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Kaspersky unveils multi-device security software

July 22nd, 2013

With more people owning multiple devices such as laptops, tablets and smartphones, security vendor Kaspersky Lab is coming out with new Internet safety solution.

Kaspersky said its Kaspersky Internet Security – Multi-Device product is an alternative to buying several products to protect a portfolio of smart devices.

“At the launch of Kaspersky Internet Security – Multi-Device, the company will begin a phased global rollout of the Kaspersky Protection Center, an entirely new Web portal to easily view and maintain the security of all protected devices, no matter where they are,” Kaspersky said.

It said the Kaspersky Protection Center can be used to activate anti-theft technologies that can recover lost or stolen mobile devices.

The center will have free security tools, such as a password manager to synchronize user login data across all devices, and Kaspersky Social Protect for advanced protection from malware on social sites like Facebook.

“Our customers can purchase one product, install a single license on all their computers and mobile devices, and move on with their day confident that they’ve made the smart decision,” said chief marketing officer Alexander Erofeev.


Kaspersky developing software to secure PCs at nuclear plants

October 19th, 2012

Russian anti-virus software company Kaspersky Lab is developing a secure operating system to run computers inside nuclear power plants and other vital infrastructure and industrial plants, its founder and CEO said on Tuesday.

Eugene Kaspersky, the Russian computer scientist turned multi-millionaire cyber security expert, told reporters at a company news conference in Dubai the system was at the prototype stage, with his Moscow-based company in talks with government institutions about installing the new operating system. He declined to identify any, saying the talks were confidential.

Energy and water plants, factories and transportation systems are typically run with SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) systems that are accessible via conventional computer networks, making them vulnerable to hackers, Kaspersky said.

SCADA software is sometimes left unaltered for decades, which means that it does not get updates to protect against security bugs as they are discovered.

“It’s not possible to design SCADA in a secure way, so the most obvious solution is to have a secure envelope which monitors what’s going on within SCADA,” Kaspersky told Reuters after announcing the project.

“Engineers travel with laptops, USBs, so even if the system is disconnected from the Internet there is traffic.”

Computer hacking was once seen as the preserve of rogue programmers working alone or in small groups.

These usually targeted company websites and caused little long-term damage, but the rise of so-called “hactivist” collectives as well as suspected state-sponsored cyber attacks has shifted the threat towards government-run institutions energy, transport and telecommunications networks. Many such plants use firewalls designed to protect SCADA systems from being infiltrated by malicious bugs. But Kaspersky said he was developing an entire security-focused operating system to beef up their security further.

Some 30,000 computers at state oil producer Saudi Aramco were infected in August, although there is no evidence that the virus got into its industrial control systems. But the Stuxnet worm virus that penetrated Iran’s nuclear enrichment facility is now freely available on the internet.

“After Stuxnet, the attacks on Aramco and other incidents, governments and enterprises are listening,” Kaspersky said.

Earlier this month US lawmakers said China’s top telecom equipment makers should be shut out of the US market as they posed a potential security threat, but Kaspersky was unconcerned that his new operating system might attract similar concerns.

“This system is quite compact – it’s easy to check it doesn’t have extra functionality … you own it,” he added.


Kaspersky releases new version of anti-spam software

April 30th, 2012

The new release provides detection, low false positive rates and ensure an instant reaction to new spam outbreaks

Kaspersky Lab has released a new version of its anti-spam product, Kaspersky Anti-Spam 5.0 Software Development Kit (KAS SDK).

The new release is a set of anti-spam tools that can be incorporated into any IT security product and it combines the automated anti-spam technologies and human analysis to provide detection, low false positive rates and ensure an instant reaction to new spam outbreaks, the company said.

Kaspersky’s new SDK utilises Kaspersky Lab’s Hybrid approach which enable its to access cloud-based intelligence and information distribution together with advanced offline protection technologies.

Any new spam message becomes tagged in seconds, and a corresponding signature gets added to the anti-spam databases with the next update (no later than 10 minutes).

The new release includes an anti-spam engine based on various detection methods that adds enhances the cloud mind’s power and guarantees improved detection rates for spam and phishing attacks while keeping false alarms to a minimum.

KAS SDK v.5 provides its host application with Text Signature Analysis, the “Fuzzy” and Words & regular expressions comparison algorithms and also provides DNS-based methods like DNSBL, Sender Policy Framework, Reverse DNS Lookup, Spam URL Blacklists.

It also provides more than 22 categories of linguistic heuristics, native 64-bit support for all platforms, Blacklisting/Whitelisting (IP, emails, phrases) and analysis of formal message attributes (headers, sender IP analyses, etc.).


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