Tech talk: A difficult year for cyberattacks

Akita Instant Privacy security device analyzes sources that Internet-of-things devices should be communicating with and instantly flags any anomalies.

January 9, 2018 22:02
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Female IDF soldier in the J6/C4I Cyber Defense Directorate.. (photo credit: IDF SPOKESPERSON'S UNIT)

Akita launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $30,000 to finance its Akita Instant Privacy security device, which protects home networks from cyberattacks and hackers. Akita surpassed its goal, and close to 4,000 surfers invested in the product, bringing the total to $400,000.

“Akita is an incredible technology that can prevent cyberattacks,” says David Keller, managing partner at Prime Total Product Design. “It can tell if someone else is using your babyCam to follow people in your house, or your printer to attack servers around the world. Our job was to package Akita as a simple, extremely user-friendly home product.”

Akita analyzes sources that Internet- of-things devices should be communicating with and instantly flags any anomalies. The system monitors the network and its operations using various algorithms and knows how to distinguish between ordinary and non-normal operations. For example, if the air conditioner starts to access websites, as in the attack of the end of 2016, Akita neutralizes it and announces it, using the mobile application.

Russia has been one of the most active perpetrators of cyberattacks in 2017. One of the most damaging attacks was the Petya / NotPetya ransomware attack on the Ukraine. This unprecedented attack caused damage of more than $1.5 billion to national and global companies in Ukraine, and is continuing to negatively affect investment in the country.

Some attacks aimed to influence the results of national elections in France and the Brexit referendum. Another prominent player in the field of cyberattacks is North Korea, which was behind the WannaCry ransomware attack, which infected and destroyed over 230,000 computers in 150 countries within 24 hours. Iran has targeted many Israeli organizations and academicians, and some people in the Gaza Strip managed to trick quite a number of IDF soldiers on Facebook.

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Translated by Hannah Hochner.

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