From Brexit to COVID-19, welcome to scammer central

Dubious websites, business opportunities too good to be true, EU -or- British passports … you name it, it’s on the internet. Using Brexit (Feb. 1, 2020) and the COVID-19 pandemic declaration (Mar. 12, 2020) to bookend our discussion, we still have plenty of fodder to discuss online scams. Scams can aim for anything, from cash … More From Brexit to COVID-19, welcome to scammer central

Hacking and targeted cyber-attacks as a result of anti-competitive practices in business

In ongoing consultations with clients, large companies named targeted attacks and hacking as two of their biggest security challenges since they can seriously impact the continuity of business activities in an organization. Attackers have many means to infiltrate companies. However, many attacks, don’t require a very high level of technological sophistication. Instead, techniques like targeted social … More Hacking and targeted cyber-attacks as a result of anti-competitive practices in business

ESET research: Appearances are deceiving with Turla’s backdoor-laced Flash Player installer

ESET researchers have found that Turla, the notorious state-sponsored cyberespionage group, has added a fresh weapon to its arsenal that is being used in new campaigns targeting embassies and consulates in the post-Soviet states. This new tool attempts to dupe victims into installing malware that is ultimately aimed at siphoning off sensitive information from Turla’s … More ESET research: Appearances are deceiving with Turla’s backdoor-laced Flash Player installer

Social engineering and ransomware

Journalist Kevin Townsend asked my opinion on a report from de Montfort University (in Leicester, in the UK) offering analysis of what the report calls ‘splash pages’ of various examples of ransomware, and claiming to show that ‘whilst there was a wide variation in the construction of ransomware splash screens, there was a good degree of commonality, … More Social engineering and ransomware