What is threat cumulativity and what does it mean for digital security?

A reflection on how acknowledging the cumulative nature of cyber-threats and understanding its implications can benefit our digital security. Threat cumulativity is a term I began to use in 2018 to refer to the tendency of new technologies to spawn new threats that add to old threats without displacing them. In this article I give … More What is threat cumulativity and what does it mean for digital security?

This Netflix-themed scam prompts FTC to issue warning

The message starts off with the kind of information that is apt to send shivers down the spines of many binge-watchers. The United States’ Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a warning late last year about an email-borne scam campaign in which fraudsters impersonate the streaming giant Netflix and phish for people’s personal information. This variation of a … More This Netflix-themed scam prompts FTC to issue warning

Cybersecurity Trends 2019: Privacy and intrusion in the global village

With just days left in 2018, ESET experts offer their reflections in ‘Cybersecurity Trends 2019’ on themes that are set to figure prominently in the upcoming year. So, it’s almost a wrap for 2018. Before we rush to welcome in the New Year, however, let’s consider what may await the cybersecurity community and, indeed, the … More Cybersecurity Trends 2019: Privacy and intrusion in the global village

The most popular passwords of 2018 revealed: Are yours on the list?

Besides the usual suspects among the worst of passwords, a handful of notable – but similarly poor – choices make their debuts. Password security company SplashData has released its annual list of the most commonly used passwords on the web, and the picture isn’t pretty. The number one spot belongs to ‘123456’, which is followed by another … More The most popular passwords of 2018 revealed: Are yours on the list?

Next Generation Dark Markets? Think Amazon or eBay for criminals

The “evolution” of these markets is making cybercrime easier than ever before. Are you in the market for stolen data? How about some tools to help you steal data or make money by hijacking other people’s computers? Well you’re in luck. It is now easier than ever to engage in cybercrime thanks to “next generation” … More Next Generation Dark Markets? Think Amazon or eBay for criminals

A detailed end of the year Revenue refund scam hitting Irish mailboxes

Once again ESET Ireland is warning Irish users to avoid falling for the latest Revenue “tax refund” scam. As usual, the scam arrives in the form of a phishing email, pretending to be from Revenue, saying: “Due to a technical issue, we are unable to process your tax refund and the procedure is currently on … More A detailed end of the year Revenue refund scam hitting Irish mailboxes