Cyber attack to hit in the next 2 weeks

The world faces a colossal cyber attack with the FBI and the UK’s National Crime Agency urging computer users to back  up important files and update their security software to protect their details. British investigators are working with the FBI  to trace the hackers behind the ongoing attacks and have managed to temporarily disrupt the botnet system being used.  Between 500,000 and 1 million machines worldwide have already been confirmed as infected with more than 15,500 of  these being UK based. However, many more are at risk from the GOZeuS and CryptoLocker malware software responsible  for the alert and so far the hackers involved have already stolen USD 100 million.

Cyber attack threats on World Cup sponsors

Hacking group Anonymous is preparing a cyber attack on corporate sponsors of the World Cup in Brazil to protest the lavish  spending on the football games in a country struggling to provide basic services. Anonymous have already attacked the  Brazil’s Foreign Ministry computer networks leaking dozens of confidential emails and hundreds of documents, including  a briefing of talks between Brazilian officials and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during a visit to Brazil. The hacker operating  under the alias of Che Commodore has announced that the group has a “plan of attack” and has already conducted latenight tests to ascertain which sites are more vulnerable. Che Commodore cited Adidas, Emirates, Coca-Cola and Budweiser as  potential targets.

Google driverless cars are targets for cyber attacks

KPMG has warned of the potential for ‘spam jams’ and hacker driven congestion following the announcement of Google’s  plan to produce its own fleet of driverless cars. The two person cars with no steering wheel or pedals (and a maximum  speed limit of 25mph) will operate through internet connectivity and so the opportunity for a cyber attack is a very real  prospect. Google have been advised to incorporate overrides into the vehicles to allow drivers to shut down the car’s  capabilities if hacked. 

Office is latest retail cyber crime victim 

The London-founded, nationwide shoe retailer has urged customers with online accounts to change their passwords  and any similar log-in details on other sites after a recent security breach. The high street chain confirmed its online  security had been breached following similar attacks on eBay and Spotify but said customers’ financial data had not been  compromised. Security experts have commented that the recent spate of breaches is attributable to users employing the  same passwords across multiple online accounts. 

Vending machines set to create latest privacy panic

The wave of picture generating, age guessing vending machines is causing anxiety amongst the privacy conscious. At a  recent Microsoft-hosted demonstration in Sydney a vending machine made by Coca-Cola which is able to take pictures  and superimpose wigs onto user’s heads was exhibited. Similarly in Tokyo Intel demonstrated a machine able to guess the  gender and age of the machine user to help target the animations and suggest appropriate beverages. Whilst the industry  claims the interactivity and connectivity of the technology will help improve operational and commercial performance,  fears remain over the prospect of a single company owning a fleet of vending machines able to track unknowing  individual’s likes and dislikes. 

Privacy call for internet browsing 

A poll commissioned by Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust has revealed that more than 8 out of 10 internet users believe  their search history should be kept private, with 85% of those surveyed saying that it is important or essential to keep  browsing records private. When asked where oversight of intelligence agencies should lie, the respondents supported a  call by the Don’t Spy On Us campaign for senior judges rather than ministers to sign off on warrants for data collection of  e-communications. The survey results come following the announcement that a panel of internet and free speech experts  has been created to assist Google to find the balance between personal privacy and the public’s right to know after the  recent ECJ decision.