On Facebook military espionage and data theft.

Posted: January 23, 2011 in Analysis
BERNA – According to the Swiss institutions, in the first half of 2010 has been a significant increase in worldwide cases of espionage and theft of computer data.
MELANI Semi-annual report 2010/1:

Targeted attacks.
In the semi-annual report published today, Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance MELANI, lets go to statements of concern, “the largest firms in the ICT sector such as Google and Adobe have been the target of targeted cyber-attacks, assuming they leave clues In these cases, a common infrastructure is used, […] it is very likely that these attacks have been hiding behind the same hand. ” A detailed report explaining the reasons.

For the Central, behind the unauthorized acquisition of data “lie purely financial reasons or criminal interests but also the intelligence of the state”, something that the press does not hesitate to describe as “a threat mainly to businesses and public services.”
It is unclear, however, that virtually all so-called cyber attacks that come to fruition, can cause the lack of competence of the operators websites – including the corporate or government – or little attention to the users.
Even a rough culture of cybersecurity, as well as a less naive or hasty technologies by users, nipped in the bud a huge number of violations.

In this regard, MELANI cites the frequent cases of military intelligence that passes without any forcing through Facebook: unsuspecting military mission publish confidential information about positions, locations, and so on, often not even take care to set the minimum countermeasures for the protection of privacy the site provides. Transmitting highly confidential data that, at best, or when not fall into the hands of criminals, they become the property of a private company: Facebook.

But on the popular social networks are also many other confidential data available from industry data, economic, to those on their personal relationships. Data, as mentioned, when intercepted by non-indicated, however, end up legally in the hands of American society and its smoky management policies.

Countermeasures. In addition to a culture of personal security, the best way to avoid risks, to counter the increase in data theft via Internet and email from 2010 where there is suspicion that a Swiss internet address (. Ch) is used to steal private data or to spread malicious software, can and should be blocked.
From June 15, 2010, in fact, the Central MELANI is authorized by the Federal Communications to request the block at the registry of domains (SWITCH).
According to the data in June and August 2010 of 237,000 Swiss examined 145 web pages were infected.

Source: Reporting and Analysis Centre for Information Assurance MELANI


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