“Tens of millions” at risk from Filecoder due to “mass email spam event” targeting small businesses, British police agency warns

Tens of millions of computer users are at risk from Filecoder due to a “mass spamming event”, detailed in an alert from Britain’s National Cyber Crime Unit, which is targeting small businesses with a spam campaign.

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.

Is NSA Surveillance Affecting Online Behavior?

Results of an ESET commissioned survey show that, in the wake of the Snowden/NSA revelations, 50% of Americans have less confidence in technology companies like Internet Service Providers and software firms. A surprising 1 in 5 are now doing less online banking and 14% have cut back their online shopping.

Microsoft goes on the attack with global Cybercrime Center

Microsoft has opened a new Cybercrime Center – a war room where the tech giant’s lawyers and security experts will use bleeding-edge technology and industry expertise to battle crime online.

Safer cyber-shopping! 12 tips for a happier Holiday Season

Don’t let cybercriminals spoil your holidays! Our tips will ensure you don’t get fooled by the latest scams while you hunt down the best deals for your family.

Keypic aims to replace wobbly-text CAPTCHAS with pictures that “lock” spammers out

Keypic uses an image – usually an advert, but it can be a single pixel, an animation, or anything the site’s administrator wants – and checks for typically “human” behavior. It’s already used on nearly 6,000 sites, and is available as a plug-in for WordPress and Drupal.

One in five big banks has faced “high risk” security incidents via web apps

Half of the world’s 50 biggest banks have faced security incidents affecting their web applications. Fifteen per cent of those incidents were classified as “high” or “critical” risks, a new study has revealed.

Do consumers pass the buck on online safety? New survey reveals mixed messages

Who is responsible for privacy and online safety on social networks? ESET asked Harris Interactive to poll American adults and found some interesting responses, positive advances in cyber-citizenship, but also some apparent disconnects.

Cyberattack on reward scheme company exposes credit card details for up to 376,000 European shoppers

Hackers have accessed full card details for at least 376,000 people in a cyberattack on a “reward scheme” company, Loyaltybuild – as well as phone numbers and addresses for more than a million others.

Facebook helps out users who used same password on Adobe – by blocking them

Facebook users who used the same email and password on their Adobe and Facebook accounts have been offered a helping hand by Facebook in the wake of the recent massive breach at Adobe, which leaked account data for 38 million users.

3D guns, copyright nastiness, and printers gone wild

Did you see the recent story about police in England seizing a 3D printer suspected of producing parts for a weapon – a pistol in this case? Yes, the Greater Manchester Police Department was swiftly nipping hi-tech crime in the bud. The only problem: The poor unsuspecting “criminal” was printing out spare parts for a

More D-Link routers are vulnerable to attacks, researcher claims

More vulnerabilities have been discovered in a D-Link router, leaving the device vulnerable to attacks via its web interface – only weeks after the discovery of a “backdoor” in other D-Link devices.

Massive ‘war game’ batters London’s banking system with simulated cyber onslaught

One of the largest cyber ‘war games’ ever created tested thousands of banking staff across London’s investment banks against the ‘worst case scenario’ – a major cyber attack on stock exchanges.

ESET response to Bits of Freedom open letter on detection of government malware

A coalition of digital rights organizations and academics recently published an ‘open letter’ to the Anti-Malware/Anti-Virus industry asking for clarification on vendor policies regarding cooperation with government agencies and/or law enforcement using state-sponsored Trojans. This is ESET’s official response.

Back up now! Warning over new wave of Filecoder infections hitting U.S.

American PC users are being hit with a new wave of Filecoder ransomware, which locks access to computers and demands $300 – with a ticking timer before files are locked forever, according to US-CERT.

Bitcoin heist nets thieves $1.2 million – and site warns “don’t store your coins on the net”

A cyberheist targeting a bitcoin “bank” website has netted thieves more than 4,100 bitcoins, worth $1.2 million. The hack is among the largest thefts in the currency’s four-year history.

New ‘inkblot’ passwords could be safe – even AFTER a big breach, researchers claim

The system relies on users describing patterns of blots, then matching descriptions to patterns – and should be foil the automated programs used by cybercriminals, the researchers say.

How can domestic violence survivors protect their privacy?

Domestic violence is not something that gets discussed much in information security circles, but there are few people that need advice on assuring their online safety more urgently than victims of stalking and domestic abuse. What can people do to protect themselves when there is a known and persistent threat?

‘Drug market’ Silk Road 2.0 launches on Tor – with new security in place

Only weeks after the closure of Silk Road, a “drug market” which authorities claim shipped $1.2 billion of drugs including heroin around the world, a site styling itself Silk Road 2.0 has appeared. Like the original, it is only accessible via the “anonymous” browser Tor.

FBI adds five new targets to its Cyber’s Most Wanted list – with bounties up to $100,000

The FBI added five new cybercriminals to its Most Wanted list – including a new entry at number one, Alexsey Belan. The FBI aimed a specific warning at criminals who thought they could “hide overseas”.

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