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World Cup 2014 Marred By Online Security Threats From Protesters

With the World Cup underway, you would have thought that a nation blessed by a huge football tradition would welcome hosting such a tournament. Unfortunately, the tournament has been overshadowed by protests from activists who are unhappy with the expenses put towards the tournament in comparison to basic salary and healthcare. Intriguingly, one of the many ways activists have looked to protest is by hacking official websites.

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Back in February, activists stated that they had the capabilities to hack official sites and subsequently disrupt the tournaments progression online. One of the activists, known as Che Commodre, said in February that “The attacks will be directed against official websites and those of companies sponsoring the cup. It’s fast, damaging and relatively simple to carry out”.

Thankfully, the activists ruled out the possibility of targeting the Brazilian population, stating that official websites were their primary target. With the World Cup having kicked off last night, it certainly wouldn’t be surprising to learn that hackers were putting their plans into action over the last 48 hours.

One of the biggest concerns for the Brazilian population is how easy the hacking process could be, with another activist stating that the procedures would be “nothing out of this world as security remains very low”.

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More Security Issues Detected In OpenSSL Post-Heartbleed

It seems that the Heartbleed bug has left a rather worrying aftermath behind it, after the subsequent fix was found to have smaller bugs that had originally gone undetected.

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These security holes are not thought to be as dangerous as Heartbleed, although they have proven to be much harder to exploit and deal with.

Heartbleed was brought to light a few weeks back when it was found that the popular OpenSSL software had been compromised, which brought about concerns regarding the security of personal data stored on websites.

OpenSSL was originally meant to encrypt data that was transferred from one user to the other over the internet. Major companies have since provided the project with more cash to improve their security methods and prevent any further exploitation from taking place.

A spokesman from the firm Rapid7 issued a statement saying “They are going to have to patch. This will take some time”. Updated versions of OpenSSL have already been released, so anyone who is still vulnerable has been urged to carry out the necessary updates as soon as possible.

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Ubisoft’s ‘Watch Dogs’ Pinpoints The Threat Of Poor Online Security

Ubisoft’s upcoming blockbuster ‘Watch Dogs’ is a game that focuses a lot on the general failings of the online world as it is today, with some of the basics of online security still being ignored by internet users across the world.

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The ability to hack and gain access to various government security protocols is pivotal should the protagonist succeed, whilst you might also find it necessary to distribute your affiliated crimeware across an entire society by accessing smartphones, tablets, pocket security devices and so on.

Many video games have looked to reinforce the bridge between the virtual world and reality, though few will have managed to succeed in similar style to that of Watch Dogs. It’s focus on digital security flaws and online hacking capabilities makes it a game that reflects the general attitude of society today.

With hacking becoming an all-too-familiar occurrence should vulnerable internet users fail to strengthen their online security, the market for internet security tools has grown and is slowly becoming an essential investment, from domestic users to corporate businesses and government officials.

Ubisoft probably aren’t intending for their latest project to act as an example to those who don’t make internet security a priority, although it’s likely that the general idea of someone from across the road being able to access your personal data, passwords etc. has enough of the fear-factor to persuade us to take action.

 

Heartbleed – What Is It and What Should You Do?

Chances are you’ve been made aware of the threat posed by a rather troublesome online bug titled “Heartbleed”. Before you start rushing frantically about the office wondering if you need to sort out your antivirus settings or possibly even protect your bank account details, here’s where Google and other major online companies are at so far with regards to this worrying development.

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Heartbleed came to light a couple of weeks back after OpenSSL (a piece of software that deals with security purposes throughout the web) was compromised through one of its built-in features, known widely as heartbeat. Heartbeat exchanges data between website and PC to give your computer assurance that the site is active. Whilst the feature should only ever send back the same amount of data as it receives, hackers have found a way of requesting increased amounts of data that could potentially include passwords, cookies, logins and other personal information.

It’s understood that just under 20% of internet servers have the heart bleed bug, which is a scary amount despite the fact that this figure had been inflated in the past to as much as 60% of all servers. Whilst OpenSSL has since been patched, it’s important that you do change your passwords for the services that have been affected. Google was affected but has since been fixed, though you should still look to change your passwords as soon as possible.

Don’t panic. The chances of hackers getting hold of your personal information through heart bleed are incredibly small, so all you have to do is take the necessary precautions and keep up to date with what’s going on.

Windows XP Security Updates Stopping From Today

Today is the last day we’ll be seeing support arriving for Windows XP, with the final security patch arriving to the operating system in the early hours of the morning. It’s a significant day for those who have decided to stick with XP until the very end, and there are plenty of them.

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It’s believed that nearly 20% of PC’s on a global scale are still operating Windows XP. This is a huge amount considering Microsoft released their warning about security updates many months beforehand, giving individuals and businesses plenty of time to make the change.

Ultimately, anyone who continues to use Windows XP will have to cope with the higher threat of online attacks, viruses and malware. There’s no doubt that some people will hold on to XP despite the lack of security, so it might be interesting to see just how damaging a decision that could turn out to be.

It’s always important to receive regular security updates to enhance online security for businesses and homes alike, despite the fact Windows XP has aged incredibly well. It might be quite surprising for some to learn that flaws can still be found in XP’s system despite its longevity. Unfortunately, hackers can always find new ways of gaining access to bugs that crop up, and it’s the defence against this type of attack that will no longer be provided.

Facebook Splash Out $2 billion On Oculus Rift – Is This Good News?

Facebook recently decided to splash out on Oculus’ virtual reality system, the Oculus Rift. The question is, have Facebook got it in them to take virtual reality to the next level, and is the $2 billion purchase really worth it for a company that knows next to nothing about gaming?

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Tech experts and various critics have criticised the purchase, mainly because they felt the Kickstarter campaign was something that could succeed on its own. However, the benefits of Facebook’s acquisition have also been recognised.

Good

  • More money for Oculus. Better chance of going the distance and achieving great things.
  • Technology that can provide for multiple industries and not just for gaming.
  • It will get the reception it needs to succeed on the release date

The Bad

  • Facebook aren’t a trusted company when it comes to online security. Are consumers going to be happy with Facebook taking over a gaming platform after their history with user privacy?
  • Developers don’t like working with Facebook due to unfriendly business terms.
  • Will Oculus still be recognised for their achievements once Facebook starts advertising?

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Turning Google Chrome into a Security Fortress With Add-Ons

A lot of people have identified Google Chrome as the ideal browser thanks to its speed, expansion options and multi-platform opportunities. As it’s now being widely used, the security aspects of the browser have come under scrutiny.

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So what can you do to enhance Chrome and make it a fortress against any unwanted intrusions? Here are some of the enhancements available to download that can really make an impact on the overall security of your browser.

Adblock Plus is a really useful tool that gets rid of the constant barrage of advertisements we often sift through when searching the web. It also provides a malware protection service and keeps your surfing private and protected.

HTTPS Everywhere is a must if you’re a regular user of the internet (who isn’t). Your surfing will be automatically navigated, giving you the simplest route to a safe and secure Chrome experience.

If you’re just looking for something that tells you which search results can be trusted, Chrome has Web of Trust available for installation. You’ll know a site is safe to use if it has the Web of Trust logo next to it. Simple.

There you have it. Getting hold of these useful add-ons can really improve the security of your web searches, so make sure you get hold of them as soon as you declare Chrome your browser of choice. If you’d like any more advice on keeping your surfing safe and secure, please get in touch with Pronetic and we’ll be happy to help.

World Wide Web’s 25th Anniversary: The Foundation of the Internet

Today marks a significant date in the history of the World Wide Web. It was 25 years ago today when computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee introduced his proposal for the World Wide Web to the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN). We have encountered all sorts of developments over the years, from the introduction of social media to the importance of IT & data security but in truth, the platform built by Berners-Lee has remained.

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Berners-Lee found that CERN scientists were searching for alternatives to travelling internationally and returning to their laboratories in order to collect and share data. He was also keen to explore the true potential of the internet and whether or not we could connect computers through large-scale online communities.

Berners-Lee made a proposal to CERN that incorporated the idea of having technology that would adjust the internet to meet the needs and demands of its users. For scientists at CERN this would involve sharing important data without the need for long distance travel.

At first, his proposal was rejected by CERN yet he continued to push for a breakthrough in groundbreaking online technologies. He created three essential technologies, HTML, HTTP and URI, which have since become vital to today’s World Wide Web. Berners-Lee created his first web page in 1990 and it was finally made available to the general public just three years later and is still going strong in 2014. Who knows what the internet will be like in 50 years time?