Instagram hacking on the rise with need for more followers.

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Instagram users have been the target of several new credential stealers, appearing on Google Play as tools for either managing or boosting the number of Instagram followers.

Under the detection name Android/Spy.Inazigram, 13 malicious applications were discovered in the official Google Play store. The apps were phishing for Instagram credentials and sending them to a remote server. Altogether, the malicious apps have been installed by up to 1.5 million users. Upon ESET’s notification, all 13 apps were removed from the store.

All the malicious app seem to be using the same technique in their operation. They operate by harvesting Instagram credentials and sending them to a remote server. Ironically instead of their own boosting, these users accounts end up being used to increase followers for other people.

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The question is what happens to stolen credentials? Apart from an opportunity to use compromised accounts for spreading spam and ads, there are also various “business models” in which the most valuable assets are followers, likes and comments.

In our research, we’ve traced the servers to which the credentials are sent off and connected these to websites selling various bundles of Instagram popularity boosters.

The scheme below explains how it works:

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There are several measures you need to put in place to ensure that you are protected.

  • If you’ve downloaded one of these apps, you will find one of its icons under your installed applications. to clean your device, uninstall the above mentioned apps found in your Application manager or use a reliable mobile security solution to remove the threats for you.
  • Change your Instagram password immediately you notice from Instagram about someone attempting to log into your account to secure your account. In case you use the same password across multiple platforms, change these as well as malware authors are known to access other web services using the stolen credentials, you are advised to use a different password on each of your accounts.
  • Also avoid putting sensitive information to these third party apps.
  • Have an up to date antivirus to protect and control the download of third party apps for example ESET that has help in blocking of these malicious apps.

Credits: welivesecurity

 

 

 

PATCH MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE TIPS THAT WOULD SAVE YOUR BUSINESS

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Selecting the best patch management software for your company

Its every business desire to have the right software in  order to protect its assets and importantly remain compliant. Patch management is an easy concept to understand, and it is the software that automates the process is an easy product to grasp. What’s difficult and requires insight, however, is the process through which a business purchases patch management software.

This article basically gives tips on the buying out process, explaining patch management process and even giving out few vendors that could best assist in addressing  management strategies.

The suitable patch management software for your business should offer many benefits beyond increased productivity and efficiency. It should helps companies remain secure from exploitation by hackers. This, in turn, can cause a great loss of assets.

Regulatory compliance is also another important area that can be secured with patch management tools. This enables businesses to give priority to certain operating systems and software in the patching process

To hence take advantage of the important and protections benefits that the software can offer, having a know how on how procure the right tool is substantial. Assessing the product’s usability, the systems it integrates with and how, and its features are just ways to ensure that the right patch management tool is chosen. Prioritizing a business needs means that a business is then ready to select the best patch management software for them.

TipsIn procuring the best  software, there is need to read and know about the different business use cases where an enterprise would need automated patch management tools, how they alleviate productivity and resource issues and can help mitigate risk. This will help achieve at a decision on the best software to go for.

patchIt’s important to learn on how to evaluate the software tools. These covers a wide range from cost to functionality. ESET Antivirus for example offers the cost of its products while also explaining their functionality to its customers for easier purchase. This helps an organization or company know which software to buy.

Selecting the right software means an organization must match up its patching strategy needs to vendors’ offerings, the systems tools which integrate with and the budget the business has set aside.

The most suitable software for an organization is then a software that closely matches its patch management and its overall strategies and within its budget. Follow this tips and get the best deal for your company.

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GOLDEN EYE RANSOMWARE ATTACK

wannacryIn the recent past, a ransomware known as WannaCry was detected  by ESET as Win32/Filecoder.WannaCryptor.D . WannaCry also was known as WannaCrypt or Wanna Decryptor has had effects on PCs all over the world. It estimated that the ransomware had affected over 50 countries since May of this year. However an what is termed as an advanced version of Wannacry was detected a few days ago by  ESET as Win32/Diskcoder.C Trojan. The ransomware is called Petya or The Golden Eye

 

goldenThe Petya malware attacks a computer’s MBR (master boot record), a key part of the startup system. If the malware successfully infects the MBR, (master boot record), it will encrypt the whole drive itself. The computer user then receives a message that the files have been encrypted, with a demand that a ransom be paid to release them.

 

 

induThe ransomware targets from industries to financial institutions, individual users, healthcare and governmental agencies. These not only resulted in the valuable loss of sensitive data but also abrupt crippling of businesses. Hence, users need to take utmost precaution to find all possible vulnerabilities in their network and use patch updates to safeguard any probable exploit.

ESET has however made this a story not to worry about anymore. With the Ransomware Shield, Network Attack Protection, and Cloud Malware Protection Systems, ESET ensures that there is use multilayered malware prevention and detection to keep criminals from holding your data hostage. It also prevents spread of ransomware by protecting against vulnerabilities for which a patch has not yet been released or deployed and analyzes submitted malware and provides results to endpoints without requiring an update.

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