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
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
What is it like to defeat cybercrime? Have a peek into how computer forensics professionals help bring cybercriminals to justice. Many people ask me about what it was like working for law enforcement. More often than not, however, they are actually enquiring about how computer crime is truly investigated. Whether it’s questions about how accurately … More How to catch a cybercriminal?
As we enter the New Year, be sure to keep up, or adopt, these good data security habits to avoid identity theft. Are you doing enough to reduce the risk of having your identity stolen? As you start the New Year, this is a good time to reflect on what kinds of measures you should … More Simple steps to protect yourself against identity theft
After the TV Licence scam ESET Ireland warned last month and sextortion the month before that, cybercriminals are again using a household name to trick people into paying. ESET Ireland is warning Irish users not to fall for the professional-looking phishing attempt, pretending to be a reminder from Vodafone to check your invoice details for … More Another phishing email in Irish mailboxes, this time using Vodafone invoice as bait
Is the world as we know it ready for the real impact of deepfakes? Deepfakes are rapidly becoming easier and quicker to create and they’re opening a door into a new form of cybercrime. Although the fake videos are still mostly seen as relatively harmful or even humorous, this craze could take a more sinister … More Deepfakes: When seeing isn’t believing
The growing number of gaming enthusiasts, wide variety of methods to monetize attacks, and large sums of money that circulate in this industry are only some of the reasons that gamers are attractive targets for online hackers Nowadays, people of all ages play video games. Of the approximately 7.5 billion people who live in the … More Why gamers are attractive targets for cybercriminals