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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...]

61% of data breaches hit SMEs

Most data breaches you read about focus on big organisations, but a new report claims that the majority of incidents occur at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The latest European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) Threat Landscape Report found that 61% of breaches affected organisations with fewer than 1,000 employees. The sectors most likely to be targeted … [Read more...]

Whaling attacks increased by 200% in 2017

Organisations have a hard enough time preventing phishing attacks, but they are now facing a surge in a subcategory of phishing known as ‘whaling’. According to cyber security provider Smarttech 247, the number of whaling attacks tripled in 2017, with companies of all sizes being targeted. Whaling works in much the same way as phishing, but it is specific to the workplace, with criminals either … [Read more...]

Phishing attacks increased by 59% in 2017

Kaspersky Lab’s anti-phishing system was triggered more than 246 million times last year, representing a 59% increase compared to 2016, according to a new report by the cyber security software provider. Phishing has long been considered one of most widespread and effective cyber crime methods, fuelling attacks ranging from mass emails sent to millions of people to those targeting specific … [Read more...]

Phishing attacks increased by 59% in 2017

Kaspersky Lab’s anti-phishing system was triggered more than 246 million times last year, representing a 59% increase compared to 2016, according to a new report by the cyber security software provider. Phishing has long been considered one of most widespread and effective cyber crime methods, fuelling attacks ranging from mass emails sent to millions of people to those targeting specific … [Read more...]

Panic attack: Apple scams apply pressure

We’ve seen a number of Apple-related phishes in circulation over the last few days. While most of them already lead to deactivated phishing sites, we thought it was worth highlighting some of the tricks being used to bait people into handing over payment details at the moment. Fake receipt emails First up, a number of fake “receipt” emails ranging in date from February 2–6. While … [Read more...]

Google removes 60 apps infected with malware

  Malware called AdultSwine, which displays ads with pornographic content, has been discovered in 60 games on the Google Play Store. Many of these games were designed for children. Security company Check Point discovered the malware and reported it to Google, which removed the affected games from its store.  The ads came from trusted providers that do not allow this type of content. The … [Read more...]

Fake Spectre and Meltdown patch pushes Smoke Loader malware

The Meltdown and Spectre bugs have generated a lot of media attention, and users have been urged to update their machines with fixes made available by various vendors. While some patches have created more issues than they fixed, we came across a particular one targeted at German users that actually is malware. In fact, German authorities recently warned about phishing emails trying to take … [Read more...]