Friday, October 7, 2016

A matter of age

Cybersecurity: the best of the week 

Generations can be an indicator of many things. They can determine presidential elections or consumer trends. In the 20s, in the United States, young people loved jazz and alcohol (forbidden at that time). They were seen as libertines by the elders. But those young people, forty years later, looked at young hippies and rock and roll lovers with the same distrust during the 60s.

This week we have seen that age can also be a determining factor for the cyber attackers on the network. The older generations of today have proved to be a good target for cyber criminals. According to Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, people older than 55 are an easier prey for cyberattacks. The report says that they don’t tend to protect their mobile phones, although they usually do with their computers. Unlike younger users, they don’t worry so much about security in the privacy settings of their social networks.   

About the 90% of the people older than 55 ensures they do online shopping and transactions. Among the most common incidents that affect them we can find: using malicious software (20%), sharing too much personal information (13%), be victims of an online scam (12%), watch inappropriate images on the net (12%),communicate with strangers (12%) or been spied by malicious software (10%), among others.

For cybercriminals it’s even easier with WordPress. According to Softpedia, because WordPress is dominating the Content Management System market, hackers are becoming much more aggressive and creative when attacking websites and infecting them with malware. Sucuri has discovered a new trick potentially used by cyber attackers, which consists in inserting malicious code, in order to redirect the traffic and the visits towards other infected websites. This vulnerability may be affecting the younger more than the older generations. 

But anybody, no matter the age and the generation, understands some of the following expressions. For instance, the word ‘monopoly’ is one of them. In thenews this week we have heard about the punishment that the European Union mayimpose to Google for trying to monopolize the app market. The EU antitrust regulators have accused mobile phones manufacturers of pre-install Google search engines exclusively. In the document, of 150 pages, prepared by the commission, they urge Google to stop offering discounts to mobile phone manufacturers for doing so. 

Age can also influence on the likes or dislikes of a person. A few days ago we were talking about Edward Snowden, today we talk about Julian Assange. According to the website Cnet, the creator of Wikileaks announced this week that he has valuable information that may harm Hillary Clinton and he wants to make it public before November 8th, the day of the US presidential election.

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