What's in a Shady Update? Trojan, Anyone?
Cybercriminals are well known for their preference to cash in on people’s interest in what’s new and hot in the e-world. Web sites apparently hosting the latest browser updates count as classic honeypots as it would almost be a shame for e-crooks to disregard the huge potential of security conscious users' fears in the race for illegal gains.
A website that provides emoticons for Skype, the popular internet phone and video chat service has been flagged as malicious.
Users are being tempted to download the emoticons by emails informing them of the new Skype emoticons.
The need to secure the transmission of data between computers or between a computer and a server appeared since the first connection was made and has become ever more important as we began to send more and more data over the internet. Thus, the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and later on Transport Layer Security (TLS), which are cryptographic protocols, were created. These provide security for the data that is sent over the Internet.
Online gaming fans and World of Warcraft lovers, be careful! Blizzard, the game producer of World of Warcraft recently issued a warning about hack attacks. Apparently these attacks are taking place across both the game accounts, as well as the mobile apps (iPhone and Android). It’s especially concerning that the apps are a target of cybercriminals, as they provide access to the in-game auction house, which for those of you that aren’t die-hard World of Warcraft fans, is used to buy and sell in-game objects.
Unless you live under a rock, you’ve no doubt heard about North Korea’s recent threats of a missile launch. Unfortunately, that’s not their only form of attack. A few weeks ago, South Korea experienced a synchronized cyberattack, but investigators have yet to identify the culprit. Of course, the number one suspect is North Korea.