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
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.
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
According to Kaspersky Lab “Spam and phishing in 2016” report, about 20 per cent of all spam emails in Q4 2016 distributed ransomware Trojans.
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.
According to a recent study carried out by Kaspersky Lab and B2B International, currently one in five business representatives surveyed believe that their online services should be protected against DDoS attacks by their IT service providers (in particular, network providers).
In reality, though, this responsibility often falls on the shoulders of companies that come under attack – and this can cause them significant losses.
E-payments are now a common feature of our everyday life. According to a global survey carried out by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab, 98% of respondents regularly make online purchases or manage their finances via the Internet. Naturally, the popularity of e-commerce has attracted the attention of cybercriminals. According to CyberSource, a provider of payment processing and risk management services, in 2012 e-retailers in the United States and Canada lost around $3.5 billion due to
КEY EVENTS THAT HAVE DEFINED THE THREAT LANDSCAPE IN 2013
Once again, it’s time for us to deliver our customary retrospective of the key events that have defined the threat landscape in 2013. Let’s start by looking back at the things we thought would shape the year ahead, based on the trends we observed in the previous year.
Today’s bank customers can perform most of their financial operations online. According to a global survey of Internet users conducted by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab, 91% of respondents regularly use online banking services. However, 62% of them encountered at least one attempted fraud or scam during the year that meant they ran the risk of losing money from their accounts.
More and more people are using their mobile devices for things that used to be done on desktop or laptop computers. According to research by B2B International and Kaspersky Lab, 38% of respondents use mobile devices for financial operations, such as managing a payment system or bank account, online shopping etc. Banks are encouraging this trend by releasing mobile applications to manage personal finances.
The majority of malware will attempt to conceal its presence on users’ computers and function without the users’ knowledge, especially the more sophisticated types. Cyber fraud, however, requires the participation of users. To prevent users falling victim to the various scams out there, it’s very important that they know about them.
Aleks founded and led the Global Research & Analysis Team from 2008 before moving to his current position as Chief Security Expert with the team in 2010. Aleks analyses all aspects of information security, with a focus on new threats and mobile malware. His responsibilities include detecting and analysing new malware. His research and analytical articles are published both on dedicated IT sites and in the mass media. He has been with the company since 2002 and is based in Moscow.
Alexander was appointed Kaspersky Lab’s Managing Director Europe in July 2013, taking responsibility for managing the commercial and marketing targets of all Kaspersky Lab’s European offices.
Andrew Lintell joined Kaspersky Lab in 2011 as Corporate Sales Director, UK and EIRE. In 2012, Andrew was appointed Vice President, Channel Europe where his role is to lead the European Channel Organisation. He is responsible for creating and leading the European Partner Programme and driving the go-to-market model across the region in close cooperation with country managing directors, sales and channel leaders.
Costin joined Kaspersky Lab in 2000 as a leading Antivirus Researcher. Prior to becoming Director of the Global Research & Analysis Team in 2010, Costin was Head of the Romanian R&D group, overseeing research efforts in the EEMEA region. Costin specializes in malicious websites, browser security and exploits, e-banking malware, enterprise-level security and Web 2.0 threats. Costin also has a particular interest in encryption and advanced mathematics. Costin is based in Romania.
David Emm is Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab, a provider of security and threat management solutions.