Monday, February 27, 2017

The safest places in the world

Today, a year ago...

It have always been said that banks are the safest places in the world but it seems that their digital versions are not so much and use to suffer cyber attacks more often than they should. In spite of this, bank's users digital platforms are growing and people are trusting banks more than before, something that has been reflected in the increase of the online purchases. E-commerce should focus on making the shopping experience easy but, above all, safer.

As every Monday, today we look back and analyze how this went a year ago to see if  we improved in the online banking sector and its attacks. It was just a year ago when we were talking about an investigation into banking trojans. In a Dell report, said that these Trojans were expanding their field of action: The botnets stopped focusing only on banks to cover other fields where money was also important, such as cloud service providers, mobile or technology apps stores, e-commerce, and more.

And without stop talking about ATMs here is another report from the ATM Industry Association about the different ways in which, by 2015, money was stolen from ATMs. The skimmers were, and possibly still be, the undisputed kings in this field,  although they declined in sophistication and, according to some researches, their use by the delinquents was also gradually descending. This crime was more common in the United States than in Europe, because of the majority use in America of magnetic stripe cards.

At that time there was also a main theme: The use of VPN services. Governments around the world were seeing the growing popularization of VPN services and began to legislate them. It's curious to see how some companies even did not allow VPN users to access to their video services like Netflix or BBC iPlayer ... What would you do without Netflix nowadays? In addition, an international investigation has just been made on how different countries regulated this issue. The Persian Gulf and Chinese states blocked such traffic and the Syrian government created a false VPN application with Trojans included.

Talking about safe places we could not leave the hospitals behind. In those days we talked about that it was possible for someone manipulate the monitor of a patient in the hospital and cause him to show vital signs different from the real ones. The attack also worked on other hospital devices such as the drug dispensers. This was demonstrated by a team from Independent Security Evaluators and this research joined the other ones  that were being carried out and demonstrated, among others, that could even manipulate an MRI device.

After giving you  this review, and comparing it with current news, we can say that the situation is quite similar. Today, a new attack on several European banks has exposed the vulnerability they have.  On the other hand, US banks are taking note of the past and have been introducing massively smart chip cards, rather than the magnetic stripe. We can't forget about the current health, which still has large security breaches wich are more important everyday. The important thing is to keep working to make banks and hospitals the safest places in the world.



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