Feeds

Kaspersky Labs denies panic mongering

The papers just made it up

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

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. ®

New hybrid storage solutions

More from The Register

next story
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Google recommends pronounceable passwords
Super Chrome goes into battle with Mr Mxyzptlk
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
Snowden, Dotcom, throw bombs into NZ election campaign
Claim of tapped undersea cable refuted by Kiwi PM as Kim claims extradition plot
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
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?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.