Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Today threats


During the second half of the twentieth century, the world was in constant fear of a possible nuclear war. The atomic bomb made clear the horrible consequences if the two Cold War Blocs surrendered to the temptation of a nuclear war.

Nowadays that fear still remains, but in the world of computer science and cybernetics the attacks may be already happening. Atomic Bombing (AtomBombing) is the name that a group of researchers are using to name the technique of introducing malicious code that would affect PC users. The study, by eSilo, has found out that cyber attackers can use this technique, which is called this way because it uses a Windows function called Atom Tables, to bypass the security systems that would prevent the infection. 

The most relevant characteristic is that it doesn’t depend on the vulnerabilities of Windows' security components, but it does depend on the original operating system functions. Which means that Windows could not repair the damage. The attack technique can affect all versions of Windows and, what is worse, none of the security programs that are installed on the system (Firewall or Antivirus) could stop the action of this malware called “atomic bombing”.

The truth is that cyber threats today are increasingly affecting more and more people. A recent research by Opinium revealed that nearly half of the users have been victims of some kind of computer attack. Specifically, 45% of consumers, or in other words, 9 out of 20. Of these, 65% (two out of three) decided not to report the incident to the authorities. The research also found out that one out of six users have lost money due to online frauds, with losses of the 20%, which would reach the amount of 1,000 euros.

The research was done among 3,457 consumers in countries like UK, USA, Germany, France, Italy, Denmark, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands. Among the most common cyber attacks we can find false password reset requests on social networks (20%), followed by emails from attackers impersonating companies and requesting personal information (17%).

The study also revealed that users will be afraid of using online services in the future. In addition, the 21% of the victims showed their dissatisfaction with the brand involved in the fraud. The 75% of the respondents said that this type of attacks harm the company's reputation, 65% pointed out that the attacks reduce the confidence in the brands, while the 53% said they would not do anything related to those brands anymore. The research also revealed that organizations and companies carry on strategies to protect their brands.

Perhaps today the society’s fear is not just possible military attacks or armed robberies like it happened in the past. Today cyber threats are as real as threats and frauds were before in the traditional manner. And both users and organizations must take precautions.

 

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