Ransomware’s difficult second album

The last year has seen all manner of cybercrime, from scams and social engineering to malvertising and malspam. What’s interesting is that so many “next-gen,” sophisticated malware mainstays like exploits have dropped in popularity, while other more traditional types such as spyware have shot up dramatically —to the tune of an 882 percent increase in UK detections. Meanwhile, … [Read more...]

Plugging a virtual leak: insecure VR app exposes customer data

I’ve been giving talks on the possible problems raised by virtual/augmented/mixed reality for a while now, and sure enough, we have what may be one of the first potentially major security issues thrown up by an in-the-wild application. Until a recent fix was applied, users of the pornography app SinVR could have found their subscriber information up for grabs. Researchers over at Digital … [Read more...]

Alleged creator of Fruitfly indicted for 13 years of spying

Way back at the start of last year, we took a look at something called Fruitfly, a Mac backdoor using old code that had been around for a long time and could (deep breath) upload files to computers, record images and video, snoop around in victims’ information, take screenshots, and also log keystrokes. The malware, made up of just two files, was a mixture of “wow, that’s … [Read more...]

The seven most colossal data breaches of 2017

By Logan Strain If it seems like the words “leak,” “compromised data,” and “breach” are constantly in the news, it’s not just you. The frequency of major data breaches is increasing. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, the number of breaches is expected to top 1,500 in 2017. That’s a 37 percent annual increase over 2016, which itself was a record year for exposed personal data. But … [Read more...]

Internet of Things (IoT) security: what is and what should never be

The Internet has penetrated seemingly all technological advances today, resulting in Internet for ALL THE THINGS. What was once confined to a desktop and a phone jack is now networked and connected in multiple devices, from home heating and cooling systems like the Nest to AI companions such as Alexa. The devices can pass information through the web to anywhere in the world—server farmers, company … [Read more...]