Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Have you paid attention to your router lately?

Botnets which have under their control thousands of non securized "routers" are increasingly common, said Incapsula company researchers specialized in protection against Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. Today we'll pay attention to this increasingly pressing problem and we'll discuss the domain of Romania in the governmental INFOSEC world and the rant about whether or not covering our devices cameras.
According to Incapsula, in the last four months there have been registered DDoS attacks from more than 40,000 IP addresses belonging to routers provided by 1.600 ISPs to their customers. Routers which can be remotely managed and whose owners have not even changed the default password in most cases. While it's not a new phenomenon, the researchers warn about its galloping rise.

Moreover, the AP agency surprises us today with an interesting story about the Romanian supremacy in the cyberwar front, to the extent that NATO appointed to this country to help Ukraine to defend themselves against Russian cyber-espionage. Another example of the great knowledge of its experts is that 20% of Europol INFOSEC Unit members are Romanians.

So we continue with surprises: a survey of one hundred Spanish experts reveals that not all of them agreed to cover their devices cameras in order to prevent spying viruses. According to this survey, 33% do not cover computer webcams considering they could also being spied on the microphone, among other reasons. Still less cover their mobile phone cameras.

And just a goodie for our readers: "Hackerstrip" is a comic which tells hacker's stories where reality and fiction mixes. Malware expert Mikko Hypponen or the security team member of Red Hat and Fedora, Francisco Alonso are some of its protagonists. The episode where the latter appears was published on Monday on the Web, entitled "The Wolf and The Girl in Red". A pure delight.

The "Hackerstrip" project is working thanks to a crowdfunding campaign and input from some sector companies. Culture is also returning to the Renaissance, when it depended only on its patrons.


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