Friday, May 26, 2017

The old age

When we talk about something "old", we usually refer to something with many years. The RAE itself in its second definition of the word (the first one refers exclusively to living things) describes the word old as "something that has been in existence for a long time or which persists in its state". To sum up, when we use this word, we do it with negative and past connotations. Hence many people say: "I am not old, clothes and furniture are the ones being old".

However, sooner or later we know elders with more vitality than twenty-somethings. Nor are we surprised when past fashions are back in vogue. Today in our review of the week, we notice that the news has an old touch... better said: "vintage" touch.

A recurring phrase that has a lot to do with "vintage" is one that says "any past time was better." However, in the world of cybersecurity that melancholy feeling can do us an ill turn. Why do we say this? Last Monday we learned from a Kaspersky Lab's investigation that more than 98% of the victims of ransomware WannaCry were using Windows 7.

However, while the world of cybersecurity is constantly being updated, they do not always make the modifications where they should. Yesterday we found out that the Samba program had a hidden vulnerability for more than 7 years. What were the consequences of this "carelessness"? Thousands and thousands of remote access to computers thanks to this malfunction.

And although a few weeks have passed since the WannaCry incident that left the world of cybersecurity in check, it looks familiar to us. Most surprising is that according to the latest research, those behind the attack are also an old acquaintance. After analyzing the data collected by several investigators, the perpetrators of this attack are the same ones who carried out the robbery to the Central Bank of Bangladesh and the data leakage of Sony: Lazarus Group.

But WannaCry is not the only danger that keeps us on the alert. Yesterday we discovered that another old acquaintance, Qakbot, is trying again harder than ever. With this new update, this malware is able to block companies from accessing their networks, as well as infecting neighboring systems.

And last but not least, we want to highlight a story that affects all the series fans who use the web to download subtitles. Stay on alert, since reading the "fine print" can give you a hard time. Hackers have figured out how to block thousands of devices using VLC, Stremio, Kodi or Popcorn time. How do they do it? By creating malicious subtitle files for movies and TV shows.

As we see, the fact that something is several years old does not mean that it is outdated or no longer dangerous. The relativity of time is something that Eistein demonstrated with the theory of time dilation, so thinking that something with several years old may be obsolete is a very dangerous idea in the world of cybersecurity.


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