If there were a way to inject internet straight into one’s bloodstream, ones and zeros would course through Bojan’s veins. Bojan eats, lives, and breathes online both professionally as a cybersecurity reporter and privately as an avid gamer. Bojan learned the dangers of malicious online agents the hard way. He fell victim to a ransomware attack that corrupted years’ worth of research data. The jolting experience made him realize that even the most experienced individuals can fall prey to criminals, if they forgo the basic tenets of online safety. He joined the DataProt team to inform the uninformed and help them avoid the mistakes that cost him a whole lot of stress.
Romanian hacker duo jailed
Members of the infamous Bayrob Group have been locked up after being found guilty by an Ohio court on 21 charges related to cybercrimes.  The two Romanian nationals, Bogdan Nicolescu and Radu Miclaus, ran the cybercrime ring out of Bucharest, infecting 400,000 computers with malware, and swindel
Vietnamese Hackers With Government Ties Target Auto Makers
Corporate espionage may have been the motive behind the hacking of networks belonging to leading global car manufacturers BMW and Hyundai. German media reported last week that the attacks are believed to have taken place earlier in the year, involving a group with alleged ties to the Vietnamese g
Who you gonna call? Check out the latest mobile phone usage statistics
Check out DataProt's guides for the best smartphone security software: Best VPN for Android Best VPN for iOS Best Antivirus for Android Do you remember how old you were when you got your first cell phone? If you were born in the 80s, chances are you didn’t get your hands on a mobile
Avast and AVG browser extensions caught collecting user data
Online security browser plug-ins created by Avast and AVG to protect users have been caught spying on them instead.    The culprits, Avast Online Security, Avast SafePrice, AVG Online Security, and AVG SafePrice, were found to be unnecessarily collecting vast amounts of data about users’ bro
Chat app Discord becomes the next generation Silk Road
The infamous dark web marketplace Silk Road might be dead, but its spirit has been resurrected in an unusual place - on a gaming chat app. CBS News recently discovered an underground ring of cybercriminals selling illegal goods through a gaming network called Discord. Crooks have set up private g
DOJ rolls out indictment against Russian ‘Evil Corp’ members
The US Department of Justice announced charges against two Russian nationals who are accused of developing the Dridex banking Trojan to steal more than $100 million. The indictment names Maksim Yakubets and Igor Turashev as members of a Russia-based cybercriminal group known as "Evil Corp." It
Browser statistics: Catching the best surf on the Web
Check out our list of the best VPN for Chrome. You don’t need to go far to surf. Or at least that’s the case if you’re prepared to surf waves of data, not water. Ever since Jean Armour Polly coined the phrase “surfing the internet” in 1992, we’ve all used it to describe the process
Microsoft contains most complex cryptomining malware
Microsoft has managed to significantly reduce the number of Windows PCs infected by a stealth cryptomining program after the malware infected more than 80,000 devices.  Dexphot uses the host computer to mine cryptocurrency for the hackers’ financial gain. It used a very complex attack vector a
Stantinko botnet used YouTube for cryptomining
A Slovakian cybersecurity firm has revealed that the Stantinko botnet, which has infected over 500,000 devices worldwide, is being used for mining Monero cryptocurrency via Youtube.  Slovakian antivirus software supplier Eset found that Stantinko botnet operators moved beyond fraud, stealing pas
Here are the 25 most dangerous software vulnerabilities
A system designed to identify software flaws has published an updated list of threats that need to be addressed by software developers, designers, and cybersecurity experts.  The list was compiled by Common Weakness Enumeration with support from the US Department of Homeland Security. It ranks t
California’s DMV makes millions by selling personal data
An investigation by Vice News found that the California Department of Motor Vehicles is earning over $50 million annually by selling personal information to so-called “commercial requesters.”  The data being sold contains information motorists provide to the DMV when applying for a driver’
Two Android SDKs caught collecting user data
If you used your Facebook or Twitter login on Android apps there is a pretty good chance your personal data ended up in the hands of third parties. OneAudience and Mobiburn are third-party software kits that allow integration of ads into Android apps. Many developers use these SDKs, which have be