- 05 Mar 2014
In recent months Kaspersky Lab experts have been closely monitoring so-called Darknet resources, mostly the Tor network. And one thing that is immediately obvious is that the cybercriminal element is growing
- 03 Mar 2014
Corporate News, Product news
Kaspersky Lab has patented a method for maintaining the reliable operation of applications in distributed computing environments.
- 27 Feb 2014
Kaspersky Lab has today published the results of the company’s spam monitoring for January 2014.Top 3 stories in JanuaryDetection of emails claiming to be from the popular WhatsApp messenger for smartphones. The messages stated that an attached archive contained a photo from a “friend”. The attachment actually contained a malicious program detected by Kaspersky Lab as Backdoor.Win32.Androm.bjkd – a notorious backdoor whose main functionality is to download other malware on the victim computer and steal personal data.A popular theme in January was that of video surveillance systems to help secure private and commercial premises. The English-language spam on this theme focused on personal safety and the possibility of keeping an eye on husbands and wives, as well as health visitors and workmen in private homes.In the run-up to Valentine's Day English-language spam included the traditional ‘flower’ partner mailings and suggestions for a romantic meal or trip, as well as adverts offering some very unusual gifts such as a real star in the sky.In January, scammers continued to send out ‘Nigerian’ letters exploiting the deaths of former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon and South Africa’s ex-president Nelson Mandela. One ‘Nigerian’ letter was supposedly written by the lawyer of the late president’s
- 26 Feb 2014
Comparative Tests, Product news
Kaspersky Lab announces that Kaspersky Internet Security, its flagship home user product, has received the “Product of the year” award from the independent testing lab AV-Comparatives after it consistently demonstrated the best results in testing throughout 2013.
- 26 Feb 2014
Kaspersky Lab has today launched the free Kaspersky Safe Browser for Windows Phone app to safeguard web surfing on smartphones running Microsoft’s mobile OS. The application is now available for download from Windows Phone Store. Many mobile device users are still not aware that they are as vulnerable to cybercrime on their smartphone as they are on their PC.The new solution boasts protection against phishing, a widespread threat that affects PCs and mobile devices alike. Phishing scams see cybercriminals create fake sites and emails to trick unsuspecting users into providing personal data. Over the past year, one in three Internet users received messages with phishing links, according to research from B2B International.Kaspersky Safe Browser for Windows Phone blocks links to content that may be harmful. The application receives information about malicious sites in real time from the anti-phishing database in the cloud-based Kaspersky Security Network. This allows the application to block even those phishing pages that have only recently appeared on the Internet.Victor Yablokov, Head of Mobile Product Line at Kaspersky Lab, commented: “Smartphones are becoming an essential part of modern life and the web browser is one of the most popular features. People use them for all sorts of
- 25 Feb 2014
Comparative Tests, Product news
Kaspersky Lab ranks first in a TOP3 metric based on solutions that performed consistently well in independent testing throughout 2013, according to statistics gathered from the most authoritative test organizations. Kaspersky Lab’s solutions were awarded first place in 41 out of 79 tests and in a further 20 tests they came second or third. The company’s number of top-three finishes far exceeded that of its competitors.The TOP3 score is based on data about anti-malware test results gathered by Kaspersky Lab from renowned independent test labs such as AV-Comparatives, AV-Test, Dennis Technology Labs, MRG Effitas, Virus Bulletin and magazines including PC Magazine, PCWorld, etc.Almost 100 vendors of products for home and corporate users participated in the tests. The diversity of Kaspersky Lab’s solutions allowed the company to participate in the majority of the tests and their effectiveness placed the company among the top three in 77% of all tests – the best result among all the vendors.The tests make it possible to compare the different parameters that determine a security solution’s quality of performance. In addition to a solution’s ability to combat cyberattacks, the testers examined the impact on device performance, the level of protection against financial risks, the ability to
- 24 Feb 2014
Kaspersky Lab experts have today published the results of their analysis of the mobile threat landscape in 2013. The analysis has revealed the following figures for 2013:
Nearly 145,000 new malicious programs for mobile devices were detected in 2013, which is more than three times the previous year’s figure of 40,059 samples. As of January 1st 2014, Kaspersky Lab’s collection included 190,000 mobile malware samples.
98.1 per cent of all mobile malware detected in 2013 targeted Android devices.
Approximately 4 million malicious applications were used by cybercriminals to distribute mobile malware for Android-based devices. A total of 10 million malicious Android apps were detected in 2012-2013.
The top five countries with the highest number of unique attacked users are as follows: Russia (40 per cent), India (8 per cent), Vietnam (4 per cent), Ukraine (4 per cent) and the UK (3 per cent).
The analysis also shows that the majority of mobile malware in 2013 targeted users’ money:
The number of mobile malware modifications designed for phishing, the theft of bank card information and money from bank accounts increased by a factor of almost 20.
2,500 attempted infections by banking Trojans were blocked.
Banking Trojans are by far the most dangerous type of mobile malware for users. Some
- 17 Feb 2014
Kaspersky Lab will be showcasing a range of new and updated solutions at Mobile World Congress 2014, the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry, held on February 24-27, 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.Kaspersky Lab is set to unveil its new platform designed to help financial organisations and ecommerce companies protect their users from online fraud on any device used to conduct financial operations. Moreover, the company will announce its new application for Windows Phone and an updated version of the corporate solution for mobile device management – Kaspersky Security for Mobile.The rapid rise in the number and sophistication of fraud attacks is an increasingly pressing problem for ecommerce, as well as for individual users. A recent survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International found that 98 per cent of users regularly access online financial services or shop online. 38 per cent of them do so with their mobile devices. The results of the survey also revealed that 62 per cent of users encountered financial cyberthreats over a 12-month period.On February 25, 2014 at 13:30 in Hall CC1-1 Kaspersky Lab will hold a panel discussion titled “Are digital wallets safe from fraud? The IT security implications of mobile e-commerce”. The
- 12 Feb 2014
Business News, Press Releases
Kaspersky Lab today published a report confirming and demonstrating that the weak implementation of anti-theft software marketed by Absolute Software can turn a useful defensive utility into a powerful utility for cyberattackers.This poor implementation can give attackers full access to millions of users' computers. The focus of the research was the Absolute Computrace agent that resides in the firmware, or PC ROM BIOS (Basic Input/Output Systems), of modern laptops and desktops.The major reason for this research project was the discovery of the Computrace agent running on several private computers of Kaspersky Lab’s researchers and corporate computers without prior authorisation. While Computrace is a legitimate product developed by Absolute Software, some owners of the systems claimed that they had never installed, activated or had ever known about this software on their machines. Most traditional pre-installed software packages can be permanently removed or disabled by the user – however, Computrace is designed to survive professional system cleanup and even hard disk replacement.A user can mistakenly recognise Computrace as malicious software because it uses so many tricks popular in modern malware – for example, anti-debugging and anti-reverse engineering techniques, injection into memory of other processes, establishment of secret communications, patching system files on
- 11 Feb 2014
New threat actor: Spanish-speaking attackers targeting government institutions, energy, oil & gas companies and other high-profile victims via cross-platform malware toolkit