The WannaCry attack: takeaways for C-level executives

What does the WannaCry attack mean from the point of view of the organizations’ overall risk? In principle, ransomware is far from new. However, this attack has shown that the scale of a ransomware attack can be really massive. Using new attack vectors, the crooks behind the attack managed to deliver the malicious payload to … More The WannaCry attack: takeaways for C-level executives

Do not open suspicious emails, large numbers of threats being distributed by “Jaff / WannaCryptor” ransomware

ESET is aware of several ransomware outbreaks that stem from malicious emails that can be used to introduce threats to your system. ESET identifies these threats as Wannacryptor.d and Filecoder.NLI (Jaff), and ESET detects and blocks these threats and their variants. Click here for a list of best practices to stop these threats. ESET products can … More Do not open suspicious emails, large numbers of threats being distributed by “Jaff / WannaCryptor” ransomware

Anti-trust, EU complaints and the anti-malware industry

Last week Eugene Kaspersky posted a blog about his company’s – and more importantly the entire industry’s – struggle to ensure consumers have a simple and unhindered method to choose a security product. As someone who’s been very close to the issues highlighted in Eugene’s blog I agree in principle with the majority of the … More Anti-trust, EU complaints and the anti-malware industry

IDC: 1 in 4 companies have no clue GDPR is coming their way

New consent rules, broadened European privacy rights, fines going up to millions of euros, as well as stricter procedures and public disclosure in cases of a data breach – these are just some of the changes that will come into force as part of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018. Despite the … More IDC: 1 in 4 companies have no clue GDPR is coming their way

Surveillance, cybersecurity, and the future of privacy in The Circle

If surveillance, cybersecurity, and privacy are things you think about a lot, you should find The Circle, a new movie based on Dave Eggers’ 2013 novel of the same name, interesting viewing. This is one of two recent films that reflect how central these issues have become to modern life and popular culture (the other is … More Surveillance, cybersecurity, and the future of privacy in The Circle

What motivates some young people to become cybercriminals?

We know that cybercriminals are almost always seeking financial gain, but it seems that this is not usually what young cybercriminals have in mind when they take their first steps over to the “dark side”. For example, an interesting report by the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) found that many are not necessarily motivated by financial reward. … More What motivates some young people to become cybercriminals?