Cyber security consists of technologies, processes and measures that are designed to protect systems, networks and data from cyber crimes.
THE BIGGEST CYBERSECURITY DISASTERS OF 2018 SO FAR
THE FIRST SIX months of 2018 have seen an inordinate number of cybersecurity meltdowns. And they weren't just your standard corporate breaches.
The mysterious hacking group known as the Shadow Brokers first surfaced in August 2016, claiming to have breached the spy tools of the elite NSA-linked operation known as the Equation Group. The Shadow Brokers offered a sample of alleged stolen NSA data and attempted to auction off a bigger trove, following up with leaks for Halloween and Black Friday in 2016.
In May a strain of ransomware called WannaCry spread around the world, walloping hundreds of thousands of targets, including public utilities and large corporations. Notably, the ransomware temporarily crippled National Health Service hospitals and facilities in the United Kingdom, hobbling emergency rooms, delaying vital medical procedures, and creating chaos for many British patients.
WannaCry's reach came in part thanks to one of the leaked Shadow Brokers Windows vulnerabilities, EternalBlue. Microsoft had released the MS17-010 patch for the bug in March, but many institutions hadn't applied it and were therefore vulnerable to WannaCry infection.
A month or so after WannaCry, another wave of ransomware infections that partially leveraged Shadow Brokers Windows exploits hit targets worldwide. This malware, called Petya, NotPetya and a few other names, was more advanced than WannaCry in many ways, but still had some flaws, like an ineffective and inefficient payment system.
Wikileaks CIA Vault 7
In March, WikiLeaks published a data trove containing 8,761 documents allegedly stolen from the CIA that contained extensive documentation of alleged spying operations and hacking tools. Revelations included iOS and Android vulnerabilities, bugs in Windows, and the ability to turn some smart TVs into listening devices.
How 4 Types of Cyber Threats Break Your Online Security
Many user aren’t aware of the cyber threats lurking on the Internet,
But cybercrime and malicious hackers also target regular people, like you and me
Phishing is a cyber attack where the malicious hacker sends a fake email with a link or attachment in order to trick the receiving user into clicking them. In most cases, either the link launches a malware infection, or the attachment itself is a malware file.
Spear phishing is a more targeted version of a phishing attack. For instance, a spear phishing attack specifically targets certain users, such as customers from a particular bank or users of an online shopping site
Whaling is the hyper targeted version of phishing. Instead of canvassing a wide swath of Internet users, the cybercriminals focus only on one, very high value user, such as a CEO or high-ranking politician.
These sort of whaling attacks are surprisingly efficient. Even Google and Facebook ended up paying nearly $100 million to a fraudster claiming to represent an Asia producer of servers.
Ransomware is the most dangerous type of cyber security threat
Around 18 million malware samples were discovered in 2016. That’s nearly 50,000 new malware every single day. But out of all the malware out there, ransomware has grown to become the biggest cyber threat.
Ransomware is usually delivered on a victims PC using phishing mails. The careless user first downloads the phishing email’s attachment and executes it.
Flash and Java are two other software programs with significant vulnerabilities. Adobe and Oracle do update these software frequently, but most people still use outdated software. Some 60% of users use outdated Flash software while 72% are on an old Java version.
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What’s the Future of Satellite TV?
Reports of the satellite TV sector facing turbulent times have been around for almost as long as the internet.
They have increased in volume, as the roll out of reliable broadband has gathered world wide momentum, and the major OTT players have followed with it (Netflix, for instance, is now a truly global player and available in every major country apart from China).
Yet, for all the bluster, regarding the future of the satellite industry, satellites are still being launched and their channels still attract viewers.
According to a recent Euroconsult report, Satellite Pay-TV: Key Economics & Prospects, the number of satellite pay-TV subscribers are predicted to rise from 196 million households in early 2013 to nearly 340 million accessing nearly 30,000 channels by 2023.
Up in the air? The future of satellite TV
Cheaper high-bandwidth broadband has continued to cast doubt on the future of satellite TV, but satellite as a distribution technology has proved surprisingly strong.
In a world where TV providers are setting the agenda, there is a growing sense that linear TV is on the way out and on-demand and multiscreen is the future of video.
This has been fuelled by the likes of Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, who has argued that broadcasters will become internet networks as the traditional TV goes the way of the fixed-line phone business. According to Hastings the time will come when the concept of a scheduled broadcast will seem quaint and alien.
What will happen to cable and satellite TV in the next 10 to 20 years?
The UK government has announced its intention to sell off as much of the TV and radio spectrum as possible.
Part of the UHF TV spectrum has already been sold and more is scheduled to go. It’s possible that a small amount will remain in use for a time but, as optical fibre spreads its tentacles wider, It is suspected that all available TV spectrum will be sold off - probably by 2015 or 2030 at the very latest.
The use of satellites to transmit public sector TV is an extremely expensive option and one that will certainly cease in the face of cheap distribution via fibre.
So, sellers of terrestrial and satellite TV equipment, your days are numbered.
the next big thing in the next 10 or 20 years will be what so far is not being talked about. Digital security. We are only seeing the tip of the iceberg with all the problems that currently have emerged on security issues. So the next decade or the next two computer security will grow to proportions that we can not even imagine.