Friday, August 7, 2015

Someone put a spyware in Alberto Nisman's phone

Yesterday began in Las Vegas the DefCon hackers convention, just after BlackHat. It's, without any doubt, an avalanche what we have the press specialized in cybersecurity, telling you all the news shown at BlackHat. After the surprising bugs and the digital games about magic, we have a few lectures really transcendent, being one of them the conclusions of a researcher who entered Alberto Nisman's phone, the Argentinian prosecutor murdered in strange circunstances. We'll talk about it as well as other interesting stories from BlackHat. 

Alberto Nisman was found dead in his apartment in January 18th of this present year, just the day before declaring in Argentina congress against the current president, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, about her implication in an Iranian terrorist attack, in Buenos Aitres in 1994. According to Morgan Marquis-Boire in BlackHat, security director at First Look Media, Nisman had in his phone, a Motorola xt626, for a minimum period of six months, a spyware monitoring his calls and messages, also making screenshots. In June, we already know that someone manipulated his computer, physically and even remotely, the week before and also a few hours after his death.

27 botnets in one

Another very real investigation shown in Las Vegas is the one related to the bank trojan GameOver Zeus and the band that has stolen about 100 million dollars with it. 50 people would take part of this band, organized by roles, from the "mules" to its leader, who would have used the botnet of computers infected by GameOver Zeus not only to steal money and 20 or 30 data terabytes, but also to make cyber spying tasks. Botnet which, really, were 27 botnets.

The fridge hacked me

We also focused on the invention by the "Funtenna", which can remotely steal data from a computer through sound waves. To achieve it, is necessary to infect the target, any kind of computer, with some sort of malware. This attack is specially designed for high risk computers, which are isolated from the Internet. According to its "inventors", the discovery has a huge potential, because it's capable to manage all sort of devices from the Internet of Things: consoles, washing machines or fridges could steal data from our computers. Fun, fun.

Renaissance hackers

We finish with a text to think about it, this time not much long but also interesting in the ideas exposed: it's related to this new generation of hackers which not only assault computers but also critical infrastructures, the Internet of Things, cars and whatever you want. This means a brutal increase of the necessary skills, not only about IT but also related to Physics, Chemistry and others. Curiously, after a period of a lot of qualification the hacker returns to its primary role, as a renaissance scientist.

We wish our readers a nice summer weekend and we summon them to the next week, when we suppose we'll have news about the DefCon that's being celebrated right now in Las Vegas. 


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