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How GDPR will affect your business

How GDPR will affect your business

So, General Data Protection Regulation aka GDPR is just around the corner (well, 2018) and a lot of companies are only beginning to get a grasp of what the new EU ruling will mean for their business.

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But, whilst a lot of IT departments are running around like headless chickens, frantic to ensure compliancy, did you stop to think how other departments might be affected?

You see, GDPR affects more than just IT. In fact, any department that touches or uses customer data (and let’s face it, which department doesn’t these days) will have to ensure compliancy.

So, to that end, Kaspersky Lab commissioned a report to look at how different internal...

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Ztorg Trojan: Infect yourself for 5 cents

Ztorg Trojan: Infect yourself for 5 cents

A lot of ads on the Internet promote easy ways to earn money. They tend to lead to fishy places — say, a post from an alleged mother of three who stays at home, earning several thousand dollars a day, and says you can do the same. But there are other ways to earn some easy money, too, that may seem much more plausible.

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For example, some services offer to pay you for installing apps. The money amounts to pocket change — about 5 cents per app — but the work is pretty effortless, so some people find it attractive nonetheless. This kind of scheme is especially popular among children — install 50 apps and get a $2.50 to buy some gear for your...

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What is your antivirus talking about?

What is your antivirus talking about?

One thing fire safety and information security have in common is that most people don’t bother preparing and then panic when something happens. But if something goes wrong, you need to act fast — and get it right — so that everything turns out fine. That’s why it’s good to know what your antivirus is saying when it encounters this or that threat. Consider this post a cybersecurity fire drill.

By the way, for this kind of situation we have a test file designed to be detected as a threat by antiviruses. The file is completely harmless; it was specially designed for this sort of drill.

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The first thing to pay attention to in notifications shown...

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Protected: Stranger danger: the connection between sharing online and losing the data we love

Protected: Stranger danger: the connection between sharing online and losing the data we love

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How to properly update Windows to protect your computer from WannaCry

How to properly update Windows to protect your computer from WannaCry

By now, everyone has heard about the WannaCry ransomware attack. So far we have two posts about it: one with a general overview of what happened, and another with advice for businesses. But it’s become clear that not everyone understands how to patch the Windows vulnerability that is exploited by WannaCry, which allows it to travel from one PC to another. So here, we’ll explain what to do and where to find the necessary patches.

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First of all, it is important to note that the WannaCry can infect only devices on Windows. If your device runs on macOS, iOS,...

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WannaCry ransomware: how it attacks and how to protect your business

WannaCry ransomware: how it attacks and how to protect your business

Earlier today, we teamed up with Comae Technologies to present an emergency webinar for businesses to help them understand and defend against the WannaCry ransomware. The malware has primarily affected business networks, and has claimed victims around the world in a wide range of industries.

Juan Andres Guerrero-Saade, senior security researcher in Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team, was joined by Matt Suiche from Comae Technologies to present the very latest information on how the ransomware breaches defenses and the subsequent stages of attack.

How to protect your business from Wannacry...
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WannaCry: On screens everywhere!

WannaCry: On screens everywhere!

The outbreak of Trojan ransomware WannaCry has already caused a heap of trouble to all kinds of businesses. However, we expect that companies whose infrastructures employ embedded systems are feeling particularly unhappy with the authors of this malware.

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Theoretically, embedded systems should not be interesting to ransomware actors — it’s doubtful that anyone would pay ransom for a purely utilitarian system that holds no valuable data and whose hard drive is routinely reformatted anyway. But WannaCry does not choose its targets. As a result of the peculiar nature of the vulnerability it exploits, WannaCry has spread itself widely across local networks...

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WannaCry: What you need to know

WannaCry: What you need to know

The unprecedented outbreak of Trojan ransomware WannaCry has created a worldwide plague affecting home users and businesses. We have already posted some basics about WannaCry, and in this post we will provide further advice particularly for businesses. It is urgent and critical to know what WannaCry is, how it spreads, what dangers it poses, and how to stop it.

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One of the key reasons the Trojan erupted so quickly is that it transmits itself using an exploit, entering through a known Windows vulnerability with no user intervention (mistakes) needed. And once one computer is infected, the malware it attempts to spread itself to all...

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WannaCry: Are you safe?

WannaCry: Are you safe?

A few days ago, an outbreak of the Trojan encryptor WannaCry started. It appears that the epidemic is global. We call it an epidemic since the extent of it is quite huge. We counted over 45,000 cases of the attack in just one day. In reality, the number is definitely much higher.

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Several large organizations simultaneously reported an infection. Among the organizations were several British hospitals that had to suspend their operations. According to the data released by third parties, WannaCry has infected more than 100,000 computers. Essentially, this is why it has drawn so much attention.

The largest number of attacks occurred in Russia, but...

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All the world’s a context: Targeted ads go offline

All the world’s a context: Targeted ads go offline

Targeted ads are all over the Internet nowadays. One minute you’re searching for information about hair loss, the next you’re seeing offers for a remedy. Click the Like button on an article about genetic tests and you’ll see discounts for that kind of test. Advertisements on the Internet reflect the collected knowledge of everything the target — you! — have liked, searched for, and seen online, and this “diary” of your online life paints a pretty candid picture of you, too.

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At this point, seeing ads based on your online history is hardly a surprise — at least, not while you’re online. So here’s something new to get...

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What your business needs to know about GDPR

What your business needs to know about GDPR

The amount of personal data leaked by companies that store or process it has been growing at an alarming rate over the past few years. Yahoo’s record-breaking 2016 data breach — estimated at half a billion records stolen — seemed hard to beat, but it was actually topped in a single incident later that year. A notorious spammer called River City Media leaked, among other personal details, 1.37 billion e-mail addresses — a simply staggering amount.

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With hundreds of millions of people potentially affected by a single breach, and with the security of personal data a hot topic for many countries around the world, issues of data privacy and...

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Ask Eugene Kaspersky Anything

Ask Eugene Kaspersky Anything

You might know that Kaspersky Lab turns 20 this year. For a cybersecurity company, 20 years is not young. We’ve grown from several programmers sitting in a tiny office into one of the world’s leading infosec companies, with offices all over the world. Once we protected only home users’ computers; now we do much more, from hunting down nefarious threat actors to securing the data of international businesses.

The company began with Eugene Kaspersky’s dream of saving the world. Well, the world is not yet saved, so there’s no time for him to rest on his laurels; he continues to lead the company and fight cybercrime.

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Eugene is always on the move,...

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Incognito mode Q&A

Incognito mode Q&A

As you move around the Internet, it is almost impossible not to leave any digital footprints. And generally speaking, being followed on the Internet is not okay with most people. But whereas a degree of privacy is important anywhere you go online, you really need the ability to cover your tracks on public computers and shared computers.

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Incognito mode — also known as private mode — is a browser mode that gives a user a measure of privacy among other users of the same device or account. In incognito mode, a browser doesn’t store your Web surfing history, cookies, download history, or login credentials.

What does “doesn’t store” mean?
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What to do if your antivirus prevents a website from loading

What to do if your antivirus prevents a website from loading

When it comes to antivirus protection, everybody would prefer a solution that works so well and so independently out of the box that they can forget about it until its license expires. At the same time, they still expect impeccable protection. As a matter of fact, we share the same opinion and expectations, which is why our security solutions are fine-tuned to provide an optimal balance between hands-off user experience and stringent protection.

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Nevertheless, it may happen that your opinion about an application or a website differs from that of your antivirus. You may know an app or a website is fine, yet there your antivirus...

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How to choose a VPN

How to choose a VPN

A new buzzword is echoing all over the world, and it consists of only three letters: V, P, and N. VPN. Do you know what a VPN is? If not, we have you covered. Do you know why do you need one? If not, we have covered that topic as well.

OK, so you’ve learned what virtual private networking is and decided that you need a VPN. But there are dozens of VPN providers, some offering free solutions, others charging a significant amount of money, still more in between. Which one is right for you?

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The easiest way to describe a VPN in lay terms is to call it a tunnel. Your computer sits at one end of the tunnel, and the server is at the other end (aka...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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!

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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.

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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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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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