Thursday, December 3, 2015

Advices for buying "intelligent devices" this Christmas

Verify if the device really needs connexion to Internet, if it includes security measures in the manual or if the seller has good reputation are some good advices offered by the European organism of cybersecurity, ENISA. We'll give more advices and we'll talk about 0day regulations, about technological failures in planes and about the 7th birthday of  the Conficker worm, which after 7 years is still installed in thousands of computers.

ENISA has just published a deep report about the Internet of Things with security recommendations for builders, installers and users too. Change passwords regularly, disconnecting the device form Internet when it´s not needed, using cable connections better than wifi ones, making a proper privacy config or updating when possible are the most basic security advices. The publishing of this manual coincides with the announcement of closer links between The Home Land Security Department of the USA and Sillycon VAlley companies to reach an agreement about hou to improve the security of the Internet of Things.

Brainy study about the 0day market
Today we started upside-down, recommending the text for reflection at the beggining and not at the end, we'll keep in the same way not only one text but two. The second one it's called "Preliminar analysis about the regulation of the vulnerabilities on the 0day market" and it's a deep study about the situation of this sector, from the white to the black market and the grey market and from the North American legislation to the international legislation.

A computing failure killed 30 people
Now we talk about the new of the day. It attracts specially our attention the new version about the bombing of the Medecins Sans Frontières hospital in Afganistan, which killed 30 people. The general John F. Campbell has came to light to blame of the erroneus bombing to... yes, the typpical computing failure. According to Campbell, failures in the software of the plane made it go to the wrong objective.

7 years of Conficker
And we finish with a birthday: the worm Conficker, who turns 7 years active and is installed yet in thousands of computers, without their users knowing it, while Conficker use their machines to send spam or new viruses. Although the modern antivurs detect him, the owners of the infected computer wouldn't use this protection. According to Check Point, Conficker is still being the number one  malware in  the UK corporate computers.

We get goose bumps because there's so many lazyness and the cybercriminals exploi it. We recommend our readers to take a look to their computers, to check if they have a dinosaur called Conficker on them.


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