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A week in security (May 28 – June 3)

Last week on Labs, we talked about the significance of SEO poisoning in the world of search marketing, blackmail attempts against financial institutions in Canada, voice command flaws in smart assistants, survey and potential phishing scams on Instagram, and the latest changes in Office 365. We also shared our latest intel about America Geeks, a band of tech scammers that we profiled in 2015 and … [Read more...]

1 in 8 cyber attacks successful in Denmark

A recent survey by the Danish Society of Engineers’ IT subsidiary, IDA-it, concluded that two thirds of businesses had experienced a cyber attack, and that up to one in eight cyber attacks carried out against Danish organisations are successful. IDA-it surveyed people working in IT or personal data related roles in the public and private sector. Kåre Løvgren, IDA-it’s chairperson, said that … [Read more...]

A week in security (May 14 – May 20)

Last week, we looked at the deluge of incoming policies caused by GDPR, tackled Adobe Reader zero days, and ran through some iPhone security tips. We also caught some helpline scammers in the act, explored advergaming, got our Senate Bill game face on, and deep dived into Drupal vulnerabilities. Other news Mining apps in Snaps store controversy (Source: The Register) Man identified in spy tools … [Read more...]

Danish rail network DSB hit by cyber attack

DSB, the Danish state rail operator, was hit by a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) cyber attack on Sunday, April 13. A DDoS attack attempts to disrupt a host or network from connecting to the Internet in order to render a network or machines unavailable. It meant that passengers were unable to buy tickets on Sunday, and purchases through DSB’s ticket machines, app, website and retail stores … [Read more...]

Netflix phish claims your membership is on hold

The days of ugly-looking phish pages hosted on something akin to a Geocities page are slowly receding into the distance. For quite some time now, phish attacks have made attempts to look fairly sophisticated and stand a decent chance of fooling anyone not keeping their guard up. Today, we have a good example of this with a Netflix phish currently in circulation and (potentially) dropping into a … [Read more...]

HTTPS: why the green padlock is not enough

When goods get sold in large quantities, the price goes down. This might not be the first law of economics, but it’s applicable. An extrapolation of this is that if there are practically no production costs and no raw materials involved, prices of such goods will drop to zero. Usually, they will be offered as free gifts to promote the sale of other, more costly goods. Something like this has … [Read more...]

Maybe you shouldn’t use LinkedIn

For users in outward-facing professions like sales or marketing, social media—in particular, LinkedIn—is a highly popular means of connecting to new opportunities in the field and staying current with industry peers. For the rest of us, LinkedIn is an outstanding means of aggregating personal information without significant safety controls, irritating all your email contacts, and providing an … [Read more...]

A week in security (March 19 – March 25)

Last week, we looked at the growing problem of smartphone addiction, how link rot is continually slicing down portions of the web, and the theft of our intellectual property. We also explored the landscape of DDoS problems, and tackled a Stephen Hawking 419 scam. Other news What can only really be described as “Scamception” (source: The Register) Mozilla calls time on Facebook … [Read more...]

6 reasons why software is becoming more vulnerable to cyber attacks

“Is today’s software more vulnerable?” asks the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA). This question was posed shortly after researchers uncovered potentially industry-wide vulnerabilities in 4G LTE protocol, an incident that is far from exceptional. The National Vulnerability Database and the Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures database both recorded more than 6,000 … [Read more...]