Friday, November 4, 2016


The best of the week in Cybersecurity

If in the past decades youth was associated with sex, drugs and rock and roll, nowadays this may have changed. The novel ‘The Girls’, by Emma Cline, published this year, tells the story of a teenage girl who gets into Charles Manson’s band at the end of the sixties and begins to feel intense emotions.

Technology has made young people and teenagers change, even their way of approaching crime. This week we have found out that a 19-year-old British boy has been convicted of creating a DDoS tool, used in 1.7 million attacks. Prosecutors say Adam Mudd would have earned more than 300,000 euros since he created Titanium Stresser when he was 15 years old. The software is a booter service that has been used by thousands of cybercriminals and the attacks were made against 181 IP addresses. 

But not all cyber attackers are so young. This week we have discovered the identity behind one of the hackers that leaked private photographs of celebrities. Ryan Collins, 36, from Pennsylvania, is one of the suspects of leaking the pictures known as ‘Fappenning’ or ‘CelebGate’, which affected artists such as Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, Rihanna or Avril Lavigne. The other one is Edward Majerczyk, 28, from Illinois. Between the two of them, it is presumed that they affected about 600 victims

In countries like the United States, where distances are so long, having a car means to be able to travel more comfortably. Otherwise there would not be another way of moving around certain cities. Nowadays connected cars may face some problems if they are victims of hackers. The main problem is, perhaps, that there is no antivirus to solve those attacks. As we can read on Hipertextual website, according to engineer Charlie Miller, there are two types of attacks: one directed to the multimedia system and the other one focused on the breaks and the car control.

To Miller, the problem starts because of the connection between both systems, since if one can be accessible, the other one can also be accessed. This threat could change our way of pre-warning ourselves when driving in a not very distant future. It’s not just about driving carefully, but to be sure that it’s us who are driving the car.

In the previous post we talked about certain threats of today that were not possible before. It’s true that technology has made things easy, but it’s also true that it has changed a lot of other aspects. For instance: a kid can become rich illegally at the age of 15; if you are famous your privacy can be attacked, or the new fear that your car can be controlled by someone else. As Bob Dylan would say: times are changing.

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