Birthday Reminder looks benign but the devil’s in the details: Hooks DNS, serves dodgy ads

The strange behavior of a simple Windows application caught our attention and sparked ESET’s analysis of previously undocumented malware. A contact at the Norwegian HealthCERT —  following a question about this from the regional healthcare provider Sykehuspartner — reached out to us asking about DNS queries to domains with the format [0-9a-f]{60}.smoke. There is no .smoketop level domain, … More Birthday Reminder looks benign but the devil’s in the details: Hooks DNS, serves dodgy ads

Industroyer: ICS were developed decades ago with no security in mind

On December 17th, 2016, the Ukrainian capital Kiev was hit by a blackout for about 75 minutes. Local investigators later confirmed that the energy outage was caused by a cyberattack. Shortly thereafter, ESET researchers analyzed a sophisticated new malware, which is the main suspect in this case. They have named it Industroyer – the biggest threat to Industrial Control … More Industroyer: ICS were developed decades ago with no security in mind

Web-hosting firm agrees to pay over $1 million to ransomware extortionists

Nayana, a South Korean web hosting firm, was hit hard by a ransomware attack earlier this month which hit over 153 of its Linux servers, and impacting over 3,400 websites the company hosts for its business customers. Nayana’s systems are thought to have been hit by a Linux variant of the Erebus ransomware, designed to … More Web-hosting firm agrees to pay over $1 million to ransomware extortionists

British hacker admits stealing satellite data from US Department of Defense

A British computer hacker has admitted breaking into a US military communications system and stealing the ranks, usernames, phone numbers, and email addresses of over 800 employees as well as IMEI data related to 30,000 satellite phones. 25-year-old Sean Caffrey, of Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, pleaded guilty at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday to offences under … More British hacker admits stealing satellite data from US Department of Defense

New Career Opportunities at ESET Ireland

ESET Ireland is hiring new team members! What is ESET Ireland? ESET Ireland is the Irish distributor of the global cybersecurity company ESET, that works with several hundred partners across Ireland, to offer clients the best protection against cyber threats. What else is ESET Ireland? ESET Ireland also emerged the overall winner of the New … More New Career Opportunities at ESET Ireland

Employees have “low cyber IQ” despite high corporate confidence

Employees on both sides of the Atlantic lack a basic understanding in cybersecurity, in stark contrast with businesses’ high confidence in their cybersecurity capabilities. That is the main finding of a new survey conducted by Willis Towers Watson, which found that 63% of UK businesses believe their systems to be highly protected with the necessary … More Employees have “low cyber IQ” despite high corporate confidence