Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Old rockers of cybercrime never die

“Los viejos rockeros nunca mueren” ("Old rockers never die") was the eighth album by Miguel Rios, a Spanish singer and composer considered one of the pioneers of this music genre in Spain. Actually the mentioned album meant a second golden age for this singer, as it seems to be happening for malware and cybercrime nowadays.


The latest Cyber ​​Risk Report 2015 released by HP Security Research a few days ago reveals what Miguel Rios said in the late 70s, the old rockers (of malware, in this case) never die. 44% of top 10 security breaches last year happened due to old vulnerabilities known since long time ago. in fact, one in ten had took advantage of pieces of code written some decades ago...

They remain the same problems, but now they affect new systems. It may be surprising to you that the security firm GFI reported that the most vulnerable operating system today is not Windows (which historically led the list), but OS X, followed by iOS and Linux. Nevertheless IE is still on the top list of vulnerabilities when it comes to Internet browsers.

Malvertising is still one of the most popular malicious cyber technique. It uses online advertising platforms for downloading malware on user’s device by deception or going unnoticed. And this is for any single operating system, whether it is Windows, Mac OS or Linux

In an attempt to defend user’s right to privacy, Reddit will block any post including intimate content which was submitted without the permission of the people involved. Coincidentally the Hollywood celebrity Kris Jenner has acknowledged that someone hacked her iCloud account and is using it to extort her since the criminal could have several private videos of the actress. This case recalls the Celebgate of some months ago.

Taking into consideration all these attacks on privacy and old vulnerabilities going back onto the stage, you should remember that as user you can minimize the risk by following several simple steps. Chema Alonso proposes 5 tips to do this: avoid using unnecessary data in any online service, search online both text and images to see what is public about you, be very careful with scanned documents and mind how you use your phone number.

All those pieces of advice are very simple to apply indeed and will prevent "the boomerang of rock'and'roll downloading all its energy over your digital identity" :)

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