Items tagged with Kaspersky

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 in ugly fashion was Microsoft Security Essentials and McAfee Internet Security. Microsoft’s... 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 are trying to build relationships with some vendors in the mobile world,” said Kaspersky Labs... 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 applications and untrusted Java applets to affect confidentiality, integrity, and availability... 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 in play since 2007. Red October is the latest major cyber-espionage network detected worldwide.... Read more...
We’re glad we don’t spend too much time in the terrifying world of cyber security, and we’re even more happy to see that there are others who do. Eugene Kaspersky is one of those people, and his Kaspersky Labs is currently building a secure operating system designed to protect the industrial control systems (ICS) in industry and infrastructure. No, this isn’t a competitor to the likes of Windows 8; this is a different level of operating system. In a lengthy blog post, Kaspersky outlines the reasons why a secure OS is necessary and how a typical office computer network is different than an industrial IT system. Primarily, it comes down to priorities; in a normal office,... Read more...
Well here's a bit of a bummer going into the weekend. Apparently the developer responsible for the popular Black Hole exploit kit -- the one that lazy hackers and inexperienced script kiddies are particularly drawn towards -- has released a new version of his nefarious software, with new and improved features designed to evade antivirus scanners. Oh joy. Black Hole is popular because it's relatively easy to use no matter what the attacker's skill level, and because it's capable of exploiting a number of vulnerabilities. According to security firm Kaspersky, pretty much any backwoods hackabilly can wield Black Hole like a pro and wreak havoc with just a few mouse clicks. Now is a good time to... Read more...
After researchers identified the terrifying Flame malware recently, they called it the most sophisticated cyber weapon they’d ever seen, which is impressive, considering how powerful the Stuxnet and Duqu bugs that wrought havoc in the Middle East a couple of years ago were. As it turns out, Flame and Stuxnet and Duqu have quite a bit in common. Kasperky Labs has now had a chance to dissect Flame, and they have discovered strong evidence that the teams who developed Flame and Stuxnet worked together. (Previously, they determined that Stuxnet and Duqu were built on the same platform, called “Tilded”, which indicates that there was collaboration there, as well.) L is code from... Read more...
Although we’ve been told anecdotally by industry pros that the cyber security field is actually kind of boring, it sure sounds like a lot of heart-pounding adventure. According to a blog post from Kaspersky Labs, there’s a new cyber weapon tearing through the Middle East called “Flame”. The post states: The ‘Flame’ cyber espionage worm came to the attention of our experts at Kaspersky Lab after the UN’s International Telecommunication Union came to us for help in finding an unknown piece of malware which was deleting sensitive information across the Middle East. While searching for that code – nicknamed Wiper – we discovered a new malware... Read more...
Whether Mac OS X was ever truly secure or just didn’t receive the same attention from cybercriminals as Windows operating systems, Apple was once a bastion of malware invulnerability. Those days are long gone, as recently somewhere between half a million and 600,000 Macs were found to be infected with the Flashback Trojan and security firms have found that even uninfected Macs carry and pass on Windows viruses to other users. It appears as though Apple has stopped pretending that malware isn’t a problem for Mac OS X; according to Computing, the company has called in security experts Kaspersky Labs to help find and analyze the operating system’s vulnerabilities. The much-needed... Read more...
Security firms have issued fresh warnings against malicious trojans in the wake of Osama bin Laden's death and the wedding of England's Prince William. Malware authors have already seized on both events as bait for their own malware hooks and are using the promise of unseen photos/video to snare the unwary. This type of attack and the speed with which it's organized have become commonplace in recent years—when the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, was assassinated, trojans baited with information regarding her appeared within 24 hours. Since then, hurricanes, elections, and holidays have all been variously tapped as attack vectors. According to Fabio Assolini, a lab expert... Read more...
It's always hilarious when a security firm has its site hacked or has some other security-related SNAFU occur that you would think their own products could prevent. Such is the case with Kaspersky Labs, which recently saw its site not just hacked, but serving up malware. Reports first came from users on Kaspersky's own support forums. The company initially denied the issue, with tech support and this user having the following conversation: I called Kaspersky this morning and they are denying that this happened. They are stating that I must have went to a phishing site or a site that looks like them. Sorry Kaspersky, I typed the correct URL above and was redirected directly from your web site.... Read more...
Nothing is so hilarious as when a security vendor gets its site hacked.  All right, we will admit that when ICANN was hacked that was also funny.  In this case, Kaspersky, who many say (arguably) has the best security software around, had their Malaysian website hacked (yes, we probably could cut them some slack for the fact it was only their Malaysian site - nah).“The official Malaysian Kaspersky Antivirus’s website has been hacked yesterday by a Turkish cracker going by the handle of “m0sted”. Along with it, the same cracker hacked also the official Kaspersky S.E.S. online shop and its several other subdomains. The attacker reported “patriotism” as the reason behind the attack and... Read more...
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