Friday, July 22, 2016

Frontiers are useless nowadays

For thousand years, one way to be relatively safe was to respect the frontiers: if something don't like me, I won't let it in, and it will not exist in my country, in my society or in my environment. With the digital era it seems clear those doctrines based on the perimetral defenses have blown out, and that's why is surprising that some people still use it nowadays. It seems the lesson weren't learnt yet: it is useless to tighten the frontier if the enemy is already living with me... although I don't want to see it.

Something similar happened with the president of Turkey, Recep Tayip Erdogan, who one day decides to limit the social networks, and another to lock Wikileaks on his country, after the Assange organization filtered 300.000 emails compromising his administration: if we don't see it, it doesn't exist, must think the Turkish leader. A few day before this "block" and when the network had announced the filtration of these documents, a tweet from Wikileaks announced they were under a sustained attack. This, when the country was just recovering from the attempted coup, which involved another "block" to sites like Youtube, Facebook an Twitter. The quotation marks of "block" has a sense: the population who want tell to the world what was happening, did it through VPN. Frontiers on the digital era?

Talking about Twitter, this platform has put correctly a digital fence where it should be: on identity thefts, affecting above all to famous professionals and personalities. The social network has opened its account authentication policy for all the people to request the famous "blue tick". Achieve it or not (depending of Twitter) is other matter; but at least the request is possible.

In conclusion, tighten the frontiers is useless, because the enemy isn't there anymore. Yo can limit the sites where your employees can navigate on the Internet and found in a legitimate place a legitimate app for administrative task with a hidden "gift" in shape of banking malware. "Malware where the victims least expect it" entitled very well Ars Technica talking about this matter.

The example of the mess lived in the digital world is the blow of the weekend for the Tor community when one of its veterans, Lucky Green, make the announcement: it's over, he leaves the "onion". He did it because he has "no reasonable choice left within the bounds of ethic", according to the message he had left to announce his decision, where he also encourage to the developers to emulate Tonga, the nodus managed by Green that will be shut down next 31st August.

To top this weekend, and as is costumary, we recommend a review for our last post: the interview with José Luis Gilpérez (spanishenglish), and a report about the lack of resources against the threaths on corporate environments (spanishenglish).

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