Thursday, September 4, 2014

If cyber threats don't sleep, neither do you?

Italian writer Antonio Tabucchi said he prefered “insomnia to anaesthesia.” It was like saying he preferred to remain constantly alert to "being in the clouds." In an ideal world we do not have to choose between these two extremes. But today there are so many things that can cause us to lose so much sleep...

For instance, data breaches. It is very likely that the cybersecurity team at DIY retailer Home Depot was unable to sleep a wink since blogger Brian Krebs uncovered evidence suggesting that cybercriminals had managed to steal information from its customers’ credit cards at nearly all of Home Depot's 2,200 stores in the U.S. The company still has not confirmed such event so far, but it is investigating it. Finally, if it were true, it could represent the biggest breach in history.

However, there are many other threats that may contribute to your insomnia. For example, the unbelievable statistics of malware. In the second quarter of the year, four new malicious samples emerged every second, according to a McAfee’s report. The he number of phishing attacks has increased as well. As stated in a report by Kaspersky Lab, the use of such technique to trick users using deceptive emails rose by almost 8% in July . Among them, 42% of messages targeted users of financial services such as Paypal.

Phishing is also used to attack very specific targets within an organization and steal their login credentials to corporate computer systems. This threat could become the worst nightmare of a CISO who would have beaten insomnia. Especially after learning about a study carried out by McAfee. It claims that 80% of corporate users failed to identify at least one of seven phishing emails.

Meanwhile, Twitter does not want complacency regarding security, so has decided to launch a bug bounty program so any user can report qualifying vulnerabilities on its platform and be rewarded with a minimum compensation of $ 140 USD. Neither they are keen on anaesthesia at NASA so they are already working on an air traffic control system for an emerging technology: drones. The increasing spread of these small flying machines could lead to accidents if air traffic is not controlled and regulated.

Do not misunderstand us, we do not intend to deprive you of any sleep with all this news, nor give you nightmares either. We want you to stay attentive to all these threats while you're awake. We will tell you more tomorrow, so follow us through our social channels (find the links at the right sidebar) or here on our blog.


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