David Balaban

david-balabanDavid Balaban is a computer security researcher with over 10 years of experience in malware analysis and antivirus software evaluation. David runs the www.Privacy-PC.com project which presents expert opinions on the contemporary information security matters, including social engineering, penetration testing, threat intelligence, online privacy and white hat hacking. As part of his work at Privacy-PC, Mr. Balaban has interviewed such security celebrities as Dave Kennedy, Jay Jacobs and Robert David Steele to get firsthand perspectives on hot InfoSec issues. David has a strong malware troubleshooting background, with the recent focus on ransomware countermeasures.

Articles by David Balaban

International Investigators Managed To Shut Down The Notorious Avalanche Botnet

Avalanche’s botnet infrastructure has been used to distribute plenty of computer viruses, from online banking Trojans to infamous Crypt0L0cker ransomware virus. As a part of international investigation, arrest warrants were issued against 16 cyber criminals and the biggest part of the botnet infrastructure was switched off. On Wednesday, December the 1st a team of international …


What Do You Know About Proxy Servers?

For those already familiar with the function of a proxy server, there’s a good chance that the mere mention of them brings up images ranging from, that of your friendly network engineer to those of steam pumpkin inspired hackers, brandishing ridiculous looking headgear. While these two extremes are not totally incorrect, they don’t exactly represent …


Cerber Ransomware Is on the Rise

In the world of computers, viruses are not an uncommon thing to hear. Viruses are to computers what infections are to humans. Infections can make you sick and often impair you from taking part in your normal daily routines as usual. When viruses hit your computer, its daily routines are also affected. Simple things such …

wifi security

What Everybody Should Know About Public Wi-Fi Security

What could be better than sitting in your favorite café, sipping latte and browsing whatever the drama of the day is on Reddit? I’ll tell you – doing it securely! Although public Wi-Fi networks are useful for staying connected on the go, they’re also notorious for being easy for attackers to spy on and install …


History and Evolution of Mac Ransomware

Never before has Mac OS X been as heavily targeted by cybercriminals as now. Whereas infections like browser hijackers and ad-serving malware aren’t newcomers on the Mac arena, crypto ransomware appears to be making first baby steps toward the invasion of this huge niche. The term denotes a cluster of malicious programs that stealthily infiltrate …

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teamviewer and ransomware

Are You “Surprised” by New Ransomware Spread via Teamviewer?

A number of users have reported the infection dubbed Surprise ransomware. The infection is easy to spot. It does not hide as its encryption payload has completed, It clearly informs its victims they need to pay. The malware is going to lock all files with a sophisticated encryption. To undo the malicious modification, a user …


Russian Cybercrooks Caused Currency Rate Fluctuations

A hacker gang dubbed Anunak pulled off a high-profile attack against Energobank based in Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, Russia. This breach took place in February 2015, but its details surfaced lately in the respective report by Group-IB, a computer forensics firm hired to look into the incident. The fraudsters managed to …

adware removal guide

Tired of nasty ads? Best adware removal strategies

Advertisements and marketing are inseparable concepts. It’s embedded e-commerce content that allows various online services to exist without charging their customers a penny. There are unspoken guidelines that the interested parties follow along the way, such as avoiding the redundancy of ads and only promoting commodities that are safe. Ideally, these campaigns aren’t overly intrusive, …

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Ransomware Guide

Ransomware Guide

Ordinarily, falling victim to a ransom plot means that you are the son or daughter of some wealthy person and the only way to get out of it is by paying tons of money or waiting for Arnold Schwarzenegger or Kurt Russell to come and rescue you, or, at least, that’s what TV would have …

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Don't Read this if you Still Think the Internet is Safe for Kids!

Don’t Read this if you Still Think the Internet is Safe for Kids!

Many of the modern gifts are digital products like notebooks, ultrabooks, tablets, smartphones. How do we protect our children when they go online? According to the latest statistics, our children are spending over 9 hours a day connected. Think how scary that statistic is, 9 hours! You are probably asking yourself what are they doing …