Cybercriminals try to capitalize on anything enjoying public favor, including popular games. Malware often pretends to be a pirated copy or mobile version of a game, especially if the latter has not been officially released. Recently, a ransomware encryptor called Syrk emerged. Passed off as a cheat pack for Fortnite — a game that has built a 250-million-strong user base in two … [Read more...] about Syrk ransomware pretending to be a Fortnite cheat pack
Threat Research Today, Talos is publishing a glimpse into the most prevalent threats we’ve observed between Aug. 16 and Aug. 23. As with previous roundups, this post isn’t meant to be an in-depth analysis. Instead, this post will summarize the threats we’ve observed by highlighting key behavioral characteristics, indicators of compromise, and … [Read more...] about Threat Roundup for August 16 to August 23
A prolific hacker who carried out phishing scams against hundreds of companies worldwide has been ordered to pay back more than $1.1 million (over £922,000) worth of cryptocurrencies to his victims.Grant West, a 27-year-old resident of Kent, England, targeted several well-known companies around the world since 2015 to obtain the financial data of tens of thousands of customers … [Read more...] about Hacker Ordered to Pay Back Nearly £1 Million to Phishing Victims
Cognitive computing — a term used to describe technological platforms that are based on the concept of artificial intelligence (AI) — is changing the way we do business today. One of the main reasons for this is that AI systems can process information in a significantly smaller amount of time than humans. An article by Ohio University attributes this efficiency boost to the … [Read more...] about How AI Is Transforming Business Strategy as We Know It
Google today announced a new initiative—called Privacy Sandbox—in an attempt to develop a set of open standards that fundamentally enhances privacy on the web while continuing to support a free, open and democratic Internet through digital advertisements.A lot of websites on the Internet today, including The Hacker News, rely on online advertisements as their primary source of … [Read more...] about Google Proposes ‘Privacy Sandbox’ to Develop Privacy-Focused Ads
Threat Research Modern automobiles contain hundreds of sensors and mechanics that communicate via computers to understand their surrounding environment. Those components provide real-time information to drivers, connect the vehicle to a global network, and in some cases use that telemetry to automatically drive the vehicle. Like any computer, … [Read more...] about New 4CAN tool helps identify vulnerabilities in on-board car computers
Almost a year ago, we wrote about a classic phishing scheme aimed at unlinking a stolen iPhone from the victim’s Apple ID account. The purpose was to resell the phone not for spare parts, but as a full-fledged second-hand smartphone that’s way more valuable. Last time, fortune favored the scammers, who were able to phish out the iCloud username and password they needed. This … [Read more...] about iPhone stolen? Here’s what not to do
The need to develop fast paced quality applications is ubiquitous in the IT sector. From large scale cloud services to contrarian startups, every organization has the term “microservices” on their mind. We slowly want to shift away from the traditional monolithic software arrangement to loosely coupled services. Gone are the days when the entire developer team worked on a … [Read more...] about Can Microservices Revolutionize Data Management in the Enterprise?
For the 106th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I dive into some of the hottest cybersecurity news of the week. To start things off, we take a look at new ransomware targeting players of Fortnite. If you have kids playing the game, or you play it yourself, be on the lookout for some sketchy cheats. Following the Fortnite news, we … [Read more...] about Kaspersky Lab podcast, episode 106
In the last decade, Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence (AI) are among the rare developments in technology that is poised to become so disruptive that they’ve become synonymous with innovation and the future. So much so, that startups aiming to bring an amalgamation of these technologies have raised a whopping $437 million to date. But what are these technologies and why are … [Read more...] about Blockchain Supercharged with AI: The Next Revolution?