Jaromír Hořejší

18 July 2016

The evolution of the Retefe banking Trojan

Three weeks ago, we published a blog post about the Retefe banking Trojan, which targeted banking customers in the United Kingdom. The Trojan steals login credentials and other personal information. Retefe is usually spread via a phishing email. The email contains a document, which is embedded with malicious JavaScript and user interaction is needed to activate the Trojan.

Another UK bank, the Smile online bank, has recently been added to the list of affected banks.

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Threat Research

Gracie Roberts

18 July 2016

5 questions with: Marek Chrenko

Get to know one of our mobile devs!

Get to know Marek Chrenko in the following Q&A.

Marek Chrenko came to Avast in the summer of 2014, when the mobile development startup Inmite joined the Avast team. Originally an Android developer, Marek started developing iOS products last year.

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Corporate News

Deborah Salmi

15 July 2016

Pokémon Go real-world safety guide

Gotta catch 'em all -- stay safe while doing so!

The Pokémon Go augmented reality game has swept across the USA and is now continuing its journey around the world. Society has grown accustomed to people's noses being stuck in their smartphones all the time, but Pokémon Go brings the addiction to new levels.

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Security News

Stefanie Smith

14 July 2016

Mr. Robot Review: unm4sk-pt1.tc and unm4sk-pt2.tc

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Image via: USA Network @whoismrrobot

The two-part premiere of season two of Mr. Robot did not disappoint! The episodes focused more on the current state of the main characters than on hacking and a lot has changed since season one.

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Security News

Stefanie Smith

13 July 2016

What we can learn from the hacks on season one of Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot is coming back to USA Network on Wednesday, July 13th at 9/10 pm Central (tonight!) for its second season and I cannot wait (especially since I missed Sunday's sneak preview)! Season one was full of complex hacks that were, for the most part, accurately portrayed. By speaking to various Avast experts, I learned a lot about the hacks on the show last summer and how they could affect consumers like you and I.

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Image via: USA Network @whoismrrobot

Here’s a recap of what we learned from the hacks in season one of Mr. Robot:

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Security News

Stefanie Smith

12 July 2016

What businesses can learn about cybersecurity from season one of Mr. Robot

Season one of last summer’s hit new TV show, Mr. Robot, was filled with interesting and, for the most part, accurately portrayed hacks. The hacks were carried out by the show’s main character Elliot and hacker group fsociety. Their goal throughout the season was to take down the multi-national conglomerate, E Corp.

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Image via: USA Network @whoismrrobot

Although the hacks on the show were rather complex and to a certain extent elaborate, there are a few things SMBs can learn from them.

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SMB/Business

Alexej Savčin

11 July 2016

Tools deliver false promises to YouTubers and Gamers

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If you have a YouTube account and are an aspiring YouTube star, you may have wondered if there’s an easy way to speed up the slow process of raising your channel to the top. If you’re a slow-moving gamer looking for a simple way to advance your skills, you may have wished for coins to make more in game purchases and progress. If you search the Internet, you will definitely find websites with good advice on how to promote your content and even tips on how to create good videos and how to improve your gaming abilities.

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Threat Research

Vincent Steckler

7 July 2016

Avast and AVG: A Future Together

 


AVG_logo-407516-edited.jpgAs many of you know, there are two security companies that often get confused: Avast and AVG. Shortly after I started as CEO almost 8 years ago, I remember giving a presentation to a large audience about Avast. About an hour later, a gentleman walked up to me and complimented me on how good the presentation was and how he enjoyed hearing about AVG. That was my first lesson in how easy the companies are to confuse.

This confusion is because the companies are so very similar. Both company names start with the letters “AV”. Both started in the late 1980s and were amongst the first few companies formed to fight the viruses and malware nearly 30 years ago.  Both are historically Czech: Avast was founded in Prague and is still based there while AVG was historically in Brno, the two largest cities in the Czech Republic. Both pioneered the free distribution of top quality security products (although to be honest, I must admit that AVG was first and we followed). Both make great security products. Both are innovators with world class R&D teams. Both have most of their users outside of their home Czech market. Both have had similar user bases for many years: about 200M each. And most importantly, both treat their users with respect and consequently each has a large and loyal user base. One slight difference though is that while Avast is a private company, AVG is public and listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Corporate News

Stefanie Smith

6 July 2016

Permission to punch the presidential candidates

The 2016 U.S. presidential primaries are well under way and the candidates are a hot topic in the media, social media and in real life discussions. With all the buzz, I was curious to see how Android app developers are taking advantage of the candidate’s popularity and what permissions the apps request.  So with this mission in mind, I started downloading and testing these apps.

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Mobile Security

Gracie Roberts

1 July 2016

Stay free of online threats this Independence Day weekend

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Happy (early) Independence Day! To most Americans, the 4th of July means fireworks, great food and celebrating the country’s birthday alongside family and friends.

To make the most out of this year’s holiday, it’s important to take the necessary measures to stay safe online and free of digital threats.

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Security News