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Aryeh Goretsky
Aryeh Goretsky
Distinguished Researcher

Highlights of your career? First employee at McAfee; Director at Tribal Voice, one of the first instant messaging companies; moderator at several popular online communities, including Lenovo, Lockergnome Help Forum, Scots Newsletter Forum and Wilders Security Forum; received Microsoft Most Valuable Professional and Neowin Most Valuable Contributor awards.

Position and history at ESET? Joined ESET in 2005 as Manager, Support; moved to Manager, Research in 2006; promoted to Distinguished Researcher in 2009.

What malware do you hate the most? Malware that alters, corrupts, destroys, modifies or steals a user’s data is on my “most-hated” list. To me, that’s the ultimate violation of a user’s computer.

Favorite activities? Reading, sleeping

What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Avoid the impulse to click on things.

When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? The first computer I used would probably have been a Commodore PET. I also used the Apple ][ and Commodore 64. This would have been the late 1970s or early 1980s.

Favorite computer game/activity? I spend most of my free computing time on forums helping answer other users’ technology questions.

I used to play City of Heroes and World of Warcraft with others, but game so infrequently now that everyone in those teams/guilds had pretty much surpassed me. These days, it’s mostly solo games of Diablo 3 and Torchlight 2.

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Gamescom: How gaming grew up into a target for crime

Video games have gone since the late 1970s and early 1980s from being a small offshoot of the “traditional” computing industry to becoming a full-fledged multi-billion dollar industry – with its own brand of criminal.

Comic-Con 2014: Eight super-powered digital safety tips

Over the past few years, Comic-Con has had over 130,000 attendees, and those attendees tend to be very digitally literate – so that means we will probably see double that number of connected devices – laptops, tablets, smartphones and perhaps even tricorders.

Catch the ESET 2014 Mid-Year Threat Report broadcast

With the first half of the year almost over, it’s time for the ESET 2014 Mid-Year Threat Review. Presented as a webinar, this one hour event will look at some of the more interesting pieces of malware and Internet security threats that have occurred during the first six months of the year.

Goodbye, Windows XP!

This patch Tuesday, April 8, 2014, sees the last updates to be released to the public for Windows XP and Office 2003. After today, these programs have reached their End of Life (EOL) status, and will no longer be supported by Microsoft

5 Tips for protecting Windows XP machines after April 8, 2014

Microsoft will cease providing security updates for the Windows XP operating system on April 8, 2014. If you cannot get away from Windows XP yet, there are still a few things you can do to keep yourself safe.

Time to Move On From Windows XP

Windows XP comes to an end of sorts on April 8, 2014. After this, Microsoft will cease providing security updates or support for this venerable operating system. ESET discusses implications and resources.

Facebook and Whatsapp: Security and privacy after the $19B deal

The acquisition of chat service Whatsapp for $19 billion has been the technology story of the week – but serious privacy and security questions remain over Facebook’s new messaging service.

Can you hear us now? ESET researchers podcast every week

Have you checked out the weekly podcast by ESET security researchers? It’s called the ESET Malware Report and it covers many security and privacy topics in handy 5 to 10 minute audio interviews.

Windows 8.1 – security improvements

A new white paper, titled Windows 8.1 Security – New and Improved, looks at the some of the most anticipated—and controversial—security features of this new “.1″ point release of Windows 8.

Orbital Decay: the dark side of a popular file downloading tool

Orbit Downloader by Innoshock is a popular browser add-on often used to download embedded videos from sites such as YouTube. But the popular add-on has disturbing hidden functions.

Safe Summer PC Usage – beat the heat and stay secure with your laptop, tablet or smartphone

Beat the heat, find somewhere cool to compute! But first check our tips on how to more safely navigate the mall, lobby, library, coffee shop or wherever you go to chill out with your digital devices.

Needles and haystacks – the art of threat attribution

ESET researchers explain the difficulties in attribution of targeted attacks; evidence is often circumstantial and the source never positively identified.

Six months with Windows 8 (white paper)

ESET security researchers release white paper looking at the first six months of Windows 8. Just how secure is Microsoft’s new operating system?

ComboFix fixed: popular utility safe to use

ESET’s threat researchers received a surprise earlier this week when they began receiving reports from ESET LiveGrid that downloads of ComboFix, a tool popular with advanced users for removing malware, were detected as being infected by a variant of the Sality virus, Win32/Sality.NBA.

Securing Your Holiday Tech Gifts, Part 1: Windows PC Guide

[UPDATE #1:  (21 Dec 2012, 5:30PM) ESET Researcher Cameron Camp has just published the second part of this series on securing your Android device.  Read it here on the ESET Threat Blog at Securing Your Holiday Tech Gifts, Part 2: Android Guide.  AG] December is upon us, and whether you have a Christmas tree, menorah,

W8ing for V6: What ESET has in store for Windows 8 Users

[UPDATE: 10/23/2012, 3:00PM — Testing agency AV-Comparatives has reviewed both ESET NOD32 Antivirus and ESET Smart Security for Windows 8 compatibility.   I have updated the blog post below.   AG] The release of Windows 8 is this week and interest remains high in Microsoft’s new flagship operating system.   We have already taken a

A white paper: Windows 8’s Security Features

[NOTE: For the latest information about compatibility between ESET's software and Windows 8, please see the following blog post: W8ing for V6: What ESET has in store for Windows 8 Users. (10/23/2012, 4:15PM)] Windows 8 will be available to the public in three weeks, and interest in the latest version of Microsoft’s flagship operating system

The Dynamic Duo for Securing your Android: Common Sense and Security Software

On Thursday, September 12, Duo Security, a young-but-respected vendor of two-factor authentication devices, announced the preliminary results of a study of over 20,000 Android devices from a two month old study they performed. Based on the results, they calculated that over half of Android devices on the market have security vulnerabilities that are, as yet,

.ASIA domain name scams still going strong

Today I received the following message in my inbox, claiming to be from the Asian Domain Registration Service and warning me that the eset brand was in danger of being registered by a third-party.   Here is the message I received, which I’ve included in its entirety, except for a few bits: Received: from mail.umail168.cn4e.com

Close call with a Caribbean cruise line scam

In the middle of working on a blog post about SMS phishing scams at my desk last night, I received a rather strange call.  The number displayed on the Caller ID was +1 (360) 474-3925.  I did not recognize the number, but since it was 7:10PM, I assumed it was a colleague trying to reach

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