Friday, July 24, 2015

Domains .sucks become a new form of extortion

Among the 6,000 domains .sucks that have been sold since their launch in June, only twenty are being used. The rest are celebrities purchases and companies that do not want to see things like "" on the Internet. More and more voices describe this domain as an extortion. We'll also talk about a major security alert that affects the browser Internet Explorer for mobiles, the danger of fakes using Linkedin and an informal but interesting research about hackers ads.

ICANN has recently put on the market the .sucks domain, along with others which have not been so successful. This domain was designed for web pages that would complain about politicians, corporations... but those who are buying it are celebrities and companies which do not want to see these criticize domains. Being aware of this, the company register Vox Populi, which sells these domains, has increased 10 times their prices if the buyer is a trademark. Some talk of blackmail and extortion. ICANN is investigating.

Turn off Internet Explorer

Meanwhile, in the real world, the users of Internet Explorer for mobiles are exposed to 4 major security holes for which there is no patch. The HP company warned Microsoft about this problem and gave him 120 days to fix it. Microsoft has not done so, arguing that there are no known exploits and the bugs are difficult to reproduce. HP showed them to the public, after the stipulated time. And so we are. Everything in the air. And now when seems that Microsoft wants to devote to security... Luckily IE is more and more minority. Best turn it off.

Phishing threat of using Linkedin

We continue with another danger, much more serious, tells Kaspersky, who provided a security problem in Linkedin that the giant, with more than 360 million users, has already solved. The failure allowed an attacker to convince their victims that they were in an entry page to Linkedin, where they have to give their name and password, when in fact it was a fake page. The credentials have gone directly to the thief. The failure is solved but reminds us that no one is infallible and that we must not let our guard down just because we see something that comes from Linkedin.

Hackers delivery

We finish with a curious investigation by the blog "Security by Default": search the word "hacker" in Spanish well known ads portals of resale. Most are the typical "economic hacker", "experienced hacker or" forensic computing "dedicated to the most demanded: discover passwords from accounts in social networks, Whatsapp, email, Facebook and whatever you want. Not to be missed.

We just finish another week full of many adventures in this always distracted world of cybersecurity. We wish our readers a good rest and we recommend you to visit us on Sunday to read our weekly interview. This time, the great Hugo Teso, an air safety expert.


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