Sunday, November 23, 2014

Top 5 Infosec links of the week (LIII)

Stats, brainy reports and daily observation say that:  most people online do not care to make their personal information public. Corroborates it the passion they put on entering data in social networks about their tastes, schools where they studied or pictures of their family. This data, in the hands of the right person, can become highly sensitive and be used for various scams. But ... ah! when information in danger refers to their money, things change.

Indeed, what has most worried our readers this week has been the stealing of financial information from 2.7 million customers of international bank in Hong Kong and Shanghai: names, card numbers, expiration dates and associated account numbers have been filtered. Luckily, the bank has been honest and informed customers of the problem.

Data theft’s also the theme of the second most widely read weekly news: the warnings from Europol to not use public WiFi networks, as the ones in hotels and airports: criminals can duplicate them to make you believe you’re in a legitimate network, or assault the real WiFi net and monitor what information circulates in it, in order to steal passwords, private information or trade secrets.

Speaking of passwords, another top issue this week has been the emergence of a new trend: Malware that steals our password managers’ master password. And, if neither of those tricks work for criminals to get our information, they still have social engineering, as that viral video of a woman attacked by a shark, that needs a plug-in to be seen… malicious plug-in, of course.

Finally, our readers this week have been seduced by an interesting article, published by BBC, on the phenomenon of Internet trolls, what impels people to become lunatics and attack others online and which are the consequences. Not to be missed.

Five top interesting topics and readings that, if you have had not time to follow this week, here we recommend.


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