As dating apps experience a boom amid COVID-19, losses to romance scams soar too More and more people have been flocking to online dating platforms in search of romance and companionship in the wake of lockdowns and social distancing mandates, but the new reality is also creating conditions that contribute to record-high losses from romance [...]
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The vaccination push provides a vital shot in the arm for the world’s battle against the pandemic, but it’s also a topic ripe for exploitation by fraudsters and purveyors of misinformation The rollouts of COVID-19 vaccines are steadily gaining speed, sparking hope that we may see the end of the pandemic and return to normal [...]
High-severity and critical bugs disclosed in 2020 outnumber the sum total of vulnerabilities reported in 2010 An analysis of data collected by the United States’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) about common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) has found that 2020 saw more reports of security loopholes than any other year to date. The [...]
While you’re living out your fantasies, your internet-enabled sex toy may be setting you up for a privacy nightmare We did it. Somehow, we got through 2020 and now Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And yet 2020’s imprint may still be observed everywhere, and – believe it or not – the COVID-19 pandemic [...]
What can municipalities do to better protect their water supply systems? We reported recently about an attack against the water supply in Oldsmar, Florida, and worry about the potential for future and copycat attacks against other lightly defended water treatment systems in small towns worldwide and what can be done to stem such incursions. In [...]
This month’s relatively humble bundle of security updates fixes 56 vulnerabilities, including a zero-day bug and 11 flaws rated as critical Yesterday was the second Tuesday of the month, which means that Microsoft is rolling out patches for security vulnerabilities found in Windows and its other products. This year’s second batch of security updates brings [...]
While the incursion was thwarted in time, cyberattacks targeting critical infrastructure are a major cause for concern Last Friday, an unknown attacker accessed the computer systems of a water treatment facility in Oldsmar, Florida, and attempted to poison the city’s water supply by manipulating the chemical levels of sodium hydroxide. This substance, commonly referred to [...]
A view of the Q4 2020 threat landscape as seen by ESET telemetry and from the perspective of ESET threat detection and research experts 2020 was many things (“typical” not being one of them), and it sure feels good to be writing about it in the past tense. As if really trying to prove a [...]
Vendors should fix the root cause of a vulnerability, rather than block just one path to triggering it, says Google Google’s Project Zero team revealed that a quarter of zero-day exploits detected in 2020 could have been prevented had the vendors issued proper patches for the underlying security flaws. In its Year in Review bloggpost, [...]
Sharing your thoughts or photos for the world to see is now as easy as pushing a button, but even a seemingly harmless post may come back to haunt you Facebook, the white and blue social media behemoth, has been part of our lives for exactly 17 years. Some of us still remember the days [...]