Monday, January 23, 2017

Scares in real life are not like in the movies.

A year ago today...

Do you remember 'The Conjuring', 'Ouija' and 'Don't Breathe'? They are only three of the blockbuster horror films of 2016. If they sound like you are a fan of the genre and you do not miss one. And it may be because you are used to be scared, you have an amazing facility to face situations that everyone else would have an alteration in their nervous system. You are in luck if you also work in cybersecurity. Because this is a circuit in which we go from fright to fright.



In our usual throwback to Mondays, we see that the month of January 2016 was not for heart. Beginning with the worldwide crush in Twitter, the microblogging network par excellence, is for many addicts to the 140 characters more or less little the end of the world. It is ironic that the trending topic of January 20 was #TwitterDown, because during the crush it was technically impossible to tweet anything. So it gives us the clue: that's what all the users talked about when the service was recovered. The story gives more than a jocular commentary, because that day the shares of the company fell by no less than 7%. Few jokes fit before a blackout of this caliber, apparently caused by a defective program raised to production.



Also by those dates, and if it were not because the vast majority of users do not care about these things, hospitals in the world should have collapsed. From Perception Point reported a very serious vulnerability in the Linux kernel that affected 2 out of 3 Android devices worldwide.  Scope that was responsible for denying from Google its security officer Adrian Ludwig, although Google promised a patch in less than two weeks to avoid any impact on it.

As in this field it is always easy for you to skip a fanboy with that of "Apple has no virus", it is advisable not to forget. That same week that broke the news of the Linux kernel, we also knew that the apple bite company had been delayed, no less than three years!In patch a vulnerability for version 9.2.1 Of its iOS mobile system. So if your cinema seat partner in cybersecurity is wearing a Cupertino T-shirt, you should be aware of him. He can get a good scare thinking he is safe from any scene, "because that on the iPhone does not happen."

If something have in common all scary movies is the dynamic of generate tension in the viewer: music, photography and color predispose the viewer to an adrenaline rush. Something like generating fear to the fear. But the scare in real life has fewer dramatic components and more of an absolutely unexpected situation. A supplier of the airline Boeing saw in January of last year "fly" 55 million dollars of its box. No data, no passwords or anything: just money. But if someone had been able to steal that amount, what other misdeeds could not have committed. It is scary to think about it.

Al cine se va a disfrutar. You go to the movies to enjoy, even if you have a bad time getting scary. But in real life it is better to avoid any scary situation. No one is safe to have them, but if you get caught up with your homework unmade (double authentication, common sense, responsible use), and with the guard down, you also get the feeling of guilt, and in many cases the economic damage , Reputational or trustworthy. And that is something that dosen't  end when you leave the cinema.


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