Sunday, February 8, 2015

Top 5 Infosec links of the week (LXII)

"The problem with the Internet is that we have no way of knowing if someone is watching us, unless he or them make it public", says Manuel Medina, Spanish computer security guru, in an interview that's been the most interesting news this week for our readers. Moreover, Medina says: it's not applicable to hide heads in the sand and say we do not care who observe us because "if someone violates your privacy, so he's doing with those people who have trusted us".

Indeed, in cyberspace is all closely connected and is here more than in any other place where it's easy to realize that "the flight of a butterfly can cause a tsunami across the world." Our privacy, says Medina, supports and builds on the privacy of others. By the way, one of the most aggressive companies against their customers privacy, Verizon, has announced that tracking "cookies" installed on their mobile devices would be deleted at will.

Already in the realm of pure information security, news that has made us tremble this week talks about 5,300 gas stations in the United States vulnerable to cyber attacks, because they use weak passwords on their dashboards. We're also afraid because of the report, by respected company Akamai Technologies, which ensures that in the last quarter of 2014 Distributed Denial of Service attacks increased a whopping 90% compared to the previous period.

Manuel Medina
But, if there is something that really scares experts, this is the Internet of Things, with its multiple security open fronts. Luckily there are companies which are highly vigilant, as German car maker BMW, who's just repaired a computer error that affected 2.2 million cars, including all Mini and Rolls-Royce. The bug allowed thieves to open doors with just a mobile phone.

God bless companies that are serious about their computer security, hope insurers reward them with better conditions and prices. Happy Sunday, dear readers.


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