Friday, February 16, 2018

Guilty is the one that hides

There’s a universal rule that’s valid everywhere: everyone tries to hide somethin that is not good for themselves. Every power, even if it’s a democratic one, uses this rule for its convenience. Even mass media hides information or, in a lot of cases, they change the truth to avoid conflict or to help the hand that feeds them. In our “cyberworld”, hiding code, information or even armies has become an art. 

If there’s a perfect petri box for cryptominery to hide, that’s the world of porn websites. 40% of these codes are developed for this websites. It’s clever that cybercriminals have had to develop cryptominery, porn users usually spend a good amount of time watching the content. The most used Cryptominery software is Coinhive and it’s used 78% of the time.

When we talk about hiding useful information about a cyberattack, this week Equifax won the gold medal. Last year -this will ring you- Equifax suffered one of the most severe attacks in the history of cybersecurity. In a beginning, they refused to admit that they had personal information stolen from 145 million Americans and some thousands English and Canadian people by cybercriminals. They decided to hide part of how bad it was and this week we knew that cyberthieves stole a lot more than what we could imagine. Why didn’t  someone told Equifax that hiding is pretty much more the same thing as lying?

Behind the fact that a big portion of the North Korea population is aisled without internet or smartphones, there’s a hiding cyberarmy growing strong and sophisticated.  It’s thought that it started 20 years ago and it started getting bigger during 2014 when they tried to hack Sony. This happened because the company was about to release a comedy in which the North Korean leader had a part.  This might seem funny now that we know they’re much stronger now. Lately, they have been accused of the WannaCry attack that infected more than 300 thousand computers. North Kora is hiding something big and it looks like they want to rule the cryptomining world.

There’s something hiding in the shadows and everybody wants to bring out back to light: Who is responsible for the NotPetya attack? These last weeks the world is looking to Russia after the UK accused that country directly. But the UK was not the first one to do that, Ucrania accused Rusia right away of being guilty once the NotPetya attack was performed. They blamed Russian saying it was part of a plan to unsettle their structures. USA also concluded that the attack started in Russia but it was the UK the one that stepped forward saying that Russia was guilty. Is the UK wagging including their allies when affirming NotPetya’s authority? 

We all hide something now and then but when we talk about cybersecurity world, clarity must be a rule. Our biggest weapon to fight dark cyber-arts is collaboration and data transmission, growing our knowledge on attacks and defense bigger and helping prevention. We all know that at the end the truth will out. Right? 


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