Friday, October 14, 2016

More risks for the biggest ones

The best of the week in cybersecurity

With no doubt, one thing that has changed our shopping habits has been Amazon’s arrival. Since it was launched, there have been many detractors. In the book selling business, for instance, there was a whole war against publishers and conventional booksellers. Even now there are small libraries that still feel threatened.

But Amazon has a threat that small booksellers don’t have: cybercriminals. Actually, large companies are more attractive to hackers than the small ones. This week we have heard that Amazon may have suffered a possible cyberattack. Although the company has not confirmed it yet and denies it, according to Softpedia, the company has reset users’ passwords “just in case”. 

Apparently, the company had to restart the accounts of a number of users whose personal data was exposed online due to a possible data breach. Amazon denies the attack, but made this decision after the security team warned the company about the fact that some of their customers’ data went public on the network. 

Another company that has suffered an attack was the American company Very Bradley. This week the company announced that a group of hackers stole the credit card information from an indeterminate number of costumers. The attack could have affected 112 stores and 44 outlets during July 25 and September 23. Apparently, the purchases made through the website have not been affected. The cyberattack was confirmed by the FBI.

This week Apple has been in the news as well. In the UK, British politicians are not allowed to use Apple watches in their meetings anymore, in order to avoid possible hackings. According to The Telegraph, experts are afraid that the conversations between ministers may be heard by cyberattackers. The British are suspicious of Russian spies, who have been recently accused of being the perpetrators of the attacks to the Democratic National Convention. A source from the British newspaper said: “The Russians are trying to hack everything”.

This week we have heard that companies do not usually check their cloud services looking for malware. According to a research by Ponemon Institute, published by Helpnet Security, the increasing use of the cloud and the lack of visibility of the information that is stored there can be harmful and cause information theft. The report revealed that companies do not normally conduct inspections to detect malware in their storage services in the cloud.

Large companies, as we can see, are most at risk of being attacked by cybercriminals than the small ones. Rewards for hackers, whether they are economic or political, are bigger. That’s why cybersecurity measures should be further strengthened. 

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