Education: CISSP (1996)
Highlights of your career? The Stephen Cobb Guide to PC and LAN Security (1992); The first anti-spam router (2001); Privacy for Business (2002)
Position and history at ESET? Joined ESET: 2011. Current title: Senior Security Researcher
What malware do you hate the most? State sponsored.
Favorite activities? Reading and writing, and some arithmetic.
What is your golden rule for cyberspace? Don’t put anything on the Internet you wouldn’t want your mother to see.
When did you get your first computer and what kind was it? 1982 KayPro II portable computer with dual floppy drives, weighing 26 lbs or 12 Kg.
Favorite computer game/activity? Reading Wikipedia.
The value of educating people about cyber security is hotly debated these days, with opposing views on security awareness training coming from Bruce Schneier and Ira Winkler. Stephen Cobb weighs in.
Stepping up protection of the Apple ID falters as password reset bug emerges before two-step verification is fully implemented.
Protection and remediation tips for Mac OS X users targeted by a Trojan adware plugin called Yontoo hidden behind movie trailer and other media playing links, generating money for criminals exploiting online ad schemes.
If your friend said it on Social media it must be true? Not if your friend’s acount has been hacked. We review tips for staying safe on social media.
Malware targeting Android devices shows no signs of relenting, despite the enthusiasm of Android fans. We look at key data points and weigh risks to users.
Slides of ESET presentations at RSA are now available including the SMB Cyber Security Survival Guide and “What THEY want with your digital devices.”
NBC.com may have sent visitors to infected URLs serving up Trojan software (RedKit) for 24 hours. At the time of this blog post ESET researchers still see some related sites similarly compromised.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and romance is in the air. Love is also blooming online, but sadly, so are romance scams. We have covered romantically-themed online scams in the past. These include attempts to spread malware through Valentine-themed links on social media, search engine poisoning, phony gift cards, and fake e-greeting cards. Today we
Does your Apple Mac need antivirus software, or any other kind of security software? This question has been asked repeatedly over the years and I think the “correct’ answer has changed over time.
If you recently acquired an Apple Mac computer there are several simple steps you can take to protect your new machine, and all of the valuable information you will be storing on it.
Everybody knows that laptop computers, tablets and smartphones get stolen, and everybody reading this probably owns at least one of these digital devices, so should you be concerned about yours being pinched, pilfered, peculated, purloined, or in other words, stolen?
What does the New Year hold for information security, malicious software, consumer privacy and cybercrime? Questions of this mature are posed by journalists toward the end of every year and, beginning about November, answers from security specialists start to appear in print. Indeed, ESET researchers in Latin America published a 20-page white paper on this
For several years now, antivirus researchers have observed increasing efficiency and sophistication in malware development and distribution. At the start of 2012, I began using the term “industrialization of malware” to describe this phenomenon. I also drew a picture of the fictitious enterprise “Malware, Inc.” as a means of conveying the transformation that malware has
USB flash drives continue to present a serious challenge to information security, for consumers and companies alike. You will be aware of this if you read our recent article on the Win32/Pronny worm, just one example of a piece of malicious software that is “in the wild” and actively seeking to spread via USB flash
Malware activity exploiting Autorun on Windows computers has been generating quite a few calls to ESET support lines lately, reminding us that old infection techniques seldom die and USB flash drives can still be an effective means of getting malicious code onto a computer. USB drives can be used to infect computers that automatically execute
Online passwords are a pain, and not just when you have to type them to access your online bank account or shop at your favorite digital emporium. Password pain extends to the people who have to manage them. A few weeks ago we shared some initial findings from a recent poll of 2,129 U.S. adults
Protecting your organization against cyber criminals and digital scammers is not easy, and it's certainly not cheap. A vital part of building and maintaining effective defenses is access to security knowledge and expertise, which may not even be a budget item if your organization happens to be an SMB, local government agency, or non-profit. One
The 2012 holiday shopping season is fast approaching and digital devices are sure to play a bigger role in the holiday shopping process than ever before, from pre-purchase research on the home or office computer, to in-store price checking on the smartphone. And of course, online holiday shopping is available 7×24, from before Black Friday,
How many image files do you have on your computer? Would you be happy to send them all to a stranger? How about the photos on your smartphone? These are some of the questions I pondered this past weekend in light of several seemingly unrelated events from the previous week. (As a random data point,
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