Hacking my airplane – BlackHat edition

After welcoming hacking research, automobile technology started to get better at defending against hacks. So why has the airline industry not been as welcoming? I’m building a homebuilt experimental airplane. Yes, I plan to fly in it. Don’t be afraid, lots of others are too, and this segment of inventors could easily prove a valuable … More Hacking my airplane – BlackHat edition

International Youth Day 2019: Young people and cybersecurity

Of the eight billion people in the world, around a quarter are between the ages of 10 to 24 – the largest youth population that has ever existed. And with today representing the UN’s International Youth Day – an awareness day focused on young people as ‘essential partners in change’ – ESET is looking at … More International Youth Day 2019: Young people and cybersecurity

FBI warns of romance scams using online daters as money mules

Up to 30 percent of romance fraud victims in 2018 are estimated to have been used as money mules. Scammers are using dating sites and apps not only to scout for lovesick men and women before bilking them out of money, but also to recruit ‘money mules’ for laundering funds obtained in illicit activities. According … More FBI warns of romance scams using online daters as money mules

Streaming service withstands 13‑day DDoS siege

The attack, unleashed by a 400,000-strong Mirai-style botnet, may be the largest of its kind on record. A botnet made up of 402,000 enslaved Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices has staged a 13-day distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against an undisclosed streaming service, according to a blog post by cybersecurity firm Imperva. The company said it successfully counteracted the onslaught and the … More Streaming service withstands 13‑day DDoS siege

A great show is now history, as is its insecure mobile app

With the end of Toruk, the famous Cirque du Soleil show, also ends a digital experiment that made your mobile device vulnerable. One of the famous Cirque du Soleil shows, Toruk, had its final performance in London on June 30th, 2019. This event, while unfortunate for the show’s fans, brought one positive effect: the mobile app … More A great show is now history, as is its insecure mobile app

Cybercrime seen to be getting worse: The time to act is now

What mounting public concern about falling victim to cybercrime says about government and corporate efforts at cybercrime deterrence. Is the risk of becoming a victim of cybercrime increasing? Most people in North America and Europe think it is, based on the surveys that I’ve been looking at. Earlier this year the European Union published the … More Cybercrime seen to be getting worse: The time to act is now

Windows zero‑day CVE‑2019‑1132 exploited in targeted attacks

ESET research discovers a zero-day exploit that takes advantage of a local privilege escalation vulnerability in Windows. In June 2019, ESET researchers identified a zero-day exploit being used in a highly targeted attack in Eastern Europe. The exploit abuses a local privilege escalation vulnerability in Microsoft Windows, specifically a NULL pointer dereference in the win32k.sys component. Once … More Windows zero‑day CVE‑2019‑1132 exploited in targeted attacks