[Press Release] Top Cybercrime Trends and Predictions for 2015, Curated by ESET

December 30, 2014

ESET’s global research team unveils the top security risks for 2015.

MUMBAI, India – December 30, 2014

ESET, a global pioneer in proactive protection for more than two decades, has compiled and published a summary of the top cybercrime trends and predictions for 2015. These highlights are explored in further detail in ESET’s Cybercrime Trends & Predictions 2015report. While last year’s focus was on internet privacy and Android malware, new areas of InfoSecurity risks are bubbling to the top in 2015.

“As infrastructure in Asia-Pacific region improves steadily, an increasing number of consumers are adopting technology for day-to-day tasks. Online retail is a great example of this – it’s estimated to be a $525.5B industry in the region. Online banking, mobile wallets, and wearable devices too are poised for similar growth and impact.  As more consumers and devices connect to the internet, the risk of cybercrime is also increasing. It’s vital that we remain vigilant and continue to take proactive measures to secure our data and online activities. With the right security solutions in place, it’s possible to stay protected and feel confident online”said Parvinder Walia, Sales Director for APAC at ESET.

Targeted attacks on the rise

Targeted attacks continue to become more sophisticated in 2015. Often referred to as Advanced Persistent Threats (APT), they differentiate from traditional cyber attacks. Designed to silently target a specific victim, these targeted attacks can often lurk undetected on less secure networks.

The attack vector for targeted attacks most commonly takes advantage of social engineering attacks,”said Pablo Ramos, head of the research lab at ESET Latin America. “This is where psychological manipulation is used to encourage potential victims into performing actions or divulging confidential information. Attacks also take the form of zero-day exploits, where attacks exploit newly discovered vulnerability on a particular operating system or application.”

During 2014, ESET’s We Live Security blog published a number of deep dives into targeted attacks, such as BlackEnergy campaign and the Operation Windigo.

Digital payment systems attract more malware

“As users begin to adopt online payment systems as a means to pay for services and goods, these systems become more attractive to malware authors interested in financial gain,” continuedRamos.

2014 saw the largest known digital payment attack to date, with a hacker reportedly harvesting more than $600,000 USD in Bitcoins and Dogecoins by using a network of infected machines.

ESET reported about attacks against the Dogevault site in May, where users of the popular online wallet reported unauthorised withdrawals from their accounts before the site was forced to go offline when attackers destroyed site data. An estimated value of $56,000 USD was stolen from Dogevault online wallet users.

We have also seen brute-force attacks, such as Win32/BrutPOS, that attempted to access password-protected accounts by hammering them with popular passwords to gain remote access – a reminder to us all to use strong, unique passwords.

Internet Of Things – new toys for hackers

As new devices connect to the Internet and store more data, they also become an attractive attack vector for cybercriminals. During 2014, we have seen more evidence of this growing trend, like attacks on cars shown on Defcon conference using the ECU devices, or the Tesla car that was hacked to open doors while in motion.

Attacks and proof of concepts were also shown on several SMART TVs, Boxee TV devices, biometric systems on smartphones, routers – not to mention Google glasses.

This is an emerging space for cybercrime and should remain an area of focus for security industry,” added Camilo Gutierrez, Senior Security Researcher at ESET Latin America. “While it may take years to become a serious prevalent threat, we must act now to better prevent these types of attacks.”

More information

The full report is now available on WeLiveSecurity.com.

You can read the report here.

ESET has also published a webinar focused on the security lessons learned in 2014. This webinar is geared at helping businesses set their security posture in the forthcoming year.

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About ESET

Founded in 1992, ESET is a global provider of security solutions for businesses and consumers. ESET’s flagship products ESET NOD32 Antivirus, ESET Smart Security and ESET Cyber security for Mac are trusted by millions of global users. ESET NOD32 Antivirus holds the world record for the number of Virus Bulletin “VB100” Awards, and has never missed a single “In-the-Wild” worm or virus since the inception of testing in 1998.

The Company has global headquarters in Bratislava (Slovakia), with regional distribution headquarters in San Diego (U.S.), Buenos Aires (Argentina), and Singapore. ESET has malware research centers in Bratislava, San Diego, Buenos Aires, Prague (Czech Republic), Krakow (Poland), Montreal (Canada), Moscow (Russia), and an extensive partner network in 180 countries.

In India ESET products are exclusively supplied and supported by “ESS Distribution Pvt Ltd”.The sales of ESET products are executed through the Channel Partners across India. Website: www.esetnod32.in

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Antec continues its Era of Warranty Extension Campaign for select range of PSUs in India

December 30, 2014

Antec customers can now avail the extended warranty on select models in the BP, VP and Neo Eco Series of PSUs. Upgraded warranty period has a one year extension; valid till 31st December 2015. Customers get maximum reassurance about the robust Antec quality in PSUs from this campaign.

MUMBAI, India – December 29, 2014 

Antec Inc. the global leader in high-performance computer components power supplies and mobile accessories today announced the additional warranty extension of 1 year on select models in the BP, VP and New Eco Series and also added some of the new models of PSUs under the campaign umbrella. With this campaign Antec continues its dedication of commitment to quality products and services, gains trust and confidence from its most valued customers and channel partners. 

Antec

The BP, VP & NeoECO series PSUs offer the solid quality which customers tend to expect from Antec at an incredible price range. These PSUs are highly efficient and reliable, making it a solid power supply for the entry-level power users or the budget minded system builder. These entry level and mainstream solutions give everything a user seeks in a power supply units.

Scheme details 

Series Models Warranty
Antec BP Series PSU BP300P, BP 350PS, BP 400PX, BP 450 PS 2 + 1
Antec VP  Series PSU VP450P, VP550P, VP650P 2 + 2
Antec NEO ECO C Series PSU NeoECO 520C, NeoECO 620C 3 + 2

In order to avail the Extended Warranty Campaign benefit, the customer has to register and upload the scanned copy after the purchase of any of the above mentioned PSU models on http://www.antecindia.co.in.  Antec India will scrutinize the customer’s registration for verification which may take few days for the completion. Customer will receive an email from Antec stating the verification status and the hardcopy of the email has to be kept as a documentary proof of the valid warranty extension. For any warranty issues, customer can contact the local dealer from where the product has been purchased. For escalation customer can write to indiainfo@antec.com

Kevan Li, Business Head – India at Antec Inc said, “In 2013, our Warranty Extension campaign began and received a very good response. To thank all our valued customers and partners, we decided to further benefit our customers by including some more products under the warranty extension in current year. Customers can now avail the benefit of this campaign till December 2015.  These warranty echoes the level of quality and care taken in manufacturing the quality rich Antec PSUs.”

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About Antec Inc.

Since 1986, Antec, Inc. has been the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, being the pioneer and market leader for quiet, efficient and innovative products such as the P280 and SOLO II enclosures as well as for their award-winning PSUs having the lowest returns in the industry.

Antec continues to further the industry with performance-rich enclosures, efficient power supplies, reliable cooling components, the cutting-edge Antec Advance accessories line, and the Antec Mobile Products (A.M.P). Antec is headquartered in Fremont, California, with additional offices in The Netherlands, Germany, China and Taiwan.

To know more, please visit: www.antecindia.co.in  Find Antec Inc on Facebook


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