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Gooligan Android malware breaches 1 million Google Play accounts

13,000 devices are infected with Gooligan every day A new malware attack is hitting Android devices at an alarming rate. This attack is the largest ever breach of Google accounts, according to Check Point, a security research firm that is working with Google to monitor and document the outbreak. The malware attack hijacks phones using [...]

By |December 2nd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Gooligan Android malware breaches 1 million Google Play accounts

Microsoft calling? Mind the tech support scammer!

After a long day, there is nothing like sitting down at your computer with a cup of tea to catch up on the news online. But what would you do if you were faced with a pop-up telling you that your computer has a virus and that ‘tech support’ is conveniently letting you know? The [...]

By |November 17th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Microsoft calling? Mind the tech support scammer!

30 seconds and 50 dollars is all it takes to steal your PC login

Imagine you’ve been at work for a few hours. It’s time to get up, grab a coffee and some morning tea. You’ll only be away from your desk for ten minutes so you know it will be easier to just hit the lock screen on your workstation than to completely log out and then log [...]

By |October 16th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on 30 seconds and 50 dollars is all it takes to steal your PC login

Malware in sex toys: How private is your playtime?

In a time where fridges self-monitor their own food levels and cars can drive themselves, it was inevitable that the Internet of Things would catch up with the sex toy industry. Our playthings can now be controlled by an app and that can be paired to another person’s phone from wherever in the world they happen [...]

By |October 12th, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Malware in sex toys: How private is your playtime?

No honour among thieves: hackers who hack each other

In ransomware, as in any profitable business, there is a constant struggle to compete in the marketplace. Ransomware, the strain of malware which crypto locks a victim’s hard drive until the developer of the malware is paid, is a highly lucrative – and illegal- income earner for its authors. The strategy is so successful that [...]

By |October 2nd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on No honour among thieves: hackers who hack each other

Yahoo hack hits half a billion users

Yahoo announces that data from as many as 500 million user accounts were stolen in a breach during 2014. The data breach poses many problems for Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer as she tries to close a $4.8bn sale to Verizon Communication who were only made aware of the leak two days ago. With the deal not set to close [...]

By |September 23rd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Yahoo hack hits half a billion users

Are all hackers criminals?

Not all hackers are created equal. The terms ‘hacker’ and ‘cyber criminal’ seem to be used interchangeably in online media which is both misleading and reductive. A cybercriminal uses online means to profit from illegal activity regardless of the cost to its many victims. Hacker is a blanket term that doesn’t allow for much differentiation [...]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Are all hackers criminals?

How to identify your ransomware infection to find the right decrypter tool

How would you feel if you opened your computer to find it had been locked with a ransom note demanding cash immediately? Ransomware is the most common online threat of 2016, making up a huge percentage of today’s active threats. It has turned out to be one of the easiest and highest income earners for attackers. All [...]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on How to identify your ransomware infection to find the right decrypter tool

Fabiansomware: when hackers lose it

Cybercrime has existed for as long as the internet has. However, 2016 has well and truly been the year of ransomware. New ransomware families are popping up weekly and the Emsisoft Malware Lab battles them daily on the frontline. As a result, our lab is often at the receiving end of hate from authors of [...]

By |September 2nd, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Fabiansomware: when hackers lose it

Change your passwords now: Dropbox hack affects 68 million users

A dropbox security breach that occurred in 2012 is now affecting millions of users as passwords and login information appear for sale online. A 5GB document reported by a Motherboard reporter suggests that the details of over 60 million dropbox accounts have been released online. The validity of the document was confirmed by a senior Dropbox [...]

By |August 31st, 2016|Blog|Comments Off on Change your passwords now: Dropbox hack affects 68 million users