Malware and Virus Protection Tag

WordPress is the most popular CMS on the planet. It has been the reigning king of websites for years, and all indications are that it will continue to be so. Unfortunately, there’s trouble brewing in the kingdom. If you used WordPress to build your company’s site, then you undoubtedly know that you can extend and expand the CMS’s basic functionality via...

A highly popular Latin social media company called “Taringa” recently suffered a massive data breach that impacted some 28 million users, which is essentially its entire user base. The breach revealed two fundamental issues, one the responsibility of the company, and the other the fault of their users. First, on the company side, they didn’t take any special steps to secure...

You’ve probably heard of the popular app, “CCleaner.” Owned by Avast, this handy utility boasts more than two billion downloads and currently has more than two million active users. As the name suggests, the program cleans the “crud” off your hard drive so that your computer will run faster and more efficiently, and it’s very good at its job. Unfortunately, as...

If you haven’t heard of the “BlueBorne” attack vector yet, you probably will in the months ahead It’s perhaps one of the most invasive, pervasive attack vectors in the history of the internet, and that’s really saying something. A group of security researchers at Armis Labs discovered a total of eight zero-day vulnerabilities in Bluetooth protocol that would allow a hacker...

There’s a new Android app to be aware of. This one allows anyone, even without any technical skills, to create ransomware, in a matter of minutes. It’s a menu-driven system that automates every aspect of the software’s creation. Toolkits like these are not unheard of. Seasoned hackers often refer to no- or low-talent hackers as “script kiddies,” which means people who...

You may have heard the statistic from Google that less than 0.05 percent of Android devices downloaded malware in 2016. It’s a great statistic, and one that the company should be proud of. Here’s a statistic they’re not talking about nearly as much: this year, the number of successful ransomware attacks against Android devices has more than doubled. This comes on...

It’s no secret that 2017 is on track to beat 2016 handily in terms of the total number of network breaches, and sadly, 2016 was itself a record-breaking year. What is less well known is the fact that most of the successful breaches are accomplished via exploits that have been identified for literally years. This is according to a recent report...

For a time, Locky ransomware was the scourge of the internet and was considered by many security experts to be the most widely distributed form of malware on the internet. Things change, however, and the internet marches on. Hackers latch on to the latest and greatest variants, and after a brief surge to the top, Locky was forgotten and passed over...

Remember the global Wannacry ransomware attack? Remember the even more recent Petya attacks? You would think after either of these, IT professionals around the world would have stepped up and immediately implemented better, stronger and more robust security protocols, because as those attacks proved, if the hackers want to, they can bring not just individual companies, but whole industries to their...

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