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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Streamlining the Know Your Customer procedure with blockchain

Streamlining the Know Your Customer procedure with blockchain

Last year, I wrote a post about the possible privacy implications of applying blockchain technology to such areas as education, health care, and human resource management. However, a blockchain-based solution to a problem plagued by the shortcomings of traditional approaches can help with dealing with personal data as well. I am talking about KYC (know your customer), and recent advances in using blockchain for KYC procedures.

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The term “know your customer” originally came from financial services. Banks needed to identify their customers, make sure they didn’t cheat, and be able to check their credit history. So, banks...

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Why gold’s so expensive – ver. 2019.

Why gold’s so expensive – ver. 2019.

Around a year ago, I told you on these here blog pages about an excursion I was given around a gold mine. Down we went deep into the bowels of the earth, where we were shown the whole process of beneficiation through which they extract out of every ton of earth a mere 7-8 grams of gold (which eventually find themselves in a .900 – ~20 karat gold bar).

Now, during that excursion, I recall how we were told by our guides how, though the mine we were in was really quite sufficiently modern, mechanized and automated, it still remained somewhat a ‘diet’ version of a gold mine. If we wanted to see a ‘full fat’ version, we needed to get ourselves… somewhere...

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Earth 2050: Visions of the future, today

Earth 2050: Visions of the future, today

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Originally published in Eugene Kaspersky’s blog

You may have already heard about the big change at our company last week. However, big changes are nothing new to us! Ever since we began 22 years ago, it’s been nonstop change, change, change — and always for the better, naturally. Change has basically become our profession! Here’s why…

If we didn’t understand technology’s development, that would hardly bode well for our future — and I’m not talking about sales. I’m saying, in that case, maybe no one would be around to buy our products in the first place!

Joke :)

I’m sure everything will work out just fine. Technology’s changing the world for the...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 96

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 96

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For the 96th edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, Dave and I jump all over the place with stories ranging from pizza to hacked US Customs and Border Patrol photos.

We kick things off with an interesting tale from the Brofist Army. Yep, we are talking PewDiePie and a recent advertisement he did with Ukrainian social media Nimses. While there is some concern and fake news surrounding the app and ad, we tried to cut to the meat and potatoes of the tale and the app itself.

From there, we bid farewell to Facebook’s Graph Search, and after that, we discuss the latest snafu from US Customs and Border Control. Seems they have some trouble...

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Earth 2050: Visions of the future, today.

Earth 2050: Visions of the future, today.

You may have already heard about the big change at the Kompany last week. However, big changes are nothing new to us! Ever since we began 22 years ago, it’s been non-stop change, change, change — and always for the better, naturally. Change has basically become our profession! Here’s why…

If we don’t understand the direction technology’s developing in, that hardly bodes well for the future. And I don’t mean because nobody will buy our products. Maybe there’ll be no one around to buy them in the first place!

Joke :)

I’m sure everything will work out just fine. Technology’s changing the world for the better. Sure, new possibilities bring new risks,...

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How to protect your VK account against hacks and spam

How to protect your VK account against hacks and spam

Like most social networks, VK attracts all sorts of people. Considering its multimillion-strong audience, it is no surprise at all that alongside its well-meaning users you will also find scammers, spammers, and trolls of every description. People may push services in private messages, post ads to your wall, write obscenities in comments, and bad-mouth you in front of your friends — you don’t even have to be a celebrity for that.

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You can protect your account from unwanted attention by setting it up properly. Even if you’ve already done this, we recommend you make sure that everything is OK; from time to time the social network offers...

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Wi-Fi in the office — convenient but risky

Wi-Fi in the office — convenient but risky

Almost every office has a Wi-Fi network today, and sometimes more than one. Who wants to connect laptops with a cable? And forget about smartphones and tablets! However, a wireless network can be a weak point in your IT infrastructure.

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Not all companies use complex and unique passwords for their wireless networks, and few bother to disable the broadcasting of the network’s name. And not many at all limit the power of the WI-Fi signal to prevent network connections from outside of the office. Thus, usually little prevents a potential attacker from hanging around near the office and trying to get into a corporate network through a...

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We got the bronze in powerlifting! 

We got the bronze in powerlifting! 

We’ve more than 4000 K-folks working in the Kompany ). That’s 4000+ folks who either make, sell or support our products, which happen to be the best in their class in the world. And they’re always thinking up new products and improving perfecting existing ones.

Then there are the K-dawgs who protect us with patents and other legal delicacies, who do the books, who organize our conferences and optimize business trips, who… and on and on – and all over the world! I can’t list them all here, but one thing I will say is they’re a bunch of dedicated good eggs!

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But out of all those 4000+, there is one in particular I want to mention and congratulate. It is...

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Wonder – on a wander round Rwanda.

Wonder – on a wander round Rwanda.

Hi folks!

And the news and tales from Rwanda go like this:

1. We’ve just opened a new office here! Our business is doing really rather well here, so we needed local specialists for the local market. Maybe we’ll need some for the neighboring countries too. For now though – our Rwandan office is on the fourth floor of this building:

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The view from the window. Kigali has plenty of construction going on:

2. Our trip to see the gorillas wasn’t just tourism, but also business! For in the neighboring national park I spoke at a conference for military folks from the whole of Africa! No photos, afraid, as it was a closed event.

3. A few days later I spoke...

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Learn how to spot travel phishing

Learn how to spot travel phishing

Summer’s coming, and that means vacation season is on its way. A lot of people are looking through travel websites in search for interesting places to go, cheap places to stay, and tickets at interesting prices. And, as usual, scammers are eager to give them what they are looking for — sort of.

In addition to the usual tactics scammers use to rob you while you’re looking forward to having a nice vacation, these travel tricks are worth knowing before you start planning your next trip. In this post we’ll dig into some details and talk about how malefactors try to trick excited folks into believing they’re on a genuine travel website. All of these methods...

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Soccer club defrauded

Soccer club defrauded

The players: three soccer clubs (Russian, French, and Argentine), one midfielder, and about 40 million euros. Plus: scammers. Minus: €520,000. In short, this is the tale of Leandro Paredes’s move from the Russian Zenit team to the French Paris Saint-Germain.

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In January, world sports news media announced the transfer of Paredes from Zenit to Paris Saint-Germain. The price tag of this transfer was about €40 million (for 4.5 seasons). According to FIFA rules, Paredes’s first club, the Boca Juniors, claims a certain percentage of the deal (about 3.5%): €1,299,377.48, to be more precise.

Paris Saint-Germain and the Boca Juniors agreed on a payment plan of...

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Baltimore encrypted

Baltimore encrypted

In early May, officials in Baltimore, Maryland, encountered ransomware called RobbinHood that encrypted a number of municipal computers. It completely paralyzed some city services.

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The Baltimore authorities have not disclosed details of the incident, but according to the New York Times, the attackers took advantage of the sensational EternalBlue exploit. IT specialists at the mayor’s office promptly took measures to stop the spread of the malware, but not before it had disabled about 10,000 devices. Extortionists demanded 13 bitcoins (about $114,000 at the time of this writing) to decrypt the computers.

Ransomware against cities

Baltimore is hardly the first and...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 94

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 94

Welcome to the 94th edition of the Kaspersky Lab Transatlantic Cable podcast. In this edition, we jump around a bit between cybercrime, privacy, and a little bit of Terminator 2 action.

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To kick things off, we head down to Charm City. As you may have heard, Baltimore is dealing with a pretty serious ransomware attack that is crippling the city — not to mention the inevitable finger-pointing. From there, we head to the IoT and privacy front. With its new patent, Amazon wants to listen to everything you say. The company says it’s an effort to improve the experience for users.

We then move along to an events company data breach that affected more than...

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Top 4 dangerous file attachments

Top 4 dangerous file attachments

Spammers send billions of messages every single day. It is mostly trite advertising — annoying, but generally harmless. But every once in a while, there is a malicious file attached to one of the messages.

To provoke the recipient into opening a dangerous file, it is usually masked as something interesting, useful, or important: a work document, a great offer, a gift card bearing the logo of a well-known company, and so on.

Malware distributors have their own “pet” formats. In this post we explore this year’s top malware-hiding files.

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Cybercriminals love to conceal malware in archives. For example, ZIP files teasingly titled...

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How to delete your Snapchat account while preserving your data

How to delete your Snapchat account while preserving your data

Snapchat developers were recently accused of breach of privacy after some employees’ privacy abuses came to light. In essence, they spied on users. Not a pleasant discovery, is it? It might even make one think about leaving the social network.

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It doesn’t really matter what prompts the idea, though — could be excessive attention from strangers, a commitment to defeat Internet addiction, or your 25th birthday. We are just going to tell you how to do it.

Saving data from Snapchat

Before you delete your Snapchat account, you will probably want to save the photos and videos you had so much fun sharing — and maybe also some other...

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Introducing the new us

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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We were born in the 90s. Back when we founded the company in 1997, we had just one simple goal: Make the best...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 95

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 95

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Episode 95 of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast touches on encryption’s power, burger joints, Google Chrome restrictions on ad-blockers, and more.

To start things off, Dave and I tackle a pair of stories dealing with end-to-end encryption and how governments are looking at it. The first is from Germany and ponders if law enforcement should be able to read, in plain text, encrypted messages. Then we jump to how companies such as Apple and Google are pushing back on the GCHQ for proposing the same thing.

Afterward, we move to sports and how a football club may need to recheck where they send their money. Then, we discuss a burger chain in...

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CIA sextortion — an old scam with a new twist

CIA sextortion — an old scam with a new twist

What would you think if you received an e-mail with “Central Intelligence Agency — Case #45361978” in the subject line? Would you decide that someone, somewhere had seriously screwed up and accidentally sent you a top-secret file? Or that you’re being recruited for the secret services (well, you never know)? Alas, in either case you would almost certainly be mistaken — the e-mails in question are just another extortion trick.

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The author of the e-mails that caught our experts’ collective eye poses as a CIA officer who has allegedly found the recipient’s details in Case #45361978 (relating to possession and...

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How spammers use Google services

How spammers use Google services

As you know, Google is not just a search tool, but multiple services used by billions of people every day: Gmail, Calendar, Google Drive, Google Photos, Google Translate, the list goes on. And they are all integrated with each other. Calendar is linked to Gmail, Gmail to Google Drive, Google Drive to Google Photos, and so on.

It’s all very handy — register once and away you go. And there’s no need to mess around moving files and data between services; Google does everything for you. The downside is that online fraudsters have learned to exploit the convenience of Google services to send spam or worse.

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San Marino – Europe’s third-smallest country, don’t you know.

San Marino – Europe’s third-smallest country, don’t you know.

Ciao folks!

Herewith, a tiny post on a tiny addition to my not-tiny list of been-to’s in the world.

As time goes by, my getting a +1 to my countries-visited list seems to become less and less frequent. Maybe that’s because I’ve been to that many – more than 90. Yes, perhaps. But with 206 countries currently in the world, it really shouldn’t mean I’ve much excuse to start slowing down with my new-adds, surely. There’s still plenty of countries to go.

For example, even in nearby (i.e., easily-accessible) Europe, I’ve a full six states left to go: San Marino, Slovenia, Montenegro, Albania, Bulgaria, Belarus and Moldova.

//… Six,...

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Hey startups, want to become a global company?

Hey startups, want to become a global company?

About five years ago we launched an interesting project – our own Business Incubator . Why? Because there are a lot of great ideas out in the wild that need nurturing to grow and develop into something great. And we have the resources to help them do this! So we’ve been scouting for cool innovative ideas and giving startups ‘wings’ to fly.

One of the most successful examples of projects from our Business Incubator is Polys, launched in 2017. It’s an online platform for electronic voting based on blockchain. I’ve already mentioned it in this blog. But briefly: it’s safe, anonymous, unhackable, and what I think is more important – very easy to...

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Emulator technology: real crafty malware’s worst nightmare.

Emulator technology: real crafty malware’s worst nightmare.

Have you ever wondered why computer viruses are called just that – ‘viruses’? Well, actually, today the word viruses is used somewhat misleadingly to refer to most ‘any type of malicious program, or is used to describe any bad thing that a program does to a computer’. I took that from our encyclopedia, btw.

However (still from our encyclopedia), ‘strictly speaking … a virus is defined as program code that replicates and spreads – much like a biological virus like, say, a flu virus does.

The strange thing is – viruses defined as such all but disappeared umpteen years ago out in the wild. These days it’s all about malicious...

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Libertas in monte.

Libertas in monte.

Strolling around the City of San Marino, with its unassailable towers and fortress walls at the very top of a mountain, I figured it must have been a refuge against the medieval bandits, robbers and pillagers that once roamed Europe. However, it turns out that’s not the case.

According to legend, the beginnings of the first settlement here were established by a Christian stonemason in the 4th century A.D. during the period of persecution of Christians. He set up a humble home, started extracting stone, others joined him, a monastery appeared, and on and on it grew organically. Now, for around 1700 years there’s existed here this micro-state up a mountain. Down the...

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German triangle.

German triangle.

The other week I pulled a three-day Russia-Germany triangle: Moscow – Munich – Berlin – Moscow. Though it wasn’t such a long-sided triangle, it all the same was a toughie, as so much was packed into my itinerary. However, I didn’t even manage to get myself to Munich itself, only having got as far as its airport. But then, Munich Airport has its own… brewery, so I wasn’t complaining ).

The brewery is right in the middle of one of the airport’s restaurants too – so that’s two unusuals already; I wondered if the beer was going to be unusual too…

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Woah: another unusual, it seemed: it claims to be the only brewery in the world that resides inside an airport. But a quick...

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Istanbul’s new airport: humungous, ambitious – and delicious!

Istanbul’s new airport: humungous, ambitious – and delicious!

A new airport has opened in Istanbul! And about time too, for the former main airport had long since been overstretched but couldn’t be expanded because it’s in the city itself (it’s now used just for cargo, business and other unscheduled flights), while the national carrier has been impressively expanding its geographical spread of destinations around the globe. Woah: a quick glance at Wikipedia tells me that that geographical expansion is so impressive that it’s given Turkish Airlines the highest number of countries served by an airline – a whopping 121! The second highest is Air France, but way behind TK  with just 91....

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