Friday, March 16, 2018

Who said cyberwar?

In cyberwar the most powerful weapon does not fire, it types. Far from being an eccentricity or the plot of a science fiction film, the cyberwar is increasingly present. Attacks, leaks of information and cyber-espionage begin to be mundane issues that reach the mass media. Is a cyber war approaching? Or is this already happening and we are not realizing it?

One year ago the alarms jumped, a group of cyber-criminals related to China was detected using a new type of malware against an organization that provided services to the British government. APT15, Ke3chang, Mirage, Vixen Panda and Playful Dragon are the authors of these misdeeds and they were discovered when the NCC Group began to review its activities because a client was being affected by these cyber attacks. Windows was the platform used by the criminals to carry out their illegal activities. But what remains in the background is, does China have anything against the United Kingdom? Will this all be an attack strategy in the cyberwar in which we are immersed?

China remains at the center of this news, this time is not an attack but directly because of the lack of confidence on the part of other countries in its products. This week we discovered that Australia has banned the use of Wechat, a Chinese messaging application, out of fear in terms of national security. It will be the military sector that will not be able to use the app because there are serious suspicions that China could be using these connections to uncover military security strategies. Mistrust is the first sign of a war.

Turkey, Parkistán and Taijikistán are other parties of this powerful War that seems that it comes to us in the world of the cybersecurity. In this case, the attack comes from MuddyWater. The name of this type of campaign comes from the confusion they cause. This new wave does not have the sole objective of attacking but of carrying out cyber-espionage activities against cities and industries. Information is power and it seems that the dark side knows it.

Another of the main parties in this whole story are cryptocurrencies. With a large number of defenders, an enemy has emerged with whom it will be difficult to fight. This week the giant of Google has put the brake and has prohibited the advertising of cryptocurrencies on its platform. He has not given any explanation about it but it seems that the measure will be carried out from the month of June. Of course, this measure will be a great impediment for bitcoin and family members. How will the millions of cryptocurrency users react?

No one can confirm if the cyber war is about to come or if we are already immersed in it, but what is clear is that things are going fast and that governments and organizations are beginning to get involved. Every man for himself.


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