Friday, February 10, 2017

'Diseases' of the future

  The best of the week in Cyber Security

When we look back and think of our old mobiles and computers that only could be use to call and send SMS or e-mails, we can not believe it. Now the possibilities of communication have multiplied, the power of the Internet and new technologies have gradually led us to a new world, the future that foreshadowed the movie Metropolis. Our needs have been changing and forgetting the mobile at home can cause you a tremendous stress for the rest of the day and even have to go back for it.

And one of the big 'culprits' of that sickly need to have our cell phone next to us is: WhatsApp. A fantastic communication tool that has improved over time and today is on the news for his new breakthrough in cybersecurity. The Facebook app has sought to reduce the risk of phishing, with 2-step verification. Since November there was the beta version that will be released today for millions of users, it will be available for both Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Although it can be somewhat uncomfortable, everything is for our safety.

Talking about security, even in the safest places in the world as the American National Security Agency, also top secret file thefts are committed. That has made an employee of the NSA who has been accused of stealing government property files from the NSA and the CIA. These thefts were made during 20 years, among his loot there are data about computer hacking tools created by the NSA to perform infiltrations.

Therefore, it is not surprising that within the rankings of countries with more phising attacks US is at the top with 81% of worldwide attacks. Although this research offered by PhishLabs, also highlights the growth of attacks on Canadian institutions by 237%.

Given this record, companies in the UK have been increasing cyber security workforce by 163% since 2012. Something great for the cybersecurity sector that has great professionals, trained in the latest tools and technological innovations. In both private and public sector, these professionals have been rewarded with salary improvements that may help attract more young people to the increasingly important information security profession.

It will probably be these future professionals, the ones who "fight" against bugs that may affect Macs. At least an attack on a Mac command found in a Word file has already been reported, but do not panic ... the quality of the malware was not particularly advanced although its use of Word macros is significant. At the moment we can breathe calm although it seems that what seemed impossible has already happened and hackers are already thinking about their next objective.



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