One day, three new threats noted

Internet crooks never cease to surprise me. The inventiveness in being bad is super. If these guys lent there thinking power to the economy, the economic crisis must be solved within a week.

Today I ran into three brand new threats that were reported on. In one day.

1. Samsung´s smart tv wide open to criminals.
Who would have thought. The moment I read about TVs connecting to the Internet, I thought: trouble. Despite the fact that just about everything that connects to the Internet for the first time was hacked before the tv, e.g. printers, digital photo frames, cell phones, Playstations, etc., etc., apparently no one in the TV world thought that a layer of defence might be necessary. Perhaps its time to work with sanctions or develop some standards before a device is allowed to connect?

What is next? Sorry if I’m a bit sarcastic here.

2. QR codes that lead to malicious sites
QR stands for Quick Response (see Wikipedia). Recently these codes were all over the place, making the life of end users easier to live or that of businesses of course.

In The Netherlands they have found stickered on QR codes in the public domain leading to malicious website for infections or phishing. So, from now on the public can never trust another QR code again as there’s no way of telling if one’s false or true. Please check whether it is stickered on, please, before use?

3. Blue tooth devices in skimming
Now the public is more alert for skimming apparently there’s a new generation working via blue tooth. Interesting.

Luckily the FBI dismantled a botnet with the help of Facebook, so there is some good news also in the balance.

The moral
Cyber crime is about opportunity and this window of opportunity needs to be closed as soon as possible. That way there is less money to be gained, so most criminals will go elsewhere. In order to achieve this, cooperation is adamant. On which I expect to write more in the near future. But also, it’s time and I repeat, to think security through before decisions towards connectivity are made. Don’t do something just because you can!!!!

Wout de Natris, De Natris Consult

12 – 12 – 12, Leiderdorp

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About Wout de Natris

As a consultant I specialise in establishing new and different relationships between industry, governments and law enforcement where internet safety and the fight against cyber crime are concerned. This makes me a bridge builder. Hence the blogs name. In this blog I intend to stress the need for interaction, cooperation and exchange of information in order to change the mentioned relationships. On offer: a comprehensive training on all non-technical aspects of spam enforcement and a cyber awareness presentation for companies and institutions
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