Kaspersky Antivirus banned on US government computers

The US Government has just ordered its federal agencies to stop using any internet security software provided by Kaspersky Lab. With more than 400 million customers worldwide, Kaspersky is a huge cybersecurity company and one of the top anti-virus software providers globally. A statement from the DHS stated:  After careful consideration of available information and …

Transportation industry vulnerable to Ransomware and IOT attacks

New study has found that Cyberattacks leveraging IoT devices are also becoming commonplace particularly in the transportation where 29 percent of companies indicated they experienced an IoT attack. The energy, construction, and IT sectors aren’t far behind 22 percent of respondents from each industry reported attacks, respectively. To combat these threats researchers said companies will …

Togo is the latest government to shut down the internet

The QZ reports that Togo is the latest African nation to shut down access to the internet after protests against president Faure Gnassingbé were scheduled to take place this week. Early this year Cameroon imposed a 93-day internet blackout on the country’s Anglophone regions which spoke out their marginalization by the French-speaking government. The blackout …

eScan Warns on Security Flaws in Xiaomi’s MIUI Software

Security solutions company eScan on Thursday in a 36-page report alleged that Xiaomi’s MIUI custom Android ROM has multiple flaws that affected the security of user data. Xiaomi system apps such as the uninstall mechanism and Mi Mover were some of the flawed aspects of MIUI, the report stated. The Chinese smartphone company has refuted …

Social engineering remains the most elusive hackers tool

Security experts have released new password recommendations however, hackers long ago realized that getting into a victim’s email or iCloud doesn’t require keyloggers, zero days, or USBs pre-loaded with malware. Nope, it’s much easier than that, it takes more charm than geek. The world of social engineering is where those looking gain access to protected …

Almost half of UK businesses would pay ransom following an attack

UK businesses are most likely to pay up following a ransomware attack, new figures have claimed. Research by security firm Malwarebytes found that almost half (49 per cent) of UK businesses would pay ransom following a ransomware attack. Globally, the figure sits somewhat lower, at 42 per cent, according to Malwarebytes’ “Second Annual State of …

Smart toys spy on kids, FBI cautions parents

The FBI yesterday released a public service announcement (PSA) alerting parents to the dangers potentially imposed by smart toys. Early this year, security researcher Troy Hunt, reported that a series of web-connected, app-enabled toys called CloudPets have been hacked. The manufacturer’s central database was reportedly compromised over several months after stunningly poor security, despite the attempts …