Friday, September 8, 2017

In the middle of the pandemic

The Best of the week in Cybersecurity

Imagine waking up, staying under the sheets recreating the great dream of the night before. Everything seems calm until you turn the TV on "A virus has spread". A virus attacks without distinction, the population feels helpless and panic takes over the streets. The search for the cure is the highest priority and has to be as soon as possible.

This will have happened to many readers after the return from holidays. Coming back to the routine returns us to the everyday reality where not everything has changed so much. We must be aware that danger is still out there and that cyber-attacks are still part of everyday life. Today, in our review of the best of the week, we keep you up to date with the viruses that represent a problem.

At the beginning of the week we would discover that the viruses are still with us. Even in the US government website you can´t feel safe. A malicious JavaScript redirected users to the installation of a ransomware on their own computer. The malware was removed in a couple of hours but it is not yet known how many users were infected.

From the American government we move to one of the bigger ones. Neither Amazon gets rid of the attacks. We are surprised to discover that personal information of US citizens was filtered due to an neglect on Amazon servers. It´s rookie´s mistake do not protect this information with a password.

And worse than catching a virus is being attacked for a one that you already cured. This is what has happened with Dragonfly. This group already attacked in 2011 the aviation and defense sector in the US and Canada. In the year 2014 conducted a campaign attacking diverse countries of the European Union. Energy sector, you should start shaking. They are back and you are their target.

Another one that is back is Locky. More than 23 million emails have been sent in less than 24 hours. These emails were linked to phishing and ransomware activities. The extent of this attack and the number of affected users are not yet known.

And what happens when 44% of the US population is affected by the same virus? That´s when we relive multiple pandemic films. This is what happened this morning. Equifax, a provider of consumer credit reports, has suffered a data breach which has affected 143 million Americans. It is not the first time that Equifax suffers an attack of these characteristics. They should keep an eye on his safety.

There is no clear light at the end of the tunnel. Viruses will continue emerging and attacking, that´s a reality. The initial conclusion, at the moment, no one is completely safe. Increasing security measures is the only weapon to combat contagion. While waiting for the definitive cure we should increase security measures because it´s the only protection that we have to avoid infection. Action begins at home. Even if you don´t do it for yourself, do it for the rest. Internet is our common zone, it´s our duty to protect it.


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