Recently, I've been hearing about and receiving phone calls from people with Indian accents about something a little different from the classic your PC is virus-infected but you can pay me to get it fixed' support scam.
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[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
Analysis of the Olmasco bootkit: a TDL4 variation with an interesting approach to dropper technology
Are younger people less aware of online security risks, or do they simply prefer to take more risks with their personal information? That's one of the questions raised by the findings of our recent poll of 2,129 U.S. adults (aged 18 and over) by Harris Interactive.
Mass murder by pacemaker hacking isn't the likeliest scenario, but clinical tools and SCADA devices still deserve serious security scrutiny.
FTC action isn't diminishing the volume of reported support scam calls and losses: what's driving the people behind the scam, and what does the future hold?
The slides for many of the presentations by ESET researchers at VB 2012 can now be found on the Virus Bulletin conference web pages.
As you may know, October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in America, which is a good time to ask yourself how aware you are when it comes to threats to your digital devices and personal information.
As the Better Business Bureau recently warned, scam artists are gearing up for the Presidential election season. So what pitfalls do consumers face during the final stretch of campaigning, on computers and on the phone? Recently, we’ve seen examples of phony phone calls, phony websites seeking donations, and there may be more to come. Regular
Alexandr Matrosov summarizes the evolution of complex threats using hidden storage, as discussed in his presentation with Eugene Rodionov at Virus Bulletin 2012.
A new study finds that only 1 in 10 consumers have had any classes or training about protecting their computer and/or their personal information during the last 12 months. Indeed, a shocking 68 percent say they have never had any such training, ever. These and other findings, first revealed by ESET at the Virus Bulletin
[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
You spell it Huawei and say it wah-way and it’s all over the news. But what does it mean for the security of your data when, as the Wall Street Journal put it, “A U.S. Congressional report has labeled Chinese telecommunications company Huawei Technologies a national security threat”? As we will see, the implications for
The federal government took much needed action today against sleazy PC tech support scammers and fake AV peddlers. Actions include lawsuits, a judgment of $163 million, and freezing of multiple assets. PC tech support scammers will be familiar to regular readers of this blog because David Harley and others have charted the progress of this
If you use an Android phone you may have heard of something called the USSD vulnerability. This allows a nasty piece of malicious software to reset your Android to its factory default settings and permanently delete your data.
Another year, another fine Virus Bulletin conference come and gone. And some of us even got long-service badges. (My first VB was in 1996, and my first VB presentation in 1997, but there are people like our own Righard Zwienenberg whose attendance record goes back way further.) (Yes, it did rain the last day or
In our last post (part 1 of 2), we dove into Facebook timeline privacy and security, prompted by the universal imposition of the timeline view that is currently under way on the world’s largest social network. In this second part, we continue reviewing our Facebook timeline from other people’s perspective, using a tool called View
Six months ago, Flashback was attracting a lot of attention from researchers and media due to its wide spread and interesting features. Since then, we have witnessed its operator abandoning control of the botnet by shutting down its latest command and control server. This happened in May this year. The number of infected systems has
There is very little research data on PIN prevalence available, so analysis of a new dataset of 4-digit passcodes can't be ignored.
Where to find more information about current trends in international ransomware design.