HTTPS: the importance of the S

Starting October, Chrome will show a “NOT SECURE” warning when users enter text in a form on HTTP pages.” That was an e-mail recently sent out by Google. If you’ve ever bought anything online, checked your bank accounts through the app, or logged on to your favorite social media network, you’ve used a technology called SSL/TLS. Meet the S in HTTPS.

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Machine learning and the fight against ransomware

Ransomware is everywhere. The number of emails containing ransomware rose 6,000 percent since 2015. In 2016, 40 percent of all spam emails had one of these malicious programs hidden within, according to IBM. Other reports highlight the sophistication of ransomware nowadays and it’s financial impact on organizations that that become victims. In short, it’s all bad news. Or not?

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Meet Stephane Bonifazzi, our new territory manager for Luxembourg

Today is a perfect day to look back on the past two years. Since the moment we decided to strengthen our focus on Luxembourg, we have successfully managed to grow our business. And to build a stable platform for further growth and innovation with our local presence and dedication. And we are ready to realize this growth potential in the next few years. With our previous territory manager, Frédéric Dohen, leaving his position, we believe we have found the man to realize these ambitions: Stephane Bonifazzi.

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As cities get smarter, so should their security

Today, more urban centers than ever are implementing a range of advanced technological systems: it’s the beginning of so called smart cities. These sensors and networks used in combination with citizens’ mobile devices create smarter cities capable of reduced pollution, increased safety, better engagement with residents and more accessible transportation options. As the majority of the world’s population – 65 percent – will call a city home by 2040, these IoT-centered, city-wide initiatives are well worth the investment. Continue reading

Don’t think of keeping them out, they’re probably already in

According to American media unidentified hackers recently breached at least one US critical infrastructure. “Since May, hackers have been penetrating the computer networks of companies that operate nuclear power stations and other energy facilities.” (The New York Times, July 6th)

“Today we see more attacks on ICS, industrial control systems, and scada systems”, says Robert McArdle, EMEA Threat Research Lead at Trend Micro.

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Industrial Robots are hackable: how do we fix them?

Discuss cyber attacks involving robots and many people might think you’re talking about the latest Hollywood blockbuster to hit the screens. The reality, however, is that industrial robotic systems now form a vital cog in the manufacturing process of everything from silicon chips to cars and even glassware.

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Like WannaCry, Petya ransomware uses the EternalBlue exploit

 A large-scale ransomware attack reported to be caused by a variant of the Petya ransomware is currently hitting various users, particularly in Europe. This variant, which Trend Micro already detects as RANSOM_PETYA.SMA, is known to use both the EternalBlue exploit and the PsExec tool as infection vectors.

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Banking malware steals money, but ransomware removes your past

For years hackers have been stealing documents from your machines. No matter what… hackers will always find a way to get in. But once they get in, their problems start: how to monetize the hacked device? Of course passwords, credit card and banking details are relatively easy to monetize.

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Fake news for sale

A ground-breaking new study from Trend Micro has revealed for the first time the size and maturity of the online fake news business, where a 12-month campaign to influence the result of an election could cost as little as €357.700.

The comprehensive 77-page report breaks down the key steps used to influence public opinion: from reconnaissance of the target audience and weaponisation – preparation of the fake story – to delivery and exploitation via social media, and sustainment with additional propaganda.  Continue reading