And if you are infected, act fast but stay calm.
This winged horse is no myth. The Israeli-born spyware exploited a major vulnerability in WhatsApp to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other mobile devices. Targets received video or voice calls from an unknown number—and even if they ignored them, Pegasus gained access. Once inside, it provided a gateway to everything on the phone, including text messages and location. The Indian government has been accused of using the malware to spy on journalists and activists, but denies all charges.
Protection: Emigrate to a small island with no WiFi or government, or always update your operating system to the latest version. Both Apple and Google have released fixes for Pegasus.
It sounds like a kindly German grandfather, but this new malware for Android can drain your bank account. It automatically breaks into banking and cryptocurrency apps installed on your phone and steals funds. And it doesn’t stop there: Gustuff then spreads by texting the contacts on your phone.
Protection: Don’t click on links in text messages, even if those messages have been sent from a friend! Check with your WhatsApp contact first. Plus, download a trusted antivirus for Android.
Most of us have used WinRAR to extract compressed files, but for all the years it’s been around, it’s hidden a vulnerability… Cybercriminals can create compressed files that use WinRAR to inject malware directly into a Windows operating system. If have you WinRAR, patch it right away, and remember that WinRAR doesn’t update automatically! Carry out a manual update to stay safe.
Protection: Keep all devices up to date with the latest patches.
Here’s one for the ladies: In July, Capital One announced that it had suffered a data breach that impacted tens of millions of credit card applicants. Users’ banking information, including transaction history, credit scores, and addresses were stolen. It’s one of the largest hacks of a financial institution in history. Software engineer and Capital One employee Paige Thompson has been charged with the attack.
With damages racking up an average of $3.86 million per data breach, cybersecurity is a top priority for organizations across the globe. But it’s up to every one of us to wage a daily battle and keep ourselves safe. Sadly, we’re often our own worst enemy as we click on links and attachments that can infect our devices, and leave systems outdated and vulnerable. Why not implement a comprehensive defense strategy today? You can start here—it’s free.