Friday, June 9, 2017

Appearances are deceptive

We call prejudice to the formation of a pre-established idea associated with a person. It is a psychological process based on concepts previously created and that we use to label people and thus discriminate or accept them. So we generate an opinion about someone without knowing them previously. Associated with a defense mechanism, it is a process that usually has negative connotations. Tattoos are associated with jail, beards with filth, glasses with nerds... those are some examples of outdated prejudices that confirm that these value judgments are, in most cases, erroneous. 

Hence the saying that titles this post, because many times we have been hit by reality, discovering that not everything is as we think it is. Today our review of the best of the week in cybersecurity, we apply this saying to prove for the umpteenth time that the Spanish collection of sayings never deceives.

Power Point is the presentation program par excellence. Whether it's at school, at college, or at work, it's the perfect tool we've all used to create our presentations. Cybercriminals know this and that is why they have developed a new technique inside this files that will execute an arbitrary code on your computer and start downloading the malware.

Nothing is what it seems on the Internet, and not even Google can be trusted. This week we found out that several Google Search links led to multiple scams. How have they managed to deceive the big G? Redirecting the link to an address other than the one appearing in the advertisement. The scam web appeared to be a Windows site that informed the user that there was an error in the operating system and offered a contact phone for attention. And many have fallen in the trap.

Cybercriminals learn every day and look for new tricks to keep profiting at our expense, and we are surprised every time with more interesting cases. The strangest of the week is starred by Turla, a group of hackers who covered their trail in a very special way. Thanks to their abilities they had been able to locate the control server that sends instructions and downloads stolen data to and from infected computers in a comment within one of Britney Spears' Instagram posts.

And finally, another example of how appearances are deceptive. This week, Japanese police tracked down a new ransomware that was hosted on a foreign website. The surprise of the officers happened when they discovered that the creator of said ransomware was a 14-years-old student. He had created the malware to test his own skills. We will have to follow him closely.

As we have already said at the beginning of the article, prejudices are preset ideas with negative connotations associated with a defense mechanism. Although they are generally detrimental, in the cyber world, having prejudices and distrust of everything that appears in our computer is not a bad thing. Pop ups, emails with strange senders, "operating system crashes" that are solved with a call... you never know where the nearest cybercriminal may be. So in the cyberworld we should be prejudiced.


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