Monday, April 20, 2015

Interpol will develope its own virtual currency

It would be only for law enforcement training purposes, but it still remains curious that Interpol has decided to create their own virtual currency scheme. It seems that Bitcoin and other cryptcoins are increasingly used and should be taken seriously. Today, we'll also discuss on how banks report on INFOSEC incidents, a big improvement on Google ads and about cyberwar in the Middle East. 

As explained by Cyber Innovation Interpol director, the intention to create a virtual police currency is to better understanding how do they work, since they have become the default means of payment in the network underworld. Kaspersky Lab has discovered a major flaw in these coins scheme, which allow malicious code to be sent along with virtual transactions and would be studied by Interpol.

Meanwhile, in the world of "real" money, banks increasingly exchange information on cyber attacks, something unthinkable just a year ago. That's the result of increased incidents, and discovering that working in trusted groups can bear fruits. In addition, the governments encourage banks to identify these attacks perpetrators, something that, until now, was a minor concern of the entities, but as there are other countries among the attackers,  the need to uncover them has grown. That's what explained one of the speakers at the RSA Conference 2015, which opens today in San Francisco.

And another good news from Google: Today we learned that the giant will encrypt their Adwords advertising service with HTTPS. It will be from June 30th this year, and for all websites incorporating this advertising type and advertisers too. This will help to prevent attacks such in vogue as malicious code injection on ads, infecting visitors to websites where are showing it.

And last but not least, the cyber war in the Middle East goes on. If in recent years we have seen largely reports of Israel -and its allies- attacks against the Arab front, we began to see the opposite. The Blue Coat Systems company claims to have discovered an Arabic-speaking group which would have infiltrated the Israeli military networks, using the old trick of sending emails with viruses.

It's funny how such an old trap as "phishing" is still working either for a housewife,  a bank employee or a soldier from Mossad. ¡Be careful with that!


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