How the hack are ya, anyway? Yea, I said, “hack” because that’s the topic of this week’s WebLetter.
To begin this first story, I feel the need to remind everyone … This is the 21st century. Matter of fact, we’ve been in the new millennium for 16 years. So with all the news about stolen identities and companies being broken into and personal information stolen, along with financial institutions being hit, you wonder what the head of security for the central bank in Bangladesh was thinking when he decided to use cheap devices and no firewall to protect the banks’ customers money. The result? Eighty-one million dollars is stolen. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-fed-bangladesh-idUSKCN0XI1UO
One of the abilities of shortening a link is it’s easier to share links. In other words, you don’t have to paste a really long URL into a chat window or an email to help someone find their way to the page you want them to get to. One problem, short links like those from bit.ly and TinyURL can be hacked. Because of the small number of characters used in these shortened links, researchers studying their vulnerability were able to use a brute force attack to find shortened URLs that linked to actual documents. A brute force attack is so-named for the way the hacker or application software used attempts to fill in the user and password codes through trial and error. As this article from MakeUseOf, short code websites are now using longer, uh, short codes. http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/shortened-links-can-compromise-security/
So how do you keep yourself protected from the hackers who want to get into your bank account and personal information? Several things. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson has written a detailed report but with good info to help you stay safe and includes advice if your are hacked., complete with links to authorities. http://www.ag.state.mn.us/consumer/publications/HowtoProtectYourselfAgainstHackers.asp
That’s it this week. Have a great weekend and may God bless you and keep you safe.
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