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Watch out! There are hidden dangers lurking in your PDFs
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malware
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advanced persistent threat protection
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email security
PDFs' convenience inadvertently aiding cybercriminals: Avast researchers reveal PDF files increasingly exploited to distribute malware and carry out scams.
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One wrong click can devastate your small business: so what can you do?
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advanced persistent threat protection
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compliance
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cybersecurity
Small businesses can fortify cybersecurity, bolster compliance, and support employee productivity with web domain and content filtering tools like Avast Business Web Control.
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BianLian turns to extortion after decryptor released, reveals Avast
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cybersecurity
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powershell
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threat intelligence
After Avast releases a BianLian decryptor, the hacking group resorts to extortion-only operations, exploiting vulnerabilities like TeamCity servers, reports GuidePoints.
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Avast thwarts 10 billion cyber attacks, reveals new threats
Fri, 23rd Feb 2024
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phishing
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email security
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ai
Avast blocks 10 billion cyber threats, highlighting an alarming surge in new threats as cyber attackers find innovative ways to exploit trusted digital mediums.
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Unseen surge in cyber attacks blocked by Avast in 2023
Thu, 8th Feb 2024
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phishing
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email security
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digital entertainment
Avast blocked 10 billion cyberattacks in 2023, up 49% on the prior year, with cybercriminals deploying sophisticated methods including deepfake scams and exploiting PDF files and Google OAuth to steal user information.
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Over 4,000 fraudulent e-shops mimic post-Christmas sales
Tue, 9th Jan 2024
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cybersecurity
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avast
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online shopping
Fraudulent e-shops imitating popular fashion brands have exploited post-Christmas sales to steal personal and payment data from unsuspecting shoppers.
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Avast warns of AI-driven scams in Q3 Threat Report ahead of holiday season
Fri, 17th Nov 2023
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smartphones
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malware
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technology gifts
Avast's Q3 Threat Report reveals a surge in cyber threats, including adware, spyware, finance scams and AI-driven dating scams, during the holiday season.
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Gen supports cyber safety for small businesses through the Avast business portfolio
Fri, 8th Sep 2023
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firewall
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network security
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breach prevention
The Gen portfolio of solutions for small businesses will help small businesses and scale to stay ahead of the latest cyber threats.
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Cyber threat risks reach three-year high – Avast
Wed, 16th Aug 2023
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phishing
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email security
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cybersecurity
Avast telemetry shows phishing and scams focused on human manipulation account for over 75% of all desktop detections.
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Social engineering biggest threat to online safety - Avast
Fri, 11th Aug 2023
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cios
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online security
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privacy
The Avast Q2 Threat Report found that over 75% of all threat detections on desktops were attributed to scams, phishing, and malvertising.
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Avast launches free cybersecurity training for SMBs
Thu, 10th Aug 2023
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cybersecurity
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it training
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cios
Avast has launched a free Cybersecurity Training Quiz for SMBs, aiming to educate employees about online threats.
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Criminals preying on generosity to steal donations: Avast
Fri, 7th Jul 2023
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phishing
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email security
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cybersecurity
Avast researchers have identified a video campaign from an organisation claiming to be collecting money for sick children, which are actually scam sites.
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Phishing preys on known brands such as Microsoft and Adobe - report
Fri, 5th May 2023
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microsoft
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phishing
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martech
Overall, two out of three threats people encounter online today use social engineering techniques, taking advantage of human weaknesses, the report finds.
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Avast uncovers new scam scaring employees into paying big
Thu, 20th Apr 2023
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email security
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ransomware
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breach prevention
New scam impersonating ransomware gangs threatens to sell stolen company data if employees don't respond, warns Avast.
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Rapid7 appoints Jaya Baloo as Chief Security Officer
Mon, 20th Mar 2023
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advanced persistent threat protection
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cybersecurity
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cyber threats
Jaya Baloo was appointed as the Chief Security Officer of Rapid7, bringing over 20 years of experience in Information Security to the role.
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Increased risk for detrimental damage caused by ransomware gangs
Thu, 15th Dec 2022
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ransomware
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data protection
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cybersecurity
There is an increased risk of ransomware attacks in 2023 threatening to leak people's and businesses’ valuable data if ransom demands aren’t paid.
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Norton LifeLock now Gen Digital after Avast merger
Tue, 8th Nov 2022
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cybersecurity
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avast
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m&a
Norton LifeLock rebrands to Gen Digital Inc after its merger with Avast, aiming to pioneer digital empowerment.
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Cybergangs are recruiting and rewarding supporters
Tue, 8th Nov 2022
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ransomware
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cybersecurity
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avast
Cyber gangs are enlisting and rewarding supporters, says Avast report, revealing an increase in PC adware and Raccoon Stealer activity.
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3 in 5 New Zealanders report spike in attempted scams
Fri, 26th Aug 2022
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email security
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endpoint protection
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edr
More than a third (35%) of New Zealanders encounter scams on a weekly basis, according to research commissioned by Avast.
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Avast reveals zero-day exploits targeting Chrome and Microsoft
Fri, 12th Aug 2022
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cloud services
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malware
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microsoft
Avast, released its Q2/2022 Threat Report today, revealing a significant increase in global ransomware attacks, up 24% from Q1/2022.
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Avast One extends protection with Online Safety Score
Tue, 9th Aug 2022
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apple
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smartphones
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malware
Avast One has extended its cross-platform support by adding its Online Safety Score feature to both the Mac and iOS platforms of Avast One.
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Cybersecurity disconnect between digitally free and unfree countries
Wed, 20th Jul 2022
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cybersecurity
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cyber risk
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avast
People in countries with more digital freedom face fewer cybersecurity risks and stronger privacy regulations.
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Minors using Discord servers to spread malware for cash
Wed, 20th Jul 2022
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ransomware
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malware
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servers
Online community of minors found creating and spreading malware, using dedicated Discord servers as discussion boards, according to Avast.
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NZ Windows users at risk of devastating cyber attacks
Wed, 6th Apr 2022
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cybersecurity
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windows
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avast
New Zealand businesses face devastating cyber attacks, with a 14.22% chance of encountering a threat, warns Avast's 2021 Global PC Risk Report.