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Xbox One Kinect microphone “always on” security fears

The Xbox One Kinect microphone – one of the hi-tech new features of Microsoft’s new Xbox One console – has raised security concerns since it “listens” to users even when the console is turned off.

Internet Explorer 10 beats Chrome and Firefox for blocking malware, says analyst report

Internet Explorer 10 beats both Google’s Chrome and Firefox when it comes to blocking downloads of malware, according to analysts NSS Labs.

A quarter of all PCs have no malware protection, says Microsoft

A quarter of PCs around the world have no antimalware software, according to Microsoft’s latest Security Intelligence Report.

Security warning for firms still using Windows XP as deadline looms

More than half of British companies could be at risk of cyber attack, after a survey found that IT departments had not begun the process of migrating from Windows XP- with just a year left before Microsoft stops offering support for the ageing OS.

Pirated software use triples – leaving PC users at risk of infection

Use of pirated and counterfeit Windows software has tripled since 2006, according to analysts IDC – creating a fertile breeding ground for malware. For the report, entitled ‘The Dangerous World of Pirated and Counterfeit Software’, IDC analysts conducted 533 tests on counterfeit software from P2P and web sources.

Vulnerabilidad sobre USB permite ejecución incluso con la sesión bloqueada

El martes pasado Microsoft publicó siete actualizaciones de seguridad, donde cuatro de ellas fueron categorizadas cómo críticas. Aquella correspondiente a MS13-027 fue clasificada como importante debido a que requiere acceso físico al sistema de la víctima. ¿Qué alcance posee la vulnerabilidad? La vulnerabilidad permite saltear cualquier tipo de control a través de la conexión de un

Adobe and Microsoft release critical patches for March

Adobe and Microsoft have both released patches this week to address vulnerabilities in respective software applications and advise all users to apply the patches as soon as possible, if applicable to them.

What do Win32/Redyms and TDL4 have in common?

At the beginning of January 2013, we started tracking the interesting Win32/Redyms trojan family. Redyms is notable for changing search results from popular search engines on infected machines.

Microsoft fixes Explorer vulnerability in out-of-band patch announcement

Microsoft has taken the unusual step of announcing a patch for an Internet Explorer vulnerability just a week after its traditional patch Tuesday announcements.

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,

Obtener información de servidores web con banner grabbing

Uno de los aspectos a la hora de realizar controles sobre una aplicación web es la información que puede obtenerse a través de lo que se conoce como banner grabbing. Este concepto se refiere a la interacción manual  en texto plano para obtener información sobre sobre el servidor donde reside la aplicación web. El banner

Solucionada la vulnerabilidad de Skype que permite robar contraseñas

Hace unos pocos días Microsoft informaba de su decisión después de adquirir la conocida plataforma para hacer videollamadas por Internet Skype que cuenta con alrededor de 280 millones de usuarios de fusionarla con el ya clásico servicio de mensajería Windows Live Messenger, con un estimado de 360 millones de usuarios activos mensuales, de los cuales

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,

Operación b71: Microsoft desmantela algunas botnets relacionadas a Zeus

El cibercrimen es desde hace bastante tiempo el principal motivo por el cual podemos observar numerosos códigos maliciosos emergiendo cada día y evolucionando constantemente con el fin no sólo de evadir la detección de los antivirus, sino que también para maximizar las ganancias ilícitas. De este modo, nos encontramos ante un panorama de delitos cibernéticos

Windows Phone 8: Security Heaven or Hell?

Introduction Mobile World Congress 2012 is almost upon us, and one of the most hotly-anticipated topics is the next generation of Microsoft’s smartphone operating system Windows Phone 8, which has been kept under wraps far more tightly than its PC counterpart, Windows 8. While Microsoft was an early adopter in the creation of smartphones with

A dozen predictions for 2012

While I share the reluctance of my colleagues to predict the future, I think there are some trends that can be classified as “reasonably likely to occur” in 2012. I make no promises, but here’s what I think we will see, in no particular order of importance or certainty. We will see increased interest in

Top exploits 2011

Todos los años el laboratorio independiente, Virus Bulletin, celebra el evento más importante del año para la comunidad de investigadores de la industria antivirus, la Virus Bulletin Conference. En esta conferencia participan los principales investigadores de los laboratorios antivirus, entre ellos ESET, presentando las principales tendencias en lo que respecta al mundo del malware y

Much Ado About Facebook, Part II

Since yesterday’s Much Ado About Facebook post in the ESET Threat Blog, we have written additional articles, received a few comments, and also received updated information on the “threat,” so it seems that now is a good time for a follow-up article.  Reports continue to come in of pornographic and violent imagery on Facebook, and

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