Kaspersky Lab recently announced that it has been positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant of the 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms. The evaluation was based on the criteria for both “completeness of vision” and “ability to execute.” This is the fifth year in a row the company has received a leadership position from Gartner.
Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team has announced the discovery of the Poseidon Group, an advanced threat actor active in global cyber-espionage operations since at least 2005. What makes the Poseidon Group stand out is that it’s a commercial entity, whose attacks involve custom malware digitally signed with rogue certificates deployed to steal sensitive data from victims to coerce them into a business relationship. In addition, the malware is designed to function specifically on English and Brazilian Portuguese Windows machines, a first for a targeted attack.
A year after Kaspersky Lab warned that cyber-criminals would start to adopt the tools and tactics of nation-state backed APTs in order to rob banks, the company has confirmed the return of Carbanak as Carbanak 2.0 and uncovered two more groups working in the same style: Metel and GCMAN. They attack financial organizations using covert APT-style reconnaissance and customized malware along with legitimate software and new, innovative schemes to cash out.
10 February 2016 Kaspersky Lab’s Global Research and Analysis Team has published extensive research on the Adwind RAT, a cross-platform, multifunctional malware program also known as AlienSpy, Frutas, Unrecom, Sockrat, JSocket and jRat, and which is distributed through a single malware-as-a-service platform. According to the results of the investigation, conducted between 2013 and 2016, different versions of the Adwind malware have been used in attacks against at least 443,000 private users, commercial and non-commercial organizations around the world. The platform and the malware are still active.
Nearly half (44%) of Internet users admit having shared their passwords with somebody or left them visible for people to see, according to the findings of Kaspersky Lab’s recent consumer surveys*, one of which has 1,394 respondents from the Philippines.
The Kaspersky Security Bulletin Overall Statistics Report for 2015 highlights a new trend: for the first time ever, mobile financial threats rank among the top ten malicious programs designed to steal money.
Perhaps for the first time in history, issues relating to the security of the Internet and the protection of internal networks were discussed by and relevant to every sector of the economy as well as everyday life: from finance, manufacturing/industrial, automotive and aircraft to wearable devices, healthcare, dating services and more.
Advanced Persistent Threats or APTs as we know them will cease to exist in 2016, replaced by deeper, embedded attacks that are harder to detect and trace back to the perpetrators, according to Kaspersky Lab experts.
Around one in four IT, telecoms and financial services companies experienced a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack in the last 12 months, according to a survey conducted by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International.
According to Kaspersky Lab, 2015 marked the moment when demand for new malicious programs reached saturation point, as the number of new malware files detected every day by its products fell by 15,000, from 325,000 in 2014 to 310,000.