Sunday, November 30, 2014

Top 5 Infosec links of the week (LIV)

Would you leave your life in the hands of a computer? The answer at first sight is a big No! But if we approach a magnifying glass, we'd see a concept that's becoming harder, called Internet of things, and if we focus further, we'll see that, among these things, there are cars, computers on wheels today. The dangers of driverless car have been what most interested our readers this week.

They call them autonomous cars and manufacturers promise next year there will be driverless cars in Britain, something that has astonished the Institute of Engineering and Technology at that country, who warns that 98% of applications that run on these vehicles have serious defects that could lead even an attacker to take remote control.

We are building a world of 0s and 1s rapidly, but also we left a trail of failures that make this world terribly flawed. As in the theoretically anonymous Bitcoin virtual currency: A team of researchers has discovered that's possible to discover the identity of someone who operates with Bitcoins on the also increasingly not anonymous Tor network.

Not to mention passwords that protect this world of bits, a wildly imperfect security system. So tells a long story at "The New York Times" which explains the big problem to recover the systems of a big company when 80% of its workforce died in a terrorist attack and employees, for "security", did not keep their passwords in writing. National cybersecurity strategies should foresee contingencies of this kind, as just introduced ENISA.

By Lokan Sardari
Far from this stage, in the world of normal users, the dangers are also motley, as explains Ontinet Blog in a bizarre story: Take care if you use your neighbour's WIFI, because if the neighbour knows about computers, yours can become fried.

Confident that our readers don't do these things, we wish you a pleasant break for what remains of Sunday.


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