At this point it’s clear that our lives are becoming increasingly digital. We use the internet and apps for everything from books to banking, entertainment to education, healthcare to hailing a cab, and shopping to socializing. Along with the rise of voice-assisted technologies and the growth of the Internet of Things (IoT), this trend continues to accelerate at breakneck speed right before our very eyes. And that’s why Avast is proud to sponsor the Enigma Interviews, an event organized by The Parallax, happening this week in San Francisco.
Imagine this: you arrive home in the middle of the day, quite unexpected, and find your cleaning lady — whom you hired to take care of things while you’re at work — taking pictures of your bedroom. “What are you doing?” you may very reasonably ask.
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Last year, the Pew Research Center conducted a survey of 1,040 American adults about their cybersecurity beliefs, attitudes, and practices. What emerged is a collective persona both fascinating and troubling. While 64% of those surveyed have online accounts with sensitive health, banking, or financial information and 64% have also experienced a major data breach, an even greater percentage of these same adults practice lax – if any – cybersecurity.
No, it’s not a new season of Mr. Robot: this is real life. Unidentified cybercriminals recently launched a malware attack that made global news. The so-called “Petna” ransomware started in the Ukraine and spread rapidly, peaking around June 27, after which online security experts were able to neutralize and contain the threat.
A spyware app communicating via the Telegram Bot API has recently targeted Iranian Android users, uploading extensive personal data about users on a remote server in Iran.
“Dear user, firstname.lastname@example.org just sent you an email inviting you to edit the following document that she shared with you.”
It’s a nightmare situation, no doubt about it: a virus has taken over your computer and locked up your most valuable files. A ransom note filling your screen says you have a certain amount of time to pay the hacker, or the amount doubles. After it doubles, you again have a certain amount of time to pay before the criminal behind the ransomware attack destroys your files forever.
Earlier this week, a Petya-based ransomware virus targeted the Ukraine in the largest cyberattack the nation has ever experienced, taking down the central bank, postal services, and commercial enterprises such as the Antonov aircraft manufacturer. Whil…