Cybersecurity for journalists and the news media

Cybercrime and other forms of “cyber-badness” affect different professions in different ways. Recently I participated in a panel about the cybersecurity concerns of journalists and the news media, hosted by the Inter America Press Association (IAPA). An account of the panel was published on WeLiveSecuritylast month but in this article I want to pass along some of the … More Cybersecurity for journalists and the news media

New campaigns spread banking malware through Google Play

This year we have seen many different malware campaigns trying to compromise users with malicious apps distributed via Google Play. Even though these apps are often removed within days after having been reported to Google, they still manage to infect thousands of users. All apps submitted to Google Play are automatically analyzed in an effort … More New campaigns spread banking malware through Google Play

Only…zero days left until the holiday shopping season!

Holiday shopping season has started…now! The year over year trend shows that holiday shopping spending is increasing each year, with a new record predicted again for 2017. People are also starting their holiday shopping earlier. The year over year trend shows that holiday shopping spending is increasing each year, with a new record predicted again for … More Only…zero days left until the holiday shopping season!

Tips for buying and sending gift cards

The end of the year holiday shopping season will soon be upon us. And with this turning of the seasons, our thoughts turn to payment cards. Or is that just a security wonk thing? As retailers both on and offline become more busy, the incidence of payment card fraud increases. This negatively affects both retailers and consumers, as … More Tips for buying and sending gift cards

Multi-stage malware sneaks into Google Play

Another set of malicious apps has made it into the official Android app store. Detected by ESET security systems as Android/TrojanDropper.Agent.BKY, these apps form a new family of multi-stage Android malware, legitimate-looking and with delayed onset of malicious activity. We have discovered eight apps of this malware family on Google Play and notified Google’s security … More Multi-stage malware sneaks into Google Play

Transparency of machine-learning algorithms is a double-edged sword

The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will come into force on May 25, 2018, redefines how organizations are required to handle the collection and use of EU citizens’ personal data. Debates around the GDPR focus mostly on the global reach of this legislation, the draconian fines it introduces, or its stricter rules for “informed … More Transparency of machine-learning algorithms is a double-edged sword

Windows Movie Maker Scam spreads massively due to high Google ranking

Scammers have been surprisingly successful at distributing a modified version of Windows Movie Maker that aims to collect money from unaware users. The spread of the scam (which itself is far from new) has been boosted by search engine optimization of the crooks’ website, as well as continuing demand for Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft’s free video editing … More Windows Movie Maker Scam spreads massively due to high Google ranking