Writer/editor with a keen interest in cyber security and biotech.
Articles by Paul Kane
When it comes to protecting your computer against viruses, malware, and other malicious threats, Windows Defender is the obvious choice – mainly because it comes pre-installed with Windows 10 so it’s already there. But is this built-in tool really the best antivirus to offer you the best, all-round protection?
We’ll find out.
In the never-ending cat and mouse game of virus vs antivirus, understanding how AV software identifies specific targets and prevents them from infecting your operating system can help better protect your computer from infiltration.
With hackers and other bad actors working ‘round the clock at spreading newer, deadlier viruses, essential to their malicious strategy is keeping them undetected for as long as possible.
Before we can deep-delve into the inner-workings of an antivirus, let’s first look at how a computer virus spreads quickly across networks, undetected.
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While you were taking it easy this weekend, over one million pages on hundreds of websites were taken over by hacker group Anonymous and made to display a contentious political message. Though the attack was quickly contained, many Israeli corporate websites, including those of Coca-Cola, Groupon, Toys R Us, McDonald’s, and Fiverr, were affected (to be precised, all websites were the local domains of .co.il address, so mcdonalds.co.il, cocacola.co.il etc., but it also included international Fiverr.com with 40 MM monthly visitors). Had a few sharp security researchers not quickly detected the vulnerability and its embedded ransomware code, the economic damage could have cost millions, if not more.
Updated February 12, 2019
Israeli hackers and activists Noam Rotem and Ran L from Safety Detective research lab have uncovered a major security breach in temperature control systems manufactured by Resource Data Management, a Scotland-based remote monitoring solutions company.
These control systems are used by hospitals and supermarket chains all over the world, including Marks & Spencer, Ocado, Way-on, and many others.
Hacker and Activist Noam Rotem, working with Safety Detective research lab, was shocked when he recently discovered a major vulnerability affecting nearly half of all airlines worldwide. While booking a flight with Israeli national carrier ELAL, he came across a significant security breach that allows anyone to access and change private information on flight bookings. The same breach was then discovered to include 44% of the international carriers market, potentially affecting tens of millions of travelers.