15/12/03

Do you use anti virus software on your computer? Have you ever been attacked by a virus regardless? Or maybe there’s this annoying pop-up advertisement which keeps haunting you and you don’t know how to get rid of it?

Here’s what Marcin Kleczynski, the CEO of Malwarebytes and a rising star in cyber security, has to say about cyber threats and how we can stay ahead of them.

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Glossary

  • ransom – a sum of money demanded or paid for the release of a captive
  • hostage – a person seized or held as security for the fulfilment of a condition
  • ransomware – a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid
  • malvertising – (from “malicious advertising”) is the use of online advertising to spread malware
  • sanitise – make clean and hygienic
  • malicious – characterized by malice; intending or intended to do harm
  • fall for something – to believe that a trick or a joke is true
  • beef up – to add strength or substance to something

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Think about it

Answer the questions below. Pause at times indicated in brackets.

  • What are some new cyber threats facing us today? (2:00)
  • What are the biggest digital threats facing us today? (3:40)
  • What does Marcin say about scams? (4:30)
  • What can users do to protect themselves from hackers? (5:58)
  • What should businesses do to stay ahead of hackers’ attacks?

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Practice makes perfect

Fill in the blank spaces with the missing words. Put ONE word in each space.

 

If there’s one place ____ the impact of cybercrime is ____ felt recently, it’s in ____ UK.

The recent TalkTalk hack has dominated headlines, and showed in lurid detail how ____ major hack not ____ has a big impact on customers, _____ also its effect on business value as ____ whole. ____ this reason, it seemed like an interesting time for me to visit.

The main reason ____ my trip to London was to host a roundtable discussion with key cybersecurity journalists ____ the topic of malvertising.

The discussion centered on how, despite it ____ a relatively old threat vector, the bad guys are still innovating and infecting lots of people and businesses through malicious ads.

Regular readers of our Malwarebytes Unpacked blog will know this is something we are hot on, and we will continue to expose these campaigns to keep people and businesses safe. Our senior security researcher, Jerome Segura, joined the discussion to share some eye-opening detail ____ the latest malvertising and exploit techniques.

Source: https://blog.malwarebytes.org/news/2015/11/london-and-dublin-calling-on-a-mission-in-the-uk-and-ireland/ 

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