CyberSecurity Pulse 2016-10-13
|“Experience is that marvelous thing that enables you to recognize a mistake when you make it again.”|
|Franklin P. Jones|
Internet, Kids and New Trends on Information Leaks
In this sense, new organizations fighting the problem are appearing. For example, the Spanish Oficina de Seguridad del Internauta (OSI), a free service that has launched INCIBE, an organization depending on the Industry Ministry in Spain, was launched to promote a safer internet and new technologies among minors. They are looking for cybervoluntary workers, so, if you are interested, you can always check the programme in their official website!
BlockChain.info Domain Hijacked!
Blockchain.info, one of the world’s most popular Bitcoin wallet and Block Explorer service, has been down last Wednesday, and it’s believed that a possible cyber attack has disrupted the site. BlockChain team tweeted about the sudden breakdown of the site, saying: “We’re researching a DNS issue and looking into it. We apologize for the inconvenience. Stay tuned”. Until resolved, the digital wallet users of the platform would not be able to access their online accounts. In response to this incident, Blockchain users are in hopes that their online wallet has not been hacked while they wait for an official explanation of what has really happened.
Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive Blocked in Turkey Following Leaks
Turkey has blocked access to Dropbox, Microsoft OneDrive and partially restricted Google Drive following the leak by hacktivist group Redhack of a set of private emails allegedly belonging to Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Berat Albayrak, son-in-law of current Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Github, Dropbox, and Google Drive were issuing SSL errors, which may be an indicator of a possible interception of their traffic at either national or ISP level. Microsoft OneDrive was also subsequently blocked off throughout Turkey.
Rest of the Week´s News
Spotify Has Been Used to Serve Malware to Listeners
Spotify has already stated that it has fixed a problem in its software that would let rogue adverts to automatically open virus-infected websites on a victim’s device. Experts have warned that malvertising is on the rise, because the scale of popular advertising networks can be misused to push malicious content to a wide audience.
Yahoo Disables Email Auto-forwarding
Yahoo has disabled automatic email forwarding, a feature that lets its users forward a copy of incoming emails from one account to another. Only users who already had the feature turned on in the past are out of this trouble, but users who are trying to turn on automatic email forwarding from now on will not enjoy the chance of doing it anymore.
Win $50,000 for Finding Non-traditional Ways to Detect Vulnerable IoT Devices
Researchers who find and report a non-traditional approach for identifying IoT devices while passively observing the network can earn up to $50,000. “We are looking for a unique identifier or fingerprint to enable administrators to enumerate the IoT devices while passively observing the network”, MITRE, who organizes the challenge, says.