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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All ears: The dangers of voice assistants

All ears: The dangers of voice assistants

Nowadays the proverb “the walls have ears” is not as metaphoric as it used to be.

“The telescreen received and transmitted simultaneously. Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it … There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment.” That is George Orwell’s description of Big Brother’s spying devices in the novel 1984.

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What if Big Brother weren’t the only one with access to the telescreen, though? What if pretty much anybody with the necessary skill set could listen in? And what if that screen were used not only for political propaganda, but...

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Ask the Audience: Antarctic Creativity Ideas Needed!

Ask the Audience: Antarctic Creativity Ideas Needed!

Hi all!

As you already know, we’re off to Antarctica! And it’s no ordinary trip to Antarctica – if there can be such a thing – but a very extraordinary one, with an extraordinarily creative international delegation of modern-art adepts aboard the Akademik Sergey Vavilov research vessel; route: UshuaiaMarguerite Bay and back.

The Antarctic Biennale line-up will consist of 17 multidisciplinary artists; among them: Zhang Enli (China), Tomas Saraceno (Argentina), Joaquin Fargas (Argentina), Gustav Duesing (Germany), Yto Barrada (Morocco), Julius von Bismarck (Germany) and Julian Charriere (France/Switzerland). There are others...

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Korridore der Macht.

Korridore der Macht.

Reichstag, Berlin, Germany.

The Reichstag isn’t just the building that houses the German parliament – Bundestag – and nor is it just a historical symbol. It’s also one of the most interesting tourist spots in Berlin (and there a plenty of them:). I’d heard so much about the Reichstag – but never seemed to find the time for an excursion thereof. But finally – I pulled it off, just the other day. And not just the common-or-garden tourist excursion, but one which covered normally off-limits areas too – including, literally, the corridors of (bundes) power!…

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I’ll start from the outside and move my way towards the center, actually – towards the top...

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A Mirage-Hotel in the Desert.

A Mirage-Hotel in the Desert.

Briefly, a few words about a place we stayed at in the desert. Well, this hotel… was like… a mirage – for it seemed almost unreal to me, what with it being right in the middle of a real desert!

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It was built, so we were told, on a greenfield site bare desert site up from nothing. As you can see – all around there’s nothing but desert. Water gets piped in from 200km away! And the Internet is super-fast. And free! The hotel is called Qasr al Sarab.

When we were there it was full of Chinese New Year tourists; therefore, we got upgraded to a villa! A big thank you to the hotel for that! (Or maybe I’d already stayed at hotels on this chain and the...

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Turkish DeFlight.

Turkish DeFlight.

Interestingly, it takes 4.5 hours to fly from Moscow to Dubai, 3+ hours to fly from Istanbul to Moscow, and from Dubai to Istanbul – the same 4.5 hours!

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Yes, direct from Dubai to Istanbul it’s a little shorter as the crow flies, but commercial flights fly around conflict zones. Mmm, unpleasant topic, but that’s the reality of today’s turbulent world.

I was just about to snap the image of our trajectory on the screen when…

… the screen went blank, as it insists on doing when a ‘passenger announcement’ is given over the tannoy. Grrr.

Hmmm; interesting selfie ).

But enough about selfies. More about those passenger announcements…

Now, on regular...

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Webcams vs. Humans

Webcams vs. Humans

Recent news about IP cameras being hacked and private footage sold unlawfully online has bestirred the Internet yet again. Such headlines are now unsurprising; however, one new case has a sensitive twist: The cameras were located in a plastic surgery clinic in Moscow. No doubt you can imagine the footage. This incident was initially covered by Russian BBC. Kaspersky Lab colleagues commented in the article and pointed to lax security practices exercised by the owners. Here we’ll dive a bit deeper into the topic.

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The most obvious and unpleasant consequence of CCTV video leaks is the potential positive identification of people in the...

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Antarctic Modern Art Biennale!

Antarctic Modern Art Biennale!

Ferrari and F-1, all-women skiing expeditions to the South Pole, snooker, archaeological digs of ancient Minoan ruins, chess, and a lot of other stuff. I think the word is eclectic for all that lot. And for those at the back not listening – this eclectic selection is what we sponsor, support, help, assist, admire, and are proud of! But something was missing. Something that would make it even more diversified. We needed to add an ingredient of a perfectly… perpendicular nature – perpendicular to that lot (is that even possible?). So that’s just what we did: we added… modern art to the mix!

Drum roll……………………….. crash cymbal! We have...

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Forget books, time to burn the dolls

Forget books, time to burn the dolls

Last week, a coworker shared an interesting article with me from the BBC. It reported that Germans were being told to destroy a connected children’s toy because of hacking concerns.

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The Cayla dolls — the villains of the story — are toys equipped with a microphone, a speaker, and a Bluetooth transmitter. If a child asks a Cayla doll a question, it can connect to the Internet to find an answer. But in 2015, researchers found out that the unsecured Bluetooth module can be used by hackers to eavesdrop and spy on children and their parents. That’s why the German Federal Network Agency suggested that parents destroy those toys.

Destroying toys...

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7 questions about 11-11, answered

7 questions about 11-11, answered

And now, boys and girls, woo-hoo! Today is a day when woo-hoo’ing seems the most appropriate thing to do. Like this: WOO-HOO!!!

Why, you say?

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We’ve officially launched our very own secure operating system for network devices, industrial control systems, and the IoT. The OS was originally conceived on November 11; that’s why we refer to it by the code name 11-11. It was a very long development cycle, for sure: we worked on the project for 14 solid years and have even run a real-world pilot test roll-out. Now the OS is ready for consumption is available for deployment by all interested parties in a variety of scenarios.

I’ll spare you all the nerdy...

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Q&A on 11-11.

Q&A on 11-11.

And now, boys and girls, woo-hoo! Today is a day when woo-hoo’ing seems the most appropriate thing to do. Like this: WOO-HOO!!!

Why, you say?

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We’ve officially launched a secure operating system for network devices, industrial control systems, and the IoT. The OS was originally conceived on November 11; that’s why we refer to it by the code name 11-11. It was a very long development cycle, for sure: we worked on the project for 14 solid years and have even run a real-world pilot test roll-out. Now the OS is ready for consumption is available for deployment by all interested parties in a variety of scenarios.

OS has not a single Linux code, is based on a microkernel...
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PhwoahxPhwoah in the Desert.

PhwoahxPhwoah in the Desert.

Ever driven across a desert – I mean, off-road – actually on the sand? Probably not – it generally can’t be done by all and sundry; only specially-trained, experienced drivers are permitted. But it doesn’t really matter; just being in a passenger seat is equally thrilling as being sat behind the wheel. The experience beats helter-skelters easy. Must-try!…

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Alas, after such a wonderful sunrise, the sunset was a bit disappointing. There was a strong wind, and the clouds on the horizon appeared to eat up the sun-imbued colors like a crocodile. Or so it seemed to me ). All the same – pretty awesome, even though it seemed to have been digested by a...

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Android for cars: Secure connection?

Android for cars: Secure connection?

In the movie Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000), viewers follow the humorous tale of two guys who partied a bit too hard trying to remember where they parked their car. We’ve all been there — well, not to the extent of the movie characters, but raise your hand if you have ever forgotten where you parked at a concert, shopping center, or grocery store.

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Fast-forward 17 years and there are apps for everything — even your car. Chances are, if an app might make part of your life easier, someone will develop it and plenty of people will use it.

Over the past few years, the concept of the connected car has continued to evolve — and become reality. At...

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Are you ready for a ransomware attack?

Are you ready for a ransomware attack?

No one expects ransomware — until it happens. If you think it’ll never hit you, consider this: According to Kaspersky Lab data, last year ransomware hit a new victim every 10 seconds. How lucky do you feel?

We created the NoRansom website to help victims. The site hosts all of our free decryption tools and information about ransomware programs. Every Internet user should know how to protect themselves from ransomware, and also what to do in case they’re hit. NoRansom.kaspersky.com serves both purposes, providing both information and utilities. We urge everybody to visit it, although we hope you’ll never need it.

You think you are well...

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Desert Scene: Beautiful, Serene.

Desert Scene: Beautiful, Serene.

Deserts…

Nothing quite like them. Endless sandy scenery, wavy dunes, sand all squishy underfoot – or blowing up into your face by the wind; in fact, sand: EVERYWHERE! In your boots, in your pockets, in your… teeth! But despite such petty tortures (and with sandals on your feet, not boots) – the desert is otherworldly beautiful, breathtaking, brain-numbing, hypnotizing. Like this:

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These pics are all from hereRub’ al Khali (‘Empty Quarter’), on the border between Abu-Dhabi and Saudi Arabia.

Whoah. Wiki states that: “Empty Quarter is the largest contiguous sand desert in the world”. United Whoah Emirates!

You know by now…: I like my...

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Password and password managers problems: Solved in a single update

Password and password managers problems: Solved in a single update

We keep talking (and talking, and talking) about passwords. Having strong passwords for all accounts is really a must: Our recent study shows that one in five users has experienced attempts to hack their accounts — usually by plain and simple brute-force cracking of weak passwords.

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Keep in mind that any digital account is more than just a way to access certain information. Accounts in social networks are keys to our memories that we probably don’t want to lose, and to some degree they are our reputation, which we probably don’t want smeared.

Gaming accounts are especially attractive to cybercriminals; many people...

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A Knight’s Move.

A Knight’s Move.

Howdy boys and girls!

Many of you will already know about our latest sponsorship project – seen it on the news or on one of our sites, if not this one.

But for those who missed it…

In this here large charming building, constructed specially to house such events – in the Emirate of Sharjah

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…a few days ago we announced to the world that we’re now sponsors of world championship chess, i.e., of FIDE and World Chess!

So… why?

To me, it’s simple: chess is a smart and cool game. And we love things that are smart and cool…

We like being smart and cool too, if I don’t mind saying so, and we hope everyone else can be smart and cool too. We’re smart and...

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2016 Stat: 75% of ransomware comes from Russian-speaking criminal underground

2016 Stat: 75% of ransomware comes from Russian-speaking criminal underground

The annual RSA conference will often overwhelm the average attendee. Between the great talks, the exhibition hall, the parties, and the city of San Francisco itself, there is a whole lot to take in.

It typically takes some time for the talks to really pick up and build up steam to drop a fact that makes you say…wow or damn. However, this year, it took me all of six hours from landing in the city from frigid Boston.

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While sitting in the RSAC 2017 Ransomware Summit, I was floored when I heard Anton Ivanov, a senior malware analyst at Kaspersky Lab, drop the following tidbit.

Out of the 62 crypto ransomware...

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Online relationships: Are you dating a scammer?

Online relationships: Are you dating a scammer?

Before the advent of Internet dating, we used to head to various places to socialize and meet people — bars, pubs, clubs, parties, weddings, places of worship, and even the library. It took physical effort and mental courage to walk up to someone and introduce oneself.

Now, with online dating websites and apps, it has become easy to find a partner — or in this case, a match — even from a different country if you wish. You can start judging the person by looking at their picture and reading their profile details to see if they might be your type.

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Computers and servers in these virtual dating agencies filter the millions of people in...

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Creole Spirit.

Creole Spirit.

So what else can I tell you about Say-Cheese-Chelles? I just have to tell you about the cleanliness here…

In a full three days here, which meant a lot of ocean-gawping while strolling along beaches, we didn’t come across one single piece of waste plastic, not one bottle, not one soda can, not one juice carton, and no other inorganic waste whatsoever in the sea. All of it perfectly garbage-free. And as a result – no negative emotions either :-)…

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The islands themselves are neat and tidy too. All the roads well tarmacked, all the houses (that we saw) thoroughly kempt. There are tatty shacks too, but they were only visible from up above in a helicopter and somewhere in...

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Seychellic Park.

Seychellic Park.

The second-largest famous thing of Seychelles is its giant tortoise. Specifically it’s from the Aldabra atoll, one of the Outer Islands of Seychelles, but it’s now featured on many of the other Seychelles islands too. Lovely creatures – and they don’t mind your taking their pics or even touching their shells :-):

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You can also see turtles like this in Zanzibar. But in Seychelles, specifically on Curieuse Island – Curious Island! – there are more of them and they’ve more space to crawl around in. They’re such funny animals, wriggling about here and there in no rush at all, nibbling on this or that or just lying still. Tourists are encouraged to feed them...

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All about Android app permissions

All about Android app permissions

In the face of malware, Android has a very good defense mechanism — the app permissions system. This system defines a set of actions an app is allowed (or not allowed) to perform. By default, all Android apps work in a sandbox — an isolated environment. If they want to access, edit, or delete data outside the sandbox, they need the system’s permission to do so.

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Permissions are divided into several categories, but we are going to discuss only two of them: normal and dangerous. Normal permissions cover such actions as accessing the Internet, icon creation, Bluetooth connection, and so forth. These permissions are granted by default and do not require...

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Seychelles: +1.

Seychelles: +1.

All righty boys and girls, herewith – back to my customary ongoing narration after a short pause caused by all sorts of events being packed into a short length of time on the road. Ready? Popcorn procured? Beverage beakered? Then we shall continue…

The Indian Ocean: the Indian WhOcean! Its shores include those of many an esteemed continent and its water anoints many a beautiful island. I’ve been on all of the continents – including the lesser-visited southern one – but as to the list of islands I’ve some way to go yet until I can say I’ve been to them all (and checked out their historical/geographic/touristic/beautific highlights, preferably after some useful...

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Good evening guys, I would like to give a suggestion to the Safe Kids app .. I do not know if this is the channel, but it was the only one I found.
Your application could have a feature where, the father makes a "bargaining chip" with the child .. example, he is entitled to 1 hour of Internet per day however, if he behaves well or if taking the bath or , Do not fight with the mother .. do not answer the father, brush the teeth .. anyway ... do some challenge ... it earns +1 hour or a time that the father sets .. the opposite also .. when behaving Bad, parents can remove 1 hour of the time he is entitled .. anyway, do this in a fun way, so that helps to discipline the child. I feel this...

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harlan4096: To give suggestions, better to do via KL Support, creating a ticket: https://center.kaspersky.com :)

Good evening guys, I would like to give a suggestion to the Safe Kids app .. I do not know if this is the channel, but it was the only one I found.
Your application could have a feature where, the father makes a "bargaining chip" with the child .. example, he is entitled to 1 hour of Internet per day however, if he behaves well or if taking the bath or , Do not fight with the mother .. do not answer the father, brush the teeth .. anyway ... do some challenge ... it earns +1 hour or a time that the father sets .. the opposite also .. when behaving Bad, parents can remove 1 hour of the time he is entitled .. anyway, do this in a fun way, so that helps to discipline the child. I feel this...

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Good evening guys, I would like to give a suggestion to the Safe Kids app .. I do not know if this is the channel, but it was the only one I found.
Your application could have a feature where, the father makes a "bargaining chip" with the child .. example, he is entitled to 1 hour of Internet per day however, if he behaves well or if taking the bath or , Do not fight with the mother .. do not answer the father, brush the teeth .. anyway ... do some challenge ... it earns +1 hour or a time that the father sets .. the opposite also .. when behaving Bad, parents can remove 1 hour of the time he is entitled .. anyway, do this in a fun way, so that helps to discipline the child. I feel this...
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