Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Are governments making the network most insecure?

China has finally stopped the bombing versus the famous Github programmers community. It's been six days of a brutal DDoS that will be discussed by experts and possibly, reprisals will be taken at a political levelIn the meanwhile, an uncomfortable feeling is installed in society, the one which opens business on the net and use online services, because anyone with enough weapons and equipment, can take Internet as a battlefield in which there are no more rules but the law of the strongest, and anyone can become a victim from night to day. "Was" this the desired scenario?

"All systems nominal". Since last night, Github programmers community's Twitter account displays this warning, meaning that a DDoS attack started at March 26 is just finished, as we reported at the time. The attack came from from China and tried to force the site to remove two projects that allow Chinese citizens to see websites like Google or some news providers prohibited by their country. Novel techniques have been used in the attack, and now are being researched by experts.

Other governments play cyberwar too. The last example was uncovered by Check Point company: a new group of mercenaries, called Volatile Cedar and coming from Lebanon, could have spied hundred of defense companies, telecoms operators and multimedia groups of at least ten countries, including Lebanon itself, Israel, Turkey, United Kingdom, Japans an the USA, using the classic tactic consisting on sending emails with malware to the employees.

No company is safe from industrial espionage and cyberattacks, but the danger depends on the industry sector they belong to. For them, we recommend the new “Cyberincidents management” guide published by CNN-CERT for classified systems belonging to public administrations and strategic companies.

One of the big concerns for companies, strategic or not, is the safety of their users and clients data, because they have become the preferred target for cybercriminals. Is it recommended to storage personal data. Or we shouln´t do it? Our collaborator Pablo F. Iglesias recommend to cypher them in case of we need to keep them.

We remind our readers today is innocents day in Anglo-Saxon countries, called “April´s Fool”, and we assure them all the info we have offered today is trustworthy. Be careful about jocking in social networks!


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