As sure as the world keeps turning, so too do cyber security and hacking news stories and issues crop up regularly. Some days, it seems like the worldwide efforts to stem the tide of the nefarious forces attendant in advancing technology are fighting a losing battle.
But we’re doing what we can to help. With our open source, VPN-friendly, and highly secure DD-WRT and Tomato FlashRouters, we’re at least able to offer international users the best firmware and best hardware available for a strong and versatile wireless network. Lord knows our VPN affiliates are putting up an incredibly effective and valiant fight against those who would use the Internet to threaten your privacy and security.
So aside from building your wireless network around some of the best routers and VPNs out there, the next most important thing you can do is increase awareness of these issues. That’s why we frequently roundup some of the most vital and urgent stories about hacking and cyber security, so that our users can respond to these new developments as quickly and wisely as possible. So without further ado…
FlashRouters Cyber Security News Roundup – June 2016
You Won’t Believe How Easy It Was To Hack Bangladesh’s Central Bank – So remember when the central bank of Bangladesh was hacked a few months ago? The crooks who made off with $81 million instead of the billions of dollars they would have secured if not for a typo? Anyway, turns out the network computers for Bangladesh’s central bank were protected by $10 switches and no firewall. Seems… insufficient, don’t you think?
Are Quanta LTE Routers The Least Secure Available? – And while we’re on the subject of grossly lacking online security, let’s all take a moment to gape in awe at Quantas LTE routers and their twenty (20!) major security flaws, which run the gamut from backdoors to denial of service problems. Some are ready to call these the least secure routers currently available.
Google’s New Messaging Service “Allo” Will Offer End-to-End Encryption – Google recently announced the advent of a new messaging service called “Allo”. It’s primary innovation is the addition of a bot that will offer help based on your conversation, but we’re excited about the “incognito” mode, which turns on end-to-end encryption, booting nosy government agents and hackers out of your business. That said, Edward Snowden doesn’t think the encryption should merely be an option.
The FBI Is Just Getting Started on Encryption Cases – That prolonged battle between Apple and the FBI over the phone belonging to the San Bernardino shooter may have been just a taste of what’s to come. Director James Comey told a crowd of reporters that he expects that the FBI will have to take a lot more legal action over encryption issues in the future. Fortunately, there is at least some semblance of a resistance…
A Few Senators Who Want to Reign In the FBI’s Hacking Capabilities – A recent Supreme Court ruling expanded the hacking powers of the FBI. So how do the few senators who oppose this ruling propose counter-acting it? By adding a 10-line amendment to the rule change, basically saying that the rule will not take effect. Kind of beautiful in its simplicity.
Pornhub Now Harnessing the Bug Hunting Powers of Their Users – Tech companies are increasingly discovering the wisdom of “bug bounty” programs, which essentially pay users to sniff out security vulnerabilities on their sites and report them back for immediate correction in exchange for a reward. And now you can earn as much as $25,000 if you can find one on the popular website Pornhub, which is a hub, of sorts, for porn.
You’re Even Vulnerable on the Website for Mr. Robot – Of course, a site like Pornhub gets enough traffic to warrant a bug bounty program. Sometime more ephemeral like a hype-building website for the second season of a popular USA network show probably has no use for such intense cyber security measures. And it’s that type of thinking that got the makers of “Who Is Mr. Robot?” in trouble, when two hackers found two separate security flaws that could have exposed the Facebook data of those who took the site’s quiz.
And Now the Air Force Is Getting Serious About Shutting Down Hackers – Perhaps it was naive to hope that the Air Force had their cyber security system fully in place by now, but better late than never, we suppose. The Air Force is planning to partner with private tech companies to develop a secure messaging system that will allow flight crews to be in touch without unwanted third parties nosing their way in.
Europe’s Police Agency Now Has More Leeway in Fighting Cyber Crime – The phrase “Europe’s police agency Europol has been given enhanced cyber powers to track down terrorists and other criminals” may sound like the log line to a European-friendly Robocop remake, but nope, that’s just the world we live in now. In any case, the new measures supposedly come equipped with data protection and public oversight, but we’ll believe it when we see it.
The Average Age At Which Your Child Will Have a Smartphone – Admittedly, this one has little to do with cyber security, except maybe in the sense that it’s never too early to impress upon your children the importance of wise online behaviors. Anyway, you may be stunned to find out that if your child is 10-and-a-half years old and they don’t have a smartphone, they’re ever so slightly behind the curve.