Monday, June 8, 2015

Cyberwar is bursting, and it is no joke

It's scary. Real fear. Because the guru among security gurus, Bruce Schneier, had always been weighted in this regard. But last week, in the event Infosecurity Europe, he launched apocalyptic words to the audience: "We are on the threshold of a global cyberwar". And if Schneier says, absolute credibility. We will talk today about how a selfie led to the bombing of ISIS barracks, about a company which wants to make money mediating between hackers and companies and a beautiful story by the Washington Post: how the Internet became so vulnerable.

Schneier said in London that more and more nations are working for cyberwar "and now we all are in the explosion radius". He particularly highlighted the attacks of Israel and the United States against Iran using the Stuxnet virus in 2010, attacks by Iran against the Saudi oil company Aramco, the role played by China in the recent bombing against GitHub and the assault by North Korea against Sony Pictures. "I'm afraid we are out of hand," he said.

We do not leave cyberwar to highlight a curious story: a member of the Islamic State posted a selfie on Internet. 22 hours later the US army had been able to confirm the exact location of the fighter, thanks to that selfie, and launched a military attack on the barracks in the photo. How do they do it? Chema Alonso meditate on it, from the possibility of metadata showed their GPS location to the visual reconnaissance.

Meanwhile, in the business world, more and more people invent stuff to make money from the hacker community. "The New York Times" explains the birth of a company called HackerOne, which wants to mediate between the hackers who find security holes and the companies which have these holes, in an environment of responsible reporting and provided that companies are willing to pay a reward to hackers for their discoveries. What HackerOne takes with it? 20%.

We finish just as always, looking for an interesting text for our readers more fans of computer security. This time it is a report by "The Washington Post" which explains how Internet was not created to be a safety net in in its early days, and nobody thought that users end up attacking each other. Besides the text, excellent photos of the network pioneers are worth to see too.

We hope this is a good start to the week for our readers, according to the time in which they read us, and we want to remind them that they have much more information about cybersecurity in our Twitter account.


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