Antartcic sketches

This year we became the main sponsor of The Antarctic Biennale Expedition. 
Hope, you enjoy my Antartcic sketches:

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It brought together approximately 100 participants — artists, researchers, and visionaries from all over the world — to explore and to think about a universal cultural future for Antarctica as a model of other “shared spaces” such as Ocean and Outer Space. Eugene Kaspersky joined the team on this journey and now is ready to share his views on this magnificent continent.
Read more about this expedition: https://kas.pr/xg56
 

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Hacking a car wash?

Hacking a car wash?

Just when you think you’ve heard it all when it comes to connected devices being hacked, Black Hat rolls around and makes you reconsider what you thought were the most bizarre things ever hacked.

Thoughts may immediately jump to the latest and greatest connected IoT wearable or something odd like Google Glass — both good guesses — but they’d be wrong. Chances are you would never guess, but we’ll wait while you glance up again at the title of this post.

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You see, researchers Billy Rios and Jonathan Butts discovered that car washes could be hacked. OK — I know it does not sound all that exciting, but the researchers also noted that they had possibly...

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An 8-day transcontinental trip.

An 8-day transcontinental trip.

Dear regulars and visitors to my LiveJournal, I continue to pay back my week-old debts. The week in question was pretty hectic. To be more precise, it was an eight-dayer, because it stretched from Monday to Monday.

It all started with my departure from Moscow to St. Petersburg on Sunday evening, and was rounded off by my return from Ekaterinburg to Moscow early on Tuesday morning (right after midnight). All in all, there were four cities on my itinerary, seven flights and 35 hours in the air: Moscow (SVO) – St. Petersburg – Moscow (DME, connection) – Singapore – Sanya – Almaty (refuel) – Ekaterinburg – Moscow (SVO).

The best route from St....

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Railrood Good Mood.

Railrood Good Mood.

Railrood good mood. It’s a different, special good mood. It’s a bit like motorbike good mood. There’s not much to it, but it brings a nice, calm, reflective feeling. You just stand there, in the engine control room at the front of a train and stare up ahead along the track and to the sides at the passing landscapes. Meditative almost. I’ve heard there are long videos on YouTube showing such railroad good-mooding. It’s so much better doing the real thing though…

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Here’s the junction where we turn off the ‘highway’ and onto the ‘back road’ that takes us to St. Pete along the Gulf of Finland:

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And, if you look closely at the pics,...

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No More Ransom: A very productive year

No More Ransom: A very productive year

A year ago we announced that together with Europol, Dutch police, and McAfee Security, we were starting a project called No More Ransom. We thought that joining forces against ransomware was a good idea, and now we know we were right.ip1k-6fQrNrCVgeY8kUC_GNrct6ZmyjT.jpg?s=90861e67264bdb697606e0473f96e1a0

Today No More Ransom celebrates its first anniversary, and for a 1-year-old it has achieved a lot.

Dozens of organizations from both the public and private sectors have joined the project, and so have law-enforcement agencies from countries all over the world. The number of decryption utilities available for free download has increased almost tenfold, and those utilities have helped decrypt files on tens of thousands...

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KL AV for Free. Secure the Whole World Will Be.

KL AV for Free. Secure the Whole World Will Be.

Hi folks!

I’ve some fantastic, earth-shattering-saving news: we’re announcing the global launch of Kaspersky Free, which, as you may have guessed by the title, is completely free-of-charge! Oh my giveaway!ngouQxW5oxhCIA51sDhWtkwh-rTEyG-a.png?s=d77cfd90c7ecf7411301c6e940607f42

We’ve been working on this release for a good year-and-a-half, with pilot versions in a few regions, research, analysis, tweaks and the rest of it, and out of all that we deduced the following:

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KL AV for Free. Secure the Whole World Will Be.

KL AV for Free. Secure the Whole World Will Be.

Hi folks!

I’ve some fantastic, earth-shattering-saving news: we’re announcing the global launch of Kaspersky Free, which, as you may have guessed by the title, is completely free-of-charge! Oh my giveaway!

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We’ve been working on this release for a good year-and-a-half, with pilot versions in a few regions, research, analysis, tweaks and the rest of it, and out of all which we deduced the following:

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I had some files encrypted by Cryakl. I used Rannoh decryptor but it didn't work. Can someone give me a hand?

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Digital Railroad

Digital Railroad

This post is all about trains, tracks, and digital-automation thereof. So, ideally, the 14-minute mix of Trans Europe Express should be listened to while reading this not-so-short post, IMHO…

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‘There is no entrance to the metro’!

Our transportation today is this here motor coach:

Here’s the driver’s cabin with all the necessary levers and buttons, the most important being the ‘No Sleep!’ button. If it’s not pressed at the allotted times (= driver sleeping?) the train slowly comes to a halt. They should have had one of those on the train in the film Runaway Train (not a bad action movie, btw).

This beast is fed 1.5 tons (!) of fuel to get it...

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Then and now. 20 years in-between — all uphill

Then and now. 20 years in-between — all uphill

20 years in business — is that a long time, or no time at all? Or how about 25 years of continuous development of new technologies and products (including the five years pre-KL)?

To answer that properly we need to ask how old the industry — cybersecurity — is itself. Well, the very first antivirus programs appeared just a few years before 25 years ago.

So that means we’re one of a handful of developers around that created cybersecurity! Indeed, we’ve been in the industry since its infancy (when on-demand signature scanners were all the rage), and are still here today (in the new age of big data and machine learning). And that’s...

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Then and Now. 20 Years In-between – All Uphill.

Then and Now. 20 Years In-between – All Uphill.

20 years in business – is that a long time, or no time at all? Or how about 25 years of continuous development of new technologies and products (including the five years pre-KL)?

To answer that properly we need to ask how old the industry – cybersecurity – is itself. Well, the very first antivirus programs appeared just a few years before 25 years ago.

So that means we’re one of a handful of developers that created cybersecurity! Indeed, we’ve been in the industry since its infancy (when on-demand signature scanners were all the rage), and are still here today (in the new age of big data and machine learning). And that’s 20+...

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Explainer: Bitcoin mining

Explainer: Bitcoin mining

If you’ve shopped for a graphics card lately, you probably know about the worldwide shortage — or you may even have seen something about it in the news. Some sources blame miners for buying everything up. But who are these miners?

Miners is the term for people who collect cryptocurrency. Currency miners mine their cryptocurrency at their farms, specially tricked-out computers dedicated to the task. You’ve no doubt heard of the most famous cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, although it’s not the only one.

But why is cryptocurrency in the news right now; why the commotion? And if everyone else is mining money, should you do it as well? Let us get to the bottom of...

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Kaspersky Lab turns 20: Key events and milestones

Kaspersky Lab turns 20: Key events and milestones

At times everyone needs to slow down, take a break, think about the future, contemplate the past. We at Kaspersky Lab are constantly thinking about the future, so we don’t need a break to do that; however, one usually requires a reason to look into the past. And we have one: Kaspersky Lab has just turned 20!

For a cybersecurity company, 20 years is quite an age. So many things have happened since Eugene Kaspersky founded the company that no one can remember all of them. Here we’ve recapped some of the most important events in Kaspersky Lab’s story and consolidated them into one timeline.

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A Sardinian Inn You Should Stay In. 

A Sardinian Inn You Should Stay In. 

Our north-to-south-to-north tour of Sardinia was coming to its logical end. But one final thing I really need to tell you about is the hotel we stayed at on our last night. It was the Hotel Cala di Volpe, situated in the bay of the same name – here.

First – disclaimer! In a post that will be published on Friday, I say that I ain’t bothered at all about where I stay on my many trips around the world – just the basics are sufficient. Er, oops. It’s not that simple. For sometimes I do fully appreciate get carried away by the digs we stay at – especially when they’re as good as those on our last night in Sardinia!…

Cala di Volpe – yes,...

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Сybersecurity becomes an integral part of managed IT services

Сybersecurity becomes an integral part of managed IT services

Managed service providers have a unique position in the market. Providers have to be IT experts in a variety of areas, from hardware to customer support. Their business is built on upholding their clients’ business continuity. Unfortunately, various factors can violate this continuity, and sometimes they cannot be controlled from the MSP side.

As usual, we are talking about cyberthreats. You may protect your infrastructure effectively, but if your clients do not take adequate measures, your efforts may be in vain. That is why providing security services in addition to the other services you offer to your customers is vital...

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Subterranean Sardinia.

Subterranean Sardinia.

After philosophizing and prophesizing (without our pens) about mankind as embodied in the monuments it builds itself, it was time for further deep thought – on the monuments nature itself builds – deep being the right word: for that’s how far we were going underground…

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We’re here, on our route winding slowly from north to south of Sardinia.

These undergroundnesses were only discovered in the 1950s – by mistake! Folks were taking a stroll around these parts and stumbled upon a hole in the ground. So they poked their heads through it. Then they crawled through. Then they started to extract something useful to sell (I can’t recall what), but in doing so...

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End user agreement survival guide

End user agreement survival guide

Can I interest you in a nice, long, legally binding document? It’ll only take a few hours and maybe a law degree. No? You’re not alone.

Despite many years of experience, humorous stories (ha ha, you signed away your baby) and dire warnings, no one reads EULAs — that’s end-user license agreements, those things you have to sign electronically before installing software, signing up for online services, or connecting to a free Wi-Fi hotspot. They are bills of sale that outline what you pay and what you get in return.

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I can’t blame people for not scanning EULAs carefully. They’re boring and usually very long. A few years ago, Time magazine...

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Sardinian Summer Scenes.

Sardinian Summer Scenes.

I was getting into this Sardinian trip…

Two hours of scaling down cliff faces and into (stagnant) pools; strolling about the picturesque countryside in the summer sun; visiting a winery we really didn’t want to leave…

Next up…

A commercial break! Time to chill a bit. Therefore, herewith, just photos of the sensational Sardinian scenery…

Sardinian scene No. 1

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Sardinian scene No. 2

Sardinian scene No. 3

Sardinian scene No. 4

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Sardinian scene No. 6

Sardinian scene No. 7

Sardinian scene No. 8

Sardinian scene No. 9

Tomorrow, the next installment from Sardinia – archeological Sardinia…

The rest of the pics from the island are...

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In Sardinia, Even I Like the Vino.

In Sardinia, Even I Like the Vino.

I’m no fan of vino. Even good wine leaves me cold. I mean – even to the extent whereby if there’s good wine on offer and also plain old water – I’ll go for the plain old water every time. There are exceptions though. For example, sometime in the early 2000s I was bowled over by some Italian Chianti – in Italy itself, but since then, every attempt to recapture the experience outside Italy failed miserably. I don’t know why. Maybe it just doesn’t travel well, or maybe it needs to be super fresh? But what about the ‘older is better’ thing with wine? It’s all a mystery to me.

There was one other wine I recall I really liked – some Read more...

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How Bloomberg Just Edited an Agricultural Newspaper.

How Bloomberg Just Edited an Agricultural Newspaper.

History tends to repeats itself, its lessons not having been learned.

Sometimes the new does start to resemble the dystopian visions of the future of old, which our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents had nightmares about and/or read about in the caustic satirical works of the day. O tempora, o mores: nightmares, satire and dystopia – sure, they’re becoming reality, but guess where in particular – in journalism.

More than 85 percent of the company’s revenue comes from outside of Russia, so why would we ever put all of that at risk?

Since childhood there’s been a story I’ve never been able to forget – and...

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Tip of the week: How to create reports for technical support

Tip of the week: How to create reports for technical support

When problems arise and you need to ask questions, you may be frustrated at being asked for technical information first. If you post on a forum or call tech support, only to be confronted with a request for an “application operation report,” here’s what you need to do, and why.

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An application operation report contains information about how the application works, what it does, and what causes it to crash if an error occurs. Operation reports give additional information, and they provide much more useful detail than a simple forum post like “This is not working. I need help!” The reports are created for developers so...

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Torrentismo in Sardegna.

Torrentismo in Sardegna.

I’d heard so many good things from different people about Sardinia, the magical Italian island in the Mediterranean, but never been there myself. The sun always shining, clear blue sea, the tastiest grapes, cool cliffs, incredible islands along the shore… I should have made it here long ago, but it was never to be – until last week. So after we were done with business we had did a spot of tourism…

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The sun is hot here, but you get an occasional and very welcome respite therefrom in the form of white cotton-wool-ball fluffy clouds floating by overhead…

In-between the picture-postcard villages you get rocky outcrops dotting the hillsides…

So...

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The human factor: Can employees learn not to make mistakes?

The human factor: Can employees learn not to make mistakes?

We’ve long maintained that technical means are not enough to protect a business from cyberthreats. It’s entirely possible for a single person to negate the effect of an entire information security team. In many cases, it may be unintentional, the result of lacking basic cybersecurity knowledge, being unaware of threats, or diverted attention. That is why many companies (according to our data, approximately 65%) already invest in employee cybersecurity training.

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There, however, complications may arise. The person who decides staff awareness needs to be raised is not necessarily the person responsible for arranging the...

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Quiz: Will cybersecurity get you fired?

Quiz: Will cybersecurity get you fired?

People can be fired for all kinds of reasons: repeated lateness, safety violations, inebriation, and many others. Mostly stuff that’s in your control.

However, cyberthreats should concern everybody, and although cyberincidents are not yet a common reason for firing workers, many experts believe that will change soon. Do you need to worry? Let’s find out!

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There is no Jayden K. Smith

There is no Jayden K. Smith

If you’ve been lucky enough not to receive a message about him, you’ve still probably heard about him anyway: Jayden K. Smith, aka Facebook hacker extraordinaire.

Well, that’s what we’re being told by our friends and families, anyway. This Facebook hacker is ready to steal your account the instant you or one of your contacts accepts his friend request. The only thing is, it’s not real.

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If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably already a pretty switched-on, skeptical person, able to spot a dud a mile off. But for some reason this hoax made the rounds pretty quickly over the weekend.

Well-meaning friends thought it best to share the message...

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