Malware and Virus Protection Tag

Nationwide may be “on your side,” as their ads claim, but they’re not immune to data breaches, and in 2012, they suffered a serious one that impacted more than 1.2 million of their customers. A post mortem investigation into the breach concluded that it was made possible because the company failed to install a security patch, which created an opening...

This year is on track to win the dubious honor of seeing more hacking attacks than any year since statistics have been kept, and should handily beat out 2016’s total, which currently holds the record, according to a recently published report by NTT Security. According to the security giant’s data, their customers have suffered a staggering 24 percent increase in the...

“Sometimes the wheel turns slowly, but it turns.” That quote, made famous by Lorne Michaels, certainly applies in the case of the government’s involvement in securing internet-connected devices. By now, almost everyone has at least one “smart” device in their home or driveway. Projections are that there will be more internet-connected devices than computers and mobile phones by the year 2020, and...

The British Government has had enough. The past several years have seen a large and growing number of high-profile data breaches with every year breaking the last year’s records in total number of attacks and total number of compromised records. Even so, a shockingly low number of companies seem to have gotten the memo that the game is changing around...

The IRS is being proactive. With tax season fast approaching, they’re warning filers to beware of email scams designed by hackers to steal your information. In fact, they’re ramping up a 10-week “Don’t Take The Bait” campaign to heighten awareness of what is fast becoming an extremely sophisticated scam. It works like this: You get what appears to be an official...

Recently, employees and contractors working for Virgin America Airline (now owned by Alaskan Airlines) received notification from the company that hackers may have gained access to their login and other personal data. The company’s cybersecurity team discovered the intrusion attempt on March 13 and immediately put their response plan into action, informing law enforcement and contacting forensic experts to assist them...

A few low-end Android phones have been found to be infected with the Triada Trojan, according to the Russian Cybersecurity firm, Dr. Web, which discovered a variant of the malware lurking inside the Android OS Zygote core process. In this instance, the likeliest point of insertion was via a third-party vendor, somewhere in the phone manufacturer’s supply chain. This type of attack...

The third-party Chrome extension Copyfish recently got hacked. As a result, the hackers were able to inject malicious JavaScript code into the code base and use it to display ads on all the pages users who had the extension installed viewed. It took Copyfish’s developers a full day to realize they had been breached, and by that time, the hacker had...

One of the most dangerous forms of banking malware, dubbed “Svpeng,” has recently gotten an upgrade that makes it even more troubling, this, according to researchers at Kaspersky Labs. The upgrade adds a new keylogging feature that allows the malicious software to track and log each keystroke, sending it back to the hackers at whatever interval they wish and giving...

Smart devices are coming under increasing scrutiny. Why, you ask? Very few of them have any security at all, and the ones that do tend to have only the most rudimentary security protocols in place, which presents almost no challenge to even a novice hacker. As such, they’re the perfect attack vehicle. You’ve probably heard about botnets. These are armies of...

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