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Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

Kaspersky Lab, the US government's least favorite computer security outfit, has published its full technical report into claims Russian intelligence used its antivirus tools to steal NSA secrets. Last month, anonymous sources alleged that in 2015, an NSA engineer took home a big bunch of the agency's cyber-weapons to work on …
Iain Thomson, 16 Nov 2017
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US Homeland Security says hardly any Kaspersky software left on federal networks

Only 15 per cent of US federal agencies still have Kaspersky Lab software anywhere on their networks. So said the United States' Department of Homeland Security (DHS) assistant secretary for cyber security, Jeanette Manfra, at a Tuesday hearing of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology's oversight subcommittee …

Merck's $310m NotPetya bill, stolen RDP logins selling for $10 a pop, bug patches, and more

Roundup While the security world has been in full Holy Grail mode with BadRabbit, plenty of other stuff has been going on this week. Here's a roundup of everything else you need to know on top of what we've already reported. On the vulnerability front, it was something of a quiet week. Google updated Chrome with a new build (62.0.3202 …
Iain Thomson, 28 Oct 2017
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A plethora of patches, Kaspersky hits back, new hope for Wannacry Brit hero – and more

Roundup IT admins aren't always fond of patching. It's like going to the dentist – it needs to be done but it can be a pain to do. Sadly, this week there was a lot of patching to be done. The Wi-Fi WPA2 weakness dubbed KRACK burdened Android, Linux and macOS users at work and home with patch installation responsibilities, and Cisco …
Iain Thomson, 21 Oct 2017

Here's a timeless headline: Adobe rushes out emergency Flash fix after hacker exploits bug

Adobe today issued an emergency security patch for Flash, which squashes a bug being used in the wild right now by hackers to infect Windows PCs with spyware. The flaw, CVE-2017-11292, was discovered by Kaspersky Labs, and affects all current versions of Flash for Windows, macOS, Linux and Chrome OS. A programming cockup in …
Iain Thomson, 16 Oct 2017
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'Israel hacked Kaspersky and caught Russian spies using AV tool to harvest NSA exploits'

Updated The brouhaha over Russian spies using Kaspersky antivirus to steal NSA exploits from a staffer's home PC took an explosive turn on Tuesday. Essentially, it is now claimed Israeli spies hacked into Kaspersky's backend systems only to find Russian snoops secretly and silently using the software as a global search engine. Kremlin …

Russian spies used Kaspersky AV to hack NSA staffer, swipe exploit code – new claim

Russian government spies used Kaspersky Lab software to extract top-secret software exploits from an NSA staffer's home PC, anonymous sources have claimed. The clumsy snoop broke regulations by taking the classified code, documentation, and other materials home to work on using his personal computer, which was running …
Iain Thomson, 5 Oct 2017
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Kaspersky shrugs off government sales ban proposal

Kaspersky Lab has laughed off attempts to have its wares banned from US government computers by saying it hardly sold to the Feds anyway. “Given that U.S. government sales have not been a significant part of the company’s activity in North America, Kaspersky Lab is exploring opportunities to better optimize the Washington D.C …
Simon Sharwood, 13 Sep 2017

Ice-cold Kaspersky shows the industry how to handle patent trolls

Security house Kaspersky Lab scored an impressive legal win that saw it not only beat a patent troll, but actually collect money from the plaintiff in the process. The Russian antivirus vendor said that it collected a $5,000 payment to agree to drop a patent infringement case where it was the defendant, after the litigator …
Shaun Nichols, 31 Aug 2017
mobile malware

'Invisible Man' malware runs keylogger on your Android banking apps

A new breed of Android malware is picking off mobile banking customers, particularly those in the UK and Germany, we're told. The Svpeng software nasty has been around for four years, and its creator was caught and thrown in the clink in 2015. However, the malware keeps on evolving, thanks to other crooks trying their hand …
Iain Thomson, 2 Aug 2017
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Another US government committee takes aim at Kaspersky Labs

A major US House of Representatives committee wants 22 government agencies to tell it where they've got Kaspersky products in their networks. The demand by the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology comes amid escalating tension between the USA and Russia, after the latter on Sunday told the former …
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'SambaCry' malware scum return with a Windows encore

Malware authors continue to chip away at Samba bugs similar to those that helped spread WannaCry/WannaCrypt. Kaspersky researchers writing at Securelist say they've spotted a Windows variant of SambaCry, which was first spotted in June. The new variant has been dubbed "CowerSnail". The researchers strongly suspect CowerSnail …

Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

Kaspersky Lab is facing new restrictions from the US government to go along with a fresh round of accusations that the antivirus makers works closely with Russian intelligence. The US General Services Administration (GSA), the agency that handles government IT purchases and subscriptions, has removed the Russian software …
Shaun Nichols, 11 Jul 2017
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Kaspersky repeats offer: America can see my source code

Eugene Kaspersky, founder of the eponymous antivirus firm, has reiterated his offer to give the US government access to his source code. The company is moving to try and head off budget legislation which, as we wrote last week, would shut Kaspersky out of American military contracts. The US Senate committee that's proposed …
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US Senators want Kaspersky shut out of military contracts

Russia has hinted at retaliation if the US adopts a Senate committee recommendation to ban Kaspersky from American military contracts. The Senate Armed Services Committee, in its 2017-2018 budget recommendations (PDF) under the National Defense Authorisation Act, recommended the ban as part of its proposals for “countering …
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Kaspersky Lab US staff grilled by Feds in nighttime swoop

Several employees of Russian security vendor Kaspersky Lab got an unpleasant surprise on Tuesday night when FBI agents popped round to their residences for a chat. Staff in the US were visited and agents reportedly told them that they weren't under criminal investigation, but that the Feds would just like some information …
Iain Thomson, 28 Jun 2017
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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

Windows 10 does disable some third-party security software, Microsoft has admitted, but because of compatibility – not competitive – issues. Redmond is currently being investigated in the EU, Germany and Russia over alleged anti-competitive behavior because it bundles the Windows Defender security suite into its latest …
Iain Thomson, 20 Jun 2017
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Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft

Kaspersky Lab has filed an antitrust complaint against Microsoft over allegations that Redmond is hobbling third-party antivirus software. The complaint was submitted to both the European Commission and German Federal Cartel Office this week following an investigation begun by Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service in November …
John Leyden, 6 Jun 2017

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