Feeds

Kaspersky Labs denies panic mongering

The papers just made it up

Security for virtualized datacentres

A mild warning from anti-virus labs Kaspersky has been inflated into a full-blown panic by the Australian press that is warning of an imminent meltdown once infection reaches Australian shores.

The Couriermail even quotes a Kaspersky representative as stating that "it would only take one call to an Australian mobile from an infected handset for the virus to spread", which is obviously bollocks, while The Daily Telegraph explains that the "virus code ... secretly texts a premium number run by cyber criminals," which is also bollocks.

We covered the story last week and have spoken to Kaspersky this afternoon: The company assures us they never told anyone that "it would only take one phone call" or that the Trojan is "headed for Australia", blaming the stories on an overexcited antipodean press.

To be very clear: This infection can only happen if the user has already installed a Python interpreter (if you don't know what that is, then be assured that you haven't installed one), agrees to install the unknown application, and then agrees for that application may send a text message to the "cyber-criminal's" number.

Kaspersky software will, of course, protect you from such nastiness, and by a compete coincidence, the company has just announced that their software is to be made available free to UK customers of Barclays Bank: just log on and download.

Barclays are also offering Kaspersky's desktop package free to their customers, which might be worth having, but when it comes to mobile phone security, you are probably safe unless in some way congenitally prevented from refusing your phone anything it asks, even if you do live in Australia. ®

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

More from The Register

next story
NASTY SSL 3.0 vuln to be revealed soon – sources (Update: It's POODLE)
So nasty no one's even whispering until patch is out
Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'
Fix imminent from Microsoft for Vista, Server 2008, other stuff
Forget passwords, let's use SELFIES, says Obama's cyber tsar
Michael Daniel wants to kill passwords dead
FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones
Claims it's what the Founding Fathers would have wanted – catching killers and pedos
Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE
Pull it out ASAP, it is SWISS CHEESE
Facebook slurps 'paste sites' for STOLEN passwords, sprinkles on hash and salt
Zuck's ad empire DOESN'T see details in plain text. Phew!
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
Win a year’s supply of chocolate
There is no techie angle to this competition so we're not going to pretend there is, but everyone loves chocolate so who cares.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.