Friday, January 8, 2016

Be careful when accepting cookies in a website: it can be a trap!

The cybercrime has found a new way to defraud us: using the famous windows to inform us, web after web, of their obligations by European laws about cookies. We'll explain how and we'll talk about new massive data robberies, a security alert of EZCast and a delicious hack which closed the last year, in the Chaos Communication Congress.

MalwareBytes warns about a malicious campaign that uses the cookies information windows of a website. Clicking in "Accept" we could be clicking, actually, in a transparent ad which the bad guys would have placed above this window. Through this, our clicks reports money to cybercriminals, who collect money from the advertiser every time somebody clicks in their ad. And that would be the most innocent use.

Robbery in Time Warner

We started the year as we finished it: with a great predominance of the massive data robberies. The Linode provider and the cybersecurity company Cyberoam would have been victims of these robberies from 2015 to 2016 and today joins this group Time Warner, with the confirmed data robbery of more than 300.000 of their wire clients. While Time Warner denies it and refused to have been hacked and blames to the use of the stolen credentials in other sites, we recommend to their clients to quickly change their passwords.

Careful with EZCast

Another "trending topic" of the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 is the Internet of Things. If someone has been gifted with a flashdrive Google EZCast to make "streaming" from his computer to his TV, he should read this article, where it explains that this flash drive would help to someone to compromise his domestic Wifi network. According to Google Play, 5 million people would have buyed the device and downloaded the asociated app.

Hack via KVM

We finish with something to read calmly: the journalistic description of what we could consider the last hack of the year, in form of concept. It was showed by the Isralian Yaniv Balmas and Lior Oppenheim, malware expert of Checkpoint. They have created a malware system which could infect isolated systems of Internet by using compromised KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) units.

If we finished 2015 like that, we frightened thinking what will 2016 bring us. Luckily we know we count, when we discover it, with the inestimable company of our readers.


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