Thursday, June 18, 2015

One grandma cuts a wire and leaves Armenia offline

Sometimes we forget that, in IT security, it’s also very important the physical component. Here’s a 75 year old woman to remember us that this impressive assembly called Internet can fall like a house of cards with a simple sabotage of its wired structure. Today we also pay attention to a study that breaks the myth of people who gives its personal data in return for free services, an article about the upcoming end of the passwords and an analysis about the cybercriminal group DD4BC. 

A woman from Georgia was robbing copper to sell it when she cut an optical fiber wire. It was so unluckily that Armenia was offline more than five hours, also affecting part of Georgia and Azerbaijan. We don’t know if the poor grandma justified herself against the media with a sentence such as “I shake it up”, but they already called her “the shovel hacker”. This should remind us the importance of the physical security.

Today we also focus on a study made by the University of Pennsylvania over 1506 North American who were asked if they would accept giving their personal data in return for free services. In contrast to the commonly accepted, 84% of the people surveyed are contrary to lose the control over their personal data, although 58% think there’s no way to avoid it.

Along with the privacy, another field where actually there’s a lot of movement around is the one related to passwords and how to improve them. We’re talking about emojis, biometrics or even brain waves. An interesting article explains that this change is more and more urgent because there are a lot of new devices which are connected to the Internet of the Things, like the Apple Watch, without any password. How will we prove our identity in the network in 2020? Only one thing is clear: it won’t be like nowadays.

We finish with a text which, as always, makes us think. This time is a report from Arbor Networks about the cybercriminal organization DDoS for Bitcoin (DD4BC), specialized in extortions using DDoS attacks against casinos and online shops and, recently, against important financial institutions all around the world.

We hope the info was interesting for our readers.


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