Friday, September 2, 2016

Access Keys


In the 80s the videogame The Legend of Zelda caused furor among console lovers. It often consisted in finding keys to doors, trunks or jewellery boxes that would help the warrior Link in his eagerness to save the princess and the Kingdom of Hyrule. As in the fiction, those keys don't ever fall into good hands, as we have heard in the news related to cybersecurity this week.

According to Info-Security Magazine, a group of hackers had access to data from OneLogin, a cloud-based company that provides online accounts and identity management. Apparently the attackers kept that information for one whole month, from July 25 to August 25 this year. This happens just after it has come to light that 69 million Dropbox accounts have been leaked, forcing the enterprise to reset the passwords.
Something similar has happened to Kimptom Hotels & Restaurants. According to Cnet website, the servers that they typically use to pay at their restaurants and hotels have been recently infected by malware designed to steal numbers, names and expiration dates from credit cards. This was also explained by the US boutique hotel chain on their website, where apart from apologizing for the inconveniences, they also provided contact numbers for all the customers that have been affected.

And when it comes to security there are places where you can feel more protected than in others. According to a study by Artmotion, that has been recently published by Ticbeat website, Spain appears to be one of the countries where digital information is most at risk (18.20%). Switzerland would be the safest nation, with only 1.6%, followed by Singapore (1.9%) and Iceland (2.3%). Somalia would be the least safe nation in the world, with 92.9%.

One of the creators of the ‘legend’, which we started this post with, was inspired by Zelda Fiztgerald, the novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald’s wife. During his dramatic and intense life, the author searched for the keys to achieve and fulfill what people call the American dream. And as the writer knew well, to achieve that dream you must live in the United States. An irony, because this week, the FBI director James Comey has warned about the bureau’s inability to access American citizens’ digital devices. Comey suggested that it is necessary to have an “adult conversation” with manufacturers of phones, computers and iPads. His words have reopened the discussion started when Apple refused to give away that type of information. Of course, many citizens got angry again. 


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