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?

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

Cybersecurity a big concern in Canada as cybercrime’s impact grows

90% of Canadians surveyed agreed that cybercrime was an important “challenge to the internal security of Canada”. According to new research being published today, most Canadians now see cybercrime as a threat to their country, while many also believe that their chances of being victimized by cybercrime are increasing. These are some of the key findings of … More Cybersecurity a big concern in Canada as cybercrime’s impact grows

Emotet launches major new spam campaign

The recent spike in Emotet activity shows that it remains an active threat. A week after adding a new email content harvesting module, and following a period of low activity, the malicious actors behind Emotet have launched a new, large-scale spam campaign. What is Emotet? Emotet is a banking Trojan family notorious for its modular architecture, … More Emotet launches major new spam campaign

Trends 2018: The ransomware revolution

This is actually where I came in, nearly 30 years ago. The first malware outbreak for which I provided consultancy was Dr. Popp’s extraordinary AIDS Trojan, which rendered a victim’s data inaccessible until a ‘software lease renewal’ payment was made. And for a long time afterwards, there was not much else that could be called ransomware, unless … More Trends 2018: The ransomware revolution

The rise of AI needs to be controlled, report warns

Much ink, digital and otherwise, has been spilled on the vast range of extraordinary opportunities enabled by artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML). Now, a team of 26 AI experts, including from Oxford, Cambridge and Yale universities, OpenAI, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, has zeroed in on how AI could be misused for nefarious ends – … More The rise of AI needs to be controlled, report warns

Concerns about data breaches hitting all-time high

Organizations from various industries across the globe are increasingly hip to the magnitude of the problem posed by data breaches, with 44% of them feeling “very” or “extremely” vulnerable to data threats, according to some of the key takeaways from the global edition of Thales’ 2018 Data Threat Report. This is a sharp increase from 30% … More Concerns about data breaches hitting all-time high