Our fan club is a teenager already!
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King Krenitsyna: to climb it you need to be a bit thinner.

King Krenitsyna: to climb it you need to be a bit thinner.

It’s hard to believe, but in the northern Kurils there are only two or three days of sunshine – per year! No, really! Therefore, if ever you find yourself sat on the edge of the outer caldera of Krenitsyna Volcano, and the sun is shining – savor every single second, as we’re doing here in this pic – because you could be weeks waiting for the next short-lived installment of fine weather.

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I mean – just look at us: still staring intently at the vista before us – and it was the second day already ->

Meanwhile, some of us…

…Well, there are hardly showers installed on Krenitsyna now are there?!

Of course we wanted to get up to the...

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Internet in space: Is there Net on Mars?

Internet in space: Is there Net on Mars?

By now, the Internet has reached basically all corners of the Earth — and not just its surface. Being online onboard an airplane is already old hat, and even the International Space Station has a connection to the Web. Space exploration agencies are getting ready to move on and get other planets in our solar system connected. The space Web is not all about work, either; it helps people far away from mother Earth keep in touch with their homes. This post is about how it works now and how it will develop.

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The International Space Station crew accessed the Web for the first time back in 2010. The access service was provided by NASA....

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15 years in Kazakhstan!

15 years in Kazakhstan!

Selem folks!

I’ve still plenty more to tell and show you about our Kurils-2019 expedition, and also about my recent trip to Mongolia and its Gobi Desert, but in the meantime I’ve been visiting yet further countries less-visited – including… Kazakhstan! Now, I know I’m behind on my Kuril-and-Gobi catch-up, but I don’t want that tardiness to cross over into other trips. Accordingly, herewith, a brief side excursion – to Almaty!

I was in Kazakhstan’s largest city to celebrate a jubilee – the 15th anniversary of our presence in the region, and that covers the whole of Central Asia, including Mongolia!

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(The photos are official ones – taken by a professional...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 109

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 109

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Welcome to the 109th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. This week, Dave and I take a look at some of the security stories you may have missed over the past week.

To kick things off, we take a look at the $107 million fine for YouTube after the service violated child privacy laws.

Following that story, we stay in the States and discuss a recent outage in Tesla’s app that left some unable to start their cars — because with apps, who needs keys? And, in an interesting bucking of trends, New Bedford, Massachusetts, isn’t paying the hackers who hit their systems with ransomware. Instead, the city is using its backups to recover.

To...

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Kaspersky Incident Communications

Kaspersky Incident Communications

I remember that day like it was yesterday: Our CEO called me into his office, asking me to leave my smartphone and laptop at my desk.

“We’ve been hacked,” he said bluntly. “The investigation is still ongoing, but we can confirm that we have an active, extremely sophisticated, nation-state sponsored attacker inside our perimeter.”

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To be honest, this wasn’t totally unexpected. Our specialists had been dealing with our clients’ security breaches for quite a while already, and as a security company, we were a particular target. Yet, it was an unpleasant surprise: Someone had penetrated an information security company’s cyberdefenses. You can read about it Read more...

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All apps on Google Play are safe: Fact or fiction?

All apps on Google Play are safe: Fact or fiction?

We always recommend downloading Android apps from official stores and nowhere else. But that doesn’t mean there are no viruses in the Google Play. It is true, however, that you’ll find fewer of them in the official store than on third-party sites, and they get removed on a regular basis.

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It is no mean feat for malware to get into Google Play. Before they publish an app, moderators check it for compliance with an extensive list of requirements. If they find a violation, they ban the program from the store.

However, Google Play receives such a vast number of new apps and updates of existing...

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Krenitsyna in the Kuril sun: volcanic scenes that simply can’t be outdone!

Krenitsyna in the Kuril sun: volcanic scenes that simply can’t be outdone!

Let’s say you’re near the top of Krenitsyna Volcano in the Kurils, you’ve applied the Strategic Stratovolcano Stratagem to secure some imminent sunny weather, you have tents with you, sleeping bags and gas stoves (no firewood up there) and all the rest, which you’ve carried with you 500+ meters along the vertical and 9km on foot (7.5km to the edge of the caldera; 1.7km to the pond), you dump it all down on the grass (or put up the tents straight away if the weather’s still poor), sit on the very edge (ideal spot – very comfortable) and are ready to behold the most mind-blowingly picturesque volcanic scene on the...

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Supply chain as SMB threat

Supply chain as SMB threat

Small business owners may think their companies are too insignificant to become a target for cybercriminals. There is a certain logic in that: Attackers look for maximum profit from minimum effort. But two additional points are important to consider. First, large companies spend solid budgets on defense and therefore are harder to attack. Second, another option may be more attractive — an attack through the supply chain. Malefactors can compromise one company and get to hundreds of small firms.

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Being attacked through a supply chain typically means that a service or program that you have used for some time has become malicious....

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iClosed-architecture and the illusion of unhackability.

iClosed-architecture and the illusion of unhackability.

The end of August brought us quite a few news headlines around the world on the cybersecurity of mobile operating systems; rather – a lack of cybersecurity of mobile operating systems.

First up there was the news that iPhones have been getting attacked for a full two years (!) via a full 14 vulnerabilities (!) in iOS-based software. To be attacked, all a user had to do was visit one of several hacked websites – nothing more – and they’d never know anything about it.

But before all you Android heads start with the ‘nah nana nah nahs’ aimed at the Apple brethren, the very same week the iScandal broke, it was reported that Android...

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Keeping e-sports clean

Keeping e-sports clean

When video games were just home entertainment, no one cared if players cheated. Even when multiplayer modes became all the rage, few people sat up and took notice. But with the advent of e-sports, everything has been turned on its head. Now, cheating is a major problem not only for players, but for competition organizers, sponsors, and millions of viewers. Not to mention the betting industry. After all, big prize money may be at stake.

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Most games are hosted on servers or in cloud services, so one might expect cheating to have faded away. But as ever, it’s not that straightforward. In many games, the client program receives far more information...

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Gobi Desert: the red rocks of Bayanzag.

Gobi Desert: the red rocks of Bayanzag.

Hi folks!

It was a bright, clear morning, and it was time to head further along the route of our express-journey across the Gobi Desert. Next port of call – the Flaming Cliffs, aka Bayanzag.

It’s around about here where many dinosaur bones and even whole dinosaur skeletons have been discovered. And the internet tells me it was here where the first fossilized dinosaur eggs were found. Yes, I think that’s highly likely: I’m sure they could have simply fallen out of these here red-rock cliffs that were eroded over the years to expose them. And anyway, besides their usefulness to prehistorical studies, these red rocks and cliffs are also delightfully...

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How to see Krenitsyna Volcano? Apply the ‘Strategic Stratovolcano Strategem’.

How to see Krenitsyna Volcano? Apply the ‘Strategic Stratovolcano Strategem’.

Hi folks!

Herewith, a continuation of my narrative about the most beautiful volcano in the word, the king of all volcanisms on the planet (and in the Solar System, surely:) – his royal highness Krenitsyna Volcano! Here he is:

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To get the best idea of the overall grandeur, splendor and superiority of this exceptional volcanism, one should check out Google Maps’ satellite pic thereof:

And a bit nearer ->

Now for a few more facts and figures about this volcano:

  • The width of the base of the caldera from shore to shore is 17+ kilometers (imagine the bang that made!);
  • The height of the rim of the caldera is...
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How browser plugins can leak corporate secrets

How browser plugins can leak corporate secrets

In July 2019, researcher Sam Jadali discovered several extensions for the Chrome and Firefox browsers that collect browsing history and transfer it to a third party. Moreover, he found a platform where such data is bought and sold.

This may not set off any alarms. So what if someone finds out that one of your employees has visited a contractor’s website or even logged in to a corporate account in a social network? All the attackers get is the address. They can’t access any other information, so who cares? Well, these extensions periodically leak internal company data, and here’s how.

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The social networks...

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Our fan club is a teenager already!

Our fan club is a teenager already!

If ever I mention while chatting with someone that Kaspersky has a fan club, I immediately get asked: Why? How come an antivirus company has a fan club? Here are the why’s: because it’s been a long time since we just made antivirus protection; because our company is always actively doing fun and interesting stuff; and because people want to participate in what Kaspersky does even if they’re not employees. And, well, it’s just cool to have one.

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All this tomfoolery began, it’s scary to recall, 13 years ago, back when we cranked out version 6, which was praised throughout the computer security industry. Almost daily we posted new builds on the forum,...

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Okey-dokey – let’s chopper over the Gobi.

Okey-dokey – let’s chopper over the Gobi.

And now for more Gobi desert.

The Gobi is a huge desert consisting of several regions. It occupies Mongolia’s southern and south-western territory and a considerable part of central northern China. We only saw a small portion of it in southern Mongolia, but that was more than enough for our first visit. I can’t stress it enough: the Gobi is absolutely magical in gentle summer weather, and I highly recommend that everyone sees it with their own eyes. There are vast, infinite spaces. I want to say it’s where the horizon goes beyond the line of horizon’!

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Dunes and sand drifts… (BTW does anybody know what the difference is?)

Mountains of varying...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 108

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 108

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Welcome to the 108th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. This week Dave and I jump between sides of the pond to discuss security issues relating to consumers and businesses alike. Our first story lands us in the world of browsers. Instead of focusing on the bad — tracking and the like — we take a look at some good things about the latest edition of Firefox.

From there, we jump back to the physical world. Our stories take us to Germany and an interesting case of banking customers having their chip-and-PIN cards cloned, leading to €1.5 million in charges. The third story takes us across the Atlantic, where hundreds of dental...

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Charity on the Internet: How to identify scammers

Charity on the Internet: How to identify scammers

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Facebook has been experiencing a wave of fake fundraising campaigns. The pattern is familiar: Attackers create groups from scratch to which they add a couple of posts. They provide bank transfer details along with a bunch of tear-jerking comments.

The groups tend to follow a template. The group’s name contains an appeal for help, and the posts provide emotional stories, usually about terminally ill children whose suffering is illustrated by photos and videos that are posted on the page.

Some of the posts are practically word-for-word copies of posts in other fraudulent groups. The only details that differ in each group are the child’s...

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A malicious website can infect my iPhone. Fact or fiction?

A malicious website can infect my iPhone. Fact or fiction?

The idea that iPhones are totally immune to threats has been debunked time after time. In fact, though the Apple smartphones may present a smaller target than Android devices, some say you can pick up all sorts of malware just by opening a dangerous website, without knowingly downloading and installing anything from that site. In this post, we find out whether that is true.

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Researchers from Google’s Project Zero have discovered several hacked websites that have been attacking iPhones for at least two years now. To achieve that,...

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13th Fan Club Anniversary in Iceland

Friends! I'was really happy to see some of you in Iceland! It's really amazing that we have so many fans all over the world!  

Life of the Fan Club

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Our fan club is a teenager already!

Our fan club is a teenager already!

If ever I mention while chatting with someone that Kaspersky has a fan club, I immediately get asked: Why? How come an antivirus company has a fan club? So, here’s why: because it’s been a long time since we just made antivirus protection; because our company is always actively doing fun and interesting stuff; and because people want to participate in what Kaspersky does even if they’re not employees. And, well, it’s just cool to have one.

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All this tomfoolery began, it’s scary to recall, thirteen years ago, back when we cranked out version 6, which was praised throughout the computer security industry. Almost daily we posted new builds on the forum,...

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Student surprise: malware masked as textbooks and essays

Student surprise: malware masked as textbooks and essays

We have written on numerous occasions about how easy it is to inadvertently pick up some nasty stuff when you try to download popular TV shows or game cheats. However, cybercriminals do not just limit themselves to entertainment products. You can also stumble upon a virus when looking for work- or study-related materials. This is particularly important to keep in mind as the academic year starts. That is because the cost of textbooks and other materials for K-12 and college students often leads to many looking for more affordable and free alternatives online.

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We decided to find out...

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i have ransomware with extension   hese....  help me  
to solve it

11-th Anniversary of Kaspersky Fan Club
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The King of Volcanos: Krenitsyn volcano, Kuril Islands.

The King of Volcanos: Krenitsyn volcano, Kuril Islands.

Now we’re done with the northernmost Kuril islands, and it’s time to head south. On the right hand side, we see two islands Antsiferov and Makanrushi. I’ve not heard anything interesting about these two, which is why we pass them by without calling in; perhaps there is something worth seeing that I don’t know about. If anybody knows of something worth seeing on those islands, let me know and I’ll try and visit them next time I’m around this way.

Next on our Kurils route comes sunny Onekotan, a truly remarkable and delightful place! What makes it so special is the Krenitsyn volcano, the most beautiful volcano in the world, positioned...

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VLAN as an additional security layer

VLAN as an additional security layer

Every company has employees who handle large volumes of external e-mail. HR officers, PR managers, and salespeople are a few common examples. In addition to their regular mail, they receive a lot of spam, phishing messages, and malicious attachments. Moreover, the nature of their work requires them to open unverified attachments and click links in unfamiliar e-mails. Information security professionals typically isolate such departments from critically important nodes in the corporate network. But in companies with no dedicated IT security, they pose a major risk to all staff.

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One of the most effective ways to safeguard company units...

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Cyber-news: nuclear crypto mining.

Cyber-news: nuclear crypto mining.

Hi folks!

The i-news section is back with a bang after the summer holidays. Straightaway there’s some hot industrial cybersecurity news.

In case anybody missed my posts about how I spent this summer, here you go. Meanwhile, how some of the personnel at the South Ukraine Nuclear Power Plant spent their summer was reported in recent crime-related news. Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) recently terminated cryptocurrency mining at the power plant’s restricted access facilities. This, erm, extra-curricular activity resulted in the leak of top-secret information about the power plant’s physical security. This is not only pretty depressing but also downright...

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