Weekly Security Roundup #88: Hacktivism, Full Speed Ahead
And a different, surprising view on hackers’ impact
There weren’t many data breaches or major malware campaigns in this past week but, boy, oh boy, didn’t we have plenty of cyber security news promoting a political agenda!
But before we get on to the cyber security highlights the past week, just a quick heads-up. This week I’ve been working on an article (a huge one, I should add) about the biggest cyber threats of the year. If this sounds like an interesting subject to you, make sure to come back on our blog at the beginning of next week, when I’ll publish it.
Now off to the most important cyber security news of the week:
Security articles of the week
“No More Ransom” is an anti-ransomware portal recently launched by Intel and Kaspersky together with Europol and the Dutch Police.
In this article, you’ll also find a few words from my colleague, Andra Zaharia, about why this portal is a positive initiative to tackle cyber crime.
WikiLeaks has been pouring with private conversations belonging to the Democratic National Committee. First there were emails, then audio recordings followed. Have they gone too far?
New study shows that ISIS and other jihadist groups have dozens of tech products at their disposal to hide their digital tracks.
“Something is changed once again last week when a new campaign was observed spreading the Locky binary directly, its code in fact was embedded into scripts.”
Estonia is opening a centre in UK in order to protect its data from Russian hackers. They will use it to store everything, from birth records and government files to banking credentials and other government bureaucracy.
A long and interesting read, just perfect for this weekend:
“Trolling has become a key tool in a comprehensive effort by Russian authorities to rein in a previously freewheeling Internet culture, after huge anti-Putin protests in 2011 were organized largely over social media. It is used by Kremlin apparatchiks at every level of government in Russia; wherever politics are discussed online, one can expect a flood of comments from paid trolls.”
Here’s a different point of view about hackers:
“Yet contrary to popular belief, not all hackers are bad—and in fact, some are working hard to fix fundamental security problems, while challenging the implicit, blind trust we often place in flawed technology. In a sense, hackers are the immune system for our connected society, forcing us to fix things, or demand something better. Can these hackers actually be the heroes of this fast-changing world? I think so.”
Some scary statistics about identity theft:
- 68% of the victims don’t know how the thief obtained their information in the first place
- 92% don’t know anything about the individual or group that stole from them
“Highly advanced algorithms have discovered new threats weeks before a separate human analyst team independently did. […] Machines are better at grinding out statistical deviations, [and] abstracting patterns from large data sets.”
For Pokemon Go fans (or just if you’re interested in the phenomenon):
“Bringing massively multiplayer gaming out of living rooms and cyber-cafes and into the wider world seems like a ridiculous undertaking.
After all, avid video game players are not well-known for their love of physical activity. And yet, just a couple of weeks into the launch of Pokemon Go, we’re seeing an explosion of people hitting the streets to collect and battle monsters.”
As the US presidential elections approach and tensions around the world keep growing, we expect to see even more news related to hacktivism and political motivate leaks.
P.S. before you rush into the weekend, here’s the new Snowden trailer – it was released during Comic-Con: