Wednesday, September 23, 2015

The NSA adapts its systems to the quantum cryptography

There's no quantum computer, at least known, nowadays. It's only theory, but maybe the NSA knows something more, because today we've discovered that it has changed the protection recommendations of its systems to adapt them to quantum algorithms. On the other hand, we keep talking about the security in iPhone and Android phones and today we'll finish with the Internet of Things.  

We start with something not exciting presently but very interesting in the future. We have been informed through the IEEE Computer Society bulletin that the North American National Security Agency has checked the recommendations about protection of the National Security Systems, not checked since 2009, to adapt them to the transition to quantum algorithms. Quantum public algorithms, with passwords which require much more bits than the present ones.  

The CIA invented the attack

We go back to the real world to comment the last data about the Great Hack to the App Store. Today Fire Eye tells us that the infected apps were not thousands, as it was told yesterday, but 4.000. Let's play, gentlemen. We also know, through "The Intercept" that the North American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) explained exactly how to perform this attack in a secret conference, in 2012. "The Intercept" noticed through the Snowden documents and wrote an article in March 2015, just when we suspect that the attack started.

Clean Master, infected

And, whereas the iPhone users continue with bated breath, the Android ones are used to it. Or they should be. Another research of the company FireEye unveils that a Chinese advertisement company has infected and kidnapped hundreds of thousands Android devices, which are defenceless in a big botnet. The affected were over 50 countries and among the, at least, 300 infected apps, we find some such as popular as Amazon, Memory Booster and Clean Master. 

Abusing the Internet of Things

We finish with a recommendation, this time not about a text but a book recommended by the IEEE Computer Society: "Abusing the Internet of Things: Blackouts, Freakouts, and Stakeouts" by Nitesh Dhanjani, who asks himself some intriguing questions in the book: When will the software failures start to kill people?

Hope that it never will!


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