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

Advances in ESET ransomware protection

There are a multitude of cybersecurity issues that enterprises must negotiate in the current digital landscape, including ransomware. Ransomware is a form of malicious code that blocks or encrypts the contents of a device and demands a ransom to restore access to the data. The devices in question include mobile phones and PCs but also extend to … More Advances in ESET ransomware protection

Why gamers are attractive targets for cybercriminals

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

Inside consumer perceptions of security and privacy in the connected home

The ESET survey polled 4,000 people to get a sense of their attitudes towards the privacy and security implications of smart home technology. When most people think of home security, locks, alarms and big dogs come to mind. Substitute security with privacy, and images of curtains and blinds, or unlisted phone numbers spring to mind. … More Inside consumer perceptions of security and privacy in the connected home

Hospitals in US, Australia hobbled by ransomware

The incidents send medical staff back to the days of pen and paper. Several hospitals in the United States and Australia have been paralyzed by ransomware attacks, leading to the cancellation of all but the most urgent appointments and surgeries. In the US, the outbreak affected three Alabama-based healthcare providers – DCH Regional Medical Center, … More Hospitals in US, Australia hobbled by ransomware

Universities warned to brace for cyberattacks

The UK’s cybersecurity agency also outlines precautions that academia should take to mitigate risks. The United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has issued a stark warning to universities across the country, urging them to be on their guard against cyberattacks. The main risk is, in fact, two-fold. Firstly, it comes from ne’er-do-wells seeking financial gain via … More Universities warned to brace for cyberattacks

Ransomware wave hits 23 towns in Texas

The attack, which has victimized mostly smaller local governments, is thought to have been unleashed by a single threat actor. As many as 23 government organizations across Texas are reeling from an apparently “coordinated ransomware attack”, an alert by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) reveals. The incident occurred last Friday and for the most part … More Ransomware wave hits 23 towns in Texas