Friday, February 17, 2017

Trojan "driving" inside your phone

 The best of the week in Cyber Security
Have a car is no longer a 'must', if you live in a large city find a place to park can become an odyssey and let's not talk about the prices of parking. That is why many car rental companies or so-called "sharing economy" companies have emerged. Specialized apps solve the problem, and for much cheaper prices, giving you the freedom that provides you a car but without all its drawbacks.


A study on different car rental apps have detected several security flaws, which of course were reported to companies as soon as they were detected. Many of these apps can be infected by a Trojan in a very easy way, entering in your smartphone and stealling all your data. Something that can also happen when you charge your mobile phone at any mall or public place, so you know, better use an extra external battery.


About these and many other issues, it has been speaking this week at the RSA Conference in San Francisco, the largest cybersecurity event in the world. There are the greatest experts in security, professionals and media in the sector, and we have not stopped pointing dozens of headlines that go well beyond the latest developments in the sector and what will come in the future.

Among many others, it is worth mentioning the statements of one of RSA's founders, Ronald Rivest, who has even declared himself an AI skeptic for cybersecurity. He agrees that artificial intelligence is a great ally of IT professionals, but when it comes to cybersecurity it is necessary to have a person in charge and with the responsibility that everything goes correctly. Something in which his former colleague Adi Shamir also agrees.

So, yes, we leave more and more everything in the hands of the machines, but the trained human filter is still necessary. But the trained one. The human filter that lacks knowledge, or is simply "bad luck", can not do much. Read the dreadful lingering threat of ransomware. Attention curves: a total of 1,445,434 users worldwide were attacked with ransomware in 2016. According to the study of Kaspersky Lab in late 2016 a user was attacked with ransomware every 10 seconds on average and in the case of companies, attacks could be carried out every 40 seconds.

With these figures, all security measures must be taken, and therefore the main email providers have been forced to use measures to protect users. One of the cases has been Gmail, which has started blocking the JavaScript attachment as a security measure. Since he warned you that he was going to do it, you cannot blame him, Gmail will notify you that the file has been blocked once you try to add it to your e-mail. Of course, they will also give you a solution: it will recommend you use links from Google Drive, Cloud or any other solution in the cloud that you use.
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