Is anti-virus dead? - tech support pop-up scams

Based on a long-established form of social engineering, tech support scams seem to be gathering pace once again. Typically, a user will be fed a pop up claiming to be from a security firm, warning of an imaginary infection and asking them to call a number. Assuming the user falls for the attack and phones the number, financial loss becomes highly likely.

Prediction: a new way for criminals to ensnare Mac users.

Below: Bratislava taken from ESET HQ

Slovakian capital Bratislava from ESET offices

Is anti-virus dead? -banking Trojans

After ransomware, Trojans targeting online banking are probably the biggest threat facing the average user, especially on the expanding sector using mobile access. The attacks are getting sophisticated enough to deceive even systems secured with two-factor authentication, depending on the design of the second authentication factor. Simple techniques often work well such as over-the-screen phishing on mobiles.

Prediction: high net worth individuals will be specifically targeted while a growing number will go after virtual currencies such as Bitcoins.

Is anti-virus dead? - clean Software Alliance

A major issue right now is the way legitimate programs are being hosted on what looks like legitimate sites bundled with hidden adware, toolbars and other software crap no user wants on their system. Users should go to the developer’s site but often visit well-known download sites instead and get more than they bargained for. The Clean Software Alliance (CSA) is an attempt to get the advertising-supported software industry to play by some rules so that anti-virus vendors don’t end up (as is the case at present) branding them as malware.

Prediction: ESET seems optimistic but don’t hold your breath.

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