|Information security firm Rapid7 established the National Exposure Index that shows the countries most vulnerable to hacking attacks by scanning the entire worldwide web for servers with their front doors wide open. It turned out that the most vulnerable country in the world is Belgium. Tajikistan ranks second, Samoa third, and Australia forth. Rapid7’s Project Sonar is a tool that allows to produce the map of the Internet by scanning every single public-facing IP address in a matter of hours and looking at which services they are offering to the wider Internet.
In fact, most of those services will be appropriate – for example, a web server with an open port 80, the “door” through which HTTP web pages are sent through. The problem is that 80% of the top services offered by servers on the Internet are unencrypted – for example, POP3 (an outdated email protocol) and FTP (an insecure method of transferring files).
The researchers were surprised by their own findings, as they expected to find that the most exposed countries were also the richest (by aggregate GDP), which were likely to have the most net-connected devices making them proportionally the most potential for damage. But the most vulnerable country appeared to be Belgium – while the country has fewer nodes than larger countries like China, a greater proportion of them are offering connections to services which are often insecure.
The mapping project was launched as part of an attempt to comprehensively determine quite how insecure the Internet is. Security experts remind of previous comprehensive scans – for example, the 2012 Internet Census – which all have been one-off measures to date. The Internet Census, for instance, traded comprehensiveness for repeatability, because its methodology involved legally questionable access to household routers in order to perform the scans. Unlike Rapid7’s approach, which involves pushing on doors to see if they’re open, the Internet Census actually went in the building to see what it could find.
The information security firm hopes to repeat the survey regularly and eventually discover whether or not the worldwide web is developing in a good direction. Rapid7 hopes that the worst of the insecure servers will go offline in the near future.
Thursday, June 9th, 2016
|posted by (2016-06-10 07:39:55)|
|I'm surprise that Australia is forth, the government spends so much time and energy to curb file sharing.|
|it shouldn't be surprising, australia is switching away from producing stuff. Even good companies like Cochlear, who have been very innovative in the past, have been financialised. They’re moving away from doing stuff to shuffling paper around.|
what Australians do not understand is that there is a major disconnect between the United States’ official ideology and its practice. The ideology is one of free market, but the practice is one of a state that is extremely activist, and is investing very heavily in whole networks of innovation and production: the military industrial complex, the medical industrial complex, even the prison industrial complex.
They are investing heavily through the state to create networks of value creation, and actually producing things. And Australia is moving very rapidly into divesting itself of actual production.”
|posted by (2016-06-12 09:22:30)|
|i believe the problem in Australia particularly is that the isp's ship a modem/router package when you connect to their service instead of a modem and the user being forced to buy and configure their own router.|
they've dumbed down the technology and the result is complete ignorance, despite the information stored on your pc.
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