New Yorker accused of stealing $1m from Silicon Valley executive via SIM swap

The suspect is believed to have carried out the scam on no fewer than six executives in the Bay Area, albeit ultimately with varying success. A 21-year-old man from New York is facing charges over the alleged theft of $1 million from a Silicon Valley executive after taking control of his phone number in a … More New Yorker accused of stealing $1m from Silicon Valley executive via SIM swap

Smartphone shopping: Avoid the blues on Cyber Monday

As we increasingly make use of our smartphones to satisfy our shopping needs, let’s shine a light on how these hubs of our digital lives can be used to shop securely, on and around a day dedicated to online deals. Let’s get a bit statistical first. On Cyber Monday in 2017, smartphones and tablets accounted … More Smartphone shopping: Avoid the blues on Cyber Monday

Virus Bulletin 2018: Supply chain hacking grows up

Striking the balance between supply, demand and safety is a major concern. With the pressure to ship as early as possible, especially when it comes to hardware, what assurances do we have that the hardware is really clean, and that future updates won’t be hacked? Here at Virus Bulletin 2018, the conversation of how to … More Virus Bulletin 2018: Supply chain hacking grows up

Instagram expands 2FA and account verification

The move is part of a three-pronged plan that is intended to bolster user trust and safety on the photo-sharing platform. Instagram has announced that its users will soon be able to secure their accounts with third-party authentication apps. Prior to the announcement of this much-anticipated change, the photo-sharing platform supported only SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA). Text … More Instagram expands 2FA and account verification

Semi-annual balance of mobile security

For Android, malware detections were down 27% compared to the first half of 2017; for iOS, they decreased 15% compared to the same period last year. Mobile security plays an increasingly important role in the protection of information assets, and this applies to both home and corporate users. So, this publication will focus on analyzing the … More Semi-annual balance of mobile security

Let’s hope other app developers don’t follow Epic‘s example

After Epic Games shunned Google Play, debates about threats faced by Android users have taken on a whole new tenor. Joining us to add his voice to the mix is ESET Malware Researcher Lukas Stefanko. Yesterday, we reviewed a few possible implications of the Epic Games decision to snub Google Play and, instead, distribute the Android version … More Let’s hope other app developers don’t follow Epic‘s example

Why now could be a good time to fortify your Android defenses

Stop us if you’ve heard this before: avoid installing apps from outside Google Play. But what if you’re itching to battle it out in Fortnite? First, a quick recap: Epic Games has decided to eschew distributing the Android version of its blockbuster game, Fortnite, via Google Play, instead making it exclusively available from its own website. … More Why now could be a good time to fortify your Android defenses