Why every Android user should take the Stagefright leak very seriously

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A vulnerability in Android called Stagefright was exposed at the 2015 Black Hat conference in early August. You may have heard of it, if only because the media frenzy that followed claimed that hundreds of millions of phones could be hacked with a single text – but is any of that true? If that were the case, surely Google, the developer of the popular operating system, would have fixed it by now…right?

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Emsisoft Receives “Top Rated” Certification from AV-Comparatives

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AV-Comparatives is one of the most reputed, independent antivirus testing organizations. At the end of each year they release a summary report to comment on the performance of all the tested security programs, based on the product’s performance throughout the year. We are proud to announce that Emsisoft was classified as one of the few “top rated” products this year, receiving five advanced+ awards in total.

Consistent Advanced+ Protection

Emsisoft is top rated this year, with five advanced+ awards. It impressed us with it’s completely new user interface

Advanced+ is the highest rating issued by AV-Comparatives to the best performing, top tier security products. We are definitely very happy to be in that category. Consistency has always been one of our top priorities and the five advanced+ awards we received this year reflects that. We have received advanced+ ratings in the following categories :

You can view the AV-Comparatives chart for details and other categories tested. –

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New Ransomware Alert: CryptoLocker copycat PClock discovered

Ransomware CryptoLocker was one of the most infamous malware families of the years 2013 and 2014 and although the operation behind the original CryptoLocker malware family has been dismantled in 2014, it’s still a name that frightens a lot of users and system administrators alike. It is therefore not surprising that other malware authors try to capitalize on CryptoLocker’s reputation by releasing copycats.

One of the most recent copycats that we became aware of is a ransomware named PClock that showed up just a day ago. Unlike CryptoLocker though, which was a somewhat complex and sophisticated piece of malware, PClock is quite primitive by nature.

72-hour countdown timer to pay USD$300 ransom

Like all file encrypting ransomware (also known as crypto malware) PClock’s main goal is to encrypt important files on the victim’s system in order to compel them to pay a ransom in return for their files. Like CryptoLocker it gives the user a 72-hour ultimatum to pay the ransom of 1 bitcoin (approximately USD $300). Otherwise it claims to destroy the keys required to decrypt the user’s files:



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