ESET receives Bronze Award in the 2017 Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice Awards for Endpoint Protection Platforms 0 931

This week, ESET is extremely proud to announce that it is the Bronze Award Winner of the 2017 Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice Awards for Endpoint Protection Platforms (EPP).

Awards for top customer-rated companies

The Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice Awards are well recognised across the industry and aim to identify the companies that customers like the most. Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice Awards for Endpoint Protection Platforms are the result of verified end user reviews of enterprise-grade users.

The awards are a ranking of vendors by verified end-user professionals – which includes IT professionals or business users who have had experience purchasing, implementing and/or using the enterprise solution they are reviewing. The awards take into account both the number of end-user reviews, and the overall user ratings.

In this particular category, Gartner states that EPP “provides a collection of security capabilities to protect PCs, smartphones and tablets. EPP is an integrated solution that has the following capapabilites: anti-malware, personal firewall, port and device control.”*

Praise across the board

116 end-users reviews awarded ESET Endpoint Security an overall score of 4.7 out of 5 across all criteria including product capabilities, integration and deployment, service and support, and customer experience. As a result, ESET placed within the top four cyber-security companies offering the best endpoint security solutions on market based on end user reviews.

“We are honoured to receive this Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice Award and we believe it is a true testament to the quality products we provide our customers,” said Jeronimo Varela, Director of Global Sales. “AT ESET, we believe every person and business should be able to enjoy technology safely and we pride ourselves on offering solutions that allow them to do just that. In our opinion, to have near perfect reviews, across the board, from end-user professionals shows we are delivering on what we set out to.”

To read more about the Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice Awards, please click here.

Gartner press release, Winners Announced for the Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice Awards for Endpoint Protection Platforms, October 13, 2017. https://www.gartner.com/newsroom/id/3807164

 

Gartner Peer Insights Customer Choice Awards are determined by the subjective opinions of individual end-user customers based on their own experiences, the number of published reviews on Gartner Peer Insights and overall ratings for a given vendor in the market, as further described here http://www.gartner.com/reviews-pages/peer-insights-customer-choice-awards/ and are not intended in any way to represent the views of Gartner or its affiliates.

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Time to change your Twitter password 0 563

Twitter Password

An internal bug exposed the passwords of an undisclosed number of the more than 330 million Twitter users.

Twitter CTO Parag Agrawal announced that it was a “bug that stored passwords unmasked in an internal log”. He went on to state “we have fixed the bug and our investigation shows no indication of breach or misuse”.

The Social Media platform are insisting that there is no sign of danger and that there is no reason to believe that the passwords were exposed outside of the organisation. However, they are still advising users to change their Twitter passwords and those of any other online service using the same password.

Some additional password tips from Twitter include enabling two-factor authentication and also using a password manager to create a strong and unique password for every individual online service.

Approximately US $150,000 worth of Ethereum-based cryptocurrency stolen 0 635

Online cryptocurrency website MyEtherWallet.com has confirmed that some visitors could have been temporarily redirected to a phishing site designed to steal users’ credentials and – ultimately – empty their cryptocurrency wallets.

According to reports, whoever was behind the attack may have successfully stolen approximately US $152,000 worth of Ethereum-based cryptocurrency.

However,  MyEtherWallet may not have been at fault, as the website explained in its statement:

“This is not due to a lack of security on the [MyEtherWallet] platform. It is due to hackers finding vulnerabilities in public facing DNS servers.”

British security researcher Kevin Beaumont confirms in a blog post that some of MyEtherWallet’s traffic had been redirected to a server based in Russia after traffic intended for Amazon’s DNS resolvers was pointed to a server hosted in Chicago by Equinix.

For the scheme to succeed, someone pulled off a hijack of a crucial component of the internet known as Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), to reroute traffic intended for Amazon’s Route 53 DNS service to the server in Chicago. As a consequence, for some users, entering myetherwallet.com into their browser did not take them to the genuine site but instead to a server at an IP address chosen by the hackers.

The only obvious clue that a typical user might have spotted was that when they visited the fake MyEtherWallet site they would have seen an error message telling them that the site was using an untrustworthy SSL certificate.

It seems that the attackers made a mistake in not obtaining a valid SSL certificate.

Despite the error with their SSL certificate, the hackers haven’t done badly for themselves – both in this attack and in the past. Fascinatingly, the bogus MyEtherWallet website set up by the criminals was moving stolen cryptocurrency into a wallet which already contained some US $27 million worth of assets. Inevitably that raises questions of its own – have the hackers already made a substantial fortune through other attacks, or might their activities be supported by a nation state?

In a statement Equinix confirmed that a customer’s equipment at its Chicago data center was used in the hackers’ hijacking of Amazon’s Route 53 DNS service:

“The server used in this incident was not an Equinix server but rather customer equipment deployed at one of our Chicago IBX data centers… We generally do not have visibility or control over what our customers – or customers of our customers – do with their equipment.”

Amazon however, do not find the blame to lie on themselves, communicating the following statement:

“Neither AWS nor Amazon Route 53 were hacked or compromised. An upstream Internet Service Provider (ISP) was compromised by a malicious actor who then used that provider to announce a subset of Route 53 IP addresses to other networks with whom this ISP was peered. These peered networks, unaware of this issue, accepted these announcements and incorrectly directed a small percentage of traffic for a single customer’s domain to the malicious copy of that domain.”

Some advice from award winning security blogger, researcher and speaker, Graham Cluley – avoid putting your cryptocurrency wallet online, keep them off your smartphone or computer and perhaps instead invest in a hardware wallet.