Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Facebook joins the fight against infecting ads

A few days ago, Google announced some measures to deal via encryption with the plague of ads infecting websites visitors. Now Facebook joined, and they will monitor the millions of ads shown in its social network. Both initiatives deserve applause. We will discuss today also about a quite destructive virus, about how was Uber hacked and about new authentication methods beyond passwords.

Ads which infect website visitors have become a real plague. Its victims do not even noticed the infection because is automatic: malicious code examines the victim's browser and whether there is a security hole for which the virus is programmed, it uses it to infect your entire computer. Facebook has announced an agreement with a company who will monitor the millions of third-party ads displayed on the network.

Speaking of viruses, we were surprised to know which Cisco Talos researchers discovered a "spyware" called Rombertik, which makes not only like the rest of his kind, ie record what you type and steal data. It also detects if it is being analyzed and audited and, if so, destroys the system. It is not the first malicious code using that destructive form of self-protection, but had long since we hadn't seen something similar.

In another vein, we could not resist talking about something that may sound trivial but shows how little safety awareness there is amongst users. A few weeks ago I discovered that Uber accounts were sold on the black market. The company denied an assault on their servers and now we know the truth, thanks to the witness of who stole those accounts: He simply used a dictionary with passwords already used elsewhere, weak or easy to guess.

There is shown with increasing insistence which passwords are a form of protection to transcend. Researchers from all around the world are devising new forms of authentication as original as those based on how you type and other habits facing the computer. All this and even more is told in an interesting article by Angel Blázquez which deserves to be read calmly.

We hope our readers were of those rare specimens who actually can enjoy some quiet time during the day!


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