Tuesday, October 27, 2015

In the US army nobody reports the computer fails due to fear of reprisal

Today we’ll devote part of our daily post to that we could enclose like “cyberwar” but from surprising different points of view. One of them unveiled in an USA Army magazine: there’s fright of report “bugs” due to possible reprisal. We’ll also talk about a trojan discovered in the laptop of a senior German government official, the provocative operations of the Russian marine and we'll finish with a new list of methods to hack cars.

According to an article published in the “Cyber Defense Review”, in the American Army doesn’t exist a centralized management of the security upgrades, neither supervision of the computer failures and the penetration evidences are forbidden. There aren't incentives for the personnel if they report the failures found. To the contrary: they’re afraid of the retaliation which would consist on the loss of the access to the system, revocation of the authorizations and other punitive actions. This causes that nobody report the “bugs”. And this situations is repeated in other armies over the world.

Another trojan in the German government

Nothing worst for the cyberwar than the main emotion in your hacker troops is fear. Although it's necessary that not only our networks and systems are protected but also the people who is in charge, whether civil or military. Today we know that the chief of the German Federal Chancellery had a spy trojan in his laptop, specifically the sophisticated Regin, which could be a work by the American National Security Agency. How did this Trojan entered ? We should ask the senior position if he has attended to any classes of personal computer security.

Submarine wires in danger

And we continue talking about cyberwar, but about another aspect: Russian ships and submarines are operating really close to the wires which, anchored in maritime floor, carry the Internet communications. USA has complained that they are “aggressively” close and they could wiretap these wires, something that until now only was done by USA and Great Britain without asking for permission to anybody. And this is because the cyberwar isn’t only in the the computer networks.

More car hacking

We finish congratulating Jaime Restrepo, founder of the biggest Latin American security community, DragonJAR, for his researchs about car hacking, recently shown in the Ekoparty and which complete other hacker investigations all around the world. Restrepo has proven how to open the safe of a car or how to make sound the horn sending a SMS or interact with the car via Bluetooth, making the most of the weak default passwords.

By the way the European security entity ENISA is looking for hackers who can help testing cars and other “smart-gadgets” from the Internet of Things. You’ll find the link among our today tweets.


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