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Jul 28, 2020

Covid-19 has created a “perfect storm” for cybercriminals

he Covid-19 pandemic has created a “perfect storm” for scammers and hackers, with smaller businesses facing a significant threat, experts from Kaspersky have warned. The increased cyber threat created by the pandemic has been widely reported, with Action Fraud warning the public to “remain vigilant ” as £16.6m has been lost to online shopping fraud since lockdown

Jul 24, 2020

Nurturing innovation does more for privacy than strict regulation

We embrace new technology – despite privacy flaws – because of what it makes possible. Policymakers should work with business and encourage innovation to meet privacy challenges. Every day, privacy commentators and activists point to new technology using our private data in ways we don’t expect. It feels like innovation and privacy are in a

Jul 15, 2020

Gaming-related web attacks increased by more than 50% in April

Cybercriminals have been exploiting the increased popularity in video games during lockdown to launch attacks. In April, the daily number of blocked attempts to direct Kaspersky users to malicious sites that exploit the gaming theme increased by 54% when compared to January 2020. In addition, for April, the number of blocked attempts to direct users

Jul 2, 2020

Every 1 in 5 adults experiences cyberfraud each year

One-in-five adults who use the internet said they had experienced cyber fraud or computer misuse, according to a new report. The latest Scottish Crime and Justice Survey said most victims reported no impact on them but they changed their online behaviours as a result. The most common problem encountered was having a device infected by a virus.

Jun 25, 2020

Kaspersky Fraud Prevention helps Indacoin halt fraudulent operations with cryptocurrency

One of cryptocurrency’s main benefits is the ability to conduct trusted transactions swiftly. However, the anonymous and decentralized nature of these transfers can be leveraged by fraudsters to ‘wash’ money or trick legitimate crypto investors. In order to keep their customers’ investments truly clean, exchange service Indacoin has adopted Kaspersky Fraud Prevent to halt this

Jun 15, 2020

What’s changing in cyberfraud and how to keep your business safe

As fast as ecommerce technology evolves, fraudsters find loopholes and new fraud schemes. What’s changing in cyberfraud, and what can your business do to prevent it? Today, ecommerce is a basic need. Customers expect speed and convenience, and the 2020 coronavirus lockdowns have only accelerated that demand. Swimming in that tide that raises all boats,

May 26, 2020

One-in-50 online transactions in the banking and e-commerce sectors were fraudulent in 2019

Last year, two percent of transactions in e-banking and online retail were carried out by fraudsters and 16% of transactions were suspicious and required further investigation, according to analysis of events identified by Kaspersky Fraud Prevention. The most common malicious activity found was the use of malware or remote access tools. In e-commerce in particular,

Mar 17, 2020

How to mitigate the impact of deepfakes

Deepfakes are just one unfortunate product of recent developments in the field of artificial intelligence. Fake media generated by machine-learning algorithms have gained a lot of traction in recent years. Alyssa Miller’s talk at RSA Conference 2020, titled Losing our reality, provides some insights on why it’s time to consider deepfakes a threat — election year

Mar 17, 2020

Protecting your Steam account from scammers and trolls

If you are reading this post, it’s safe to assume that you have a Steam account. Unfortunately, in addition to Steam’s millions of bona fide gamers, the platform includes scammers looking to profit at others’ expense. We tell you the security and privacy settings you can use to guard against them. How to protect your Steam

Jan 27, 2020

Are scammers tired of bitcoin?

Scammers pretending to have hacked and shot video of people watching porn is not exactly news. However, from time to time the scheme gets a new twist. Last time, it was alleged CIA involvement to heighten the threat — the supposedly watched adult video was of an illegal sort. The purpose of these tales is to panic the user

Jan 14, 2020

Russian speaking hacking group is attacking banks in Sub-Saharan Africa, according to Kaspersky

Kaspersky security researchers have reported on thousands of notifications of attacks on major banks located in the Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. The malware used in the attacks indicates that the threat actors are most likely to be an infamous Silence hacking group, previously known to be responsible for the theft of millions of dollars from

Nov 1, 2019

Can dark web monitoring move you one step ahead of cybercriminals?

Imagine if it didn’t take an average of 190 days to identify a data breach and then a further 57 days to contain it. Imagine if instead you could cut down those times to just a few days or even a few hours, mitigating the effects of a data breach and minimize long-term damage to your organization.

Oct 30, 2019

The new era of machine learning–aided scams

New technologies are clearly changing the world, but not the human psyche. As a result, evil geniuses are devising new technological innovations to target vulnerabilities in the human brain. One vivid example is the story of how scammers mimicked the voice of an international CEO to trick the head of a subsidiary into transferring money

Oct 28, 2019

What you need to know about cyber fraud in car sharing services – a study of 13 car sharing apps

Cyber fraud in car sharing services has been booming in the digital era. The growing popularity of car sharing services has led some experts to predict an end to private car ownership in big cities. The statistics appear to back up this claim: for example, in 2017 Moscow saw the car sharing fleet, the number of active

Oct 22, 2019

Fraud in retail & e-commerce – who is in the bonus really?

There’s no doubt that loyalty schemes are a winning way to keep your customers loyal and grateful for your service and products. However, have you ever wondered who’s being lured into these e-commerce sales tricks even more so than your devoted customers? We suggest it’s fraudsters, and according to our latest research the schemes they

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