Introducing the new us

I’ve heard it said: “Life needs shaking up more often than not, so it doesn’t turn sour.”
Well, no chance we could ever let things go sour here at KL — not in the industry we’re in, which is constantly and rapidly changing. Still, sometimes it is useful to stop, take a look at yourself as if through someone else’s eyes, think about what’s around the corner, and make a few changes to the look and feel of the company accordingly. And so it is with this lyrical introduction that I want to formally announce our rebranding and explain why we’ve done it.

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Syrk ransomware lurking in Fortnite cheat pack

Syrk ransomware lurking in Fortnite cheat pack

Cybercriminals try to capitalize on anything enjoying public favor, including popular games. Malware often pretends to be a pirated copy or mobile version of a game, especially if the latter has not been officially released.

Recently, a ransomware encryptor called Syrk emerged. Passed off as a cheat pack for Fortnite — a game that has built a 250-million-strong user base in two years — Syrk promises players two cheats in one package: aimbot (an autoaiming tool) and WH (aka ESP, a cheat for discovering other players’ locations in the game). But what this package really does is encrypt the victim’s files and demand ransom.

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How my iPhone got double-stolen, episode 2

How my iPhone got double-stolen, episode 2

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Almost a year ago, we wrote about a classic phishing scheme aimed at unlinking a stolen iPhone from the victim’s Apple ID account. The purpose was to resell the phone not for spare parts, but as a full-fledged second-hand smartphone that’s way more valuable.

Last time, fortune favored the scammers, who were able to phish out the iCloud username and password they needed. This time around, we’ll investigate a more complex scheme for extracting the confidential data of phone-theft victims, including its Plan B, which is almost bound to catch anyone who manages to dodge Plan A.

Step 1: iPhone theft

It all began ordinarily enough, with my colleague...

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How a simple office prank can lead to serious damage

How a simple office prank can lead to serious damage

Harry had been raising hell for about ten minutes already. He had a habit of finding fault in everything, from the signature in a letter not following the template to papers being stacked improperly. But today, in fairness, his complaints had some merit: John had failed to send a draft report yesterday. Nevertheless, he didn’t have to yell. After all, no one would have been around to open it the previous evening.

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John knew he didn’t have a leg to stand on. After all, Harry had written up the system administrator the previous month for leaving cables lying messily on her desk. He said that everything must be kept orderly! The system...

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Paramushir: the island of gray ash and silent volcanic hiccups!

Paramushir: the island of gray ash and silent volcanic hiccups!

The next northern Kuril Island on our expedition was Paramushir. If you look southwest from Kamchatka you can’t miss it – dwarfing, and just to the left of, tiny Atlasova where we were the previous day. It’s more than 100km in length and up to 30km across. The whole of the island’s surface is covered in volcanism both old and new – and very active, with its main volcano having erupted as recently as in 2016. That volcano was Ebeko – whence came the towers of smoke and ash we saw back in 2018 over on Kamchatka while walking along the shore of the Sea of Okhotsk.

To climb up Ebeko on a clear day had been a dream of mine ever...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 106

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 106

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For the 106th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I dive into some of the hottest cybersecurity news of the week. To start things off, we take a look at new ransomware targeting players of Fortnite. If you have kids playing the game, or you play it yourself, be on the lookout for some sketchy cheats.

Following the Fortnite news, we examine a story from the UK that discusses how Mercedes is using sensors in leased vehicles to help repo companies take back cars from those who are in arrears with their lease. After that, Dave talks with GReAT’s Brian Bartholomew about the state of health care in North America.

For the...

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Transparency @ Cyberjaya @ Putrajaya @ Malaysia.

Transparency @ Cyberjaya @ Putrajaya @ Malaysia.

Hi folks!

A quick time-out from my Kuril expedition tales, this post is from Malaysia from where I’ve just returned. We were in the country’s new planned city of Putrajaya, which is already the seat of the government after it was transferred there from the overcrowded Kuala Lumpur. Other important state functions are slowly but surely moving over to the new city too.

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So what can I say? Two things spring to mind: this place is both very interesting and rather unique. It was founded only in 1995 on a green-field site between Kuala Lumpur and Kuala Lumpur International Airport. The Prime Minister’s office is already here; however, the...

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The SOC 2 audit: What, how, and why?

The SOC 2 audit: What, how, and why?

As you may already know from Eugene Kaspersky’s blog or our official press release, we recently passed our SOC 2 audit. In case you do not know what that is and why it was necessary, we will fill in the details now.

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The Service and Organization Controls 2 (SOC 2) is an audit of control procedures at IT organizations that provide services. In essence, it is an international reporting standard for cybersecurity risk management systems. This standard, developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA), was updated in March 2018.

This post is about the SOC 2 Type 1 audit (which we passed), which certifies...

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The ‘Olympic Rupture’ of Alaid Volcano on Atlasov Island – Exclusive Drone Footage!

The ‘Olympic Rupture’ of Alaid Volcano on Atlasov Island – Exclusive Drone Footage!

If the internet is to be believed, there are a total of 56 Kuril Islands, not including the many separately standing and/or grouped rock formations. In all I’ve walked upon 14 Kurils, which doesn’t sound much; however, I chose well – they’re among the most interesting.

As I mentioned earlier, we were going from the northernmost to the southernmost Kurils. The first, northernmost Kuril is Atlasov Island, which is basically a volcano-island, the volcano itself being called the Alaid (pronounced A-la-eed).

The Alaid is 2285 meters high, making the island not only the tallest of all the Kurils – but also of...

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I heard a bug in Kaspersky products could be used for spying. Is that true?

I heard a bug in Kaspersky products could be used for spying. Is that true?

You may have heard that Kaspersky spies on its clients or helps other spy on them. Some such allegations we have already addressed, but recently a new case emerged, saying that Kaspersky exposed users to cross-site tracking. We address the flap in this short post.

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A journalist named Ronald Eikenberg from c’t magazine reported that Kaspersky consumer products used unique identifiers in scripts when users visited sites on the Internet, and that those could’ve potentially been used to identify the users.

The problem (which goes by the name CVE-2019-8286) affected Kaspersky Internet Security 2019,...

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Kurils-2019: time to unmoor – let’s start our tour!

Kurils-2019: time to unmoor – let’s start our tour!

Hi folks!

All righty. After a welcome time-out during our flight from Moscow to Petropavlovsk, it was over to our traditional first stop for some much-needed acclimatization – a nice little hotel in the village of Paratunka, made all the more nice by its having a piping hot spring water swimming pool! Just the ticket with nine hours of jetlag to cope with. And after a dip, time to eat like royalty (Kamchatka, being a peninsula surrounded by vast seas, sure knows how to serve up a fresh seafood spread fit for any king:). But I’ve told you about this arrival-ritual plenty of times before, so I won’t go over it all again here.

Moving on –...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 105

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 105

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Welcome to the 105th instalment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, where Dave and I take a look at some important stories that you may have missed this week.

We begin by looking at recent news on robocall-blocking apps. Although they may try to curb these phantom calls, there is more to them than meets the eye: Some of these apps are actually sharing data with third parties.

After that story, we turn to the latest big business to be caught listening in on supposedly private recordings. This time it is Microsoft, specifically contractors with Skype. From there, we move on to the new security cameras that are using facial recognition in...

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Going the extra miles – to the Kuril Isles (via Kamchatka).

Going the extra miles – to the Kuril Isles (via Kamchatka).

Privet comrades!

Oh my ginormous! As I behold the full five and a half thousand (!) pics and vids (mine and others’) from our recent hundreds of nautical miles around the Kuril Isles, I begin to wonder just where I should start. But start I must. Ok, let’s do this simply and logically: I’ll just start from the beginning…

It all started with our flight from Moscow to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, from where our expedition began – and finished a month later!

As you know, I’m very partial to a spot of long-hauling. You sit by the window, you get through your backlog of emails that you just never can get through fully in the office, you...

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Getting a feel – of all things Kuril, 2019.

Getting a feel – of all things Kuril, 2019.

Hi folks!

Been a while, I know. What can I say? Actually – three words: July and August :).

I’m literally just back from yet another oh-my-gripping summer expedition – this time around the Kuril Islands (the string of islands above Japan at the far-eastern end of Russia, just in case geography ain’t your strong point). Actually, I could say I’m just back from two trips along the full length of the Kurils (I’ll explain quite why later on): from Kamchatka at the northern end; right down to the southern end; over to Sakhalin; back over to the southern-most Kuril island of Kunashir; and back up to practically the northern-most Kuril island of...

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Selfie hunting: Think twice before confirming your identity

Selfie hunting: Think twice before confirming your identity

During registration, some online services ask you to confirm your identity by uploading a selfie showing you and your ID. It’s a convenient way to prove that you are you. You don’t need to go to some distant office and stand in line. Just take a photo, upload it, and wait a short while for your account to be approved by an administrator.

Unfortunately, it’s not just legitimate websites with a good reputation interested in your selfies; they’re also of interest to phishers. Here’s how the scam works, why criminals are after your photos with ID cards, and how not to swallow the bait.

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Spam delivered through your company website

Spam delivered through your company website

Spammers are constantly looking for new ways to deliver spam messages to recipients, bypassing filters. Ideally, they want to make it seem like the message came from someone who has a good reputation with spam filters. For example, they seek to send spam from an address at your company, through your own website. This method, which we’ll explain below, is becoming quite popular.

These days, almost every company is interested in obtaining feedback from its customers to improve services, retain clientele, and so on. To get that feedback, companies usually place a feedback form, or even several such forms, on their website. Users can use these...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 104

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 104

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Welcome to the 104th installment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. This week, we take a look at some important stories that you may have missed.

We start with a meeting of the Five Eyes nations. While there, the government representatives pushed for more back doors in encryption — because of criminals. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

Following that story, we head to the US, where a law proposed to Congress would ban such addictive properties of social networks as infinite feeds and autoplaying videos. Sticking with the law, we look at challenges from privacy groups about Amazon’s Ring doorbell and its role in surveillance — that...

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How malware steals autofill data from browsers

How malware steals autofill data from browsers

Most browsers kindly offer to save your data: account credentials, bank card details for online stores, billing address, name, and passport number for travel sites, and so on. It’s convenient and saves having to fill out the same forms all over again or worry about forgotten passwords. However, there is a catch: All of this autofill data can be scooped up by cybercriminals if your computer gets infected by a stealer — a piece of malware that steals information, including from browsers.

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Such programs are becoming increasingly popular with online scammers: In the first half of this year alone, Kaspersky’s security products detected more than...

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My home is my castle: Security technologies for the house

My home is my castle: Security technologies for the house

Your home is your own private island of tranquility where you can rest easy — if it’s secure, that is. If not, then one not-so-fine day it could turn into a public place. With that in mind, we compiled a selection of trends and new products in the field of security technologies. We explain the advantages of each, and what you as a user need to take on board.

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Analysts predict that in the coming years more and more people will install their own security systems and monitor their homes without professional assistance. The market already offers numerous systems requiring no special knowledge and skills to set up...

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Eavesdropping smartphones: Fact or fiction?

Eavesdropping smartphones: Fact or fiction?

It’s an oft-repeated tale: Someone talks with a friend about a certain thing, and then, bang, an ad for it appears on the smartphone screen.

Some cases are easy to explain. A colleague of mine who was about to get married claims that she never googled wedding dresses, yet the pesky search engine started suggesting them all the same. And then, three months after the wedding, products for newborns began appearing in her search results, although she was not even planning to have children. There’s no great mystery here, we can dispense with the conspiracy theories.

But some cases arouse more suspicion. For example, you’ve never had a barbecue...

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Say yes to cyberimmunity and no to fear

Say yes to cyberimmunity and no to fear

I’ve been in the cybersecurity industry for more than 15 years. During that time, and together with other infosec veterans, I experienced the rise of the FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) hype firsthand. I have to admit, it worked. Neuromarketing science got it right with that one. Fear really did help sell security products. Like any strong medicine, however, FUD had a side effect. Not just one, actually — it had many.

We as an industry cannot escape FUD because we’re addicted to it. For us, FUD manifests itself in some of our customers demanding proof that what we’re telling them about is not just another potential breach but a real danger....

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The Great Hack

The Great Hack

Today, I will be talking about the new Netflix documentary, The Great Hack. The documentary takes a look inside the Cambridge Analytica scandal that was tied to both Brexit and the US presidential election of 2016. Yeah, that one.

Before we get into the review, I want to note that this post contains spoilers for the documentary. If you don’t want the story revealed, please stop reading now. However, to be fair, if this is the first you are hearing of Cambridge Analytica, I would like to know the rock you have been living under.

The movie opens up with a powerful image from the Burning Man festival. Brittany Kaiser writes “Cambridge Analytica” on an architectural sculpture...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 103

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 103

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For the 103rd instalment of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I take a look at some important stories that you may have missed this week.

To start things off, we go to Louisiana, where a handful of schools have been attacked with malware. From there, we jump across the Atlantic to South Africa, where ransomware hit an electrical company in Johannesburg.

The next story looks north to England, where Mozilla has pointed out that a tool meant to show transparency in political ads on Facebook is not working as it should. We then discuss this week’s PSA of updating your iPhone or iPad ASAP. To close things out, we look at a new...

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Update to iOS 12.4 right away

Update to iOS 12.4 right away

Updating your iPhone’s or iPad’s operating system as soon as the new version comes out is always a good idea — almost every new version of iOS contains fixes for some bugs that have been found in previous ones. But this time it might be even more crucial: iOS 12.4 fixes severe vulnerabilities in iMessage that can be exploited without any user interaction.

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The six critical vulnerabilities in iOS were found by Natalie Silvanovich and Samuel Groß, members of Google’s bug hunting team called Project Zero. What is known so far is that these bugs allow an attacker to run malicious code on victims iPhone or iPad with no user interaction needed. The only thing the...

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Starmus 2019 – from Apollo to Virgo, Buzz Aldrin to Brian May, and exoplanets to extremely large telescopes.

Starmus 2019 – from Apollo to Virgo, Buzz Aldrin to Brian May, and exoplanets to extremely large telescopes.

Guten tag folks!

As promised earlier, herewith, a bit lot more detail on some of the presentations at this year’s Starmus in Zurich. The main theme here: the first moon landing.

Quick (relevant) digression: it was our traditional all-day-and-night birthday bash the other week, and since it’s just a few days since the 50th anniversary of the Neil Armstrong’s giant leap for mankind, we thought we’d add a sprinkling of cosmonautical space dust to the proceedings: we invited along two very experienced and very highly-respected astronauts: Oleg Kotov and Sergey Krikalyov. (And let me...

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