In the midst of a political crisis in the country, one of the problems that causes more controversy in the Brazilian Congress is the game. Legalization of the game beyond the leap of faith in the lottery cause divisions in the House and the Senate and walk in a hurry without any consensus on the horizon. A bill pending in the Senate intends to legalize the casinos, bingos and even the famous game of animals (jogo do bicho). The proposal is one between more than 10 that wanted to release the games of chance. The legalization of the game in Brazil, suspended for more thanRead More →

Methbot revenue compared to other ad fraud operations revenues.

On December 20, researchers from White Ops reported that a scheme dubbed “Methbot,” is a Russian operation set up to watch up to 300 million video-based adverts automatically every day. Their research has uncovered a bot farm that is estimated to be fraudulently stealing millions in revenue from online video advertising companies. The operation was named “Methbot” by the New York-based security firm because of actual references to meth in the bots code. The Russian run bot uses an army of automated web browsers executed from fraudulently acquired IP addresses to deliver as many as 300 million fake video ad plays a day, tricking advertisers to pay for views thatRead More →

Russian President Vladimir Putin was personally involved in efforts to intervene in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, NBC News reported, citing two unnamed “senior U.S. intelligence officials.” New intelligence links Putin directly to the leaks from hacked Democratic National Committee emails, the officials told NBC News with “a high level of confidence.” A high-level intelligence source said the campaign began as a “vendetta” against Hillary Clinton, NBC News reported. The goal grew into an effort to expose corruption in U.S. politics and to undermine America’s international credibility, according to NBC. Putin’s objectives were multifaceted, a high-level intelligence source told NBC News. What began as aRead More →

In the narrow alleys of Bellandur I was awakened by the steps of people outside and the chit chat and hustle of the start of the day in India. Before sunrise, it’s usually real quiet and you can hear the cars going fast at the closest highway and the occasional noise of cars nearby. But as the sun rises the noise increases as it does the amount of people on the streets. My buddy Srinavasan and I ate some of his moms food and off we went to work that sunny day in Bengaluru. The dust and the heat mix together in such a wayRead More →

Symantec’s security software often comes bundled with personal computers so the company has suffered as consumers use mobile devices more than traditional computers these days. Norton antivirus, Symantec’s most prominent product is still profitable, but the company is looking for ways to keep her consumer division alive. In that sense, Symantec has just announced it will acquire U.S. identity theft protection services company LifeLock Inc for $2.3-billion, in a deal that it hopes will prop up sales at for its Norton antivirus. The deal is supposed to be announced this Monday, and it already figures on Symantecs website. Arizona-based LifeLock was pursued by bidders butRead More →

Kaspersky Lab, Russian antivirus software company has accused Microsoft of anticompetitive practices and Russian authorities have started an investigation after Kaspersky’s complaint. Eugene Kaspersky, CEO of Kaspersky Lab, has taken to his blog to lay out his full complaint that to some sound familiar to things we’ve heard in the industry before about how Microsoft’s grand scheme is to eventually squeeze-out its competition through sneaky tactics. Eugene Kaspersky claims that Microsoft bundled its antivirus software Windows Defender with Windows 10, which is an anticompetitive behavior claiming that Microsoft used its dominant market position to restrict and eliminate competition. Kaspersky added that Microsoft has significantly reducedRead More →

Security firm Kryptowire recently discovered pre-installed software in some Android phones that secretly sends all the user’s text messages to China every 72 hours, The New York Times reported. Kryptowire, the security firm that discovered the clandestine feature, said the software was written by the China’s Shanghai Adups Technology Company. The software monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages, as well as transmitting the full contents of contact lists and other data. It is unclear if this was done as an attempt to gain information for advertising purposes or a Chinese government effort to collect intelligence. SecurityRead More →

Palo Alto Networks, Inc. is an American network security company based in Santa Clara, California. The company’s core products are advanced firewalls designed to provide network security, visibility and granular control of network activity based on application, user, and content identification. Palo Alto Networks competes in the UTM and network security industry against Cisco, Fortinet, Check Point, Juniper Networks and Cyberoam among others. What does Palo Alto Networks do? Palo Alto Networks platforms aim to bring together all key network security functions, including advanced threat protection, firewall, IDS/IPS, and URL filtering. Because these functions are natively built into the platform and share important information acrossRead More →

The hybrid cloud and mobile usage has changed traditional methods of enabling secure access to an enterprise system and changes occur faster every day. And with that in mind, Akamai Technologies, traditionally, a CDN player, has snapped up enterprise security control company Soha to better protect and secure enterprise applications in the cloud. As large companies move more are more towards cloud technology and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) in the cloud, they run the risk of having data outside the local control of their networks, servers and having that info available to whomever gets a username and a password to them. Soha Systems is a company thatRead More →

Industry players expect more deals, as larger cybersecurity players with established revenue streams look to build out their product lines to take on a new generation of cyberthreats by acquiring other information security companies. The latest of these is security software company Avast Software announcing it plans to buy Dutch rival AVG Technologies (AVG.N) for $1.3 billion in cash to expand its presence in emerging markets. Avast said it will pay $25 per AVG share, representing a 33 percent premium to AVG stock’s closing price on Wednesday. Vincent Steckler, Avast’s CEO, says his company intends to forward a tender offer to AVG to buy allRead More →