Friday, February 24, 2017

Toys of the 21st century

The best of the week about Cybersecurity

As you may know already, Nintendo has released this year the first hybrid console in history, a game console that can be used in both modes, portable and desktop: Something like the perfect mix between the Gameboy and Super Nintendo. Another milestone of the Japanese company was Wii, with this one they made a turned in the enjoyment of video games and the group entertainment was enhanced. And if we look back and compare the toys of our childhood with the nowadays ones is unavoidable to miss those toys without batteries and the ones we shared with friends on the street. Today's toys are completely electronic and can sometimes cause scar that cannot be cured with plasters.

The worst thing about these new toys is that they can carry dangers that cannot be detected at first sight, as easy as you can do with a screw about to come out. This could be the case of Cayla doll, accused of cyber-espionage and able to open the door of your house, as you can see in a video published by the BBC. The trick? A microphone and a bluetooth connection that transmits the unnoticed data. Such is the commotion that has been formed that the German Federal Agency of Networks has decided to prohibit the sale of this doll, as it could be a threat to the private sphere. This is not an isolated measure, the OCU (Organization of Consumers and Users of Spain) since December has been identified serious security breaches with this doll.

In addition to the dolls, one of the entertainment of our childhood were table games.With the Monopoly we played to become rich, but we were not lucky  we had to wait our turn on the dreaded jail cell. This is what has happened literally to a man in Florida who has been sentenced to four years in prison because he made spam campaigns. The company he ran was specialized in mass mailing to promote his clients' businesses and by stealing many of these accounts with spam, he made more than a million dollars.

A toy that was also a hit was on the news this week: The drone. Some engineers from Israel's Ben-Gurion University They create a drone capable of extracting the data of a computer through the blinking of the LEDs of his hard disk, like a morse code.  It is true that for the experiment to work we need a 'buddy' who install the malware on the computer to manipulate the LED blink and send the code to cybercriminals, but from now on we should cover more than the webcam for Avoid surprises.

That the dron's experiment came from a University of Israel is not an accident, the second largest city in the country has become the capital of cybersecurity. Tel Aviv and together all Israel, has accumulated dozens of companies consolidated in the sector and hundreds of start ups, totaling about 500 in total. This success may be due to the fact that a good number of the main founders of Israeli cybersecurity companies came from the country's Defense Forces. In particular, one of its groups, Unit 8200, was a legendary branch of high-tech espionage that has also become an incubator of new professionals.

To end this review of the week, we can not leave out a news that puts a little light at the end of the tunnel in the field of cybersecurity. Google has announced a new G Suite feature that could force users to access to their accounts by a physical security key, USB format. It is a low cost device that could solve many problems of an account theft. To the classic user input and password will add the USB for an even safer stealth-proof process. A perfect match between digital and analog.



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