Remote access at risk: Pandemic pulls more cyber‑crooks into the brute‑forcing game

Poorly secured remote access attracts mostly ransomware gangs, but can provide access to coin miners and backdoors too. The COVID-19 pandemic has radically changed the nature of everyday work, forcing employees to do large parts of their jobs via remote access. Cybercriminals – especially ransomware operators – are aware of the shift and attempt to … More Remote access at risk: Pandemic pulls more cyber‑crooks into the brute‑forcing game

COVID‑19 contact tracing – technology panacea or privacy nightmare?

Can a technological intervention stem the pandemic while avoiding the privacy pitfalls of location tracking? The UK Government recently announced that it was ceasing development of its current contact-tracing app; on the same day, the Canadian Government stated that it was developing one. All this in the same week that the Norwegian health authority had … More COVID‑19 contact tracing – technology panacea or privacy nightmare?

Majority of new remote employees use their personal laptops for work

And many of them didn’t receive any new security training or tools from their employer to properly secure the devices, a study finds. With the COVID-19 pandemic surging around the world, many companies have had to switch to a work-from-home policy to keep their employees safe. The rush to remote work didn’t come without risks; … More Majority of new remote employees use their personal laptops for work

New ransomware posing as COVID‑19 tracing app targets Canada; ESET offers decryptor

ESET researchers dissect an Android app that masquerades as an official COVID-19 contact-tracing app and encrypts files on the victim’s device. New ransomware CryCryptor has been targeting Android users in Canada, distributed via two websites under the guise of an official COVID-19 tracing app provided by Health Canada. ESET researchers analyzed the ransomware and created … More New ransomware posing as COVID‑19 tracing app targets Canada; ESET offers decryptor

Survey shows rise in robocalls amid COVID‑19 fears

The unsolicited phone calls tout everything from miracle cures to financial relief – here’s how you can stay safe. The public concern and confusion surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have offered an array of opportunities for con artists, who have pulled every trick from their books to cash in on people – including by dint of robocalls. … More Survey shows rise in robocalls amid COVID‑19 fears