We manage so many of our daily activities online that the web has inevitably turned into a giant pool of personal data, which is exposed to a variety of risks, as was the recent case with Facebook.
It is a complete operating system designed to be used from a USB stick or a DVD independently of the computer’s original operating system. It is Free Software and based on Debian GNU/Linux.
From a security standpoint, there’s a clear lesson here. Security and privacy go hand in hand, and Facebook will have to figure out how to balance the need for privacy and how their business model depends on access to as much data as possible.
Most attacks against routers leverage vulnerabilities or mis-configurations of the firmware. Routers are crucial pieces of hardware that act as gateways between private networks from the public internet, and yet security patches and firmware updates are rarely issued by vendors or deployed by end users due to the complexity of the operation.
In the next decade, nearly every consumer gadget, every household appliance, and every industrial device will be connected to the Internet. These connected devices will also become more intelligent with the ability to predict, talk, listen, and more.
Meltdown and Spectre are beyond the norm, however, because they allow exploits at the hardware level, the silicon in your machine. That makes fixing the problem much more challenging
keylogger – a program that sends typed characters to an attacker. The keylogger is deactivated by default but could represent a privacy concern if an attacker has physical access to the computer.
On a practical level, it means an attacker can intercept traffic between devices and a router, allowing them to peek inside all non-SSL traffic. They can also interfere with traffic, theoretically allowing an individual to inject ransomware and malware into unencrypted web pages in an ad-hoc basis.
Regardless of the level of your technical control, its the importance of developing a response plan that really matters. Many companies don’t have a plan, particularly midmarket organizations that pay little attention to security.
In a camera-ready twist, the demand for ransom actually did come in the form of an analog note. Users were instructed to turn on their printers, which promptly spat out a demand for a “licensing fee” of $189 to be paid …