Friday, February 3, 2017

Step back to the past...


                                                                                    The best of the week in Cyber Security


Many times when we talk with our grandparents they tell us how much life has changed . Houses with open doors, children playing in the street,couples that last forever ... and they may be are right in many things. One of the things they complain about is, for example, these days 
in family meals everyone is more aware of the mobile phones than the conversation, and they are totally right about it. There are some reasons why we would not mind going back to the past, either voluntarily or by obligation ...



Nowdays it is a little shabby to arrive to a hotel and get an inconvenient key instead of a discreet card that allows you to open the door of the room. Believe it or not, a luxury hotel has decided to leave the cards aside and return to the traditonal. The hotel suffered an attack by ransomware that left all the hotel doors blocked, leaving all theirs guests with no possibility to enter or leave their rooms. The attackers requested 1,500 euros to unlock the central computer of the establishment and, after not receiving a clear answer by the police, the hotel paid the ransom and the computer was released. When the ransomware is knocking at your door ...

This step back to the past does not just stay there. The electoral electronic system in the Netherlands has finished to avoid possible cyber attacks. Surprisingly, the Dutch government will count the votes by hand in the next elections. The presumed Russian activities of propagating and pirating by Russian "dark side" professionals in the US presidential campaign have rang the warning bells for the Netherlands to take these measures.

It would not hurt to return to the past to write: with paper and a pen. That way it would look clear if a text has been modified, not like in Wordpress, which revealed that hackers may have access to modify the content of any post within their site. A "little problem" that can simply affect millions of blogs of home users...

Those who clearly do not think about the past and only think about the future are the 3,711 Amazon employees who have previously worked at Microsoft. Talent has a price, but rarely do companies think about the consequences of sleep...

Avoiding all these problems of the present can go wrong, that is why Google’s bug bounty program rewarded hackers with $3 million throughout 2016. The figure that may scare a little but it guarantees the quality of the services they offers, improves theirs products and makes us not want to go back to the past.


Talking about be scared, we can not overlook other of the headlines of this week talking about cybersecurity. In the very near future we will have microchips installed in our body and cybercriminals will even be able of 'steal' our deepest thoughts. For this to happen, we need to be more careful with all the data we introduce into our systems and even in our heads.

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