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KeRanger Ransomware Hits Mac OS X Users

This week Mac users were targeted by what is being called the first fully functional ransomware for Mac OS X.

Over the weekend when Mac users downloaded the long awaited version 2.90 of popular Bit Torrent client Transmission they got a little something extra, a new piece of malware called KeRanger. (more…)

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Block-y Locky Ransomware with Panda Security

Last week a new strain of ransomware came to the fore, dubbed Locky because of the way it renames the file extension. Locky targets users via email attachments, which is often an invoice in a Microsoft Word document. Once the recipient downloads the file, if Office macros are enabled the malicious macro gets to work encrypting the user’s files. If macros are not enabled, the Word document will display a message prompting the user to enable macros in order to read the invoice.
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How safe are Public Wi-Fi Networks

Public Wi-Fi hotspots have popped up all over our cities, from restaurants and malls, to local parks. They are convenient and relatively easy to access, and tend to evoke that data saving scrooge inside us all. The City of Cape Town has even jumped on board and are beginning to provide public Wi-Fi hotspots for more and more suburbs with aim of having at least one hotspot per ward.

With so many of us connecting to these hotspots and the ever increasing threat from cybercriminals it is important to understand and be aware of the dangers of using public Wi-Fi.
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How to avoid of Valentine’s Day scams

February 14th is fast approaching bringing with it mixed emotions as always. If you’re the romantic type and have someone to celebrate with I’m sure you have prepped for Sundays events and are anxiously anticipating the festivities. If you’re single you are most likely anxiously dreading the day everyone else’s happiness is rubbed in your face. Whatever side of the fence you’re on there is definitely reason for anxiety.

Valentine’s Day scams will be back in full force from bargains and cards to WhatsApp emoticons. Here is our list of things to look for to keep yourself free from cyberattacks.

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International Safer Internet Day

Today we celebrate Safer Internet Day, an initiative launched to promote safe internet usage, particularly among children and teens. To play our part we have compiled a list of few simple tips to help kids stay safe when using the internet

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Highlights from the Panda Labs Report 2015

Last week Panda Security International released the Panda Labs Report 2015, among the key findings is that over 25% of all malware ever produced was created in 2015, a worrying statistic that is likely indicative of things to come in 2016.

Here is a roundup of the Panda Labs Report.

  1. New malware samples increased by over 10% in 2015.
  2. Panda Labs detected and neutralised more than 84 million new malware samples, indicative of over 230,000 new malware samples created daily, and a total of 304 million samples seen in 2015.

  3. Trojans, PUPs and Ransomware most destructive malware.
  4. Trojans accounted for 60.3% of infections followed by PUPs at 28.98%, of these infections Ransomware was seen to be the most common form of attack.
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  5. China remains the top most targeted country in the world, with Nordic countries registering as the least targeted.

In light of the findings the Report highlights the following likely trends for 2016.

  • Use of Exploit kits
  • Increases in Malware
  • Direct attacks
  • Malware for Android
  • Mobile payment platforms
  • Internet of Things
  • Attacks on Critical Infrastructure
  • Need for Threat Intelligence for business

For more detail the full report can be found here