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Excellent piece of malware research by my ESET colleague Jean-Ian.
Operation Buhtrap is a mix of two words: “Buhgalter” and “trap”. “Buhgalter” means “accountant” in Russian.
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Privacy meets security: My ESET colleague and technical writing expert Fer O'Neil looks at why current data breach messaging to victims is less than optimal.
With so many data breaches happening these days, Americans are getting a lot of breach notification letters and emails, but do they deliver useful, readable content, other than a general warning to remain vigilant?
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Awesome! Exactly the kind of pastie recipe I was looking for, and such fun to watch. Thank you very much for sharing this.
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The guitar that comes in at 1:48 is actually English session musician Steve Donnelly, who did most of the soaring guitar work for this movie. And he wrote Brian's Theme.
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I like George Clooney, but he's getting bad advice when it comes to cybersecurity, the SonyHack, and America's ability to stand up to hackers. Here's my advice...
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Multiple RAT infections detected by ESET researchers and written up by my colleague Robert Lipovsky who details "exploit-laden spear-phishing documents and cunningly-named archives" in recent Korplug (PlugX) RAT detections (Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Russia, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan come up)
After taking a look at recent Korplug (PlugX) detections, we identified two larger scale campaigns employing this well-known Remote Access Trojan. This blog gives an overview of the first one
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Nice! There heroic little creatures, and they don't commit suicide: http://www.snopes.com/disney/films/lemmings.asp
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My colleague, fellow ESET researcher Cameron Camp, follows up the Anthem breach with some answers about abuse of medical data records.
After the Anthem mega-breach, questions abound about possible abuses of medical data. Here is a breakdown that offers some context.
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Set aside the politics and celebrity gossip and there are some important cybersecurity lessons to be learned.
The recent hacking of Sony Pictures offers valuable lessons in cybersecurity from which every company and consumer can learn.
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Talking heads should read these two documents before talking cyberwar.
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A lot of people at Sony Pictures now wish they had heeded this advice.
Cobb’s first law of digital communications states:  You should never say anything in a digital communication that you wouldn’t want your mother to read. Why? Because there is a chance that at some point in the future your mother might […]
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This is a story I get asked to tell quite often. Now in 'print' for the first time. Enjoy!
What follows is the definitive telling of my story about the Australian redback spider and its pedagogical employment in a theological context. This is a tale I have told many times in the company of friends but it has never […]
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    Security Evangelist, 2011 - present
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I'm a cybersecurity researcher dedicated to helping people get the most out of their IT investments by minimizing the downsides, like security breaches and fraud. These days I work for ESET, an international company on the forefront of information security innovation and the fight against cybercrime. In past lives I've been a best-selling author and cofounder of several successful security companies. I've been a CISSP since 1996 and was producer on an award-winning documentary about the civil rights struggle in America. In my spare time I try to raise awareness of hemochromatosis, the most common genetic killer in America.
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CISSP since 1996. Sold over 1 million books. Had a brief niche bestseller. US citizen longer than Arnold Schwarzenegger.
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  • University of Leicester
    Criminology, 2014 - present
    MSc in Security and Risk Management
  • King Henry VIII School, Coventry
    Economics and English, 1964 - 1970
  • University of Leeds
    English and Religion, 1971 - 1974
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ESET Research: Operation Buhtrap
www.welivesecurity.com

Operation Buhtrap is a mix of two words: “Buhgalter” and “trap”. “Buhgalter” means “accountant” in Russian.

Casper Malware: After Babar and Bunny, Another Espionage Cartoon
www.welivesecurity.com

In this post, we lift the veil on Casper - another piece of software that we believe to have been created by the same organization that is b

Say What? Required contents of notice in data breach notifications
www.welivesecurity.com

With so many data breaches happening these days, Americans are getting a lot of breach notification letters and emails, but do they deliver

Electronic health records and data abuse: it's about more than medical info
www.welivesecurity.com

After the Anthem mega-breach, questions abound about possible abuses of medical data. Here is a breakdown that offers some context.

The Sony Pictures Hack: 5 short sharp lessons we all can learn
www.welivesecurity.com

The recent hacking of Sony Pictures offers valuable lessons in cybersecurity from which every company and consumer can learn.

Why the #SonyHack is not cyberwar
scobbs.blogspot.com

Here are two links that are essential reading for anyone tempted to invoke the term "cyberwar" to describe the hacking of Sony Pictures and

Dear George Clooney - A word about cybersecurity
scobbs.blogspot.com

The following letter was written in response to remarks made by the actor and activist, George Clooney, in this article: Hollywood Cowardice

Cobb’s First Law of Digital Comms | The Stephen Cobb Blog
cobbsblog.com

Cobb’s first law of digital communications states: You should never say anything in a digital communication that you wouldn’t want your moth

Korplug military targeted attacks: Afghanistan & Tajikistan
www.welivesecurity.com

After taking a look at recent Korplug (PlugX) detections, we identified two larger scale campaigns employing this well-known Remote Access T

Of Spiders and Sin | The Stephen Cobb Blog
cobbsblog.com

What follows is the definitive telling of my story about the Australian redback spider and its pedagogical employment in a theological conte

Top 5 Scariest Zombie Botnets
www.welivesecurity.com

Zombie botnets, wreaking havoc on the Internet – it is a nightmare scenario that has played out time and again as more people have gotten co

CVE-2014-4114: Details on August BlackEnergy PowerPoint Campaigns
www.welivesecurity.com

In this post we provide additional information on how a specially crafted PowerPoint slideshow file (.PPSX) led to the execution of a BlackE

Cyber Security Awareness Month: It's on!
www.welivesecurity.com

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month in America and each year this program brings more and more attention to issues that shoul

What to do about Shellshock bash bug on Mac OS X, web servers, routers, ...
www.welivesecurity.com

The "Bash Bug" or "Shellshock" vulnerability means a wide range of devices, servers and computers, including Mac OS X, will need to be patch

What's behind the rise in cybercrime? Find out from this recorded presen...
www.welivesecurity.com

Home Depot says it was hacked to the tune of 56 million payment cards. What is behind the current wave of cybercrime? This recorded presenta

Nude Celebs, Target, Home Depot: Who is to blame? Criminals!
www.welivesecurity.com

The blame game rages on in the wake of Celebgate and massive payment card hacks like Home Depot and Target, as though criminals were not the

The state of healthcare IT security: are Americans concerned enough?
www.welivesecurity.com

The privacy and security of medical records is a matter of concern to many Americans now that most are now stored electronically, but is the

Just How Secure Are IT Networks In Healthcare?
www.forbes.com

“Most devices have no security applications on them at all. Anyone can just get in and manipulate whatever they want.” Hospital Chief Inform

Homeland Security warns of new Point of Sale attacks
www.welivesecurity.com

New malware targeting point of sale (PoS) systems, detected by ESET as Win32/Spy.Agent.OKG is described in a warning and analysis distribute

Comic-Con 2014: Eight super-powered digital safety tips
www.welivesecurity.com

Comic Con 2014 will see more than 130,000 attendees descend on San Diego - our Comic-Con 2014 tips should help keep laptops, smartphones and

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