The good, the bad and the plain ugly

A prolific ransomware gang vows to dial back its campaigns and spare healthcare organizations altogether during the COVID-19 crisis. It’s no cause for celebration. When ransomware attacks a healthcare establishment, it can have a devastating effect. This was witnessed in 2017, when WannaCryptor.D (aka WannaCry) hit multiple sites across the United Kingdom’s National Health Service, limiting their ability to … More The good, the bad and the plain ugly

Old extortion spam email in Irish mailboxes, with a new Coronavirus twist

At ESET Ireland we’ve come across a novel twist on the usual “send money or bad things will happen” extortion spam email, hitting Irish mailboxes. The extortion letter starts in the usual manner, showing a victim’s password, likely gathered from one of the major security breaches over the years, which the victim could recognise as … More Old extortion spam email in Irish mailboxes, with a new Coronavirus twist

Work from home: How to set up a VPN

As the COVID-19 pandemic has many organizations switching employees to remote work, a virtual private network is essential for countering the increased security risks. If you’re newly working from home because of the COVID-19 outbreak, you probably have to learn some new tools and tricks very quickly now. Here we look at virtual private network (VPN) technology. … More Work from home: How to set up a VPN

5 tips for a cybersecure home office experience

If the coronavirus has you working from home for the next few weeks, don’t forget about cybersecurity best practices that can help defend against a cyberattack. Along with the coronavirus upsurge, new “opportunities” have blossomed for cybercriminals in at least two ways. First, the term “coronavirus” is reaching unprecedented levels of search volumes, meaning that malicious … More 5 tips for a cybersecure home office experience

COVID‑19 and the forced workplace exodus

As the COVID-19 pandemic forces many employees to work from home, can your organization stay productive – and safe? The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has officially been categorized by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a pandemic, meaning infection is accelerating in multiple countries concurrently. The United States of America has declared travel bans on 28 … More COVID‑19 and the forced workplace exodus

Beware scams exploiting coronavirus fears

From malware-laden emails to fake donations, these are some of the most common cons you should watch out for amid the public health crisis. We are currently experiencing an unprecedented global event. The outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) – now officially a pandemic – has caused apprehension globally, ultimately resulting in lockdowns, travel bans, panic buying, … More Beware scams exploiting coronavirus fears