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Mobile Ransomware More Than Trebled in Q1, 2017

The global nightmare of ransomware shows no sign of slowing down, with the volume of mobile ransomware rising over three-fold (3.5 times) during the first few months of the year, according to Kaspersky Lab’s Malware Report for Q1, 2017. The number of mobile ransomware files detected reached 218,625 during the quarter, compared to 61,832 in the previous quarter, with the Congur family accounting for more than 86 per cent. Ransomware targeting all devices, systems and networks also continued to Read more


Kaspersky Lab launches Threat Intelligence Portal to help security operation centre teams prioritise their activities

With businesses today increasingly being threatened by cybercrime, and with half of firms across the globe worried about becoming the victim of targeted attacks (49 per cent), the need for cyber intelligence sharing has never been greater. To help businesses access the most relevant threat information, and to aid their everyday struggles against complex cybercrime, Kaspersky Lab has announced the launch of its Threat Intelligence Portal, the ultimate web service to help security operation Read more


Ztorg botnet on the rise: more than a million devices compromised in a year

Cybercriminals build a massive botnet to cash-in on aggressive advertising

Kaspersky Lab’s researchers have discovered a large-scale network that promotes applications infected with the Ztorg Trojan through advertising campaigns. The sophisticated ad botnet has compromised hundreds of thousands of devices with malware that generates views for ads, discreet installation or even purchase of new applications, thus making money for its authors. The campaigns have been effective for more than a year with almost 100 compromised programs to date. Most of them were very Read more


People at Risk of Data Heartache, and They Have Themselves to Blame, Kaspersky Lab Study Shows

People love their digital devices. Yet, they put it at risk with dangerous behaviour that compromises security. New research by Kaspersky Lab reveals a contradiction in the way people treat their data – although they are aware of the threat from cybercriminals, their actions show they’re failing to protect their data properly, with around half not even using basic security measures such as passwords or PINs. Read more


Kaspersky Lab Report on DDoS Attacks in Q1 2017: The Lull before the Storm

The first quarter of 2017 has confirmed the forecasts about the evolution of DDoS attacks made by Kaspersky Lab experts following the 2016 results. It also demonstrates that cybercriminals need a rest too. Despite the growing popularity of complex DDoS attacks continuing into the first quarter, there was a noticeable decline in the number of overall attacks and a change to how they were dispersed by country. Read more


Data detox: Kaspersky Lab helps businesses achieve good data health, in advance of GDPR deadline

With just over a year to go until businesses within the EU must become compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Kaspersky Lab has today launched an online hub to help them complete their journey to good data health and long-term business prosperity. Featuring an assessment tool to help gauge GDPR readiness, and resources providing practical advice to put into action, the website aims to give businesses the push they need to make it across the finish line. Read more


One in four banks find it difficult to verify the identity of online banking customers

According to the latest Financial Institutions Security Risks survey, 24 per cent of banks worldwide struggle with the identification of their customers when delivering digital and online banking services. As more than half of banks (59 per cent) anticipate growing financial losses due to fraud in the next three years, the verification of a user’s identity should be taking central stage in the cybersecurity strategies of financial institutions, Kaspersky Lab warns. Read more


The start of 2017 witnessed a 5,000-fold decrease in the world's largest spam botnet mailings

Amid a sharp drop in the number of malicious mass mailings, spam actors are learning new ways to bypass spam filters to succeed in their attacks.

According to Kaspersky Lab’s “Spam and phishing in Q1 2017” report, the world's largest spam botnet, Necurs, demonstrated a relative decline in its fraudulent mailshot traffic. In December 2016, Kaspersky Lab’s spam traps detected over 35 million fraudulent mailshots but in March 2017 that number fell to almost 7,000. Read more

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