Monday, April 13, 2015

Holographic demonstration in front of the Spanish Congress.

Renew or die. After years stuck in data theft, the "deface" of websites and shelling, hacktivism searches new paths and shows it by celebrating the first holographic protest in history. While, Anonymous initiates the closure of the #OpIsrael2015 campaign. Simda. Speaking of closures, law enforcement forces have closed the bank Trojan botnet. Meanwhile, other Trojans dedicated to extortion, are rapidly gaining in popularity. Let's get started. 

The first holographic demostration in history took place at the Spanish Congress, to protest against the so-called "Gag Law", prohibiting protests from real people. Hence the idea came from a group of hacktivists: Flesh and blood people can not march but the law says nothing about holograms. It's been a long time since hacktivism has not showed us such a cool idea, maybe too accustomed to violent tactics, as in the past.

These tactics has been responsible for converting the movement into another threat, included in infosec source books along with viruses and similar stuff. Anonymous is the main representative of this well-known way of political struggle which is still achieving local success but less and less international goals. These days is beginning to close down the campaign #OpIsrael2015, which has attacked Israeli banking and government institutions, has taken under its control 6,000 computers and stolen all kinds of data, treasuring 17,000 euros which will be donated to Palestinian NGOs. 

But let's talk about the news of the day: today, most of network media, reported  the closure of the botnet SIMDA, with its 14 command and control servers and 770,000 slave computers. A coordinated effort of several police forces, coordinated by Interpol, has achieved to put down this botnet that spied and stole data from their victims, including bank details and disseminate viruses.

Lately, old bank trojan botnets are in the doldrums, closed one after another by law enforcement forces, while criminals look for some other ways to rob banks, maybe less massive but much more profitable. Other Trojans are instead on the crest of the wave: the so-called "ransomware", designed to extort victims. The last of them we have had knowledge of, ensures to come from a copyright advocacy organization which imposes a fine on the victim for accessing protected content.

Beware of this new type of online scam, because everything suggests it's getting worse. We encourage our readers to pay nothing via telephone and ensure the veracity of the information.


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