Sunday, September 28, 2014

Top 5 infosec links of the week (XLV)


Be careful what you wish for, because you can make real. It is a sign of wisdom that can be applied to US actor Harvey Keitel, when he said that "an actor is always naked on screen, even if it is dressed." It's near one month from leaked naked pics of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton and other celebrities, in the 4Chan forum, and the topic remains highly topical. Of course, with the permission of Shellshock, the most serious vulnerability since Heartbleed, and in the way to become the biggest issue on security of this year.

Another scandal of leaked naked pics, this time starring Kim Kardashian, pushed up again the hashtag #CelebGate or #CelebLeaks. Over the past seven days it was clearly the most clicked issue shared from this blog and from CIGTR's social networks. Will be Kardashian's leak the last one? Not expected, as well as this scandals are synonimous of great online echo.

However, it is not the only or even the most serious of recurring events. This week has been a real panic. A name, Shellshock, another hashtag that shares vocabulary with celebrities, #BashGate, and an earthquake of solutions, doubts and attacks ranging from stolen credentials to denial of service, through phishing or botnets creation. In fact, the first specialized malware and botnets have been two of the key themes of the week.

Both issues will attract great attention in the future. But they are not the only ones. We like to try everything that comes to our hand, and now the latest in consumer technology is wearables. OK, we must be very careful with what we put on the wrists or we bring near the eyes: as it might be expected, these watches and these glasses can be very smart, but are no risks free.

Although, something we are really concerned about is our pocket, and it is not hard to explain. Apart from the noise of the scandals, vulnerabilities and latest in technology, there are those who are put to work for the ordinary citizen not paying for the misdeeds of those who take what is not theirs. The Europol Cybercrime Center (EC3) and the European Banking Federation (EBF) signed this week, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance cooperation between law enforcement and the financial sector.

These were the most important issues of the week in CIGTR. Do you miss anything? What would be your top 5? Tell us here or via social networks. Your opinion is important. Too much.

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