Digital gold: why hackers love Bitcoin | Technology | The Guardian

The WannaCry ransomware attackers demanded payment in the cryptocurrency. But its use in the ‘clean’ economy is growing, too, and could revolutionise how we use money

Fuente: Digital gold: why hackers love Bitcoin | Technology | The Guardian


Leaked NSA Malware Is Helping Hijack Computers Around the World

In mid-April, an arsenal of powerful software tools apparently designed by the NSA to infect and control Windows computers was leaked by an entity known only as the “Shadow Brokers.” Not even a whole month later, the hypothetical threat that criminals would use the tools against the general public has become real, and tens of thousands of computers worldwide are now crippled by an unknown party demanding ransom.

Fuente: Leaked NSA Malware Is Helping Hijack Computers Around the World


Microsoft responsabiliza a la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional de EE.UU. de propiciar el ciberataque masivo que afectó al menos a 150 países – El Mostrador

El gigante de la informática criticó el papel de los gobiernos y organizaciones que coleccionan vulnerabilidades informáticas que después pueden ser robadas o vendidas a delincuentes informáticos. La empresa pide que lo sucedido sea una lección para erradicar esta práctica en el mundo.

Fuente: Microsoft responsabiliza a la Agencia de Seguridad Nacional de EE.UU. de propiciar el ciberataque masivo que afectó al menos a 150 países – El Mostrador


WannaCry: por qué los expertos creen que puede haber otro ciberataque muy pronto – El Mostrador

Expertos en informática advierten que un nuevo ataque global con un brote de ransomware es “inminente” y que incluso podría ser lanzado el lunes. BBC Mundo te cuenta los detalles y cómo protegerte de estos virus.

Fuente: WannaCry: por qué los expertos creen que puede haber otro ciberataque muy pronto – El Mostrador


El ciberataque de escala mundial y “dimensión nunca antes vista” que afectó a instituciones y empresas de casi 100 países – El Mostrador

Un ciberataque “de dimensión nunca antes vista” logró este viernes bloquear el acceso a los sistemas informáticos de instituciones estatales y empresas de varios países.La policía europea, Europol, indicó que el ciberataque era de una escala “sin precedentes” y advirtió que una “compleja investigación internacional” era necesaria para “identificar a los culpables”.

Fuente: El ciberataque de escala mundial y “dimensión nunca antes vista” que afectó a instituciones y empresas de casi 100 países – El Mostrador


Microsoft y Apple redoblan lucha por privacidad de datos en EEUU – El Mostrador

Si bien estos casos judiciales destacados han sumado impulso, la ofensiva del sector contra la intrusión gubernamental en la información privada de los clientes comenzó hace al menos dos años, luego de las revelaciones de Edward Snowden sobre la recolección encubierta de datos que pusieron a todos a la defensiva.

Fuente: Microsoft y Apple redoblan lucha por privacidad de datos en EEUU – El Mostrador


Bill Gates backs FBI in battle with Apple over San Bernardino killer's phone | Technology | The Guardian

US government is asking for a particular case, and Apple should comply, says Microsoft co-founder Gates

Fuente: Bill Gates backs FBI in battle with Apple over San Bernardino killer’s phone | Technology | The Guardian


Microsoft caught up in fresh privacy storm – FT.com

Microsoft caught up in fresh privacy storm – FT.com.

A Visitor touches a surface tablet at the Microsoft stand at the 2014 CeBIT technology Trade fair on March 10 2014 in Hanover, Germany©Getty

Microsoft on Thursday scrambled to head off a privacy storm after it was revealed that the software company had searched through the private email of a blogger it suspected of having received stolen software code.

The concession marked one of the most damaging privacy gaffes to hit a leading US technology company since revelations in 2013 that the country’s National Security Agency had been spying on their users. The companies involved, including Microsoft, reacted with outrage at the secret government snooping.

On Thursday, the software company first sought to play down the outcry over its email search in a statement defending the move, before following up only hours later with a promise of new and stronger procedures to reassure users that their privacy would be protected in such cases.

Microsoft’s examination of a user’s Hotmail account took place after it was tipped off that the account holder, a blogger, had been handed some stolen lines of code from the Windows 8 operating system. It used the information to identify and fire an employee accused of taking the code.

The email search was revealed in a case by US prosecutors against the employee, Alex Kibalko.

Microsoft initially released a statement claiming that, although it did not have a court order to conduct the search, it had good reason to believe the blogger had received the code. It added that it searched users’ email accounts “only in the most exceptional circumstances”.

The company’s privacy policy gives it the right to look at private information to “protect the rights or property of Microsoft or our customers”.

Soon after, however, it released a second statement outlining new steps to reassure users it would not spy on their private communications.

These would include referring all cases like this to a former federal judge to seek an independent opinion, based on the same standards of evidence that would apply if it was seeking an official court order, said John Frank, deputy general counsel.

“The privacy of our customers is incredibly important to us, and while we believe our actions in this particular case were appropriate given the specific circumstances, we want to be clear about how we will handle similar situations going forward,” Mr Frank said.

Microsoft also discloses twice a year how many searches such as this that it has carried out – the same level of disclosure that it has pressed the US government to reveal searches by the NSA.