Security outfit Kaspersky Lab has found evidence that the National Security Agency (NSA) may be implanting highly sophisticated malware into the firmware of consumer hard drives where it's not easily detected or removed. Kaspersky's report found custom payloads residing in HDDs from several major brands such as Western Digital, HGST, Seagate, Maxtor, Hitachi, and Toshiba.
The Chinese government decided to delist security firms Symantec and Kaspersky from its list of approved vendors, thereby blacklisting each company's antivirus products. It's the latest in what appears to be an ongoing effort to lessen the reliance on foreign technology. Only five AV products are now on the list, all of which are from China -- Qihoo 360 Technology, Venustech, CAJinchen, Beijing Jiangmin, and Rising.
Recently, one paid fake AV app notched up over 10,000 downloads
There has been an alarming surge in malware targeting Android in recent years. According to one estimate, the platform accounts for 97 percent of total mobile malware. Under the circumstances, it makes sense to use an antivirus app — especially if you happen to use a lot of apps downloaded from sources other than the Play Store. While we’d love to tell you which AV apps to use, it is not something we’re going to indulge in at this point. Instead, let us tell you about the type of AV apps you should definitely avoid.
Android is by far the biggest target of mobile malware
Security firm Kaspersky says it has logged 10 million dubious Android applications to date. It comes down to a numbers game for cyber criminals, and since Android is the most popular mobile operating system on the planet -- market research firm Canalys estimates that Android accounted for 80 percent of smartphones shipped in 2013 -- it attracts the most attention from malware writers.
Security firm discovers a pair of malicious apps in Google Play that try to exploit Windows' AutoRun feature.
Do you talk to your PC? If so, be careful what secrets you share with your system, you never know who might be listening. We're not being paranoid here, Security firm Kaspersky has discovered a pair of malicious programs in Google Play that are designed to infect PCs, where it then gets busy tapping into the audio system so that it can record the victim. The sound files are then sent to the malware's author. What's the point?
Microsoft has suffered through more than a few security embarrassments over the years, but at least according to Kaspersky Labs, the Redmond based software giant is back in control. The security researchers have named the top 10 offending companies/products, and for once, Microsoft has been knocked off the list thanks to improvements in Windows 7 & 8. Automatic update mechanisms are citied as the top reason for the high profile exclusion, and have indeed done an amazing job of keeping hackers at bay.
Want to see the top 10 worst offenders? Hit the jump to see the list.
The folks at Kaspersky just dropped us a line to let us know about its new Kaspersky One security product. As the name implies, Kaspersky's goal is to provide universal security for multiple devices with a single offering. That includes PCs (desktops and laptops), smartphones, and Android-based tablets.
It's probably safe to assume that the vast majority of Maximum PC readers aren't on the fence about whether to go with a Windows machine or a Mac OS X rig for their next system. But maybe you've been mulling a move to Linux because you fear Windows just isn't secure enough. A new Kaspersky report should put your mind at ease.
The security gurus over at Kaspersky crunched some numbers and determined that cybercriminals are spending big bucks promoting the TDSS botnet, TDL-4. In just the first three months of 2011, TDL-4 has helped infect more than 4.5 million computers around the world, requiring an investment of around a quarter of a million dollars from cybercriminals, Kaspersky says.
Reading like a clichéd script from a technological thriller, the son of a high profile software security firm has reportedly been kidnapped. Ivan Kaspersky, the 20-year-old offspring of security Yevgeny Kaspersky, was walking through a factory area in Moscow's northwest on the way home from work earlier this week when he was taken. Those responsible for the kidnapping are demanding a ransom of 3 million euros (about $4.3 million), according to The Moscow Times.