A Billion in the Cloud

Recently, sharp-eyed users congratulated me with a ‘billion’ items in Kaspersky Security Network. Thank you! Although, I need to explain what that ‘billion’ is.
 

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The Mysterious Majesty of the Japanese Language.

The Mysterious Majesty of the Japanese Language.

Another few days in Tokyo, another whirlwind schedule of meetings, interviews, and dinners with old pals. Speeches at conferences too: I’m just back from one where I was talking about cybercrime – and the interpreting was not synchronous (!). Yes: lots of pauses :). I was so exhausted I thought I might faint on the stage at one point. But I stayed conscious, just.

Sadly, there’s been no time for tourism, only shigoto – work. At times I feel like a zoo animal: fed at regular intervals, then having to play to the crowd at allotted times.

Mid-shigota, I came across this here sign on the wall of the business center I was in:

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How GDPR will affect your business

How GDPR will affect your business

So, General Data Protection Regulation aka GDPR is just around the corner (well, 2018) and a lot of companies are only beginning to get a grasp of what the new EU ruling will mean for their business.

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But, whilst a lot of IT departments are running around like headless chickens, frantic to ensure compliancy, did you stop to think how other departments might be affected?

You see, GDPR affects more than just IT. In fact, any department that touches or uses customer data (and let’s face it, which department doesn’t these days) will have to ensure compliancy.

So, to that end, Kaspersky Lab commissioned a report to look at how different internal...

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Ztorg Trojan: Infect yourself for 5 cents

Ztorg Trojan: Infect yourself for 5 cents

A lot of ads on the Internet promote easy ways to earn money. They tend to lead to fishy places — say, a post from an alleged mother of three who stays at home, earning several thousand dollars a day, and says you can do the same. But there are other ways to earn some easy money, too, that may seem much more plausible.

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For example, some services offer to pay you for installing apps. The money amounts to pocket change — about 5 cents per app — but the work is pretty effortless, so some people find it attractive nonetheless. This kind of scheme is especially popular among children — install 50 apps and get a $2.50 to buy some gear for your...

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Chanting ‘Issa-ee’ on the Kanda Matsuri.

Chanting ‘Issa-ee’ on the Kanda Matsuri.

In Tokyo on the weekend nearest the middle of May (this year – the 14th –15th) the Kanda Matsuri – aka the Kanda Festival – takes place every year. This is when all the residents of a district of Tokyo (I think just Kanda) gather in the morning all dressed up in traditional coats in the color of their streets, and take these here… let’s call them mobile holy temples (correct me please if my description is way off the mark), and carry them in a procession to Kanda Shrine:

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A quick break, then up and off again…

The streets the procession takes go gradually from narrow suburban to wide urban ones, with more folks seeming to join the...

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What is your antivirus talking about?

What is your antivirus talking about?

One thing fire safety and information security have in common is that most people don’t bother preparing and then panic when something happens. But if something goes wrong, you need to act fast — and get it right — so that everything turns out fine. That’s why it’s good to know what your antivirus is saying when it encounters this or that threat. Consider this post a cybersecurity fire drill.

By the way, for this kind of situation we have a test file designed to be detected as a threat by antiviruses. The file is completely harmless; it was specially designed for this sort of drill.

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The first thing to pay attention to in notifications shown...

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Russian Grand Prix in Sunny Sochix.

Russian Grand Prix in Sunny Sochix.

Sorry folks for the tardiness of this post; been up to my neck with work of late. Better late than never though…

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – it’s great watching F1 in the flesh at the racetrack. But it’s best of all watching it from the garage, if you’re lucky enough to have access thereto. It’s in the garage where the team sits, where the pressure is through the roof, where the adrenaline is pumping the most, and where the emotions run amok. And the garage experience is even more thrilling if your team is in pole position – like we were the other weekend (the first time since 2008!). But enough talk – no time for...

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Another Long Week: Snows & Scorchers, Politics & Hacks, Moscow – Abu Dhabi – Tokyo.

Another Long Week: Snows & Scorchers, Politics & Hacks, Moscow – Abu Dhabi – Tokyo.

Good day boys and girls!

I’ve been a bit quiet of late – but I’ve a good excuse – I had a real tough week: the schedule was tight and intercontinental, plus alarmingly… combative…

It all started in Moscow. Now, normally come the month of May, the last vestiges of the long cold winter – snow and ice – have long disappeared, at least by a month. Not this year. It snowed the other week! The weather was so bad – cold, windy, wet – that even the May 9 Victory Day parade was partially called off (the airborne part). Ye gods! And I was soooo looking forward to it.

Bad weather causing...

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Protected: Stranger danger: the connection between sharing online and losing the data we love

Protected: Stranger danger: the connection between sharing online and losing the data we love

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Thames Path – No Faff.

Thames Path – No Faff.

The other week, in London on various work matters, A.S. and I managed to find the time to continue our stroll along the Thames Path. I say continue as I’d covered a good stretch of it before – last year I think, only with A.B., not A.S. Anyway, the Thames Path starts (or ends) at the Thames Barrier (near London City Airport) and finishes (or starts) somewhere up by the river head. Yes – it’s long. A whole ~300km long! And since, though not fully gym-shy we’re not quite Ultraman triathalonists, we take sections of this premium path separately when in town, this time from the very end/start – the barrier – to the Golden Jubilee Bridge, and from there...

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How to properly update Windows to protect your computer from WannaCry

How to properly update Windows to protect your computer from WannaCry

By now, everyone has heard about the WannaCry ransomware attack. So far we have two posts about it: one with a general overview of what happened, and another with advice for businesses. But it’s become clear that not everyone understands how to patch the Windows vulnerability that is exploited by WannaCry, which allows it to travel from one PC to another. So here, we’ll explain what to do and where to find the necessary patches.

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First of all, it is important to note that the WannaCry can infect only devices on Windows. If your device runs on macOS, iOS,...

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WannaCry ransomware: how it attacks and how to protect your business

WannaCry ransomware: how it attacks and how to protect your business

Earlier today, we teamed up with Comae Technologies to present an emergency webinar for businesses to help them understand and defend against the WannaCry ransomware. The malware has primarily affected business networks, and has claimed victims around the world in a wide range of industries.

Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade, senior security researcher in Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team, was joined by Matt Suiche from Comae Technologies to present the very latest information on how the ransomware breaches defenses and the subsequent stages of attack.

How to protect your business from Wannacry...
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WannaCry: On screens everywhere!

WannaCry: On screens everywhere!

The outbreak of Trojan ransomware WannaCry has already caused a heap of trouble to all kinds of businesses. However, we expect that companies whose infrastructures employ embedded systems are feeling particularly unhappy with the authors of this malware.

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Theoretically, embedded systems should not be interesting to ransomware actors — it’s doubtful that anyone would pay ransom for a purely utilitarian system that holds no valuable data and whose hard drive is routinely reformatted anyway. But WannaCry does not choose its targets. As a result of the peculiar nature of the vulnerability it exploits, WannaCry has spread itself widely across local networks...

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WannaCry: What you need to know

WannaCry: What you need to know

The unprecedented outbreak of Trojan ransomware WannaCry has created a worldwide plague affecting home users and businesses. We have already posted some basics about WannaCry, and in this post we will provide further advice particularly for businesses. It is urgent and critical to know what WannaCry is, how it spreads, what dangers it poses, and how to stop it.

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One of the key reasons the Trojan erupted so quickly is that it transmits itself using an exploit, entering through a known Windows vulnerability with no user intervention (mistakes) needed. And once one computer is infected, the malware it attempts to spread itself to all...

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WannaCry: Are you safe?

WannaCry: Are you safe?

A few days ago, an outbreak of the Trojan encryptor WannaCry started. It appears that the epidemic is global. We call it an epidemic since the extent of it is quite huge. We counted over 45,000 cases of the attack in just one day. In reality, the number is definitely much higher.

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Several large organizations simultaneously reported an infection. Among the organizations were several British hospitals that had to suspend their operations. According to the data released by third parties, WannaCry has infected more than 100,000 computers. Essentially, this is why it has drawn so much attention.

The largest number of attacks occurred in Russia, but...

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All the world’s a context: Targeted ads go offline

All the world’s a context: Targeted ads go offline

Targeted ads are all over the Internet nowadays. One minute you’re searching for information about hair loss, the next you’re seeing offers for a remedy. Click the Like button on an article about genetic tests and you’ll see discounts for that kind of test. Advertisements on the Internet reflect the collected knowledge of everything the target — you! — have liked, searched for, and seen online, and this “diary” of your online life paints a pretty candid picture of you, too.

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At this point, seeing ads based on your online history is hardly a surprise — at least, not while you’re online. So here’s something new to get...

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They Asked Me… Everything!

They Asked Me… Everything!

Hi folks!

Yesterday, I hosted an ‘Ask Me Anything’ (AMA) on Reddit. I wanted to take a moment to thank the attendees for all of their questions – especially the challenging ones. So here goes: thank you everyone for the great Q&A session! It sure was wide-ranging – with questions on the security of smartphones to Formula 1 and… my favorite food and drink, plus of course the obligatory queries about how to pronounce my surname and… Star Wars. In fact, you guys asked so many questions that I couldn’t answer them all in the time. But I encourage you to read the full thread here – maybe some of my replies there answer your questions too; if not –...

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What your business needs to know about GDPR

What your business needs to know about GDPR

The amount of personal data leaked by companies that store or process it has been growing at an alarming rate over the past few years. Yahoo’s record-breaking 2016 data breach — estimated at half a billion records stolen — seemed hard to beat, but it was actually topped in a single incident later that year. A notorious spammer called River City Media leaked, among other personal details, 1.37 billion e-mail addresses — a simply staggering amount.

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With hundreds of millions of people potentially affected by a single breach, and with the security of personal data a hot topic for many countries around the world, issues of data privacy and...

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Ask Eugene Kaspersky Anything

Ask Eugene Kaspersky Anything

You might know that Kaspersky Lab turns 20 this year. For a cybersecurity company, 20 years is not young. We’ve grown from several programmers sitting in a tiny office into one of the world’s leading infosec companies, with offices all over the world. Once we protected only home users’ computers; now we do much more, from hunting down nefarious threat actors to securing the data of international businesses.

The company began with Eugene Kaspersky’s dream of saving the world. Well, the world is not yet saved, so there’s no time for him to rest on his laurels; he continues to lead the company and fight cybercrime.

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Eugene is always on the move,...

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I am doing a Reddit AMA.

I am doing a Reddit AMA.

During the course of a business trip, I tend to meet a lot of people. These can be anyone to people in the street to conference attendees to reporters or partners of the company. In meeting this many people, I also get asked a lot of interesting questions.

Most times I am able to give quick answers or offer some insight into the state of cybersecurity, what airports to avoid or best places in the world to spend a holiday. But there are also times where I have to be quick and head to the next meeting or connecting flight.

When you add up the years that I have spent travelling and growing the business over the last 20 years, these missed connections start to add up....

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Incognito mode Q&A

Incognito mode Q&A

As you move around the Internet, it is almost impossible not to leave any digital footprints. And generally speaking, being followed on the Internet is not okay with most people. But whereas a degree of privacy is important anywhere you go online, you really need the ability to cover your tracks on public computers and shared computers.

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Incognito mode — also known as private mode — is a browser mode that gives a user a measure of privacy among other users of the same device or account. In incognito mode, a browser doesn’t store your Web surfing history, cookies, download history, or login credentials.

What does “doesn’t store” mean?
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Frankfurt Leaves an Impression.

Frankfurt Leaves an Impression.

Since I’m writing this post in the wee small hours of a London night, I can wish the bulk of my usual readers:

A good morning and good day!

As well as good evening, good night, sweet dreams! And then once again it’s onwards and upwards to new achievements in your personal and community activities. In other words, as yours truly is wont to say: “get back to work guys!”

Frankfurt is next up on my agenda. It’s a familiar situation – I’ve actually been here many times, but not in the city itself, just at the airport for connecting flights. I’ve never seen this large and very important city as a tourist! This time, too, Frankfurt has managed to...

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An Elevator in the Internet vs. the Internet in an Elevator.

An Elevator in the Internet vs. the Internet in an Elevator.

I have a very high opinion of Schindler, the world’s leading manufacturer of elevators and escalators. (Next time you use these modes of transport, take note of the manufacturer’s logo.) In my view, this company deserves lots of respect and its business practices are worthy of study and emulation. However, when I see the company’s booth at an exhibition, replete with slogans like this, it sends a shiver down my spine, I start feeling uncomfortable about the world around me, and my left eye starts to twitch. Why?

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There were three slogans that I had a particular problem with:

– How can I turn my elevator into a digital...

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What to do if your antivirus prevents a website from loading

What to do if your antivirus prevents a website from loading

When it comes to antivirus protection, everybody would prefer a solution that works so well and so independently out of the box that they can forget about it until its license expires. At the same time, they still expect impeccable protection. As a matter of fact, we share the same opinion and expectations, which is why our security solutions are fine-tuned to provide an optimal balance between hands-off user experience and stringent protection.

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Nevertheless, it may happen that your opinion about an application or a website differs from that of your antivirus. You may know an app or a website is fine, yet there your antivirus...

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At Last – Not All So Quiet on the Antitrust Front.

At Last – Not All So Quiet on the Antitrust Front.

Last fall, in our domestic market we turned to the Federal Antimonopoly Service with a complaint against Microsoft regarding its anti-trust legislation violations.

Despite the long silence on the airwaves, the matter was in fact slowly but surely being addressed. And don’t pay any attention to inaccurate reports about not filing similar claims with the EU Commission: that was off the back of an interview I gave in Germany in which it looks like a fact or two went astray – perhaps lost in translation. We are definitely not planning on ‘temporarily backing off’ filing our competition complaint with the EU Commission.

And anyway,...

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