Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Snowden opens a Twitter account

There’s no cybersecurity fan today who hasn’t dedicated a mention to the big new: yesterday, at 6 pm, Snowden opened a Twitter account which was quickly confirmed as real by his friends of “The Intercept”. The commotion is interesting and we'll talk about it in our daily summary, as well as a case which questions the propaganda about “cyber insurance”, a virus writer sentenced to prison and a bad survey about mobile banking.

The first tweet by Snowden was: "Can you hear me, now?" Twitter has made a graphic-GIF where we can see its users reactions when the people knew it and is really impressive the interest attracted. When writing this text, Snowden had 958.000 followers and rising. By the way, Snowden only follows the NSA account. He is @snowden.

Be careful with cyber insurances

We continue with a case which has strongly attracted our attention. After talking so much about insurances for if we are cyber attacked, an insured business suffers an attack of spearphising and the company doesn’t want to pay the 1,8 millions stolen. The company is BitPay, but the insurance company, MBIC, claims for a clause in the contract which says that they won’t pay this kind of attacks. Now Bitpay has denounced the insurer and we are ready for the show. We must say the cyber insurance is giving a lot of problems in USA and they're absolutely not a panacea.

The author of Citadel, sentenced 

Which also has given a lot of problems is a malware called Citadel, which would have infected more than 11 millions of computers around the world. Citadel is a bank trojan which operated since 2011 with which a botnet of more than 7.000 zombies was created. His author would be the Russian Dimitry Belorossov, arrested by the FBI in july of 2014 and he has just heard his sentence in the United States: he is condemned to four years and six months in prison and a fine of 323.000 dollars.

Experts don’t trust mobile banking

And talking about banks, today we close our summary with a survey made by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) to 900 cybersecurity experts, related to mobile banking. 87% believes that the vulnerabilities in this field will increase, only 23% thinks that the mobile payment is secure to protect personal information, 47% says the electronic payment isn’t safe and 89% thinks that is more secure to pay with cash, but here’s the paradox: only 9% pays with cash.

The world of the IT security is full of paradoxes, so we can certainly say that "the tailor's wife is the worst clad" We wish a great day to our readers. 


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