Why you should view torrents as a threat

Despite their popularity among users, torrents are very risky “business”. Apart from the obvious legal trouble you could face for violating the copyright of musicians, filmmakers or software developers, there are security issues linked to downloading them that could put you or your computer in the crosshairs of the black hats. Merely downloading the newest version … More Why you should view torrents as a threat

Gmail starts blocking JavaScript attachments: Alternative infector vectors to be expected?

As of February 13th, 2017, Gmail has started deploying their new restrictive policy on .js file attachments, extending their list of file types blocked for security reasons. After the full release, Gmail users won’t be able to send or receive mail containing .js attachments, even if they’re in a compressed and archived form. Seeing that … More Gmail starts blocking JavaScript attachments: Alternative infector vectors to be expected?

TorrentLocker: Crypto-ransomware still active, using same tactics

In December 2014, ESET released a white paper about TorrentLocker, a crypto-ransomware family spreading, via spam, email messages that impersonated local postal service, energy or telecom companies. The paper described its distribution scheme, its core functionalities, its network protocol and exposed some similarities with the Hesperbot banking trojan. During the last few months, we decided to … More TorrentLocker: Crypto-ransomware still active, using same tactics

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?

TorrentLocker: Racketeering ransomware hits Ireland as well

Security experts at ESET have released their latest research into the notorious TorrentLocker malware, which has infected thousands of computer systems around the world, taking data hostage and demanding a ransom be paid to ensure its safe return. In a technical white paper, researcher Marc-Étienne Léveillé describes how the TorrentLocker family of ransomware (which is … More TorrentLocker: Racketeering ransomware hits Ireland as well