Scammers and jobhunters

In The Guardian, Snighda Poonam recently explored the competition for jobs in general in India, with massive numbers of applicants chasing relatively small numbers of job opportunities. The article on The scammers gaming India’s overcrowded job market goes some way to explaining why so many find it hard to resist a career in call-centre scamming. Tech support … More Scammers and jobhunters

ESET research: Appearances are deceiving with Turla’s backdoor-laced Flash Player installer

ESET researchers have found that Turla, the notorious state-sponsored cyberespionage group, has added a fresh weapon to its arsenal that is being used in new campaigns targeting embassies and consulates in the post-Soviet states. This new tool attempts to dupe victims into installing malware that is ultimately aimed at siphoning off sensitive information from Turla’s … More ESET research: Appearances are deceiving with Turla’s backdoor-laced Flash Player installer

Fruitfly malware spied on Mac users for 13 years

US authorities have charged a 28-year-old Ohio man who is alleged to have created and installed creepy spyware on thousands of computers for 13 years. Phillip R. Durachinsky, of North Royalton, Ohio, is alleged to have used Mac malware known as “Fruitfly” to remotely control victims’ computers, access and upload files, grab screenshots, log keystrokes, and surreptitiously … More Fruitfly malware spied on Mac users for 13 years

Security event in Taiwan ‘rewards’ quiz winners with malware-laden USB drives

It was, literally and otherwise, more stick than carrot for some winners of a recent data-security contest in Taiwan, who must have been stuck for words after their prizes turned out to be malware-riddled USB sticks. The country’s Criminal Investigation Bureau (CIB) handed out 250 USB thumb drives to members of the public who had … More Security event in Taiwan ‘rewards’ quiz winners with malware-laden USB drives

CES 2018: The price of tech is dropping, kids can do this!

In the startup area of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2018, I watch as a founder pitches a variant of Raspberry Pi in a case with a touchscreen with great graphics aimed at getting kids to engage in tech. Teaching kids to code with a drag-n-drop interface is just one of a myriad of tech projects … More CES 2018: The price of tech is dropping, kids can do this!

Tank-traps versus trappings in virtual currencies: A cybersecurity minefield

Virtual currencies have been the talk of the town of late — including that of the ‘online town’, judging by 2017’s top-trending search terms on Google. And, in a way, rightly so, given the genuine bumper crop of events that 2017 yielded in this burgeoning – but all too often murky and muddy – field. We saw … More Tank-traps versus trappings in virtual currencies: A cybersecurity minefield

MADIoT – The nightmare after XMAS (and Meltdown, and Spectre)

In the last few months of 2017, security companies made their own forecasts about incoming cyberthreats and the measures that needed to be taken to ensure a better and cybersafer 2018, often advocating the use of protective software tools made by that vendor.  Lo and behold! 2018 started with a scenario hardly anyone could have … More MADIoT – The nightmare after XMAS (and Meltdown, and Spectre)