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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Cyber-Forecast: 2017.

Cyber-Forecast: 2017.

Such is the way Homo Sapiens are: we’re constantly – even recklessly – looking to the future to try and work out what it might hold for us. Many say we should all live in the present – after all, the future never comes – but, well, that doesn’t work for everyone, and most of us do need to make at least some plans for our futures.

But there are different approaches to looking ahead.

There’s belief in fate, pure guessing, flipping a coin, and so on. There’s also not thinking about the future at all. But there’s a far superior, science-based approach too. This is doing the eastern spirituality thing a bit – not quite being in the present but...

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Make bug bounties great again

Make bug bounties great again

Since joining Kaspersky Lab nearly two years ago, I have always seen David Jacoby as one of our company’s more outgoing and jovial researchers. In addition to creating security memes for Halloween, he also helped put a human face to the company’s GReAT team and even let a film crew look at his crib (MTV style).

On top of those things to make you say, “Gee, David seems like a super cool guy,” Jacoby may have one-upped himself at this year’s Security Analyst Summit (The SAS). It all started with the following statement to kick off his day 2 session:

“We have so much money in this industry … we have so much money, but we do so little. When was the...

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Christmas Sales – a Climatic-Origin Version.

Christmas Sales – a Climatic-Origin Version.

Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, somewhere in London – quite possibly in the British Museum – I recall beholding a painting called something like ‘The Market on the Thames’. ‘Whoah!’ I thought to myself, naturally. The River Thames completely freezing over to the extent that not only could you walk around on its surface, but also have a large winter marketplace on it too?! Crikey, as they say in London.

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Straight away this got me thinking – about man-made global warming in particular…

So, the Thames hasn’t frozen over for more than...

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Robots will take the jobs you don’t want

Robots will take the jobs you don’t want

Modern robots are very capable: They can carry heavy loads, jump higher than Olympic champions, walk over rough ground, save lives, protect, and destroy. Smart, useful, dangerous — robots are all that and more. In this post we highlight ten amazing robots that either serve humanity right now or are getting ready to.

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Robotic surgeon

Since its launch in 2000, the da Vinci robotic surgeon has helped more than 3 million patients worldwide. Developers explain that the surgical device is 100% under the surgeon’s control and gives surgeons a 3D HD view inside of a patient’s body. The robot uses...

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The 39 Days.

The 39 Days.

I think it’s time to review my recent five-week spot of globetrotting. Not the longest of world tours for me, but still sufficiently intense – and, as ever, thoroughly enjoyable.

It went like this:

Moscow – Gatwick – JerseyNormandy – Paris – Buenos Aires (connection) – UshuaiaAntarctica – Buenos Aires – Porto SeguroSint MaartenAmsterdam – Dubai – Moscow.

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And between the Porto Seguro (Brazil) and Sint Maarten (Holland), we had a brief refueling in Guyana

We weren’t there long, didn’t leave the airport – didn’t even have time for a beer – so I can’t count this flying visit as a +1, unfortunately.

So, the facts and...

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Recapping #TheSAS2017 in 10 tweets

Recapping #TheSAS2017 in 10 tweets

If you’ve been following along on our blogs or our social media accounts, you probably know that we take a lot of pride in our annual conference, The SAS, hosted by Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT). The team managing the event always selects a great location and the top research from some of the brightest within our industry.

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This year’s event did not disappoint. The speakers not only provided thought-provoking content, but also inspired attendees to share their thoughts on social media. As the guy monitoring many of our social media channels, I had a first-hand look at how active the attendees were — well, them and the...

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What Does Amsterdam Smell of?

What Does Amsterdam Smell of?

A month ago the first leg of my month+ journey went in a smooth arc southwest from Europe, then down – right down to the bottom of the earth; then it was back up north (er, where else?:) to Saint Martin (the island) – specifically the Dutch 40% thereof (not the French 60%) (confused?!?!) – where the worlds’ craziest beach is and where we had our SAS-2017. Next, it was back home to Moscow. But not directly…

No. First of all, that would have been impossible (no direct flights). Secondly, it would have been boring, as we’d have missed out…: Amsterdam!

So off we flew – from the same runway where we were getting our kicks on Route 66Beacon Hill...

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Safe online shopping and banking on your Mac

Safe online shopping and banking on your Mac

Macs are commonly believed to be safe from malware, but — setting aside the fact that they aren’t — what about other risks? When it comes to shopping online, phishing is the main problem. Phishing websites look just like real ones, but instead of selling goods or services, they steal your bank or credit card info. And it can be hard to distinguish a phishing website from a normal one.

Good news: As a user of Kaspersky Internet Security for Mac, you already have an award-winning solution that ensures multilevel protection for your online financial operations. It’s called Safe Money.

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Every time you sign in to your online banking profile...

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The World’s Craziest Beach.

The World’s Craziest Beach.

Our experts + other experts + our media crew + international press + Sint Maarten = work hard, play hard. Sun, sand, surf, palm trees… and the cybersecurity avant garde. Yep – it was SAS 2017.

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Hmmm. What’s this fence doing here – practically on the beach? And all those ‘Danger’ signs?

Aha – yes; you’ve guessed it: it’s that landing strip – the one that ends just short of the beach!

But what’s that sound? Drrrrr. Whatever it was, it reminded me of the last bit of Pink Floyd’s On the Run :). Yep, it was the inevitable airplane – albeit a small one – coming in to land:

And here come more loud jets

As you can probably imagine,...

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Booby trapped app: The amazing world of Tinder bots

Booby trapped app: The amazing world of Tinder bots

What do you suppose the click-through rate is for links received by men in dating app messages from attractive women? Take a guess — 1%? 5%? 15%? According to research conducted by Inbar Raz of PerimeterX, it’s an incredible 70%! Two out of three men actually click on these links, which makes it without doubt the best conversion rate in the world. Take another guess: What could possibly go wrong?

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Inbar Raz started his research with building the perfect Tinder profile. This subject is surprisingly well researched — I’m talking mathematically researched. There’s a lot of guidelines on that, and even an interview with Tinder CEO...

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Who Discovered America?

Who Discovered America?

Hi folks!

After my Antarctic series on this here blog of mine, it looks like another series may be on the horizon – a historical one. Yesterday we had an alternative history of so-called crown dependencies; today – more history; not of a (British) crown dependency but a former (British) crown colony, no less…

So, who… you know, got there first from overseas? I was just curious after reading various scholarly versions and falsifications. So I read up more on the subject, and I discovered the following:

Episode 1: Homo Sapiens.

So who first discovered America? You know, like a zillion years ago? Well there’s no precise answer to that question one as it...

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Drone gone in 11 milliseconds

Drone gone in 11 milliseconds

Drones are everywhere nowadays. Amazon delivers packages by drone. Filmmakers and media workers launch cameras into the air to take attractive wide shots. Some enthusiasts who don’t mind paying $500 or more for a smart toy use drones to explore the sky or take video of friends’ weddings.

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It’s easy to picture yourself outside with your new $500 drone, launching it into the air and … watching helplessly as the craft flies out of sight, ignoring the controller in your hands.

This is no firmware bug or controller failure: Your drone has been hijacked. At the Security Analyst Summit, security expert Jonathan Andersson proved that a skilled malefactor can...

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An Alternative History of Crown Dependencies.

An Alternative History of Crown Dependencies.

My recent short trips to the Channel Islands (in particular, Jersey) had left me with many unanswered questions and much bewilderment. And of course what amazed me most was the official status of these mini-territories, and the fact that some have their own currency and even Internet domains.

Mercifully, my friend and colleague, V.G, (inter alia, our resident history buff) filled in the blanks in my knowledge regarding these so-called crown dependences in a blogpost he recently put on our intranet on the Second World War – in particular, on the Nazi occupation of crown dependencies. I was going to give you my version of what he wrote there,...

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Tip of the week: Protecting inexperienced PC users

Tip of the week: Protecting inexperienced PC users

Venturing online can be overwhelming in the beginning — even scary, and with good reason. To help beginners explore their PC and the Internet safely, turn on Trusted Applications mode in Kaspersky Internet Security 2017.

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In this mode, users can launch only trusted software. Kaspersky Internet Security 2017 checks if the program is in the list of trusted applications. If not, our solution blocks the launch.

To activate Trusted Applications mode, open Kaspersky Internet Security and choose More Tools:

Then choose Trusted Applications mode:

Last step: Click the Enable button and you’re done!

You can read more about Trusted...

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The Terrific Travels and Astonishing Adventures of Midori Kuma.

The Terrific Travels and Astonishing Adventures of Midori Kuma.

Midori Kuma came into this world in Tokyo, Japan. We know little about his childhood, in fact – almost nothing at all…

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In his youth he led a somewhat free-and-easy, unrestrained way of life – indeed the antithesis of the archetypal Hikikomori. According to folks who knew him back then, Midori Kuma was often to be found at various Japanese parties, presentations, exhibitions and conferences. In other words, he led the same kind of life he leads today – that of an active participant doing the rounds on the society circuit.

Thanks to his unusual (and unusually cuddly) appearance, Midori Kuma always gets plenty of...

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Kids’ toys have serious privacy problems

Kids’ toys have serious privacy problems

Considering the sweeping regulations and laws meant to safeguard children’s privacy in particular, you might think electronic devices and connected toys for kids would be particularly safe and secure. We generally regard children’s privacy as sacrosanct — kids are particularly vulnerable to advertisers, marketers, predators, and more.

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With each new data leak brought to light, it becomes ever more clear that we cannot trust manufacturers to take care of our security, or the security of our children. Let’s analyze a couple of examples to understand the nasty surprises smart toys can hold.

Spying

In December 2016, privacy advocates filed a...

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Risking data heartache: it hurts to lose the data you love

Risking data heartache: it hurts to lose the data you love

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  • People’s memories are precious, and so is the data that encapsulates those memories. People store this data on their connected devices and carry it around with them: half, for example, store photos and videos of their children on their smartphones (52%) and 59% store this data on their computers.
  • They rate some data as even more precious than other people: the thought of losing some of the data stored on digital devices is more distressing for people than the prospect of a car accident, a bad day at work, breaking up with a partner, or a quarrel with a friend/ family member or partner.
  • When people believe they have...
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A Floating Hotel – Almost.

A Floating Hotel – Almost.

I can’t tell you all about my Antarctic adventure without telling you all about the ship we sailed across the Drake Passage on. So here we go folks, a post on the one and only Akademik Sergey Vavilov. He she is, in all her glory:

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First up, the engine room. Here’s it’s all about electronic automation, but more of an analogue kind (see the analogue dials) than the full-on digitization of today – a sign that this ship was born in 1988. Yep, that’s when the ship first hit the water – in Rauma in Finland (be ready for quite a bit of Finnish language coming up…). Back then this was state of the art; still today it does a grand job…

The navigation...

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Are travel Wi-Fi routers secure?

Are travel Wi-Fi routers secure?

Last week at Kaspersky Lab’s Security Analyst Summit (the SAS), there was a lot of cool research that made you think. Although a lot of talks centered on deep APT research and threats to businesses, there were a few sessions where consumer security was shown to be at risk as well.

One such talk was given by Jan Hoersch, an IT security consultant at Securai GmbH, on vulnerabilities he had discovered in connected Internet of Things (IoT) devices. During the 20-minute talk, four out of seven of the most flawed products mentioned were travel routers.

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We have written about hotel Wi-Fi before. It is not always 100% secure, so smart travelers use a travel...

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The Passage of Drake – Sure Makes Ships Shake.

The Passage of Drake – Sure Makes Ships Shake.

[Titles ON]

On the recent Antarctic adventure I was accompanied by:

  • Our green bear (in Japanese – Midori Kuma, or 緑熊);
  • My travel companions A.S. and D.Z.;
  • A large troop of modern artists taking part in the Antarctic Biennale;
  • Journalists, photographers, bloggers (inc. moi!), etc.;
  • The crew of the Akademik Sergey Vavilov;
  • The OneOcean team (who were absolutely great, btw) (// I’ll be doing a special advert for them later on; for now – modest props:);
  • If there’s anyone I haven’t mentioned – apologies; will make up for any oversight.

[Titles OFF]

So, how does one get to the Antarctic Peninsula?

Well, you could go on a special...

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Cyberfun with flags

Cyberfun with flags

Twice a year, we ask people from all over the world about a variety of things, all having to do with one huge topic: the Internet. We process all of that data and upload it to the Kaspersky Cybersecurity Index site, where curious minds can check how people and habits differ from country to country. For example, with the help of the Index we discovered these 10 interesting — and sometimes fun — facts.

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It turned out to be Vietnam! In the second half of 2016, 59% users from Vietnam said they had experienced a cyberattack. More than one in two! The most secure country seems to be Japan — only 11% of surveyed people claimed to be...

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Burger King takes over Google Home

Burger King takes over Google Home

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We’ve written a bunch about the insecurity of the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected devices. Many have also wondered how secure voice-controlled home devices like Google Home, Alexa, and similar devices are. We are talking about serious researchers, here.

However, little did we suspect that a device like Google Home would be exploited not by a black-hoodied hacker but rather by an actor shilling hamburgers. In the commercial below, you can see the actor draw the camera close and speak the magic words OK Google:

Seems harmless, right? Well maybe not. In this video, you can see the same commercial, but with a small twist:

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The Intriguingly Unique World of (Antarctic) Polar Stations.

The Intriguingly Unique World of (Antarctic) Polar Stations.

After artists, penguins and whales, the time has come to talk about… Antarctic polar stations!

This may at first seem rather a dull topic, but I can assure you it isn’t. I mean, just how do folks live their daily lives so far from civilization? Remember – civilization here = ~0! No roads, no comms, no utilities, no shops, no schools, no… people – hardly ).

Just how folks live here depends on the location of a particular polar station.

Both the American Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station (right next to the South Pole) and the Russian Vostok Station at the southern Pole of Cold have a winter running ~ from May to...

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WhoCalls beta-testing! We are looking for iOS users!
You have unique chance to be one of us and make this world better! be one of our beta-testers and get amazing prizes!
all the details are here 

 
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Humpback Whales Having a Whale of a Time.

Humpback Whales Having a Whale of a Time.

Hi folks! Herewith, more tales from the Antarctic side…

In this installment I’ll be telling you about the third most-important inhabitant of Antarctica – whales.

Whales are third-in-line in the Antarctic pecking order after penguins (second-in-line) and Antarctic Krill (top dogs crustaceans). What the Krill? King Krill? Never heard of them, right? Well this lesser known species is Antarctic city hall since it’s first in line in the food chain down here. It’s because of the abundance of this crustacean (I’m talking probably megatons thereof in polar seas) that both whales and penguins are able to get more than their fill of animal...

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