put it difficult for us, CIGTR team invites you to start the week with positive  mind and keeping yourself well-informed about cyber threats. Follow us through our social channels (find the links at the right sidebar) or here on our blog.

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