CyberSeComics Ep. #9 - Merry GreenPass

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Ninth episode of CyberSeComics, comics series produced by Pluribus One.

It's time for gifts, Christmas is coming!

And Wallo was keen to give his opinion on the Green Pass... After all the scams and false certificates that circulated on Telegram and on the web.
What will Jennifer Lawrence think? 

Reminding to pay attention to all frauds in the digital world, we suggest also this time Pluribus One Internet Security®, our free service for safe Internet browsing, which, as its primary purpose, ensures to avoid domains containing Phishing, Malware, and Scam. And, among other features, it allows also to avoid unwanted advertising.

The episode is available also in Italian language here: CyberSeComics Ep. #9 - Merry GreenPass.

Credits: Wallo & Friends (concept, storyboard, drawings); Matteo Mauri, Dissemination & Communication Manager at Pluribus One (idea, subject, concept).

CyberSeComics Ep. #8 - Smishing

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Eighth episode of CyberSeComics, comics series produced by Pluribus One.

Black Friday is coming !!! And then Christmas !!! The rush for gifts and compulsive online shopping is starting!

But beware of fraudulent SMS notifying alleged delivery attempts.

In this episode we warn against Smishing and other frauds affecting the mobile devices: it is a recent neologism that combines the acronym SM (Short Message), with the word Phishing.
These messages often contain malicious links, suitably designed to steal important credentials to act in the name and on behalf of the victim. Or links to sites that contain malware that can install itself without arousing suspicion on smartphones, tablets or other devices that the victim uses to visit these sites.

We cannot directly protect you from Smishing but we certainly have weapons against Phishing and against links conveyed through Smishing.
Pluribus One Internet Security® is our free service for safe Internet browsing, which, as its primary purpose, ensures to avoid domains containing Phishing, Malware, and Scam. And, among other features, it allows also to avoid unwanted advertising.

And, it's not over, stay tuned! Our free app for the protection of mobile devices, based on Machine Learning algorithms, is coming: Pluribus One Mobile Security® will soon be available on Google Play to protect Android devices.

The episode is available also in Italian language here: CyberSeComics Ep. #8 - Un (vero) pacco.

Credits: Mirko's Scribbles (concept, storyboard, drawings); Matteo Mauri, Dissemination & Communication Manager at Pluribus One (idea, subject, concept).

CyberSeComics Ep. #7 - Stingy Boss

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Seventh episode of CyberSeComics, comics series produced by Pluribus One.

Prevention is better than cure! The more you spend the less you spend! Think Before ... You Click!

We agree with dentists and with all the proverbs that protect us from the consequences of a lack of planning, in our case from the consequences of a cyber attack. October has just ended: it was the European Cyber Security Month - ECSM (ECSM, organized by ENISA), a European Union campaign designed to promote awareness on cyber threats and methods to face them.

Wallo also wants to make his contribution to this campaign. Each data breach on organizations costs the impacted company on average 3.86 million dollars globally and 2.90 million euros in Italy. This according to Cost of a Data Breach 2020, a report conducted by Ponemon Institute on behalf of IBM Security, an organization that also notes a 10% increase in costs for the 2021.

Don't be like Wallo's boss! Be aware, invest in Cybersecurity!

Pluribus One Web Application Security®, our solution for the protection of incoming traffic to web applications and services is smart and, thanks to sophisticated Machine Learning algorithms, tries to model the behavior of users who connect to the pages of a website, configuring a standard behavior profile. When we detect a behavior that deviates from the standard profile, the alarm is triggered.

The episode is available also in Italian language here: CyberSeComics Ep. #7 - Braccine corte.

Credits: Mirko's Scribbles (concept, storyboard, drawings); Matteo Mauri, Dissemination & Communication Manager at Pluribus One (idea, subject, concept).

CyberSeComics Ep. #6 - Absolute protection

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Sixth episode of CyberSeComics, comics series produced by Pluribus One.

This time Wallo discovers that not all Web Application Firewalls work in the same wayl. Absolute protection? Let's block everything !!! And goodbye functionality!

Pluribus One Web Application Security®, our solution for the protection of incoming traffic to web applications and services is smart and, thanks to sophisticated Machine Learning algorithms, it self-learns the legitimate traffic, distinguishing it from the illegitimate one but also from the potentially suspicious one; it provides automatic alerts and reports, builds customized protection rules and involves the system operator in the decision-making process, in an explainable way.

Our protection systems essentially try to model the behavior of users who connect to the pages of a website, configuring a standard behavior profile. When we detect a behavior that deviates from the standard profile, the alarm is triggered.

The episode is available also in Italian language here: CyberSeComics Ep. #6 - Protezione assoluta.

Credits: Mirko's Scribbles (concept, storyboard, drawings); Matteo Mauri, Dissemination & Communication Manager at Pluribus One (idea, subject, concept).

CyberSeComics Ep. #5 - Bye bye advertising

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Fifth episode of CyberSeComics, comics series produced by Pluribus One.

How nice it would be to surf the internet without displaying popups, banners, ads? And how great it would be to immediately view our favorite videos without having to display automatic ads that start at the beginning of the video? Everything immediate, everything faster. What? Is it already possible? What does Wallo think of this possibility?

This episode is fully dedicated to our Pluribus One Internet Security, free service for safe Internet browsing, which, as its primary purpose, ensures to avoid domains containing Phishing, Malware, and Scam. And, among other features, it allows also to avoid unwanted advertising.
Set the secure DNS numbers provided by Pluribus One: 15.161.13.182 and 15.161.200.219. Browse safely and without ads!!

The episode is available also in Italian language here: CyberSeComics Ep. #5 - Bye bye pubblicità.

Credits: Mirko's Scribbles (concept, storyboard, drawings); Matteo Mauri, Dissemination & Communication Manager at Pluribus One (idea, subject, concept).

CyberSeComics Ep. #4 - Secret questions

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Fourth episode of CyberSeComics, comics series produced by Pluribus One.

This time we enter the world of Social Engineering, the study of a person's individual behavior in order to extrapolate and exploit useful information to build a subsequent, personalized and effective attack. "People are often the weak link in a system of security measures, and it is they who constantly render them ineffective".
"Secrets and Lies: Digital Security in a Networked World", Bruce Schneier.

The episode is available also in Italian language here: CyberSeComics Ep. #4 - Domande segrete.

Credits: Mirko's Scribbles (concept, storyboard, drawings); Matteo Mauri, Dissemination & Communication Manager at Pluribus One (idea, subject, concept).

CyberSeComics Ep. #3 - The Bug finder

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Third episode of CyberSeComics, comics series produced by Pluribus One.

This episode is produced in collaboration with the AssureMOSS project. This time Wallo is grappling with the task of finding bugs and vulnerabilities within a software project, and this work requires a lot of time and attention. Let’s see if Wallo is lucky and if he is doing the right thing.

But before, two more words on the lesson to be learnt. The Assurance and certification in secure Multi-party Open Software and Services (AssureMOSS) project aims to produce a coherent set of automated, lightweight techniques that allow software companies to assess, manage, and re-certify the security and privacy risks associated with the fast-paced development and continuous deployment of multi-party open software and services.

AssureMOSS tools for development-time analysis help save time in finding bugs and vulnerabilities by analyzing each commit to your code repository, speeding up the whole project re-certification process.

Wallo, be aware! Next time be sure to use AssureMOSS and contact us at https://assuremoss.eu!

CyberSeComics Ep. #2 - The vaccine

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Second episode of CyberSeComics, comics series produced by Pluribus One.

This time Wallo, a character from the world of Mirko's Scribbles, is grappling with a bizarre online order, the Anti-Covid Vaccine.

Pluribus one offers protection against other types of viruses, the computer viruses. But we can give you some advice even in this case.

The anti-covid vaccines are free and administered only by the National Health Service. They are not immediately available to everyone, we will have to wait, and this can frustrate our desire to obtain protection from Covid-19 as soon as possible or to immediately obtain more freedom to travel, through the so-called European Green Pass.
In any case, however, always be wary of those who want to subtly sell pharmaceutical products online. Fake Pharmacies represent a dangerous phenomenon of the digital world and, above all, of the Dark Web. They are a dangerous type of Scam and Phishing.

Let's see what happened to Wallo's order.

CyberSeComics Ep. #1 - The Electricity Bill

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The Pluribus One comics on Cybersecurity are born: CyberSeComics!

Wallo is a character from the world of Mirko's Scribbles. Together with his partner Wallina, he will dive into the world of Cybersecurity and Pluribus One will follow his adventures at home and at work. From an idea by Matteo Mauri, subject and concept by Matteo Mauri and Mirko's Scribbles, storyboard and drawings by Mirko's Scribbles. In this first episode Wallo is grappling with the recent data leaks that happened to Facebook and Linkedin.

We remind all Internet users that on the site https://haveibeenpwned.com it is possible to check whether their personal data has been compromised by data breaches.
We also remind all users of our channels that Pluribus One has developed Pluribus One Internet Security, a free service for safe Internet browsing, which allows to avoid domains containing Phishing and Malware, and also to avoid unwanted advertising, even the one that appears on the videos being played.

Are you ready for this CyberSeComics journey? Let's go!

Steganalysis and Machine Learning: a European answer

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By Igino Corona, Matteo Mauri

Steganography is a secret mechanism for encoding information by any means of transmission. Its use has been known since ancient Greece and defined in the glossaries towards the end of the fifteenth century. Both encoding and medium of transmission are secret, that is, known only to the parties who intend to communicate in an occult way. Steganography therefore presents itself as an ideal tool for the creation of secret communication channels that can be used in sophisticated espionage scenarios, computer crime, data breaches in public and private sectors. 

Steganography differs from cryptography, in which encoding of information and medium of transmission are generally known (think for example to the HTTPS protocol used by this site). In this case, the encoding mechanism makes the extraction of information (extremely) difficult without the knowledge of additional data, known as encryption/decryption keys. These keys are known only to the parties authorized to communicate (for example, your browser and our web server).

What is Stegomalware? Information hiding-capable malware and the European answer: the SIMARGL project

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By Matteo Mauri, Igino Corona, Davide Ariu

Stegomalware (or stegware) is a particular and sophisticated type of malware (malicious / unauthorized software) that uses steganography to evade detection and secretly exchange information.

Steganography was already used in ancient Greece and defined in the glossaries towards the end of the fifteenth century. In essence, it is a secret mechanism for encoding information through any means of transmission. Both the encoding and the transmission medium are secret, that is, known only to the parties who intend to communicate in an occult way.

In this sense, it differs from cryptography, in which the encoding of information and the transmission medium are generally known (e.g., the HTTPS protocol used by this website). In this case, the encoding mechanism makes the extraction of clear-text data (extremely) difficult without the knowledge of additional information, known as encryption / decryption keys. These keys are known only to the authorized communication parties (for example, your browser and our web server).

Artificial Intelligence: past, present and future. Part II - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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By Fabio Roli and Matteo Mauri

In the first part of this article “Artificial Intelligence: past, present and future. Part I - Short history of Artificial Intelligence”, previously published in this blog, we tried to unpack the "suitcase" of Artificial Intelligence. Now we will discuss  the "good", "ugly" and "bad" aspects inside this “suitcase”. As the reader will immediately notice, the title is a small tribute to the famous movie by Sergio Leone. We are not the first to use this leitmotiv to talk about Artificial Intelligence. AI certainly has "good", "ugly" and "bad" aspects; highlighting these aspects can help to understand what is Artificial Intelligence today. Always bearing in mind that, as in the case of the three characters of the movie, the good, the bad and the ugly cannot be clearly separated.

Artificial Intelligence: past, present, and future. Part I - Short history of Artificial Intelligence

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By Fabio Roli and Matteo Mauri

Marvin Minsky, one of the fathers of Artificial Intelligence, defined intelligence as a "suitcase word" which can lead to ambiguity and confusion, if we do not clarify in what sense we speak of "intelligence". For the same reason, writing a non-technical article on Artificial Intelligence is always a risk, especially for a technical person, and especially nowadays that the term “Artificial Intelligence” is, more than ever, a "suitcase" in which everybody puts a bit of everything. In this post, we will try to unpack this suitcase and to reorder the stuff inside, at least a little.

Is Artificial Intelligence Safe?

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By Battista Biggio and Matteo Mauri

We know, this is an ill-posed question. It cannot be shown that a system is secure, if not with respect to a precise attack model and under very specific assumptions. It is instead possible to demonstrate, in a much clearer way, when a system is vulnerable, and this is what we will try to do in this article, in relation to Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems.

It is quite known that the security of a system depends solely on the strength of its weakest link. AI is now pervasive and integrated in a transparent way in many different application scenarios and deployed systems. From the viewpoint of computer security, it is therefore legitimate to ask ourselves if AI algorithms themselves do not introduce novel vulnerabilities in such systems, potentially becoming the weakest link in the corresponding security chain.

DeltaPhish - Detecting phishing webpages in compromised websites

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By Igino Corona et al.

The large-scale deployment of modern phishing attacks relies on the automatic exploitation of vulnerable websites in the wild. To understand the importance of this phenomen, note that, according to the most recent Global Phishing Survey by APWG, published in 2014, 59,485 out of the 87,901 domains linked to phishing scams (namely, the 71.4%) were actually pointing to legitimate (though compromised) websites.
To counter this threat, we have developed DeltaPhish, a tool capable of detecting phishing webpages hosted in compromised websites through the analysis of the differences between the visited webpages and a predetermined reference page (e.g., the website homepage).

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