Seeing what stuxnet…

… was capable of, it was just a matter of time until someone take a jab to the instalations of an utility company.

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from Backdoor to Backdoor

While the FBI was accused to set a backdoor to OpenBSD, the NSA clears the record on DES.
There are many stories about sneaking sophisticated chunks of code that make perfectly good encryption system to leak information. Something like this is extremely difficult to do without nobody noticing it and I think that it must be considered as a lot of unnecessary trouble for the guys that rather will nicely ask for the keys to your front door.

The Stuxnet Encyclopedia

Symantec published the most comprehensive and detailed analysis of the Stuxnet virus to date.

Cyber war or hacking as usual?

The Government of Canada was hit by a phishing attack from servers outside the country.
This attack follows the trend described here by RSA.
Was it in retaliation for this?

2011 at its Prime

The fact that 2011 is a prime number didn’t escape the mathematical inclined minds. Moreover, as tweeted @mathematicsprof 2011 can be expressed as the sum of the 11 consecutive primes 157+163+167+173+179+181+191+193+197+199+211.

This already sets the stage for a year that, I will dare to predict, will not be easily forgotten. A confluence of processes already in motion may result in drastic changes for the world and in particular the Internet. To wit:

  • Cyber-attacks can get ‘physical’ as the stuxnet virus proved,
  • There is a struggle to control the internet at all levels,
  • Privacy and mobile computers have compatiblility issues,
  • All this against the backdrop of economical and political turmoil.

 

As the Chinese say “May you live in interesting times” ….

 

Now we are really secure….

That is a good idea, take your source code and give it to some guy bent on getting all your secrets to increase the security of your data:

Security Nightmare: Chinese Government Has Microsoft Windows Source Codes.

The world is REALLY in the hands of crazy people

Interesting new report

Most large Canadian firms have been hit by cyberattacks: Report.

If you think we have problems now….

wait until we have a smart grid powered by MS and Google and scores of hackers designing the replacement for Stuxnet.

 

 

Not so quietly…

I have posted before on the increasing threat related to hardware vulnerabilities that are becoming a matter of national security.
Some background information here.
[To be continued…]