The security review: ESET’s trends for 2016, more attacks in Ukraine and virtualized security

Highlights from the last seven days in information security include ESET’s latest trends report (In)security Everywhere and the ongoing cyberattacks against Ukraine’s electric power industry.

Skype finally hides your IP address, to protect against vengeful gamers

For too long streaming video gamers have suffered denial-of-service attacks and raids from police SWAT teams, often assisted by Skype leaking private IP addresses.

Retailers ‘capable of tracking shoppers through smartphones’

More and more retailers are investing technology that allows them to track the movement of shoppers through their smartphone, an expert has revealed.

Irish lottery and ticket terminals knocked offline by DDoS attack

It should have been a great week for the Irish Lottery, with the largest jackpot (12 million euros) for 18 months up for grabs.

However, things didn’t run entirely smoothly in the run-up to the Wednesday night draw.

Countries remain unprepared for cyberattacks on nuclear facilities

Nuclear facilities across the world have little or no real security mechanisms in place to deal with cyberattacks, according to new analysis.

New wave of cyberattacks against Ukrainian power industry

ESET has discovered a new wave of cyberattacks attacks against Ukraine’s electric power industry. Interesting, the malware that was used is not BlackEnergy.

Phony web traffic to cost advertisers $7.2 billion in 2016

Fraudsters are set to hit online advertisers hard this year, costing them $7.2 billion globally as a result of phony web traffic generated by bots, new research has found.

ESET Trends for 2016: Threats keep evolving as security becomes part of our lives

ESET’s Trends for 2016: (In)Security Everywhere report includes a review of the most important events of last year and outlines trends in cybercriminal activity and cyberthreats for 2016.

Managing security in virtualized environments – agent-based or agentless?

Before you jump into the virtualization migration process, there are a few things to consider, like security, explains ESET’s Miguel Angel Mendoza.

Weak passwords continue to pose huge security threat

People’s choice of passwords continues to be a huge security risk, according to new research. SplashData’s annual Worst Passwords List finds ‘123456’ and ‘password’ continue to be the most common choice.

‘Context’ shapes American attitudes towards privacy

A new survey has revealed that when it comes to making a decision on information sharing and privacy, context plays an important part for many Americans.

Twitter goes offline across the globe

Twitter users across the globe have experienced problems with the social network, which was unavailable for between one to two hours.

Phishing scams spike leads to social engineering campaign

Get Safe Online has launched a major new campaign in the UK to help raise awareness of the dangers of social engineering, as figures suggest more needs to be done to inform the public about this growing nuisance.

The security review: BlackEnergy, Internet Explorer and Fitbit

Highlights from the past seven days in information security include an analysis of the BlackEnergy trojan and Microsoft’s decision to end support for older versions of Internet Explorer.

Legal firms ‘risk compromising data over poor login security’

Firms in the legal sector are at risk of compromising information confidentiality because of poor data practices, according to new research by IS Decisions.

Online predator busted after being intercepted by tech-savvy mom

An attentive and tech-savvy mom, based in Colonie in New York, has been lauded by the police for helping uncover and bring an online predator to justice.

Employees face penalties for ‘misinterpreting security policies’

Corporations will take a much tougher approach to insider security threats by penalizing employees who “invite a data breach”, according to a new survey.

Global operation against DD4BC results in arrests

European countries have joined the fight against DD4BC, as part of a global response against the cybercriminal organization, resulting in arrests.

Security holes found in Windows, Office, Internet Explorer, Adobe… Start patching now!

Critical security patches have been released for Microsoft and Adobe products. Have you installed them yet?

Operational technology ‘susceptible to remote attacks’

Reid Wightman, a security researcher, has discovered that internet-connected operational technology can ‘easily’ be attacked and damaged.

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