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Speaking at the Virus Bulletin Conference 2020: ‘One year later: Challenges for young anti-malware products today’

Source: https://vblocalhost.com/presentations/one-year-later-challenges-for-young-anti-malware-products-today/ A year ago, at VB2019 we presented for the first time an overview of how the anti-malware world looks from the perspective of a young company trying to enter the market: how they try to build products, how they try to enter the market, how they try to convert users, and what challenges they face in these activities. In this new paper we will present an overview of the situation for such a company after one year of experience. We will look at the situation from several angles: that of the consulting company helping them to build the product and enter the market that of working with certification companies regularly, checking the products for detection and performance that of working with Microsoft to make the company compliant and keep them compliant One year later, many still have a hard time understanding that the security market is no longer the Wild Wild West, but we also see that a lot of visible efforts are being made to improve. This means that compliance with ‘clean software’ regulations is becoming an issue. We will present some interesting statistics and compare data from the past with current data. The young companies still…

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My IT_SecurityNews account nominated for “Best tweeter” account in the European Cybersecurity Blogger Awards

European Cybersecurity Blogger Awards – VOTE FOR YOUR WINNERS: Vote here . Yes, it is a Google Form… but there is no malware or spam 🙂 Don’t forget to vote IT_SecurityNews! The seventh annual European Cybersecurity Blogger Awards sponsored by Qualys and powered by Eskenzi PR, will be bestowed upon the best cybersecurity bloggers, podcasters, Tweeters, Instagrammers and vloggers in a live virtual event on Tuesday 2nd June 2020. Visit IT Security news and the Twitter account.


A brief history of software vulnerabilities in vehicles

Car Hacking News Timeline 2017-2019 [1] 2019: Hack of an OEM’s automotive cloud via third-party services and tier-1 supplier network 2019: Memory vulnerability at a cloud provider exposed data incl. passwords, API keys, and tokens 2019: A malware infection caused significant production disruption at a car parts manufacturer 2019: Vehicle data exposed during registration allowed for remote denial-of-service attacks on cars 2019: Malware infected the back end, making laptops installed in police cars unusable 2018: An ex-employee breached the company network and downloaded large volumes of personal information 2018: Cloud servers hacked and used for cryptomining 2018: Researchers exploited vulnerabilities of some infotainment systems and gained control of microphones, speakers, and navigation systems 2018: Security issues discovered in 13 car-sharing apps 2018: Researchers demonstrated >10 vulnerabilities in various car models, gaining local and remote access to infotainment, telematics, and CAN buses 2018: EV home chargers could be controlled by accessing the home Wi-Fi network 2017: Rental car companies exposed personal data 2017: Ransomware caused the stop of production across several plants Car Hacking News Timeline 2002-2015 [2] 2015: Researchers remotely sent commands to the CAN bus of a specific car that had an OBD2 dongle installed to control the car’s…


People have started to read more about security !

Remember by Free eBook “Improve your security” available for free at https://www.improve-your-security.org ? It looks like I started to get more customers since the Corona Pandemic.     There are almost 1000 readers ! Go ahead and download your copy for free: https://www.improve-your-security.org/download/


How to stay safe when being exclusively online

EN https://www.europol.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/safe-at-home_final.pdf DE https://www.europol.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/safe-at-home_de.pdf RO https://www.europol.europa.eu/sites/default/files/documents/safe-at-home_ro.pdf More here: https://www.europol.europa.eu/activities-services/public-awareness-and-prevention-guides/make-your-home-cyber-safe-stronghold    Recommendations: Wi-Fi: always change the default router password Install antivirus software on all devices connected to the internet Choose strong and different passwords  for your email and social media accounts Review your apps’ permissions and delete those you don’t use Back up your data and run regular  software updates Secure electronic devices with passwords, PIN or biometric information Review the privacy  settings of your social media accounts Online shopping safety tips Buy from reliable online vendors and check individual ratings Think twice: if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is Use credit cards when shopping online for stronger customer protection Check your bank account often for suspicious activity   DO NOT: Reply to suspicious messages or calls Open links and attachments in unsolicited emails and text messages Share your bank card details or personal financial information Buy things online that seem to be sold out everywhere else Send money upfront to someone you don’t know Share news that doesn’t come from official sources Make donations to charities without double-checking their authenticity                              …


Interview in sputniknews.com: Experte zu Handy-Hacks: So kann man sich schützen

Experte zu Handy-Hacks: So kann man sich schützen TECHNIK 14:04 04.02.2020Zum Kurzlink Von Bolle Selke Die USA hacken das Handy von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel und Saudi-Arabien das von Amazon-Chef Jeff Bezos? Müssen sich also nur Prominente Sorgen um ihr Smartphone machen? Nein, sagt der IT-Experte Sorin Mustaca im Interview und erklärt, wie man sich schützen kann. Read here the original: https://de.sputniknews.com/technik/20200204326418590-handy-hacks-schutz/ Die USA hacken das Handy von Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel und Saudi-Arabien das von Amazon-Chef Jeff Bezos? Müssen sich also nur Prominente Sorgen um ihr Smartphone machen? Nein, sagt der IT-Experte Sorin Mustaca im Interview und erklärt, wie man sich schützen kann. – Herr Mustaca, dass sich Leute wie Jeff Bezos oder Angela Merkel Sorgen um die Sicherheit ihrer Handykommunikation machen müssen ist logisch, aber muss man sich auch als Privatperson darüber Gedanken machen? – „Ich denke schon. Das Geld oder die Vorteile, die man von einer Privatperson bekommt, sind genauso gut, wie die von anderen Quellen. Man darf nicht vergessen, dass jeder von uns ein duales Leben hat: als Privatperson und als Geschäftsperson – egal ob als Angestellter oder Selbstständiger. Ein Lebensteil beeinflusst den anderen, das ist immer so. Die Informationen, die jemand über unser Privatleben hat, beeinflussen daher auch das Geschäftsleben.“ – Immer wieder gibt…


Malicious emails sent in German on behalf of the Post

German users are receiving a lot of such spams these days: It is about a package which allegedly it has its transport costs not paid. (2 €). The user is invited to visit a page where he can be pay this. Verfolgen Sie Ihr Paket: DE3428632-19 STATUS: BEARBEITUNG – VERTEILERZENTRUM BERLIN – Transportkosten VON 2,00 € wurden nicht bezahlt LIEFERUNG ERFOLGT NACH BEZAHLUNG LIEFERKOSTEN BEZAHLEN Useless to say, this is not the usual way to deal with packages, so those which sent the spam have no idea how things work. The link goes to a page delivering a malicious payload.   This is how the email looks like:   Observe the blue marked items. The spammers are either lacking skills, or they think that the users are idiots, or are themselves idiots. The body of the email is one single line of Base64 encoded text. It appears to be sent from an AWS account.     Received: from domain.com (ec2-52-193-124-80.us-west-1.compute.amazonaws.com [35.181.165.41]) by mx.google.com with ESMTP id d8si40042704pgv.61.2019.07.23.01.00.43 for ; Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:43:25 -0500 (EST) Received: from smtp.J51G83V9.org (enr2-mrelay-01.ad4123fb38497b9631680eea23dbd0b2.org. ) by mx.google.com with ESMTP id t6si5997511qvm.25.2019.02.12.06.38.06 for ; Fri, 24 Jan 2020 12:43:25 -0500 (EST) Received: from pdr8-services-05v.prod.J51G83V9.org (HELO…


Products of big security companies flagged as deceptors by Appesteem

Appesteem maintains the Deceptor list, a list of programs who do not respect their requirements. The deceptor list contains most of the time emergent products who want to make $$$ very fast by using some gray-area techniques. I personally have never seen a product of any established company in this list.   To my surprize, while working on the VB Conference paper described in the previous post , I saw two products: Avast Driver Updater since August 5 :   There is a bunch of AV companies already blocking the installer/app from running: Dr.Web ESET K7 Malwarebytes Panda Sophos Trend Micro VirIT Webroot Microsoft      AVG TuneUp Premium since June 4th: There is a bunch of AV companies already blocking the installer/app from running: AegisLab BitDefender Emsisoft GData Ikarus Symantec Microsoft   They are both violating the ACR-004. ACR-004:App offers an ongoing subscription service, but does not offer free fixes for the free scan results shown. For Driver Update utility, it can ask for one time fix payment, but not the term based service payment.   If we see the submission date, it is clear that these are no mistakes: they are business models and the companies are not…


My presentation “Challenges for young anti-malware products today” accepted at the Virus Bulletin 2019 Conference in London

I am happy to inform everybody that my presentation “Challenges for young anti-malware products today” was accepted at the Virus Bulletin 2019 Conference in London. This is the abstract: “There are two categories of anti-malware vendors: Established anti-malware vendors, who are preoccupied with getting the best scores in detection tests and capturing more market share. Emerging anti-malware vendors, who are trying to understand what they need to do in order to enter the market. This paper is about the second category of companies: those who are trying to enter the market either because they have identified a small market segment which they think they can serve, or simply because they’ve heard they can make some easy money. None of these emergent companies actually know what it takes to make a ‘real’ anti-virus product. They try to enter the market by creating some software that detects malware using a third-party scanning engine and soon realize that things are much more complicated than estimated: they face a multitude of problems they don’t understand and realize that there are more who want to see them fail than who are able and willing to help them. In this paper I will discuss some of…


Interview with the SafetyDetective.com

” Aviva Zacks of Safety Detective sat down with cybersecurity expert Sorin Mustaca. She learned that his company is helping to both educate customers and provide them with solutions to combat cyberthreats. ” Read the entire text here: https://www.safetydetectives.com/blog/interview-sorin-mustaca/   Safety Detective has made it to the “In the news” page.


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