Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Caught when they were about to send millions of infected emails

Banks, government, corporations and other enterprises in Britain were on a list of email addresses, about to send them phishing messages with the famous banker Trojan, Dridex hidden inside. We will talk about this discovery, as well as a new frightening app for smartwatches, a chip that destroys itself and an interesting map of the Tor network.

Fujitsu was the one who discovered the list, totaling a whopping 385 million email addresses. First he thought it would be a typical list of spam victims, until he realized they were not going to send Viagra ads but the fearsome banking Trojan Dridex. Then he saw that all recipients were British companies, which has alerted the British secret service. Take this example for companies around the world to redouble efforts to train their employees about the dangers of phishing.

¿Smartwatch o keylogger?

But if you did not want broth, two cups, because every day new risks appear to keep you on alert. Today is smartwatches turn: researchers have created an app, which can follows the movements we make with the hand in which we wear the watch, to the end to detect which keys we are pressing and infer what words we write on the keyboard. We do not want to imagine what it could do with this a group of cibermercenaries.

This chip will self-destruct

For danger, the one just created by Xerox PARC engineers: a chip, which destroys itself when given the order in less than 10 seconds. It is made of Gorilla Glass substrate, the same as mobile phones screens. When it destroys itself it becomes thousand pieces impossible rebuilding. Although it may seem an entertainment, it is not for the US military who have invested $ 2 million in funding for this research.

That's Tor

We finish with the image, which illustrates our post today: the Tor nodes map, Onionview, just launched by the Australian Luke Millanta. You can now see how Tor phenomenon has grown, 2,000 nodes, as 5 years ago to 6,425 today. Countries with more nodes are Germany and the United States, almost the same, followed by France, the Netherlands, Russia, UK, Sweden and Canada. The map is navigable and enables a closer look to see in detail how many nodes there are, for example, in Barcelona.

We leave our readers with this amusement, until tomorrow, which will already be Wednesday.


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