Sunday, December 28, 2014

Top 10 Infosec links of the year

Definitely, four words have shocked our readers on this year: "Pictures of naked celebrities". Neither Heartbleed, nor Chameleon, nor end of Windows XP support, 2014 most read stories in this, yours humble, information service are referred to "Celebgate", the hack against Apple iCloud service, and subsequent theft and leak of famous' pictures. Even somebody tried to make and exhibition with some of them.

We didn't see, however, nude photos of male celebrities, demonstrating that black hats are men and heterosexual, and/or famous men don't take nude pictures of themselves. Anyway, 2014 has been the year when many users have become aware of their privacy, seeing how easy is to get data that reveals their lives and routines, as in the social network for athletes, Endomondo, which by default discloses its members routes. 


This has been also the year of cyber attacks that really frighten, not only famous attack against Sony but also more worrying, if possible, attacks targeting the Internet infrastructure. 2014 dawned with a hard bombing against European servers that exploited a vulnerability in the protocol that synchronizes computers clocks (NTP). It was also scary a phishing attack against Dropbox exploiting the secure communications protocol SSL, definitely dead on 2014. And Israelian students discovered a serious error in the domain name protocol (DNS).

At a more mundane level, Argentinian Cesar Cerrudo scared us a bit more explaining how easy it is to manipulate traffic control systems, such as traffic lights. Moreover, Spanish National Institute of Communication Technologies (INTECO), which this year has changed its name to National Cyber Security Institute (INCIBE) warned us of another danger: the increasingly infected users' computers and how they're becoming botnet zombies.

Luckily, there was Obama, seeking votes under stones and giving us positive news:  President of United States supports net neutrality. And a story to laugh at, the fourth most read story by our fans on this year: A venture capital funded in Hong Kong appointed an algorithm to become member of its board of directors. Certainly, this computer world would be a boredom without laughs.

May the coming year bring us less fear and more humor or, as Internet enfants terribles call it, more LoL (Lot of Laughs), please.



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