Android malware: It doesn’t hurt to know about this

The most popular mobile platform in the world is Android. First introduced in 2008, it has gone on to be a major success – today, millions of devices, in over 190 countries, are powered by this mobile operation system. It’s not surprising, as it offers users a lot of benefits, including rapid innovation, a powerful … More Android malware: It doesn’t hurt to know about this

8 things you should know about spyware

Spyware is defined as a “generic term for a range of surreptitious malware such as keyloggers, remote access trojans, and backdoor trojans, especially those that allow remote surveillance of passwords and other sensitive data”. The term can also refer to “more aggressive adware”, which collects user information such as visited websites, installed applications, and other personal … More 8 things you should know about spyware

Trends in Android ransomware

2016 brought some interesting developments to the Android ransomware scene, seeing ransomware emerge as one of the most pressing cybersecurity issues on the mobile platform. Authors of lock-screen ransomware, as well as file-encrypting “crypto-ransomware”, used copycat techniques proven effective in desktop malware, as well as develop their own sophisticated methods specifically designed for Android users. … More Trends in Android ransomware

Next-gen security software: Myths and marketing

The Age of Dinosaurs There is a view of the current security market that is often recycled by the media these days. It assumes a split between ‘first-gen(eration)’ or ‘traditional’ (or even ‘fossil’ or ‘dinosaur’) malware detection technology – which is invariably claimed to rely on reactive signature detection – and (allegedly) superior technologies using … More Next-gen security software: Myths and marketing

Gmail starts blocking JavaScript attachments: Alternative infector vectors to be expected?

As of February 13th, 2017, Gmail has started deploying their new restrictive policy on .js file attachments, extending their list of file types blocked for security reasons. After the full release, Gmail users won’t be able to send or receive mail containing .js attachments, even if they’re in a compressed and archived form. Seeing that … More Gmail starts blocking JavaScript attachments: Alternative infector vectors to be expected?

Organisations ‘concerned by cybersecurity skills gap’

The ongoing cybersecurity skills gap is dealing a significant blow to the confidence of organisations looking to defend themselves against potential attacks. Figures gathered by a new study from ISACA’s Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX) found that 59% of surveyed organisations said they receive five or more applications for each cybersecurity role, while 13% said they received … More Organisations ‘concerned by cybersecurity skills gap’

Proof-of-concept ransomware to poison the water supply

Ransomware is a big problem. Home users and organisations around the world have found themselves at the sharp end of high profile attacks that have encrypted their files, and demanded substantial amounts of money for their data’s safe recovery. The extortionists are earning themselves a fortune, as computer users and businesses feel compelled to pay … More Proof-of-concept ransomware to poison the water supply