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What are the most dangerous digital threats that lie ahead in 2018?

Most of us look to the future with optimism. Or better said, we hope for the best. That includes cyber security threats, which means we hope these will be fewer and less vulnerable. Unfortunately, though, odds are that the situation will be quite the opposite.

We don’t mean to stir any panic; we just want to get you prepared for what security specialists believe it will come.

Here are the main 5 predictions for 2018 in terms of digital threats:

  1. Takeover of chat-bots bound to draw hackers

Chat-bots have become such a thing that numerous businesses have adopted these versatile and useful tools. Think about how many websites have integrated chat-bots to schedule meetings, provide customer support and so on.

Chances are more companies will implement chatbots, but this will create a perfect medium for online hackers. They could impersonate users and compromise the bot services in phishing schemes and social engineering hacks.

  1. Rise in online travel and booking frauds

The hospitality and tourism industry are one of the largest and richest worldwide.

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Are you using MacOS High Sierra? Anyone could log into your device

Protecting our personal data requires much more than simply relying on an efficient online privacy tool such as CyberGhost VPN. We always have to make sure our devices are protected with strong passwords, that our operating systems are up-to-date so that security flaws are fixed, we should try not to connect to unprotected public WiFis, only visit HTTPS websites and of course, never go online without CyberGhost VPN.

However, sometimes, these measures may not be enough. The latest version of MacOS High Sierra – 10.13.1 (17B48), released in September – has a flaw which allows people to enter the word “root” when prompted for a username, and provide no password when logging on to the device. Once someone logs in, they’ve essentially authenticated themselves as the owners of the computer. They can add administrators, change critical settings, lock out the current owner, and so on.

Bear in mind that there’s no need to do this yourself to verify it. Doing so creates a “root” account that others may be able to take advantage of if you don’t disable it.

The glitch grants anyone to access the file system for a Mac, exposing private documents on that particular device.

The bug appears to have been first noticed by Lemi Orhan Ergin, founder of Software Craftsman Turkey, who noted it publicly on Twitter.

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Although Mac devices are generally regarded as extra secure and less prone to hacking and malware infections, this is a major and very dangerous flaw.

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Social media and news channels blocked in Pakistan

Protests have covered the entire Pakistan on Saturday, November 25th after thousands of citizens have demanded the resignation of Law minister Zahid Hamid.  The Law Minister introduced new parliamentary bills which Pakistani people consider weaken the judicial system under religious considerations.

Therefore, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has decided to take all news channels off air and also blocked the access to popular social media websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

The media block has created a big frenzy especially on Twitter where many journalists from the region have taken a stand and were continually reporting on the situation from Pakistan.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: privacy issue from Google, Uber data breach and more

The media has always abounded in online privacy news, especially in the recent months. This last week has been quite special and we had witnessed both good and bad (although more bad than good) news. Looking at all of them closely, you can’t help but become utterly confused about how you should look upon technology these days.

Apart from the big and worrisome news regarding the end of net neutrality, several other cyber security-related things have happened. Let’s start with the most recent ones that also happen to be stories.

Mozilla to warn users about dangerous websites

Mozilla Firefox has announced that it will release a new useful feature that will warn users if they visit a website that suffered a data breach. This is part of a collaboration with “Have I Been Pwned” website that helps you check if your data has been hacked based on your email credentials. Now, this is useful stuff! However, the option won’t stop you from accessing the website, it’s just an informational procedure.

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Equal online shopping practices inside the EU

The EU came up with a new proposal that will put a stop to geo-blocking online issues. Don’t get too overexcited!

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Freedom on the Net Report 2017 reflects a worrying increase in digital censorship

Another year has passed in the realm of digital freedom, leaving the global situation more and more precarious, especially in the context of various elections taking place throughout the world.

According to Freedom House, which surveyed 65 countries for its ‘Freedom on the Net 2017’ report (87% of the world’s Internet users), the state of the Internet freedom around the world has little cause for celebration, as this year continues to present a world where few societies give their citizens access to a free, uncensored Internet.

Thus, nearly half of the 65 countries assessed in Freedom on the Net 2017 experienced declines during the coverage period, while just 13 made progress, most of it minor. Less than one-quarter of users reside in countries where the internet is designated free, meaning there are no major obstacles to access, excessive restrictions on content, or serious violations of user rights in the form of unchecked surveillance or unjust repercussions for legitimate speech.

However, in one of the world’s leading democracies, the United States, the use of “fake news”, automated “bot” accounts, and other manipulation methods gained particular attention and caused a decline in the country’s overall Internet freedom. While the online environment in the US remained generally free, it was troubled by a proliferation of fabricated news articles, as well as aggressive harassment of many journalists, both during and after the presidential election campaign.

 

The usual suspects and some unexpected improvements

Of the 65 countries assessed, 32 have been on an overall decline since June 2016. The biggest declines took place in Ukraine, Egypt, and Turkey.

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A new Microsoft Office malware planted by Russian Fancy Bear hackers

A new cyber-attack has been spreading through Office documents without the macros. Fancy Bear, an advanced hacking group is behind this malware and security specialists believe the group has links with the Russian government.

The malware basically infects computers using Microsoft Office documents through the DDE (Dynamic Data Exchange) feature. Fancy Bear hackers send a Word document called “IsisAttackInNewYork.docx” as bait.

If the target opens the file, it connects to a control server, downloads the malware called Seduploader and installs it on the computer.

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Concerning flaws in iOS 11 and news about Apple’s X facial data

If you have mixed feelings about Apple’s iOS 11, you’re not the only one and you’re completely entitled to. iOS 11 has kind of disappointed Apple fans.

First, it was the common complaining many users had about how iOS 11 has slowed down their phones and the functioning of apps in general.

Now, everyone talks about a new flaw: that of turning “off” the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which doesn’t seem to be OFF after all. Apparently, switching your app from blue to grey does not mean that you disconnected the service.

Here’s what happens:

Your iPhone will disconnect from Wi-Fi networks, but will stay on for Apple services and other Apple devices (like Apple Watch and Pencil) stay connected. Not only this creates a security loophole, but Apple didn’t even communicate this important detail to users.

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