Monday, April 23, 2018

Playing hide-and-seek among world powers

Relations between Russia and the United States haven’t been the greatest in a long time. The ways they’re attacking each other have evolved and what several years ago were tanks soldiers and bombs, nowadays are silent attacks that affect our devices and cause unthinkable harm to companies and infrastructures all around the world. These cyber-attacks have made the world against the player playing hide and seek: Russia. 

The United States are accusing directly to the Russian Government of aiming their attacks against their organizations to interfere in their presidential elections. These days, USA and British intelligence public servants are aware that these Russian hackers are trying to penetrate personal computers in order to make future cyber-attacks.  

Kirstjen Nielsen, National Security secretary in the United States has a word to say on this. “They were tapping and scanning vulnerabilities in net-connected devices, even the one in our homes. What is really terrifying because it’s in the system and they could use that access in a future to attack.”

Researchs in intelligent houses are planning a problem for Nielsen when talking about cyber security. A lot of our appliances, domotic and devices are connected to the same net, what can be the door to future attacks: “But the gist of it is anything that's connected to the Internet could be attacked through the Internet. So you have to think both about your data and the function of what it is that you're trying to protect against. But more and more as we move into the internet of things, the internet of everything. Everything is hyper connected and we're dependent on it digitally. I think we'll see more and more instances where there are causes of concern for everyday devices.”

In a CBS News interview, Nielsen described the new ways cyber-attackings are  happening and how hackers have evolved and now are more sophisticated: “It's so easy to do, and you know it used to be something that you could quite easily spot right. You'd get an email that you just won a million dollars. Chances are you probably didn't win a million dollars so you might not click on it. But now the adversary's so sophisticated through social engineering they might send an email that looks like it's from your sister who's talking about a restaurant sending you a review to click on. Those are much more difficult to spot in the best of days. But for I think an average citizen it just looks like an e-mail from a friend or family member.” In United States most of the malware comes from phising emails. This happens several times a week.

Most of the times, information Access coming from hackers isn’t an attack but us letting them to use our data without knowing we’re doing it. “But I do you think most Americans would be very surprised how much information they actually have voluntarily put online or given to others, and assume that others could secure it.” Explains Kirstjen. There’s another blind spot. Giving information to third parties trusting them completely thinking it’s going to be protected. But it’s not always like that.

As users, we should be protecting our online information by ourselves. Every day millions of attacks are happening and not only to big companies. When the elections happened, your vote could be influenced by cyber-attacks from hackers in your own home and almost none of the times we will be able to know where they’re from in this great powers’ hide and seek. 


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