It's all too easy to think that spam is an old problem, and one that has largely been dealt with. Certainly, many people will tell you that they see very little evidence of spam in their mailboxes. This, however, has less to do with the demise of the spammer and everything to do with the effectiveness of spam filters. The latest Kaspersky Lab analysis of the spam and phishing threat landscape for the first quarter of 2015 suggests that some 59.2 per cent of email traffic was actually spam, which is good news in as far as that number is …

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According to a [SecureList posting](https://securelist.com/blog/69462/darwin-nuke/) dated April 10th, researchers Anton Ivanov, Andrey Khudyakov, Maxim Zhuravlev and Andrey Rubin discovered a vulnerability in the Darwin kernel back in December 2014. Why is this of interest? Well, the Darwin kernel is an open source part of both the Apple operating systems. The vulnerability could allow remote attackers to launch a DDoS on a device running OS X 10.10 or iOS 8. More worryingly, it could allow the attackers to send just a single, solitary incorrect network packet in order to crash the target system and impact upon any corporate network it may …

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Ever wondered why the bad guys continue throwing malware in your direction? The obvious answer is the correct one: because they make money from doing it. On Thanksgiving Day, as all others across the year it would seem, they can be thankful for the high profit to be raked in from using readily available malware purchased within the dark market. Kaspersky Lab researchers have been doing the math, and their figures suggest that when comparing the cost of the most common hacker tools with the cold cash stolen using them the profit is around 20 times greater than the outlay. …

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The average car is increasingly becoming a vehicle for the Internet; but does this also make it a vehicle for cybercrime? Security vendor Kaspersky Lab, in cahoots with Spanish digital media outfit IAB, reckons that software updates, in-car mobile apps and privacy are all areas which have ripe potential for the car crook to launch an attack. Announcing the first 'Annual Connected Cars Study' which aims to provide an overview of the Internet car market, Kaspersky Lab and IAB hope that some unity can be provided to the pretty fragmented software ecosystem offered by car manufacturers currently. In developing a …

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Your web browser provides a window onto the Internet, but unless you are timely in updating the client you use then, say researchers with security vendor Kaspersky Lab,that window may be cracked and allow a draft of insecurity to blow through into your network, your computer and your data. ![firefoxversions](/attachments/small/0/firefoxversions.jpg "align-right") With the majority of online threats coming from the direction of the web, vulnerabilities in web browser clients are increasingly being used in order to infect networks and compromise data integrity. It's why the so called 'zero-day' exploits are so valuable within the cybercriminal community. While zero-days are hard, …

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Small groups of what are best described as cyber-mercenaries, willing and able to perform surgically precise hit and run hacking operations, are offering their services for hire out of China, Japan and South Korea. That's the conclusion of security researchers at [Kaspersky Lab](http://www.kaspersky.co.uk/) who have been following the progress of a newly discovered espionage campaign, known as Icefog and targeting the supply chain in South Korea and Japan which feeds companies in the West. Icefog is an APT, or Advanced Persistent Threat, and in the words of the Kaspersky Lab [report](http://www.securelist.com/en/blog/208214064/The_Icefog_APT_A_Tale_of_Cloak_and_Three_Daggers) a "small yet energetic" one. Although it appears to …

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The news that, following a number of pretty high-profile password compromise cases, Twitter is adopting a two-factor authentication for account access is to be welcomed. 2FA, as it is known, applies the better security concept of something you know combined with something you own into the access equation. The thing you know is your password, and the thing you own is your mobile phone. Here's how it works, once 2FA has been enabled and you try to log into Twitter from a 'new' device a code will be sent by SMS to the mobile phone which you have registered with …

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Continuing our round up of 2013 IT security vendor predictions, we've got the thoughts of three of the big Infosecurity Europe exhibitors: Palo Alto Networks, SafeNet and Kaspersky Lab. ![dweb-infoseceurope](/attachments/small/0/dweb-infoseceurope.jpg "align-right") Brian Tokuyoshi from Palo Alto Networks predicts that social media, data decryption and virtualised network security will be high on the agenda in the year to come. "Increasingly, social media platforms and webmail are becoming de facto communication platforms for personal use, bypassing enterprise security products in the process. Encryption makes more of this traffic invisible to existing security controls. In 2013, enterprises need to find ways to make …

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According to new research from Kaspersky Lab, in the form of a report called [Evaluating the threat level of software vulnerabilities](http://media.kaspersky.com/documents/business/misc/Kaspersky_Lab_Report_Software_Vulnerabilities_final.pdf), 72% of Java users haven't switched to the latest, safest, version despite highly publicised vulnerabilities and resulting security exploits. ![dweb-java011](/attachments/small/0/dweb-java011.jpg "align-right") And it's not just Java, the report also shows that users of older versions of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader are also failing to upgrade to safer versions, leaving their systems and their data at potential risk of breach. Researchers looked at the most dangerous vulnerabilities (those known to be actively exploited by cybercriminals) found in assorted …

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Hi Folks My computer keeps popping up random warning about microsoft office outlook "MAPI32.DLL is corrupt," and randomly opening up an unknown file in Windows media player. This happens whether or not I am running explorer, firefox, or neither. Kaspersky cannot detect any issues, even after I upgraded to the 2011 version. Has anyone heard of something like this? Any thoughts on how I can remove it or protect my computer?

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Hi, Good day! My problem is that I can't install any anti-virus on a PC... I strongly believe it has many viruses because it slow-ups the unit. Almost all of the anti-virus I run ([URL="http://www.avira.com/en/avira-free-antivirus"]Avira[/URL], [URL="http://www.avast.com/index"]Avast[/URL], [URL="http://www.kaspersky.com/kaspersky_internet_security"]KIS[/URL], [URL="http://www.kaspersky.com/"]KAV[/URL] and [URL="http://free.avg.com/ww-en/homepage"]AVG[/URL]) cannot install successfully as if being destroyed or blocked by something. I am looking forward for any help from the community. Best regards, coldflame [URL="http://romel-beyondme.blogspot.com/"]http://www.romel-beyondme.blogspot.com[/URL]

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Eugene Kaspersky will today be inducted into the Infosecurity Europe 2010 Hall of Fame in recognition of his contribution to the advancement of the IT security industry during more than twenty years in the business. It's not the only award he has received, as the SC Awards Europe 2010 also voted him the CEO of the Year. The Kaspersky Lab co-founder and CEO was presented with his award to applause from hundreds of IT security professionals gathered at the ceremony at the Wyndham Grand London in Chelsea Harbour. Commenting on the award, Eugene Kaspersky says "I am truly honoured to …

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It all kicked off last night with a [URL="http://hackersblog.org/2009/02/07/usakasperskycom-hacked-full-database-acces-sql-injection/"]posting to hacker board[/URL] claiming to have carried out a relatively simple SQL Injection attack on one the world's biggest and best known IT security companies: Kaspersky. The hacker, currently only know as 'unu' claims that the SQL Injection attack on usa.kaspersky.com has exposed activation codes, user details, bug lists and so on. "Kaspersky is one of the leading companies in the security and antivirus market. It seems as though they are not able to secure their own data bases. Seems incredible but unfortunately, its true. Alter one of the parameters and …

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Yesterday [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3943.html"]I reported[/URL] how the security vendor Kaspersky had allegedly fallen victim to a SQL Injection attack, with the usa.kaspersky.com website hacked and plenty of data potentially exposed. I said that Kaspersky would no doubt make an official statement sooner rather than later, and it has. Unfortunately it is one that still leaves plenty of questions unanswered and reminds me of a man facing a firing squad with fingers in ears and yelling 'la la la' like that will stop the bullets. Some background: a white hat hacker made a posting to a hacker forum claiming to have successfully hacked …

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Kaspersky Lab has successfully [URL="http://www.itpro.co.uk/blogs/daveyw/2009/02/23/kaspersky-patents-malware-removal/"]patented yet another bit[/URL] of security technology. This time it is a new heuristic analysis technology which allows security ratings to be assigned to software based entirely upon behaviour patterns during emulation. Is this something to get excited about? Well, yes, if you look beyond the marketing spin and focus on what Kaspersky is actually doing here. The point being that with existing methods there are no 100 percent guarantees that new malicious programs can be detected, a typical chicken and egg situation which would require new technologies to detect and block potential new threats to …

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Today is [URL="http://www.saferinternet.org"]Safer Internet Day[/URL] 2009, apparently. Every year since 2004, one day in February has been designated as Safer Internet Day in order to promote a safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones. It is aimed primarily at children and young people across the world. According to one press release which arrived with me this morning it helps to underline the "importance of security matters on the Internet." Ordinarily, such a statement would not have raised my eyebrows at all, nor caused me to stifle a somewhat sarcastic giggle. But this press release arrived from …

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I was privileged to attend the 5th [URL="http://www.kaspersky.com/"]Kaspersky[/URL] Lab forum, held in the city of London, yesterday. It was actually a Cybercrime Forum (I have no idea if the other forums were as well, as this was my first), and so the main focus was – yeah, you guessed it – Cybercrime; criminals operating through the freedom and openness of the internet, causing all kinds of harm to internet, computer, and smart phone users not just for kicks and giggles as it used to be in the good old days, but now for money, and big money too. It emerged …

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Rather surprisingly, Kaspersky Lab has forecast that the security threat landscape will increase by more than 20 million programs by the end of 2008 when compared to the 2007 year-end figures, a ten-fold increase no less. That is worth repeating: the number of [B]new[/B] malicious applications in circulation by the end of 2008 will increase by [B]20 million[/B] according to Kaspersky. OK, I am used to getting emails and press releases which are, shall we say, a little on the alarmist side in the run up to the annual InfoSecurity Europe show. And, true to form that show is starting …

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Kaspersky Lab has [URL="http://www.viruslist.com/en/analysis?pubid=204791980"]published its list[/URL] of the most prevalent viruses for the end of 2007, and although an email worm retains the top spot the more interesting stuff is happening immediately below it in the rankings of shame. Specifically, the second, fourth and seventh places which are all occupied by variants of the Trojan-Downloader.Win32.Diehard. The .dc modification of this Trojan dropper only appeared for the very first time on 21st December, yet on some days in December it proved virulent enough to account for some 80% of all the malicious traffic seen in email by Kaspersky users. Droppers are …

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[URL="http://www.kaspersky.com/"]Kaspersky Lab[/URL] has released its latest Malware Evolution [URL="http://www.viruslist.com/en/analysis?pubid=204791907"]report[/URL], covering the period between June and September 2006 and, as usual, it makes for interesting reading. Alexander Gostev, Senior Virus Analyst, Kaspersky Lab comments that the first six months of 2006 was “notable for the complexity of the technologies which antivirus companies had to deal with, a large number of new proof of concept programs, and the ever increasing interest shown by hackers in Microsoft Office.” While there was no great exploit epidemic during this latest quarter, nor any new proof of concept viruses for that matter, or even much activity …

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The End.