Introducing the new us

I’ve heard it said: “Life needs shaking up more often than not, so it doesn’t turn sour.”
Well, no chance we could ever let things go sour here at KL — not in the industry we’re in, which is constantly and rapidly changing. Still, sometimes it is useful to stop, take a look at yourself as if through someone else’s eyes, think about what’s around the corner, and make a few changes to the look and feel of the company accordingly. And so it is with this lyrical introduction that I want to formally announce our rebranding and explain why we’ve done it.

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How Kaspersky’s new brand is engineered to bring on the future

How Kaspersky’s new brand is engineered to bring on the future

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As you may already have noticed, we have a new look. A radical new haircut, if you will. We trimmed the “Lab” and are now just Kaspersky.

But the new look is more than just dropping a few letters and adding a fresh coat of paint. That’s just the start. Our new mission is: Building a safer world.

That’s all of our customers’ futures: families, individuals, and businesses of all types and sizes all over the world, from the Kuril Islands to Kathmandu.

And just like the first step in any big journey, it starts at home. Here’s our founder, Eugene Kaspersky, on the idea behind our new identity.

But this post isn’t just about the...

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We SOCked it 2 ’em – and passed the SOC 2 audit!

We SOCked it 2 ’em – and passed the SOC 2 audit!

Last year I told you how, as part of our Global Transparency Initiative, we had plans to undergo an independent audit to receive SOC 2 certification. Well, finally, we can announce that we did undergo this third party audit… and passed! Hurray! And it wasn’t easy: it took a lot of work by a great many of our K-folks. But now that’s all behind us, and I’m very proud that we’ve done it!

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So what does this mysterious SOC abbreviation stand for, and (whatever it may be) why is it needed?

Ok. The abbreviation stands for Service Organization Controls, and SOC 2 is a report based on the ‘Trust Services principles and criteria’ of the American...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 101

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 101

For episode 101 of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I jump from one side of the pond to the other for a number of security related topics before ending with a story completely out of the security space.

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Our first story looks at a new Facebook UK service, the result of a man winning a lawsuit against fake ads using his image. From there, we stay on the topic of Facebook and its whopping $5 billion fine from the FTC.

Our third story of the week takes a look at how people are now learning that Google employees are listening to recordings from Google Home. Following that story, we discuss how smart meters in the UK are switching to...

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How to build an effective SOC

How to build an effective SOC

Not so long ago, we needed to explain what a security operations center (SOC) is to our enterprise audience. Now, more than a third of large organizations already have such a department, and many more are thinking about establishing one. When they do, however, they run up against something that’s becoming a major problem in the cybersecurity industry: a shortage of skilled professionals. Of course, that is not the only factor that affects SOCs, but it’s the root problem.

Of course, anyone can buy instruments and solutions, subscribe to threat data feeds, and assemble a team of watchers to look after those instruments, hoping that prepares then for a...

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Birthday number 22.

Birthday number 22.

This year we celebrated the company’s 22nd birthday a little earlier than usual (but closer to the official birthday – see here for a brief history lesson). It was earlier because the road beckoned me once again to a very interesting place. But more on that later.

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Here and just about everywhere further down, the photos are courtesy of Roman Rudakov.

We worked well over the year (for example, we earned $726 million (+4% on 2017), were number 1 in tests for protection and speed, were twice named as the best cybersecurity solution by Gartner Peer Insights) -> so we pushed the boat out for our birthday, because, well, those who are good at their work are good at...

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Smart home hacks

Smart home hacks

Smart home technologies are designed to make life easier and more convenient. However, new conveniences also mean new problems. The dangers of automating anything and everything are a frequent topic of conversation and blogging around here. For starters, hooking up home appliances to the Internet makes you dependent on the connection quality and server operation. At the same time, cybercriminals can use those points of entry to seize control of vulnerable equipment and use it to their own advantage.

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As recent studies have shown, numerous means still exist to take control of a smart home. One such trouble spot, for example, could be a vulnerability in the cloud server...

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The Jewel in the crown: Singapore never ceases to amaze.

The Jewel in the crown: Singapore never ceases to amaze.

How I long to be in the paradise that is Singapore as a simple tourist, just for a week! To walk around the city, take in the sights, visit the zoo. Actually, the tourist and entertainment industry in this small city state is developing so much that a week might not be enough. Ah, this is the place!

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I left a sweltering Switzerland in a hurry, heading in a south-easterly direction, while not forgetting to take pictures of the surrounding landscapes ->

The double-decker A-380 is just great and all, but its windows are very thick, double-glazed. It does nothing for the picture quality.

Anyway, it’s already dark outside…...

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Me, myself and Interpol.

Me, myself and Interpol.

How I would love to just visit Singapore as a tourist! To stay here for a week, wander around the city … But not running, running, gunzo-shigoto-arbeiten, meetings-presentations-more meetings and other work-trabajo-labor and so on in various other languages. Alas, not this time. It was more like this…

You wake up in the morning after the Starmus conference and realize that you can only dream of a bit of peace and quiet. From a sweltering Switzerland we immediately head (you could say without regaining consciousness) east for an equally hot Singapore. That’s where the Interpol World 2019 exhibition/conference is being held. It’s an event that brings together...

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Mon dieu – Fontainebleau!

Mon dieu – Fontainebleau!

Bonjour boys and girls!

You may recall how I flew from the Azores to Paris en route to Zurich the other day. The reason was a spot of business – speaking at the INSEAD business school. There’s not really much to tell about that, apart from the fact that it – plus the Q&A afterward – went well. What I do want to tell you about is the half-day of tourism we got in at the place where INSEAD is situated – the commune of Fontainebleau:

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…And a very nice and interesting place it is too. If ever you’re passing… actually don’t pass by – stop and have a look around; for there’s plenty to see…

First up there’s Château de Fontainebleau, which for more than 700 years...

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Building trust together with Disclose.io

Building trust together with Disclose.io

Why did you buy this antivirus and not that one? Because this one costs less Because you trust it more, of course. And why do security researchers spend more time analyzing this app and not that one? Because they trust the company that developed the first app more. Not all businesses welcome news about vulnerabilities being found in their products — some actually threaten the researchers with legal action.

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So, yes, in general, choosing a product or company is about trust. One mistake is enough to ruin the trust, but building it is significantly harder. It’s like a tower consisting of thousands of bricks — removing one brick may be enough for the...

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FinSpy — commercial spyware

FinSpy — commercial spyware

What happens when spyware is developed not by underground malware coders, but by a serious IT firm? The result can be a nasty thing like FinSpy (also known as FinFisher), which has been developed and sold perfectly legally by Anglo-German company Gamma Group for quite some time now. Over the past year, we’ve detected this spyware on dozens of mobile devices.

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Although a desktop version of the spyware exists (not only for Windows, but also for macOS and Linux), the greatest danger largely comes from mobile implants: FinSpy can be installed on both iOS and Android, with the same set of functions available for each platform. The app gives an...

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Falling in love with Azorean waterfalls.

Falling in love with Azorean waterfalls.

It’s usually the case that if an area is volcanic, wet and not too cold, then there are going to be lots of waterfalls. Take, for instance, Iceland, Hawaii, Kamchatka, the Faroe Islands – and other places that have temporarily slipped my mind.

And the Azores are no exception. On the island we’re exploring – San Miguel – there are several waterfalls worth seeing; we had time to see two of them.

I. Salto do Cabrito – a picturesque double waterfall. On the internet, the water looks crystal clear, but we got there just after it rained, and the water was anything but clear. We decided to skip having a swim and just enjoyed the view :)

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You can...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 100

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 100

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We have hit the century mark for the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. To kick things off, we look back on some interesting stories from our first podcasts. The first is Burger King’s crypto-venture in Russia. We follow that up with some NSA security posters.

This week’s chat starts with the story of Marriott and British Airlines breaches in the context of GDPR. From there, we head deep underground for a proposed Wi-Fi monitoring program from Transport for London. It’s supposed to increase operational efficiency, but it’s also raising the eyebrows of privacy watchdogs. To wrap up the episode, we look at Instagram’s latest test in the battle...

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Aquatic tour of the Azores.

Aquatic tour of the Azores.

And now for another installment about the Azores.

But this time with a difference: what NOT to do in the Azores.

It’s probably not worth going to watch the whales in June, despite the fact that it’s advertised as a ‘must’ for tourists. We fell for it a little … And we only saw one part of one whale – namely, the dorsal fin of a sei whale. After two hours of chasing, that was it as far as Azorean whales were concerned. If it’s whales you’re after, check out my Antarctic stories.

But there were some revelations! I saw my first Portuguese man o’ war! This is a very poisonous jelly-like thing with a bubble on the surface of the water, which is not that deadly for...

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Data leak costs £183 million

Data leak costs £183 million

The British Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), reported that it is going to fine British Airways £183 million for last year’s data loss. For some perspective, that’s several hundred times Facebook’s EU fine for the Cambridge Analytica case. In this post, we look at what went wrong, why there was such a difference in fines, and why it is a good idea to think about data protection in advance.

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Last fall, British Airways reported that from August 21 to September 5, outside malefactors had access to the data of users who bought or changed tickets through the company’s website or mobile app. The attackers stole...

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Azorean volcanism.

Azorean volcanism.

The Azores Islands – and that includes its biggest and best, São Miguel Island – are, as mentioned, very volcanic. Rumblings, steamings, smokings, stones flyings, even sometimes lava flowings. Re the latter though – it’s been a while since there’s been any of that – the last eruption was around 300 years ago (in the westernmost part of the island). Between the rare appearances of lava, the fumarole activity on the islands is constant and busy – just how we like it: bubbling mud and hot springs.

The largest fumarole site is at Furnas, which I mentioned earlier. Of course, these aren’t as grand as the fumaroles in Kamchatka (Mutnovka) or New Zealand or in fact many other...

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Remote access — for a scammer

Remote access — for a scammer

Paradoxical as it may sound, a polite request is one of the simplest ways to get access to your computer. Intruders will use all sorts of pretexts — from technical troubleshooting to (ironically) cybercrime investigation. Learn what tricks they may use and why they are never to be trusted.

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One day you receive a phone call from someone addressing you by name and introducing themselves as a tech support specialist of a large software company. It turns out, they say, your computer has serious problems which must be dealt with urgently. For that purpose, you are to install a special utility program and give the caller remote access to your...

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Azorean calderean – but no swimmean.

Azorean calderean – but no swimmean.

The parks and botanical gardens of the Azores I’ve already told you about. Now for something else no less important – the islands’ volcanisms; in this post, about two of them – the Sete Cidades Massif and Lagoa do Fogo (Lagoon of Fire).

Volcanism No. 1 – the Sete Cidades Massif – a stratovolcanic complex made up of a volcano, a caldera, and a lake in the caldera:

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The caldera has a complex structure. It is some 5km in diameter (imagine the eruption involved to create that!), and inside it there are seven partly destroyed and very overgrown younger volcanic cones. Sounds amazing? Looks amazing! ->

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How to update apps on your smartphone

How to update apps on your smartphone

We cannot overstate the importance of updating apps from time to time for the sake of security. Use outdated apps and attackers could spy on you through a call on WhatsApp, hijack your Xiaomi using a bug in the built-in antivirus, or something else. But do you know where and how to look for updates? Let’s investigate.

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Suppose you decide to update WhatsApp. What will you do? Go to the app settings? That would be logical — but pointless. Open your smartphone settings and peruse the app management section? Alas, that won’t help either.

In fact, all app updates are centralized and handled by the official store,...

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Sodin ransomware enters through MSPs

Sodin ransomware enters through MSPs

At the end of March, when we wrote about a GandCrab ransomware attack on an MSP’s clients, we figured it was unlikely to be an isolated case.  Managed service providers are just too tempting a target for cybercriminals to ignore.

It appears we were right. In April, ransomware dubbed Sodin captured our experts’ attention. It differed from the others in that in addition to using gaps in MSPs’ security systems, it also exploited a vulnerability in the Oracle WebLogic platform. And whereas it’s typical for ransomware to require a user’s involvement (for example, the victim would need to launch a file from a phishing letter), in this case, no user...

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Remote tech support, yet another risk factor for business

Remote tech support, yet another risk factor for business

In large companies, the IT department usually handles the tasks of installing and configuring business software for every one of its computers. For a small team, however, having even one dedicated specialist may prove to be an unjustified luxury. Most SMB companies have to make do with a revolving cast of part-time sysadmins, who are not always available. So in some cases employees have to set up their own workplace software.

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But not everybody knows how to set up a complex solution, even with a manual. If something goes wrong, if the admin is unreachable or missing, and nobody in the office is familiar with the problem, some...

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Sweltering Switzerland.

Sweltering Switzerland.

Mid-summer in Zurich – it’s bound to be rather warm. But flying in from the subtropical Azores I wasn’t quite expecting a considerable hike in the temperature – up to 35 degrees. Also unlike in the Azores – there was no breeze (at all) cooling things down, and no moisture in the air. The sidewalks were too hot to walk upon barefoot (when taking off shoes for a dip in the river:), and the sun kept blinding you as it reflected off the numerous shiny surfaces in this generally shiny city. And it looked like half the city had taken the afternoon off work to sit and sip beer by the river. Well, if you can’t beat them – join them (more on that in a bit).

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Not only...

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Azoresome!

Azoresome!

There are just nine Azorean islands, and we visited just one of them – São Miguel Island, the largest and most populous. We were told by locals that this is the most interesting of all nine – so we settled for just it – to keep things simple; however, this one island we investigated and examined and inspected rather exhaustively and from top to bottom so I think it’s fair to say we’ve ‘done’ the Azores experience by and large ).

As mentioned yesterday, the Azores sit where three tectonic plates meet in the Atlantic Ocean; accordingly, the Azores are as volcanic as any islands can possibly get. The climate here is comfortable: an oceanic-subtropical thing going on; the sun does...

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What is digital steganography?

What is digital steganography?

We all know what it means to “read between the lines” in a figurative sense, but before we used modern technology to communicate with one another, people sometimes took it literally, such as by writing secret messages in invisible ink between the lines of a seemingly normal letter.

The technique, whereby the author of a message hides secret information inside something that looks innocent on the surface, is known as steganography, and it is almost as old as writing itself. Unlike cryptography, which scrambles the message to make it unreadable without the decryption key, the purpose of steganography is to conceal from prying eyes the very existence of the...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 99

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 99

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The 99th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast comes to you straight from the Motherland — er, Fatherland, as my colleagues have corrected me. Dave and I, reporting together from Russia, take a look at a handful of stories that will pique your interest and that you may have missed during your busy week.

To kick things off, we start in the good ol’ USA, where a second Florida city has paid for a ransomware attack. This trend of cities paying the crooks is worrying. From there, we head to a different kind of circus and and its app’s lack of a security protocol. The third story follows up on a security breach at the US border. Then, we...

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