Smart TVs: Yet another way for attackers to break into your home?

A primer on why internet-enabled TVs make for attractive and potentially soft targets, and how cybercriminals can ruin more than your TV viewing experience. With their high-resolution screens, cameras, microphones and innovative interfaces geared towards a better user experience, smart TVs have found their way into many homes. They have become so popular that, according to … More Smart TVs: Yet another way for attackers to break into your home?

A history of mobile malware from Cabir to SMS Thief

If there is one device that has captured the digital zeitgeist, it’s perhaps the smartphone. It has become such a constant that today, the average person will check their mobile 85 times a day. That seems like quite a high number, but when you consider how practical these devices are – for keeping in touch with … More A history of mobile malware from Cabir to SMS Thief

Ransomware: First files … now complete devices

A major threats to computer security is malicious code. In fact, over the years, it has become one of the main causes of security incidents, from the first viruses in 1986 to the most sophisticated malware of today. And this particular type of malware, although it is not new, has become increasingly troublesome for both businesses … More Ransomware: First files … now complete devices

Scareware: Fake Minecraft apps Scare Hundreds of Thousands on Google Play

ESET has discovered over 30 scareware applications available for download from the Google Play store. The malicious applications, which pretended to be cheats for the popular Minecraft game, have been installed by more than 600.000 Android users. It’s not easy to slip a malicious application into Google’s official Play Store these days. Google’s automated application … More Scareware: Fake Minecraft apps Scare Hundreds of Thousands on Google Play

Ransomware: Should you pay the cybercriminals?

Ransomware is a growing threat, threatening to take over your machine, encrypt your files and demand payment in exchange for their safe return. But, as we explore below, paying the ransom is rarely the solution. What is ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malware, or malicious software, which has exploded in notoriety in recent years. The … More Ransomware: Should you pay the cybercriminals?

Simplocker ransomware: Now spread by Android apps

ESET recently discovered ransomware malware which targets Android smartphones. The cybercriminals are hard at work developing the threat further As mentioned in our previous posts, the threat is mostly concentrated in Ukraine and Russia. While the malware may display traits of a proof-of-concept, it is indeed spreading in the wild and can cause headaches for … More Simplocker ransomware: Now spread by Android apps

Android threats: how to keep your mobile safe from filecoders (and everything else)

When ESET researchers analysed the first file-encrypting Trojan to demand a ransom from Android users it was anticipated. The malware Android/Simplocker, available as a bogus app, seems at present to be a proof-of-concept but it’s only a matter of time before it’s ready for mass release. In ESET’s Threat Trends Report predictions for this year, … More Android threats: how to keep your mobile safe from filecoders (and everything else)