Friday, June 8, 2018

One goal for the squad

A few days are left before the 2018 Football World Cup takes place in Russia and more people can be seen with their football team t-shirt supporting their team and their country. A lot of tourists are going to spend their holidays in Russia as real football fans, but in this event there’s a team you didn’t know about. When players are focused on winning the games, a lot of hackers are waiting for the perfect moment to score. 

When connecting to a public network, when you don’t know the signal is coming or by trusting the apps you use every day, you’re risking your information.

Investigators in Karspersy Lab analyzed 32,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots in 11 Russian cities that will host the 2018 World Cup and they discovered something frightening.  One out of five does not use any protection and leave users vulnerable against hackers.  They traveled to the cities and they found that nearly the 62.4% of them were encrypted in WPA2 and a 13.5% of them used an unknown encrypting method. San Petersburg was the most unsafe place of them all with a 50% of the access points using WPA2 and a 37% of them running without guarantees. WPA2 protection should make users trust a bit of more secure in the hotspot, but it’s not completely safe in every connection. 

We are not only watching Russia. After the last month discovers of the malware VPNFilter, investigators say that the impact of the malware can be bigger than they thought initially.  Still now, investigators think that the malware could have affected the double of router brands that they originally thought. Also, VPNFilter’s impact was stronger than imagined, and they’ve discovered a module that they didn’t detect of evil malware. After upgrading the information, Cisco Talos said that the brand of routers affected now included the ones made by ASUS, D-Link, Huawei, Ubiquiti, UPVEL and ZTE, what makes the number of models of routers affected higher than 75.

Huawei is one of the brands affected by the VPNFilter, and also shaken by the Facebook scandals. The well-known social network allowed Huawei to access data about the users registered in it. The Washington said that the two companies had an agreement that allowed the Chinese company to obtain information about people. This alliance is one of the many established by Facebook with other companies like Apple, HTC and Samsung with the objective that they could get data from the platform so that their clients could sync their contacts or access their messages through their devices.

A game in which you’re the goalkeeper and they will try to score to compromise your information. Put on your cyber-security gloves and try to stop their shots.


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