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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Whom to be: VAR or MSP

Whom to be: VAR or MSP

Small businesses that outsource information security face a variety of choices, starting with the type of infosec company they hire — options range from simple reseller to system integrator. The most common types for SMBs are value-added resellers (VARs) and managed service providers (MSPs). How will they choose an information security provider?

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In the past, when MSP was a developing market, the natural choice was VAR. Value-added resellers not only supply software (and hardware in some cases), but also help with deployment, provide product support, and answer product questions that may arise. But their main goal...

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Rotoruan Redwoods at Hell’s Gate.

Rotoruan Redwoods at Hell’s Gate.

If you were hoping that was the end of my Rotorua trips, volcanoes and geothermal stories, then you’re in for disappointment. I still have lots to tell – your popcorn stocks may well run out before I’m done!

It’s time now to enjoy a ride around the lake, including a trip on a helicopter.

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Let’s go clockwise. The first stop on the list is Hamurana Springs. Here there are mineral springs and a magnificent sequoia plantation.

The trees are impressive: these huge sequoias – or redwood trees – were brought from North America and planted here, so they’ve grown this big in… how many years? Less than a hundred, apparently. Check it...

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A very large rift on a mountain top.

A very large rift on a mountain top.

Get your popcorn now and take your seats in the front row – I’m about to continue my stories of New Zealand!

Next on my agenda is the Tarawera volcano. This is perhaps one of the most unusual volcanoes I’ve ever seen: its top split by a huge volcanic rift, in which some 10 distinct craters can be identified. I guess there must have been quite spectacular fireworks when the volcano erupted 130 years ago…

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The second unusual thing about this volcano it is that you can drive virtually to its summit! Preferably in an SUV, thanks to road conditions.

There’s the rub, though: you can’t just go and drive up to the top – it’s...

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Rooting your Android: Advantages, disadvantages, and snags

Rooting your Android: Advantages, disadvantages, and snags

Many users of Android devices sooner or later are tempted to root them. Here we discuss the advantages and disadvantages of having root permissions on Android devices — and if your device should be rooted at all.
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Why people root their Android devices

Obtaining superuser access rights, popularly known as rooting, lets owners take full control of their devices. It is possible to do virtually anything with superuser access rights, and quite a few apps (including some in the Google Play store) require root permissions to function properly.

Superuser access privileges are typically sought to expand regular Android capabilities. For...

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Munich-Jerusalem-Moscow. A week without tourism.

Munich-Jerusalem-Moscow. A week without tourism.

I’m taking a short break from my stories about New Zealand: firstly, I do not want to “overload” my readers, and secondly, I have something new to talk about.

A few sketches along the way last week, something like this:

1.  Wow! What a great name for a business – ‘Ikar’! Obviously a subsidiary of ‘Daedalus’ airlines. Hard to believe anyone would deliberately board a plane named Icarus.

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Sorry for the poor quality image, my hand was trembling while taking shots of this:

2. The construction of the 3rd runway in SVO. No progress visible. I’ll be flying over again soon, so I’ll have the chance to compare pictures.

3. ...

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Quiz: Digital life 20 years ago

Quiz: Digital life 20 years ago

Kaspersky Lab is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. For a tech company, that’s quite an advanced age. The digital world has changed beyond recognition since 1997.

On this occasion, we’re reliving a bit of the past and thinking back to what life was like 20 years ago. Do you remember it? Was the sun brighter? Was the grass greener? Did you play computer games, conspicuously use your bulky mobile phone, and venture onto the World Wide Web? What were you doing in front of your computer screen — if you had one?

See for yourself how well you remember the ’90s.

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NZ Infernal Volcanic Features.

NZ Infernal Volcanic Features.

Continuing my tales about Waimangu and Tarawera. This is a story of volcanic miracles and the amazing events that unfolded here in days of old. Just to remind you of the chain of events, my last story ended next to a crater filled with boiling chemical-laden water.  And here it is:

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Turn your back on this, and you’re right in front of the place where the largest known geyser on Earth erupted in the 1900s –  the Waimangu. Every 36 hours, this geyser shot out a water jet reaching up to 400m; each eruption lasting several hours.

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In 1904, some magic underground mechanism broke down, and the eruptions stopped. The old photos...

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Why Nimses isn’t safe (so far)

Why Nimses isn’t safe (so far)

Nimses is a new social app that was developed in Ukraine and is now trending in Russian-speaking app stores. Why should I be interested in yet another social network, you may ask. Well, the idea behind this one is quite catchy: In Nimses, users can monetize the time they spend in the app.

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For every minute you’re active in Nimses, you earn 1 nim (nims are Nimses’ internal currency; estimated worth is about 1,000 nims to the dollar). You can transfer nims to other users, accept nims, and earn and spend extra nims by performing certain actions such as getting people to like your photos, and liking theirs. The developers stated that it would be possible...

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The local volcano with global implications.

The local volcano with global implications.

Boys and girls! Can you guess what my biggest concern is now after my return from New Zealand?

It’s that I’ve already done 8 posts and I haven’t even got to the halfway point of my trip! Given the catastrophic time constraints I’ve been under of late, there’s not even the slightest glimmer of a light at the end of the tunnel. Quite unexpectedly, though, I have half an hour of free time, so I can post some nice photos and a few more tales.

It’s been quite a few days since my NZ stories started, plenty of time for everyone to do some work, right? Come, come now children, be honest! :) If you’ve been leading an idle life, then…...

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Kerosene Creek – NZ-style.

Kerosene Creek – NZ-style.

The attentive reader of my ‘reports’ from New Zealand must have noticed that most of the place names here are of Maori origin. All of them mean something in the Maori language; for instance, Rotorua apparently translates as “the second large lake”.

However, there are exceptions.

For example, the names of the large cities were given by the British colonists. Or, take the Lady Knox geyser – the Maori didn’t have any other name for it, nor was it a geyser back then. There are some other English place names too, such as Kerosene Creek. There are a few recommendations on the Internet. This is where we headed.

Well, what can I say? This was another...

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No, you have not won two free airline tickets

No, you have not won two free airline tickets

Not long ago, Facebook was hit with a wave of posts that falsely claimed to be giving away a suspiciously large number of free flight tickets in honor of airline anniversaries. As one of the conditions of the promotional offer, participants had to like and share the websites that pretended to give away prizes.

As usual, people saw the promise of something free and lost their minds, so Facebook was flooded with those posts. Of course, in reality there were no free tickets to claim, and the airlines had absolutely nothing to do with it. Let’s see what really happened.

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As our analysts found out, the links in the posts led to websites like...

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New Zealand’s hottest volcanic attractions.

New Zealand’s hottest volcanic attractions.

Waiotapu is not just about the geysers; there’s a whole lot more here that hisses, lets off steam and releases multi-colored bubbles. It’s probably the brightest geothermal attraction in the whole of New Zealand… well, except for the gigantic Terawera and Tongariro craters (which I’ll tell you about a little bit later).

So here are Waiotapu’s thermal attractions:

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The pools and reservoirs here come in all shapes, sizes, colors and temperatures. Some are just huge holes with something hissing and reeking of sulfur deep within them:

Others are just still lakes with graphite-colored water, which boils and bubbles in places. At some...

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The scent of a geyser.

The scent of a geyser.

Hi there!

The Rotorua area of New Zealand turned out to have a high concentration of volcanic tourist attractions. There are a dozen or so places in the vicinity (within a 30-minute drive) that I’d recommend visiting. So, where to start? If you don’t know where to start, start from the beginning. © I’ll take this advice, and… start with a question.

What geysers have you already seen, and which was your favorite?

That’s a very simple question to get us started.

While you think, let me give you the bigger picture.

There are four geyser regions in the world: YellowstoneIcelandthe Valley of Geysers on Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia and New Zealand. The...

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Anyone can save my files that encrypt by Cerber Ransomware

All document or video clip has been convert to file type of A659, unable to open file.

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Rotorua in all its volcanic glory.

Rotorua in all its volcanic glory.

Now, boys and girls, tell me what you know about volcanic eruptions?

For example, what types of volcanic eruptions are there? Ah, I see you don’t know. There are actually several types. If you’re interested, check them out here. And how strong can they be? “Very strong!” – that’s the right answer. But scientists wearing lab coats and equipped with microscopes have identified 8 types of volcanic eruptions classified according to magnitude; this is called the Volcanic Explosivity Index.

I especially like the “Description” column in the “Classification” table. It says eruptions can be effusive, gentle, explosive, catastrophic,...

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16-Hour Flight All Through the Night.

16-Hour Flight All Through the Night.

Hi all,

Herewith, a brief interlude from my NZ tales, since an equally interesting topic has come up…

Question: What was your longest ever flight? I mean – without a connection.

Why do I ask? Because I’ve just flown an uninterrupted long-haul silly-haul that went like this:

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It was a reeeaaalllly long night. Though folks who live north of the Arctic Circle will scoff when I talk of ‘long nights’ (their ‘long night’ lasts half-a-year!), for me this was perhaps my longest ever night – at least down here in the lower-mid latitudes. The plane took off at 9pm NZ time – when it was already dark, and 16 hours later landed at 5am Dubai time;...

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Hobbit Habitation in a Distant Nation.

Hobbit Habitation in a Distant Nation.

Hi folks!

As promised, more tales of the unexpected from NZ…

After Auckland, we drove south, heading for Roto-Vegas – aka Sulphur City. And the first place of special interest we came to en route was Hobbiton.

Yes, the village where hobbits live; rather – used to live; rather – where they were portrayed as living when a film featuring them was shot. And not just one film but several Lord of the Rings films – about the lives and extraordinary adventures of little people who live in underground lairs with round doors and windows.

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In four years little has changed here. I was here in January 2013 – midsummer in NZ.

Thousands of Lords of the...

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ICS cybersecurity: A view from the field

ICS cybersecurity: A view from the field

Over the past few years, even mass media have been writing about industrial control systems (ICS) cybersecurity incidents with increasing frequency. Unfortunately, the problem lies not only in targeted attacks, such as BlackEnergy or Operation Ghoul, aimed at the industrial sector, but also in more common cyberthreats that do not target specific victims. The latest example is WannaCry ransomware, which was not explicitly designed to target industrial control systems yet managed to infiltrate a number of ICS networks and in some instances, led to the downtime of industrial processes.

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But how are those in charge of ICS security responding to the...

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Fireball: Adware with potential nuclear consequences

Fireball: Adware with potential nuclear consequences

Advertising can sometimes be annoying — and sometimes it can be malicious. Businesses that make their money selling advertisements sometimes go too far trying to make sure you see their ads. Recently researchers found that one such business — a big digital-marketing agency — went as far as installing adware on 250 million computers running Windows and macOS all over the world.

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What’s even worse, this adware is capable of turning into full-fledged malware that can divert users to malicious sites and drop malware on their computers. And no one seemed to notice it — until now.

The stealthy Fireball

Adware is a type of application...

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Antitrust: Pursue It in Europe We Must.

Antitrust: Pursue It in Europe We Must.

Hi folks!

Herewith, the next chapter in our thriller-detective (antimonopoly) series…

As you’ll probably be aware, late last year we turned to Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) with a complaint against Microsoft. And just recently, we did the same thing in Europe – filing complaints with both the European Commission and German Federal Cartel Office.

So, why are we doing this? Here’s why: we have users – hundreds of millions thereof all around the world. These folks trust us and depend on us to protect their data. They expect only the highest level of protection – that’s why they chose us (and even if they chose different...

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Aerial Auckland and a Coastline That’s Fine.

Aerial Auckland and a Coastline That’s Fine.

It was a shame no one could help me with the mystery of the old oak tree we found down here in NZ. But for those dendrophils still curious – check this page out, covering not only oaks but also other evidence of pre-Maori human life in New Zealand.

And while I was undertaking my NZ-oak research I hit upon the astonishing topic of ‘the world’s oldest trees‘. I say astonishing as astonished was I when I saw just how old some trees can get. New Zealand has a tree in the top-several-dozen ratings too: the Te Matua Ngahere – estimated to be 1200-4000 years old!

We really wanted to get to see this ‘Father of the Forest’, as the Maori...

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Cloak and Dagger: A hole in Android

Cloak and Dagger: A hole in Android

Everyone, this is not a drill. It applies to all versions of Android, and at the time of this post’s publication, Google has not yet patched the vulnerability. By using this vulnerability, malicious actors can steal data including passwords; install applications with a full set of permissions; and monitor what the user is interacting with or typing on a keyboard on any Android smartphone or tablet. We repeat: This is not a drill…

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The attack, dubbed Cloak and Dagger, was demonstrated by employees of the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of California, Santa Barbara. They drew Google’s attention to the problem three times, but each...

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The Last Day of… Autumn.

The Last Day of… Autumn.

The last day of fall – that was two days ago. Now already it’s the second day of winter. And you, up there, were there thinking it was the last day of spring and the first of summer? Not everywhere :)…

Down in the Southern Hemisphere, nature’s getting ready for the season of rest and repose and relaxation. The evergreens proudly maintain their all-season status quo, while their deciduous cousins turn the landscapes into ephemeral red and yellow natural masterpieces to be hypnotized by.

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The simple pleasures are the best; and what could be simpler than appreciating the changing of the guard of the trees around us? Not much I think. Ok, there are sunsets...

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Securing your ride

Securing your ride

Modern cars are basically computers on wheels. The number of electronic components in vehicles has been increasing at a steady pace, and many models built in the past three to five years have a number of cameras, sensors, and radars on board, accompanied by hardware to process and analyze signals from all that equipment. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg: Almost any major component of a modern car, such as the engine, steering, brakes, and so on is controlled by electronics and is interlinked with an onboard network. Moreover, many of those cars are connected to the Internet, and several of the most recent models can actually drive by themselves in certain...

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Connected cars: Secure by design

Connected cars: Secure by design

With information technologies becoming an integral part of areas not traditionally considered to be related to computers, the importance of cybersecurity is growing. These days, in many cases, the safety of physical objects — and even human lives — depends on strong cybersecurity. This is how things are going (or how it will be in the very near future) in the car industry: According to Gartner’s prediction, a quarter billion connected cars will be on the road by 2020. That is why it is vital to implement the idea of information security right from the very start, at the stage of designing those connected cars.

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Fortunately, many manufacturers of cars...

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