Europol and partners dismantle prolific cyber-extortion gang

The arrest of a 25-year-old French man in Thailand apparently seals the fate of Rex Mundi, a hack-and-extort collective that operated since at least 2012. Europol has announced the arrests over the past year of eight French nationals who are suspected of being involved in a long-running hacking ring called Rex Mundi. The latest in a string … More Europol and partners dismantle prolific cyber-extortion gang

Cyberbullying: Advice for victims and witnesses

According to the Cyberbullying Research Center, about half of young people have experienced cyberbullying in one form or another at least once, and between 10% and 20% of them are regularly bullied online. In other words, there is a strong chance this affects you, whether as a victim, a witness, or as a bully. Cyberbullying is … More Cyberbullying: Advice for victims and witnesses

Phishing campaign via WhatsApp offers sport shoes as “prize”

The latest ESET research demonstrates yet again that phishing attacks are still taking place and continuing to evolve as the WhatsApp scam attempt shows. Since early 2018, some of your WhatsApp contacts may have sent you a very interesting offer for sport shoes. The message suggests that Adidas is offering 2,500 pairs of shoes to … More Phishing campaign via WhatsApp offers sport shoes as “prize”

World Cup watching: The common threats found when using streaming sites

On the eve of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, we take a closer look at the possible cybersecurity risks that exist on sports-streaming websites. With the start of FIFA World Cup on June 14 just a day away, many fans will be looking for streaming sites where they can watch the matches taking … More World Cup watching: The common threats found when using streaming sites

Spain’s La Liga app uses fans’ phones to detect illegal football broadcasts

La Liga says that the functionality requires the user’s express consent and that it is only intended to detect unauthorized broadcasts of football games. The organisation behind Spain’s top-flight soccer league known as La Liga has added a functionality to its official Android app that enables it to identify bars, restaurants and other public venues that broadcast … More Spain’s La Liga app uses fans’ phones to detect illegal football broadcasts

Translating power grid security concerns into action

On the heels of our recent investigations into threats against critical infrastructure like power grids, transportation and other systems that we count on every day, public agencies and private parties alike wonder if we can trust the power grid (see this selection of WeLiveSecurity articles). I was recently invited to speak at a Lexington Institute Capitol Hill … More Translating power grid security concerns into action

Android users: Beware these popularity-faking tricks on Google Play

Tricksters have been misleading users about the functionality of apps by displaying bogus download numbers. It seems that tricksters on Google Play have found another way to make their deceptive apps appear more trustworthy to users – that is, at least at first sight. The trick takes advantage of the fact that apart from the app icon … More Android users: Beware these popularity-faking tricks on Google Play