New Technologies: A Goldmine For Cyber-Criminals


The emergence of new technologies, more and more embedded in everyday life, is considered a blessing for many sectors, including health.

This evolution of the company to a fully connected world also opens up new opportunities for a community of hackers and other cyber criminals whose scope is of considerable magnitude over the technological discoveries.

The live illegal streaming, new target of choice for hackers

A report of the IPSA (Internet Security Association of Professionals) was interested in a recent practice, yet already democratized in company: live illegal streaming. Entitled “Illegal Streaming and Cyber ​​Security Risks: A dangerous status quo,” he highlights the emergence of a parallel market live streaming exceeding all forecasts, it has already attracted millions online worldwide through its free, also became the new favorite playground of all types cyber-criminals.

Data theft, kidnapping of personnel files, Trojans, etc … The study of IPSA said that if the user while viewing an illegal live streaming video is completely passive, the computer remains active and many things can happen under his nose without his idea. If it is not so surprising to see this phenomenon emerge, the importance that took the live streaming in the vast world of cybercrime shows its rapidly changing.

The technology is not really developed for a few years and already, hackers web stormed the area. At the point of becoming the main players now able to create their own illegal live streaming sites free only to catch their web surfers who do not suspect anything. True champion class of evolution, cybercriminals adapt very quickly to new technology developments, and even sometimes ahead. The acclaimed connected society today has advantages – for energy, health, etc. – But it is also a veritable Pandora’s box, expanding the scope of potential hackers.

Telephone booths with pacemakers, the infinite power of cybercriminals

If the amount of viruses and Trojan horses today is about a million and a constantly growing cyber crime is a relatively new sector, youth development makes it even more impressive. The first steps of cybercrime in fact date from just 44, when a certain John Draper discovered that it was possible to connect free to AT & T lines of public payphones with a sound of 2600Hz. The man, who will later nicknamed Cap’n Crunch, get realized with a whistle won in a cereal box of the same name. It was not until 1986 to see the creation of the first computer virus, Brain, able to infect a computer and 1987 to see Jerusalem, a virus can infect, but also destroy a system. Worms Trojans, discoveries are linked to this period and each new year has its share of new forms of cybercrime.

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From 1989 to 1991, the number of viruses in circulation is multiplied by 33, from about 30 to more than 1 000. While the Internet is beginning to democratize, cybercriminals are organized and begin to glimpse the endless possibilities available to them.

In 1994, Vladimir Levin produced the first electronic flight magnitude. He steals $ 10 million to Citibank before being arrested and sentenced to three years in prison. It opens up a whole new kind of robbery without physical violence or chase. If Cybercrime has grown as the Internet was taking its brands in society, she was previously an activity reserved for a few individuals, little media coverage. The late 90s completely change the situation while hacking tools ready for use are broadcast in self-service on the Web. Cybercrime is then accessible to all, regardless of age or skill, and piracy is entering a new era. And as more and more everyday objects should be scanned, the power of hackers gaining momentum.

When Breakpoint Congress in 2012, Barnaby Jack, computer security expert at IO Active, demonstrates the least worrisome: located a few meters from a pacemaker, it shows that it is possible to send multiple electric shocks to device from your computer.

830 volts landfills, can cause a heart attack the pacemaker wearer. A year earlier, Barnaby Jack had also proved it was possible to hack a remote insulin pump and inject a lethal dose to the patient. Should sacrificing these technologies? When it comes to medical equipment that saves lives every day, the question is obviously not arise, but there is a true reflection to lead on the development of key technologies far from our everyday life and black hats to benefit more than the user.