Tag: Kaspersky

Dutch Government Ends Use of Kaspersky Antivirus

Dutch Government Ends Use of Kaspersky Antivirus

It was revealed in a letter by Justice Minister Ferdinand Grapperhaus to the Dutch parliament this week that the government of Netherlands will no longer be using antivirus software made by Kaspersky Labs. Grapperhaus said that the decision was due to concerns of Russia’s offensive cyber programme that may include Netherlands and Dutch interests. However, Grapperhaus clarified that the Dutch Cabinet’s independent review of the matter yielded no concrete cases of misuse known in the Netherlands, and the government would consider revising its decision if it finds enough justification to do so. Source: Reuters

Hackers Hit Russia, Iran Data Centers, Leaves US Flags with Warning

Hackers Hit Russia, Iran Data Centers, Leaves US Flags with Warning

Cyber security company Kaspersky reported that hackers Friday last week had attacked vulnerable Cisco switches at data centers in Russia and Iran, leaving a message saying “Don’t mess with our elections”, along with the image of a US flag. The attackers had exploited the Smart Install “protocol misuse” vulnerability which Cisco issued an alert for last week. The company also mentioned that nation-state hackers were targeting the flaw to hit critical infrastructure providers. Tech website Motherboard said that they were able to contact the attackers via the email address the left as a calling card. The hackers said that they […]

Kaspersky Says Dating Apps Vulnerable to Hacking and Privacy Violations

Kaspersky Says Dating Apps Vulnerable to Hacking and Privacy Violations

Earlier this week, cybersecurity company Kaspersky said that a lot of dating apps may not be handling private user data as securely as one would expect. In a study that included nine popular mobile online dating apps –  Tinder, Bumble, OkCupid, Badoo, Mamba, Zoosk, Happn, WeChat, and Paktor, Kaspersky found that 4 apps may potentially reveal the real name of a user who uses an online nickname. The said websites and their developers were already informed of the privacy issue. Some acted on the information and made the necessary changes. However, not all promised to to fix all the vulnerabilities. […]

Kaspersky Agrees to Have Source Code Evaluated by Third Party

Kaspersky Agrees to Have Source Code Evaluated by Third Party

Earlier this week, cybersecurity company Kaspersky agreed to have the source code of their products audited by a third party. According to the company, the move is part of their plan called the Global Transparency Initiative. In order to dispel accusations that their software is being used for spying, particularly by certain governments, Kaspersky revealed that they will be hiring a trusted partner who will conduct the audit. The results will also be provided to organizations and governments who need reassurance that their software isn’t being used for snooping, particularly by the Russian FSB. The company announced that the review […]

Cyberspies Attack APAC Banks to Steal Funds for Operations

Cyberspies Attack APAC Banks to Steal Funds for Operations

Reports last Tuesday revealed that cyber espionage organizations based in Asia Pacific (APAC) have began targeting banks to pilfer credit to their operations. According to Yury Namestnikov of Kasperky Lab’s Research Centre of Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT), they found that the APT (Advanced Persistent Threat) groups attack APAC banks that are easy to infect. The research team named active cyberespionage groups like Cobalt Goblin and Lazarus that were responsible for hacking financial institutions in Hong Kong, Bangledesh, Philippines, Malaysia, and South Korea. Though Kaspersky was not able to determine how much money the banks lost, they were able […]

Office Depot, Best Buy Stops Selling Kaspersky Software

Office Depot, Best Buy Stops Selling Kaspersky Software

It has been revealed that Best Buy and Office Depot has pulled Kaspersky Lab products from their shelves, and has stopped selling them last mid-September. The move was prompted by the FBI, who was said to have pressured the private sector following suspicions that the Russian security company was in collaboration with Russian intelligence. The electronic chains are now also offering services to remove Kaspersky products from customers’ computers, and are also recommending replacement security software for free within a given period. Experts believe that this crackdown may have been a reaction to Russia’s threat to ban US companies who […]

Russians Obtain NSA Information Using Kaspersky Software

Russians Obtain NSA Information Using Kaspersky Software

A report from the Wall Street Journal revealed that Kremlin-backed hackers were able to break in and access information on an NSA contractor’s computer which had Kaspersky antivirus software installed. The hacking incident happened back in 2015 and was discovered in 2016, but was only recently made public. It was said that the attackers were able to steal information on how the NSA breaks into foreign computer networks, as well as the tools it uses to do so. However, there was no evidence establishing Kaspersky’s active involvement on the matter. The Russian cybersecurity company responded, saying that it was just […]

‘Spy vs Spy’ Struggle Between State Hackers Uncovered by Kaspersky

Last Wednesday, security company Kaspersky Labs revealed that nation-state hacking groups are acting against each other in a cyber land-grab, aside from working against their assigned targets.    In findings presented at the Virus Bulletin conference in Woburn, MA, Kaspersky’s Global Research & Analysis Team (GReAT) said that sophisticated threat actors are engaged in SIGINT, which is the practice of ‘spying on a spy who is spying on someone else’. The researchers say that the groups take either a “passive” approach, which involves interception of data and communications, or the “active” approach where they deliberately hack the other group’s infrastructure. […]

Kaspersky Products Officially Banned from US Gov Systems

Kaspersky Products Officially Banned from US Gov Systems

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published in a Binding Operational Directive that products from antivirus software company Kaspersky will no longer be used on United States government computers. The verdict was released after accusations from the Senate Intelligence Committee that the security software vendor had hidden ties with the Russian government. The decision was made based on the risks in information security on federal information systems as the software had access to files and may compromise national security. The directive instructs government agencies to identify the presence of Kaspersky products in the network in the next 30 days and […]

Embassies Being Targeted by New Backdoor Trojan

Embassies Being Targeted by New Backdoor Trojan

It was recently revealed that a Russian cyber-espionage group had deployed a backdoor trojan targeting systems of embassies in Southeast Europe, former Soviet states, and South American countries.   Cybersecurity companies ESET and Kaspersky have traced the threats back to Turla, a highly prolific, state-sponsored hacking group. Cybersecurity researchers have been following the group for years, and they observed that in 2017, Turla has shifted their targets from diplomatic and foreign affairs organizations, to defense-related ones. In a report called WhiteBear, both companies determined that Turla’s use of Gazer (WhiteBear) attacks with Kazuar/Carbon (WhiteAtlas) campaign showed that the group very […]