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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Dark web schooling

Dark web schooling

School exams not going quite according to plan? It can happen to anyone. Most of those affected will pick themselves up, retake the tests, or change their goals. But in a few cases, students may be tempted to cheat their way to success.

Over the years, an underground industry has grown up around that temptation, from discussion fora and how-to videos for hacking into your school system to fake certificates and diplomas available for sale on the black market. We decided to look into this a little and see what schools and colleges can do to protect themselves and their students.

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Many schools have introduced Web-based information platforms for...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 97

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 97

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The Transatlantic Cable podcast is nearing its hundredth episode — man, how time flies. For this week’s edition, Dave and I split our time between the consumer space and the legal world.

To start things off, we look at a newly placed FCC complaint against AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and Verizon for selling customer data to third parties. This story ties to a past podcast topic — the location-based data that can help bounty hunters (or those with the money to spend) to track a user’s location.

From there, we jump into the story of a lawsuit against Amazon for an Alexa recording a child without consent. After that, we head over to the music world, where...

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A photo editor with a difference

A photo editor with a difference

Whenever we discuss Android security, we always recommend downloading apps only from the Google Play Store, as it contains significantly fewer malicious apps than other such sites. Still, developers manage to sneak in malware every now and then. So, how do you avoid picking up something nasty when downloading apps from Google Play? Pay close attention to the permissions requested by the app, and think carefully about why the app needs those permissions before you give it the green (or red) light. Today’s post looks at that very issue: the danger posed by a Google Play app that demands seemingly unnecessary permissions.

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Not long ago, we discovered a...

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Miners in your office

Miners in your office

As you may have heard, mining on your own resources is not the most profitable business. It is risky to invest in home mining farms, and no one really wants to pay for the electricity. Therefore, mining adepts increasingly try to use someone else’s equipment for it.

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The damage from their actions is obvious. First, the equipment overheats, and therefore breaks down faster. Second, constant lags slow business processes. Finally, why should you pay someone else’s electricity bills?

Methods of mining on someone else’s equipment

Let’s leave aside for the moment extreme incidents such as the recent one in China in which a local resident laid a cable along the floor of...

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The St. Petersburg International Forum – despite problems, still awesome.

The St. Petersburg International Forum – despite problems, still awesome.

Hi folks!

As mentioned in my previous post, I was up early down in Sochi after the long toasts the night before, and heading to the airport. Next stop – St. Petersburg; specifically – its International Economic Forum, which I was attending for the first time.

For nearly a quarter of a century SPIEF has been impressing with its scale and the caliber of its participants. Official figures state the number of those taking part this year at more than 19,000 – coming from 145 countries of the world. And that includes CEOs of multinationals, and ministers and presidents of countries – all toing and froing and hobnobbing...

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Spammers are threatening companies’ websites

Spammers are threatening companies’ websites

Extortionists are constantly inventing new blackmail strategies. Until recently, their main trick was “sextortion,” which you may already have read about. However, as happens with most cyberthreats, criminals’ attention began to shift from users to organizations. That is not surprising — there is much more money in business.

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Not long ago, our spam filters began catching a new version of blackmail letters. At this time, they threaten to undermine the reputation of the websites of small and medium-size companies. The scheme is quite simple: They send letters to victims’ public addresses (or submit them using their website “contact us” form),...

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What is a hoax, where do hoaxes come from, and why are they dangerous?

What is a hoax, where do hoaxes come from, and why are they dangerous?

Kaspersky products characterize certain software as “Hoax.” Let’s investigate what this verdict means, in which cases our products deliver that verdict, and why users should beware of such programs.

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The reason for this post is the increase in the number of detections our products have been making with the Hoax verdict. The number of users who have encountered such software has doubled in the past year. In short, more and more users are being caught in the risk zone. So it’s worth taking the time to dissect the problem, starting with a brief background...

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Smart control for smart kids

Smart control for smart kids

Our kids should surpass us in every way: talent, looks, happiness, intelligence. But children seem to get too smart too quick these days, and they can end up giving their parents the runaround in the most innocent yet cunning ways. Today’s fifth graders know very well what their parents are hiding from them, how to open locked doors, and where to find forbidden fruit online.

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To stop inherently curious kids from venturing off the trail online, we have parental control applications, such as Kaspersky Safe Kids. In theory, these programs restrict access to apps and websites that, according to parents, are not appropriate for kids’ consumption. But in practice,...

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Sochny Sochi, and lots of toastski.

Sochny Sochi, and lots of toastski.

Oh my grueling! The other week was reeeaaal high-pressure. Geographically, it went like this:

Moscow > Sochi > St. Petersburg > Moscow. Five days, three cities, two events, five hours in planes, and around 10 hours in cars.

So, like, why?…

First, there was our traditional global conference I had to get to. A quick bit of background to begin with:

A long time ago, when we were just a wee company, we started to gradually grow the number of partners we had all around the world. And when visiting one such technology partner, we saw how it put on yearly international partner conferences. ‘Great idea!’, we thought, and soon later – we put on one of our own:...

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Streamlining the Know Your Customer procedure with blockchain

Streamlining the Know Your Customer procedure with blockchain

Last year, I wrote a post about the possible privacy implications of applying blockchain technology to such areas as education, health care, and human resource management. However, a blockchain-based solution to a problem plagued by the shortcomings of traditional approaches can help with dealing with personal data as well. I am talking about KYC (know your customer), and recent advances in using blockchain for KYC procedures.

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The term “know your customer” originally came from financial services. Banks needed to identify their customers, make sure they didn’t cheat, and be able to check their credit history. So, banks...

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Why gold’s so expensive – ver. 2019.

Why gold’s so expensive – ver. 2019.

Around a year ago, I told you on these here blog pages about an excursion I was given around a gold mine. Down we went deep into the bowels of the earth, where we were shown the whole process of beneficiation through which they extract out of every ton of earth a mere 7-8 grams of gold (which eventually find themselves in a .900 – ~20 karat gold bar).

Now, during that excursion, I recall how we were told by our guides how, though the mine we were in was really quite sufficiently modern, mechanized and automated, it still remained somewhat a ‘diet’ version of a gold mine. If we wanted to see a ‘full fat’ version, we needed to get ourselves… somewhere...

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Earth 2050: Visions of the future, today

Earth 2050: Visions of the future, today

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Originally published in Eugene Kaspersky’s blog

You may have already heard about the big change at our company last week. However, big changes are nothing new to us! Ever since we began 22 years ago, it’s been nonstop change, change, change — and always for the better, naturally. Change has basically become our profession! Here’s why…

If we didn’t understand technology’s development, that would hardly bode well for our future — and I’m not talking about sales. I’m saying, in that case, maybe no one would be around to buy our products in the first place!

Joke :)

I’m sure everything will work out just fine. Technology’s changing the world for the...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 96

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 96

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For the 96th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I jump all over the place with stories ranging from pizza to hacked US Customs and Border Patrol photos.

We kick things off with an interesting tale from the Brofist Army. Yep, we are talking PewDiePie and a recent advertisement he did with Ukrainian social media Nimses. While there is some concern and fake news surrounding the app and ad, we tried to cut to the meat and potatoes of the tale and the app itself.

From there, we bid farewell to Facebook’s Graph Search, and after that, we discuss the latest snafu from US Customs and Border Control. Seems they have some trouble...

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Earth 2050: Visions of the future, today.

Earth 2050: Visions of the future, today.

You may have already heard about the big change at the Kompany last week. However, big changes are nothing new to us! Ever since we began 22 years ago, it’s been non-stop change, change, change — and always for the better, naturally. Change has basically become our profession! Here’s why…

If we don’t understand the direction technology’s developing in, that hardly bodes well for the future. And I don’t mean because nobody will buy our products. Maybe there’ll be no one around to buy them in the first place!

Joke :)

I’m sure everything will work out just fine. Technology’s changing the world for the better. Sure, new possibilities bring new risks,...

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How to protect your VK account against hacks and spam

How to protect your VK account against hacks and spam

Like most social networks, VK attracts all sorts of people. Considering its multimillion-strong audience, it is no surprise at all that alongside its well-meaning users you will also find scammers, spammers, and trolls of every description. People may push services in private messages, post ads to your wall, write obscenities in comments, and bad-mouth you in front of your friends — you don’t even have to be a celebrity for that.

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You can protect your account from unwanted attention by setting it up properly. Even if you’ve already done this, we recommend you make sure that everything is OK; from time to time the social network offers...

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Wi-Fi in the office — convenient but risky

Wi-Fi in the office — convenient but risky

Almost every office has a Wi-Fi network today, and sometimes more than one. Who wants to connect laptops with a cable? And forget about smartphones and tablets! However, a wireless network can be a weak point in your IT infrastructure.

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Not all companies use complex and unique passwords for their wireless networks, and few bother to disable the broadcasting of the network’s name. And not many at all limit the power of the WI-Fi signal to prevent network connections from outside of the office. Thus, usually little prevents a potential attacker from hanging around near the office and trying to get into a corporate network through a...

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We got the bronze in powerlifting! 

We got the bronze in powerlifting! 

We’ve more than 4000 K-folks working in the Kompany ). That’s 4000+ folks who either make, sell or support our products, which happen to be the best in their class in the world. And they’re always thinking up new products and improving perfecting existing ones.

Then there are the K-dawgs who protect us with patents and other legal delicacies, who do the books, who organize our conferences and optimize business trips, who… and on and on – and all over the world! I can’t list them all here, but one thing I will say is they’re a bunch of dedicated good eggs!

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But out of all those 4000+, there is one in particular I want to mention and congratulate. It is...

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Wonder – on a wander round Rwanda.

Wonder – on a wander round Rwanda.

Hi folks!

And the news and tales from Rwanda go like this:

1. We’ve just opened a new office here! Our business is doing really rather well here, so we needed local specialists for the local market. Maybe we’ll need some for the neighboring countries too. For now though – our Rwandan office is on the fourth floor of this building:

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The view from the window. Kigali has plenty of construction going on:

2. Our trip to see the gorillas wasn’t just tourism, but also business! For in the neighboring national park I spoke at a conference for military folks from the whole of Africa! No photos, afraid, as it was a closed event.

3. A few days later I spoke...

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Learn how to spot travel phishing

Learn how to spot travel phishing

Summer’s coming, and that means vacation season is on its way. A lot of people are looking through travel websites in search for interesting places to go, cheap places to stay, and tickets at interesting prices. And, as usual, scammers are eager to give them what they are looking for — sort of.

In addition to the usual tactics scammers use to rob you while you’re looking forward to having a nice vacation, these travel tricks are worth knowing before you start planning your next trip. In this post we’ll dig into some details and talk about how malefactors try to trick excited folks into believing they’re on a genuine travel website. All of these methods...

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Soccer club defrauded

Soccer club defrauded

The players: three soccer clubs (Russian, French, and Argentine), one midfielder, and about 40 million euros. Plus: scammers. Minus: €520,000. In short, this is the tale of Leandro Paredes’s move from the Russian Zenit team to the French Paris Saint-Germain.

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In January, world sports news media announced the transfer of Paredes from Zenit to Paris Saint-Germain. The price tag of this transfer was about €40 million (for 4.5 seasons). According to FIFA rules, Paredes’s first club, the Boca Juniors, claims a certain percentage of the deal (about 3.5%): €1,299,377.48, to be more precise.

Paris Saint-Germain and the Boca Juniors agreed on a payment plan of...

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Baltimore encrypted

Baltimore encrypted

In early May, officials in Baltimore, Maryland, encountered ransomware called RobbinHood that encrypted a number of municipal computers. It completely paralyzed some city services.

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The Baltimore authorities have not disclosed details of the incident, but according to the New York Times, the attackers took advantage of the sensational EternalBlue exploit. IT specialists at the mayor’s office promptly took measures to stop the spread of the malware, but not before it had disabled about 10,000 devices. Extortionists demanded 13 bitcoins (about $114,000 at the time of this writing) to decrypt the computers.

Ransomware against cities

Baltimore is hardly the first and...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 94

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 94

Welcome to the 94th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast. In this edition, we jump around a bit between cybercrime, privacy, and a little bit of Terminator 2 action.

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To kick things off, we head down to Charm City. As you may have heard, Baltimore is dealing with a pretty serious ransomware attack that is crippling the city — not to mention the inevitable finger-pointing. From there, we head to the IoT and privacy front. With its new patent, Amazon wants to listen to everything you say. The company says it’s an effort to improve the experience for users.

We then move along to an events company data breach that affected more than...

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Top 4 dangerous file attachments

Top 4 dangerous file attachments

Spammers send billions of messages every single day. It is mostly trite advertising — annoying, but generally harmless. But every once in a while, there is a malicious file attached to one of the messages.

To provoke the recipient into opening a dangerous file, it is usually masked as something interesting, useful, or important: a work document, a great offer, a gift card bearing the logo of a well-known company, and so on.

Malware distributors have their own “pet” formats. In this post we explore this year’s top malware-hiding files.

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Cybercriminals love to conceal malware in archives. For example, ZIP files teasingly titled...

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How to delete your Snapchat account while preserving your data

How to delete your Snapchat account while preserving your data

Snapchat developers were recently accused of breach of privacy after some employees’ privacy abuses came to light. In essence, they spied on users. Not a pleasant discovery, is it? It might even make one think about leaving the social network.

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It doesn’t really matter what prompts the idea, though — could be excessive attention from strangers, a commitment to defeat Internet addiction, or your 25th birthday. We are just going to tell you how to do it.

Saving data from Snapchat

Before you delete your Snapchat account, you will probably want to save the photos and videos you had so much fun sharing — and maybe also some other...

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Introducing the new us

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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We were born in the 90s. Back when we founded the company in 1997, we had just one simple goal: Make the best...

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