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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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

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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.

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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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Quiz: How much do you know about DDoS?

Quiz: How much do you know about DDoS?

Distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks have become ubiquitous, no longer a problem only for large enterprises with robust online services. According to a recent survey, small and medium businesses also frequently suffer financial and reputation losses because of DDoS attacks.

It’s time to stop and think: Do you know enough about DDoS attacks? Take this short quiz and see for yourself.

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Meanwhile in St. Pete…

Meanwhile in St. Pete…

A bit like with Manchester or Scotland, folks will often tell you the weather in St. Petersburg is normally terrible. In Manchester and Scotland it normally is. But not in St. Pete!

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I’ve visited Russia’s ‘second capital’ plenty of times – and the sun’s been out on every single trip! This visit was no exception.

In fact, the sun’s not just shining, it’s beaming it’s intense heat down on this corner of the globe without mercy. Sat in a traffic jam upon roasting asphalt wasn’t the nicest of experiences, I have to say.

I guess you can’t satisfy some folks, eh? Moscow weather this summer has been possibly the worst on record – ever (rain...

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Is someone eavesdropping on you? Not on our watch!

Is someone eavesdropping on you? Not on our watch!

It’s not paranoia if they’re really out to get you. Remember when people mocked others for covering up their webcams? After reading the news, no one was laughing; instead, they began covering up their webcams too — or using Kaspersky Internet Security’s feature that blocks unauthorized access to webcams.

But let’s not forget microphones. Tape doesn’t block sound, and moreover, persistent malefactors can even eavesdrop through speakers, which have essentially the same construction as microphones. Disabling the microphone with system software is no solution: an app can turn it back on.

Again, Kaspersky Internet Security comes...

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Avia + Sun’s Out = Pics to Shout About.

Avia + Sun’s Out = Pics to Shout About.

Sometimes the views you get out the window of a plane are simply fantastic. And sometimes I’m not behind on sleep, so I don’t just crash after the in-flight meal; instead, I get out my camera and get clicking. As I did recently over Lake Sevan in Armenia:

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And here’s Mount Elbrus on the horizon!…

The Black Sea and Elbrus:

Sometimes the clouds alone are snap-worthy:

We flew directly over Istanbul and Naples; as a result the pics didn’t turn out too good: an airplane carpet, wiring and chassis got in the way…

Arrived! Almost…

Check out this aircraft registration number (note – the ‘D’ prefix stands for...

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Think the ExPetr epidemic doesn’t concern you? Think again

Think the ExPetr epidemic doesn’t concern you? Think again

Recent, urgent reports about global cyberattacks revealed that most victims were large businesses. That doesn’t mean ordinary computer users should relax. What causes trouble for big business does affect us personally — and not just because WannaCry or ExPetr (aka Petya and NotPeyta) can infect your computer as well.

It’s easy to forget, but large corporations’ primary focus is the production of goods and services that we rely on. Consider the types of corporations that affect us all directly: food producers, suppliers, shippers, stores. Transportation, from traffic lights to the websites that sell us plane tickets to...

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In Azerbaijan, Yes You Can (Find the First Ever Oil Well and Oil Rig).

In Azerbaijan, Yes You Can (Find the First Ever Oil Well and Oil Rig).

A bit like how English and Russian sources give differing data on carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere, so too do English and Russian sources regarding who first thought of boring into the ground to extract oil. For example, the Russian Wikipedia page for ‘oil well’ states that the first oil well ever was drilled in the Russian Empire – in Bibiheibet, in what is now Azerbaijan, in 1846. Whereas sources in English on the net state it was Drake Well in Pennsylvania that was first – in 1859. But if you dig deeper, it turns out oil was drilled in the USA a little earlier – in 1857; and three years before...

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Keeping Cybersecurity Separate from Geopolitics.

Keeping Cybersecurity Separate from Geopolitics.

Last week, Kaspersky Lab was in the spotlight again in another ‘sensational’ news stream.

I say ‘again’ as this isn’t the first time we’ve been faced with allegations, ungrounded speculation and all sorts of other made-up things since the change of the geopolitical situation a few years ago. With the U.S. and Russia at odds, somehow, my company, its innovative and proven products as well as our amazing employees are repeatedly being defamed, given that I started the company in Russia 20 years ago. While this wasn’t really a problem before, I get it– it’s definitely not popular to be Russian right now in some...

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