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Mobile Advertising Trojans Exploiting Super-User Rights Became the Top Mobile Malware Threat in 2016

2016 saw a near-threefold rise in mobile malware detections compared to 2015 – with a total of 8.5 million malicious installations identified. This means that, in the space of just one year, a volume equivalent to 50 per cent of all the malware detected in the previous 11 years (15.77 million in 2004 – 2015) was released. Leading the way were mobile advertising Trojans which now make up 16 of the top 20 malicious programs, up from 12 in 2015. These are the findings of Kaspersky Lab’s annual Read more


Businesses Blame Rivals for Staging DDoS Attacks

More than two in five (43 per cent) businesses who were victim to a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on their IT system believe their competitors were behind it. According to research by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, rival firms are considered more likely culprits than cybercriminals, which were cited as suspects by fewer than two in five (38 per cent) victims. Read more


Skilled Attacker Develops Advanced Windows Botnet to Spread Infamous Mirai Malware

Kaspersky Lab experts are analysing the first Windows-based spreader for the Mirai malware as part of a concerted effort to close down Mirai botnets in the wild. The Windows bot appears to have been created by a developer with more advanced skills than the attackers who unleashed the massive Mirai-powered DDoS attacks in late 2016, a fact that has worrying implications for the future use and targets of Mirai-based attacks. The malware author is likely to be Chinese-speaking. Kaspersky Lab data Read more


2016: a year of ransomware in spam

According to Kaspersky Lab “Spam and phishing in 2016” report, about 20 per cent of all spam emails in Q4 2016 distributed ransomware Trojans. Read more


Connected cars: who controls your car without you knowing?

Kaspersky Lab researchers have examined the security of applications for the remote control of cars from several well-known car manufacturers. As a result, the company’s experts have discovered that all of the applications contain a number of security issues that can potentially allow criminals to cause significant damage for connected car owners. Read more


40 per cent of accounts are hacked by simply guessing user passwords

Kaspersky Lab today launches new password manager to help secure passwords

Today Kaspersky Lab presented a new version of its freemium solution Kaspersky Password Manager. It offers users remote access to their passwords via their personal page on the My Kaspersky portal, automatic security verification for entered passwords, voice control and other useful features. Read more


The Inexplicable Facts of Love: Mac Owners More Likely to Use Social Networks for Dating

In the run-up to Valentine's Day, Kaspersky Lab has identified the peculiarities of romantic behaviour on social networks. It turns out that users who mostly access the Internet on a Mac desktop stand out for their greater displays of amorousness on social networks. Read more


More than 75 per cent of crypto ransomware in 2016 came from the Russian-speaking cybercriminal underground

Out of 62 new crypto ransomware families discovered by Kaspersky Lab researchers in 2016, at least 47 were developed by Russian-speaking cybercriminals. This is one of the findings of an overview of the Russian-speaking ransomware underground, conducted by Kaspersky Lab researchers. The review also found that small groups with limited capabilities are transforming into large criminal enterprises that have the resources and intent to attack private and corporate targets worldwide. Read more

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