Computer virus

Keeping yourself safe from hackers the IDF way

There aren’t many people who take on the IDF and survive, so when they give you some advice it is usually sound tactics to take it.

On the IDF Blog they have published a guide to help keep you safe from hackers. It is a good article, and realistic which you don’t see often.

So while the leftwing are all running around trying to protect themselves from the NSA these guys are protecting themselves from people who actually want to kill them. So up to you who you listen to…keyboard warriors or real warriors.

IDF commanders in the field use their mobile phones and computers every day to help them in their work. While these tools are often critical to a mission’s success, they are also vulnerable to hacking. Israel’s enemies are constantly trying to gain access to information in order to compromise IDF operations.

Because of the threats it faces, the IDF has developed expert anti-hacking forces, building military-wide systems that protect classified data from hackers. But making sure that hackers can’t access data on individual commanders’ personal devices is just as important. That’s where Sergeant Major Dror steps in. He travels across the country, visiting IDF bases and showing IDF soldiers and officers just how easy it is for terrorists to steal their private data.

Sgt. Maj. Dror takes the soldiers’ personal computers and cellphones, and using free software easily downloaded from the internet, demonstrates how to hack them within a matter of minutes. “If it’s this easy for me, think of how easy it would be for an organization with the will and the means to hack into your computer or phone,” he says.

We sat down with Sgt Maj. Dror, and asked him to share his top tips for how to keep your data safe:    Read more »

Those Israelis are cunning

The Telegraph

It seems the Israelis have done even better than they did with their Stuxnet virus:

The world’s most complex computer virus, possessing a range of complex espionage capabilities, including the ability to secretly record conversations, has been exposed.

Middle Eastern states were targeted and Iran ordered an emergency review of official computer installations after the discovery of a new virus, known as Flame.

Experts said the massive malicious software was 20 times more powerful than other known cyber warfare programmes including the Stuxnet virus and could only have been created by a state.

It is the third cyber attack weapon targeting systems in the Middle East to be exposed in recent years.

Iran has alleged that the West and Israel are orchestrating a secret war of sabotage using cyber warfare and targeted assassinations of its scientists as part of the dispute over its nuclear programme.

Stuxnet attacked Iran’s nuclear programme in 2010, while a related programme, Duqu, named after the Star Wars villain, stole data.

Flame can gather data files, remotely change settings on computers, turn on computer microphones to record conversations, take screen shots and copy instant messaging chats.

The virus was discovered by a Russian security firm that specialises in targeting malicious computer code.

It made the 20 gigabyte virus available to other researchers yesterday claiming it did not fully understand its scope and said its code was 100 times the size of the most malicious software.

Kaspersky Labs said the programme appeared to have been released five years ago and had infected machines in Iran, Israel, Sudan, Syria, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.

“If Flame went on undiscovered for five years, the only logical conclusion is that there are other operations ongoing that we don’t know about,” Roel Schouwenberg, a Kaspersky security senior researcher, said.