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Can an inevitable evil be conquered?

Scanning an object (a file or web resource) with an Internet security program essentially comes down to making a binary decision: dangerous or safe? An antivirus engine puts forward the hypothesis that an object is malicious and then checks whether this is true or not. Since there are, unfortunately, no perfect antivirus solutions, errors can occur. Read Full Article

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Cryptolocker Wants Your Money!

You may have read about the Cryptolocker malware, a new ransomware Trojan that encrypts your files and demands money to return them. In the past, we have witnessed similar malware like the famous GPCode that used RSA keys for encryption. Back in 2008, we… Read Full Article

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LANDesk Interchange 2011, Poison Ivy, and US Incidents

LANDesk Interchange 2011 is winding down in Las Vegas today. The event gathered partners and displayed newer technologies offered by the decade old systems management company. It was interesting hearing from IT “old-timers” that have worked with the technology, describing the company’s impact on the industry – its spinoff from Intel, the original LANDesk AV product that wound up in another vendor’s product, and what they like about Kaspersky Lab technologies integration into the security suite. We were happy to present at our partner’s conference with “The Dark Side of Unmanaged Desktops”, where I described 2011 incidents that both I and our Global Emergency Response Team have investigated and remediated, some incidents in the news, and some of the IT mismanagement issues that enabled these incidents to occur. Read Full Article

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Lab Matters – The Evolution of Anti-Malware Protection

Kaspersky Lab chief technology officer Nikolay Grebennikov joins Ryan Naraine to discuss the evolution of anti-malware software. Grebennikov talks about the changing face of the malicious threat facing desktop users and the additional components added to Kaspersky’s anti-malware products to move beyond signature-based detection of threats. Read Full Article

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Webcast – The Good and Bad of Android Security

In this episode of Lab Matters, Kaspesky Lab malware researcher Tim Armstrong joins Ryan Naraine to examine the security posture of the Android mobile operating system. Armstrong looks at strengths and weaknesses of the open-source platform and warns about the risks associated with jailbreaking/rooting Android devices. Read Full Article