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PCR’s guide to PC gaming components Despite fast adoption of IoT, 72% don’t know how to protect their smart devices

Despite fast adoption of IoT, 72% don't know how to protect their smart devices

66 per cent of consumers are worried about hacks and breaches against their IoT devices, and 72 per cent don’t know how to protect themselves from these risks, according to new research from BullGuard.

The mobile and internet security provider surveyed over 6,000 UK residents, finding that 34 per cent have already experienced a security incident or privacy problem.

The report reveals that 78 per cent of consumers expressed concern about security risks such as viruses, malware and hackers, while 66 per cent of consumers expressed concern over data collected by device manufacturers being inappropriately used or stolen. 57 per cent of consumers are also anxious about privacy breaches.

Read More by Laura Barnes

Chinese mobe market suffers pre-pwned Android pandemic

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Amazingly, it might not even be the Chinese government causing it

Security researchers have discovered more examples of pre-installed malware on Android smartphones.

G DATA found that more than two dozen phones from different manufacturers were already compromised straight out of the box.

Kit from manufacturers including Huawei, Lenovo and Xiaomi have pre-installed espionage functions in the firmware. G DATA suspects that middlemen modified the device software to steal user data and inject their own advertising to earn money.

Other possibilities include unintentional infection through compromised dehttp://www.amlltd.co.uk/wp-admin/post-new.phpvices in the supply chain (a problem which affected Vodafone Spain back in 2010) or intentional interference by government spies. Many of the models implicated in the malfeasance sell well in China.

The pre-pwned device issue has become a perennial problem for privacy-conscious smartphone users. Sticking to the Play Store, avoiding dodgy websites and following common-sense security precautions are no help in such cases.

Read More by John Leyden

Ransomware crims earning $1m a year – report

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Monthly campaign would generate $90,000 in revenue and cost only $5,900, Trustwave estimates

Cybercriminals can expect to bank $84,100 (£54,400) in profit from a typical monthly ransomware campaign, according to Trustwave, equivalent to an annual pay packet of just over $1m.

In its latest annual threat report, the security vendor estimated that a large-scale, 30-day ransomware campaign would generate proceeds of $90,000, with an investment of only $5,900 required.

With an estimated return on investment of 1,425 per cent, the spoils of an opportunistic attack can be greater than those from the targeted attacks that have dominated headlines in recent years, Trustwave said.

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