Stories by Maria Korolov

Report: Cybercriminals prefer Skype, Jabber, and ICQ

The most popular instant messaging platforms with cyber criminals are Skype, Jabber and ICQ, according to a new report released this morning. Meanwhile, consumer-grade platforms like AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo IM have fallen out of favor, while newer, more secure consumer oriented platforms like Telegram and WhatsApp are also gaining popularity.

Maria Korolov | 19 Apr | Read more

Don't pay ransoms. But if you must, here's where to buy the Bitcoins

Ransomware grew into a $1 billion industry last year, and ransom payments now account for nearly 10 percent of the entire Bitcoin economy. Avoiding becoming part of that statistic requires good endpoint security and effective backups. But what if your defenses fail, your backups are inadequate, all attempts to restore the data fail, and you have to pay the ransom after all -- what do you do?

Maria Korolov | 04 Apr | Read more

McAfee is once again an independent company

Famed anti-virus vendor McAfee is an independent company again as the sale of the majority of the firm to private equity firm TPG became final this morning. All current McAfee personnel, including research analysts, sales teams and support staff will remain in place, and products and pricing will also stay the same.

Maria Korolov | 04 Apr | Read more

After Amazon outage, HealthExpense worries about cloud lock-in

Financial services companies as popular targets of cybercriminals for the obvious reason -- they're where the money's at. And health care companies have medical records, which are very valuable on the black market since the information there can be abused in so many ways, and doesn't expire. HealthExpense, which provides health care payment services to banks and their enterprise customers, straddles both worlds.

Maria Korolov | 31 Mar | Read more

Experts: US needs a federal CISO

Last week, the Trump administration announced the appointment of a White House cybersecurity coordinator. That's a good first step, security experts say, but the government also needs to have a federal CISO

Maria Korolov | 23 Mar | Read more

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