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Kaspersky Lab is defending itself against accusations that it tricked competing antivirus services into damaging their clients’ computers. The Russian anti-malware software developer is well-known for its security software, but faces stiff competition from the likes of Avast, AVG, McAfee, Microsoft and Symantec. Anonymous sources claiming to be former Kaspersky employees went public with criticism of the company recently, alleging that Kaspersky poisoned a data pool that security companies share in an attempt to undermine their credibility with customers. Not surprisingly, Kaspersky is a bit prickly... Read more...
It's not a great day for Russia-based Kaspersky Lab, as some of its former employees have come forward (anonymously) with information that indicates that some dastardly deeds were conducted by the company. Ultimately, it's said that Kaspersky wanted to harm its competition because they wouldn't stop stealing its work. The allegation is that Kaspersky Lab had select employees purposely inject bad code into normal, common files, so that its competitors could pick them up as malicious, and in the worst case, delete them from a user's PC. That could result in broken software or perhaps even a broken... Read more...
Leading antivirus firm Kaspersky Lab said that it recently suffered a security breach involving at least three techniques that it had never seen before. The AV company described the attack as "one of the most sophisticated campaigns ever seen," though it believes it was able to detect the intrusion at an early stage, thereby mitigating the damage."This highly sophisticated attack used up to three zero-day exploits, which is very impressive -- the costs must have been very high," Costin Raiu, director of Kaspersky's global research and analysis team, said in a statement.The sneaky malware used... Read more...
Thanks to antivirus software maker Kaspersky, you may not need to pony up to retrieve your files if your computer is infected with the hated CoinVault ransomware. The company announced that it has found a way to decrypt the files and is offering to help infected users for free. The big break came from a Dutch cybercrime police unit that was able to scavenge decryption keys from a server used by CoinVault. Kaspersky used the data to create a tool for decrypting locked files. The tool isn’t always successful, but if you’ve lost critical files to the malware, it’s worth a try. After all, the alternative... Read more...
Security firms the world over dream of a day like this, but this one belongs to Kaspersky. The Russian-based firm has discovered the existence of a threat actor that could be linked to the US Government, and NSA in particular. Kaspersky has dubbed the group Equation, as it became clear that the folks involved loved advanced encryption algorithms and other obfuscation techniques. Through its Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), Kaspersky has discovered that Equation has itself created advanced malware - dating back to at least the early 2000s - and also had extremely close ties to groups responsible... Read more...
Given the string of success hackers have had with compromising the security of major retailers, it can’t be surprising that hackers have also been targeting more juicy targets – namely, banks. After Russian anti-malware company Kaspersky was brought in to investigate a malfunctioning ATM in the Ukraine, it discovered that a group of hackers had been ripping off banks for the past two years, possibly raking in more than $900 million. The affected banks working with Kaspersky have been keeping quiet during the investigation and it’s possible that even more banks have been breached, but haven’t alerted... Read more...
Sometimes it's helpful to have a visual aid to better understand something, and with that in mind, security vendor Kaspersky Labs has launched an interactive cyber threat map that lets viewers see cyber security incidents as they occur around the world in real time. It includes malicious objects detected during on-access and on-demand scans, email and web antivirus detections, and objects identified by vulnerability and intrusion detection sub-systems. In other words, you have a front row seat to the attempted carnage that's constantly taking place on the web. "Every day Kaspersky Lab handles more... Read more...
Kaspersky released its Safe Browser for Windows Phone, months after putting out the same product for iOS and days after making a similar one for Android. The app does exactly what you think it does, by blocking access to potentially dangerous sites with a warning page to protect against phishing attacks. Designed for both personal and corporate use, Kaspersky Safe Browser also allows users (read: IT admins) to select certain app settings to make sure the device is in line with the company’s security requirements. It’s good to see more security measures for mobile devices. Too many users... Read more...
Have you been feeling paranoid lately that you're being watched? Maybe you are. Thanks to the whistle-blowing efforts of former CIA employee Edward Snowden, we know that the U.S. government monitors all kinds of Internet activity, everything from instant messages and emails to Skype calls and more. Maybe your Facebook feed isn't all that interesting, but even so, security researcher Costin Raiu says you should treat every moment as if you're being watched. Raiu heads up the Global Research and Analysis Team at Kaspersky Lab and has intimate knowledge of the tactics that the world's top hackers... Read more...
According to security company Kaspersky Labs, hackers and cybercriminals are targeting gamers, with 11.7 million attacks on gamers in 2013 and some 4.6 million pieces of malware specifically designed to target them. Kaspersky says that’s about 34,000 attacks per day, on average. It’s perhaps not terribly surprising, though, as gaming enthusiasts present a growing attack vector. "Gaming has an ever-increasing fanbase, which also means that the number of potential victims for cyber criminals is rising as well,” said Christian Funk, Senior Virus Analyst, Global Research and Analysis... Read more...
In the quest to quell all the malware that persists in the world, you need a good antimalware solution, but one is not just as good as the next. In a new report, Dennis Technology Labs compared 9 of the top anti-malware products from various companies to see which handled the onslaught the best. Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 topped the list, boasting 100% “Legitimate Accuracy” and 99% “Total Accuracy”, while ESET Smart Security 7 wasn’t far behind with 100% and 98% respectively, and third place went to Norton Internet Security with 97% and 97%. Bringing up the rear... Read more...
Mobile device security is without a doubt a glaring area of weakness for both enterprises and the average Joe, and various security measures are being developed to address it. The latest effort on that front involves a partnership between mobile chipmaker Qualcomm and security firm Kaspersky Labs. According to the Inquirer, Kaspersky security products including Kaspersky Mobile Security and Kaspersky Tablet Security can be pre-installed on Qualcomm Snapdragon-powered Android devices per “special terms”. The security measures are aimed at the lower levels of the operating system. "We... Read more...
Java is a mess; Oracle’s software has become a popular target of cybercriminals, and news about Java exploits is becoming more and more common, even as the solutions Oracle provides offer little comfort. Wait, it gets worse: According to Kaspersky Labs and security company Seculert, the terrifying and massive Red October botnet espionage campaign that swiped sensitive data from governments worldwide used Java exploits to penetrate some systems. Specifically, the exploit in question is CVE-2011-3544, which is present in Java 7 and 6 (update 27) and allows “remote untrusted Java Web Start... Read more...
Researchers with Kaspersky Labs have released information on a new botnet they've discovered that dwarfs any previous cyber-espionage efforts as far as its size, scope, and complexity. The new network, dubbed Red October, has sunk its hooks into systems worldwide. The degree of penetration varies from state to state -- in the United States, the leaks were apparently confined to diplomatic offices and embassies, while in Russia, intrusions were picked up in military installations, embassies, nuclear power plants, and in research institutions. Elements of the Red October network have apparently been... Read more...
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