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    DHS orders removal of all Kaspersky Lab products - 'because Russian spies'

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    The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has ordered all government agencies to "develop plans to remove" all "information security products, solutions, and services" produced by Kaspersky Lab, the Russian multinational cybersecurity and anti-virus provider.

    The DHS issued a Binding Operational Directive (BOD) that calls "on departments and agencies to identify any use or presence of Kaspersky products on their information systems" and "to develop detailed plans to remove and discontinue present and future use of the products," giving them 90 days to comply with the order.

    The DHS further explained that its decision is based on assessments of the "information security risks presented by the use of Kaspersky products on federal information systems." It added that these products could be "exploited by malicious cyber actors to compromise those information systems."

    US authorities also believe that "certain Kaspersky officials" could have ties with Russian intelligence and other government agencies, providing an opportunity for US security to be "compromised."

    "The risk that the Russian government, whether acting on its own or in collaboration with Kaspersky, could capitalize on access provided by Kaspersky products to compromise federal information and information systems directly implicates US national security," a DHS statement issued Wednesday reads.

    The DHS provided no specific evidence supporting its claims, however.

    It also afforded "an opportunity for Kaspersky to submit a written response addressing the department's concerns or to mitigate those concerns."

    In recent months, Kaspersky Lab has been subjected to increased scrutiny by US law enforcement agencies and Congress. In June, the FBI questioned its employees across the US while US senators approved a draft defense policy spending bill aimed at barring the Pentagon from using its software.
    SOTT Comment: According to Jake Williams writing for CyberScoop, the FBI has been briefing U.S. companies to stop using Kaspersky products. But the intel they've been sharing has not been made public. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., is behind the push to drop Kaspersky from Pentagon networks, citing "Russian spies" and "classified assessments" - i.e., no evidence. But as with any antivirus software, there is always room for concern. Ironically, that concern means that if it's true, Kaspersky and (allegedly) the Russian government already know everything the U.S. intel knows:
    It has been reported that one of the pieces of "evidence" against Kaspersky is that they inappropriately exfiltrate files from customer environments. It is entirely possible that this is benign behavior as part of Kaspersky's cloud analytics program, but for this discussion, let's take the claim at face value and assume maximum malice.

    From their software installations, Kaspersky could be monitoring emails, webmail exchanges, and other documents being shared. The FBI is specifically briefing organizations that use Kaspersky products, so all of the companies briefed would be subject to monitoring from Kaspersky. The briefings from the FBI are certainly scheduled. Even if the FBI tells the organizations not to talk about the upcoming briefing over email or other electronic messaging, human nature - especially in organizations that do not have a security culture - virtually guarantees that some percentage of them inevitably do.

    If Kaspersky is what the FBI claims it is, they have certainly intercepted these communications and shared them with Russian intelligence.

    And, after the briefings from the FBI; when organizations are considering switching antivirus products, the merits of the bureau's arguments are certainly being discussed in channels that Kaspersky could monitor. Switching antivirus providers is no small investment in time and software costs and it is a decision that is not taken lightly by any organization. The quality of the arguments put forth by the FBI would doubtless be discussed by IT, information security, procurement, and management personnel. Until Kaspersky is replaced in the organization's network, they are again in a position to intercept this data and share it with Russian intelligence.

    It is easy then to make the case that those being briefed by the FBI are discussing the facts of the Kaspersky case. It is also clear that Kaspersky would be in a position to monitor these discussions and report them to Russian intelligence. The Russian government is doubtlessly interested to know what information the FBI is briefing U.S. organizations about a Russian company. If Kaspersky can be influenced by Russian intelligence (as the public claims by the FBI imply) then we can only conclude that Kaspersky (and the Russian government) already know what the FBI is briefing.

    Protection of intelligence sources and methods is the standard reason given for withholding intelligence data from public consumption. But, if Kaspersky and Russian intelligence knows what the FBI is briefing to U.S. companies, there are no sources and methods to protect.

    The American public remain the only people unable to make an informed decision about whether or not to use Kaspersky. The FBI needs to educate the American people so they can make an informed decision about Kaspersky.

    It's high time the bureau showed its cards or folded its hand.
    In mid-July, the US General Services Administration (GSA) removed the firm from two lists of government contractors, citing security reasons.
    SOTT Comment:: It looks like the recent push by Shaheen is just more bandwagon-jumping "Russkies are coming" nonsense:
    "Americans were outraged by Russia's interference in our presidential election, but a wider threat is Russia's doctrine of hybrid warfare, which includes cyber-sabotage of critical American infrastructure from nuclear plants to electrical grids," Shaheen said in the release. "Kaspersky Lab, with an active presence in millions of computer systems in the United States, is capable of playing a powerful role in such an assault. It's time to put a stop to this threat to our national security."

    The senator also cited a public hearing of the Senate Intelligence Committee in May where six top intelligence officials, including the heads of the FBI, CIA and National Security Agency (NSA), unequivocally answered no when asked if they would be comfortable with Kaspersky Lab software on their agencies' computers, as an example of the threat the firm poses.

    Shaheen has already successfully introduced an amendment to the Senate defense policy legislation that would bar the US Defence Department from using Kaspersky Lab software and is now looking to expand the ban to all federal agencies.
    The move comes less than a day after Bloomberg magazine published an article, accusing the Moscow-based world cybersecurity leader of having close ties to Russia's security service, the FSB.

    Kaspersky has repeatedly denied all claims of collusion with the Kremlin and denounced the report as "numerous allegations, misinterpretations & fakes."

    The firm then issued a statement in which it said it had never launched DDoS attacks on behalf of the Russian government or any other entity. It further denied that it ever assisted government agencies in tracing and hunting down people.

    Kaspersky Lab reiterated that it "has no ties to any government"and is a victim of a political battle.

    Facing intense pressure from US authorities, company CEO, Eugene Kaspersky even expressed his readiness to reveal the source code for its software to the US government in order to dispel all allegations of its perceived links to Russian intelligence.
    SOTT Comment: According to engadget, Kaspersky said that
    some governments (he hasn't said which) have pressured Kaspersky Lab to go to the "dark side" and launch cyberattacks, and that some staffers are former Russian intelligence officers. However, he insists that his company has never caved to those demands, and that the hires are "most probably" sales staff meant to court government deals. He adds that the company network is too segmented for any one employee to abuse it.
    "If the United States needs, we can disclose the source code," he told AP in early July, adding that he would do "anything he can" to "prove that we [the Kaspersky Lab] don't behave maliciously."

    Remarkably, the head of Kaspersky Lab's computer incidents investigations unit, Ruslan Stoyanov, was charged in Russia in February 2017 over "treason in favor of the US" together with two FSB officers.
    SOTT Comment: Even Best Buy is getting in on the action. It has pulled Kaspersky software from their shelves:
    Despite there being no concrete evidence to indicate that the security software is a threat, the retail chain is ending its long relationship with Kaspersky, a Best Buy spokesperson confirmed to The Register on Friday. As to the reasoning, the store chain just said that it doesn't comment on contracts with specific vendors.

    "Kaspersky Lab and Best Buy have suspended their relationship at this time; however, the relationship may be re-evaluated in the future," the Russian biz told The Register today.
    ...
    [Shaheen:] "Under Russian laws and according to Kaspersky Lab's certification by the FSB, the company is required to assist the spy agency in its operations, and the FSB can assign agency officers to work at the company. Russian law requires telecommunications service providers such as Kaspersky Lab to install communications interception equipment that allows the FSB to monitor all of a company's data transmissions."

    What she didn't add is that under the terms of the Patriot Act and other legislation pushed through as part of The War Against Terror (TWAT), American software companies are under similar obligations if the government comes knocking at their doors.

    Indeed, the CIA's investment arm In-Q-Tel even funds security startups. FireEye, Interset, ArcSight and Silver Tail Systems all got funding from the intelligence agency.

    But why let the facts get in the way of a good bit of publicity? Bashing Kaspersky is very much the game du jour at the moment. The FBI has been giving classified briefings to politicians warning them about the software and conducting nocturnal visits to Kaspersky staffers' homes. Those of us without security clearance are being told to trust them and steer clear of the nasty Russian code, m'kay.
    Can't have Kaspersky potentially doing what the CIA via Microsoft already does!


    Related:
    Moscow charges ex-FSB & Kaspersky staff with treason ‘in interests of US’ – lawyer

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    All that fanfare to point away from "Vault 7."

    And, with Vault 7, all of what an intelligence agency needs to do is hack Microsoft, Apple, android, etc, backdoors and pose as NSA, FBI or CIA... and it will have the whole world at its fingertips... sheesh...
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    Default Re: Kaspersky Antivirus Completely Free-of-charge

    From Jim Stone:
    You can get 12 great software tools (including antivirus) from Kaspersky for free now

    Kaspersky responded to slander from the U.S. government by releasing 12 great tools including antivirus for ABSOLUTELY FREE, and on top of that, they released their source code to prove there were no back doors that favor Russian intelligence.

    LETS SEE MICROSOFT DO THAT!!!


    People are wondering how to get to the actual Kaspersky page that is not sabotaged or crap (because all the search engines are diverting people) HERE IT IS.

    On top are the pay products (that is what I would go for and you can try them free for a month), and all the way down at the bottom there are 12 completely free tools that appear to be great, including virus scanners, hard drive recovery and more. Have fun!


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    Quote Posted by Hervé (here)
    From Jim Stone:
    You can get 12 great software tools (including antivirus) from Kaspersky for free now

    Kaspersky responded to slander from the U.S. government by releasing 12 great tools including antivirus for ABSOLUTELY FREE, and on top of that, they released their source code to prove there were no back doors that favor Russian intelligence.

    LETS SEE MICROSOFT DO THAT!!!


    People are wondering how to get to the actual Kaspersky page that is not sabotaged or crap (because all the search engines are diverting people) HERE IT IS.

    On top are the pay products (that is what I would go for and you can try them free for a month), and all the way down at the bottom there are 12 completely free tools that appear to be great, including virus scanners, hard drive recovery and more. Have fun!


    Release the source codes, I cannot recall the last time any business was that transparent.

    With the release of the source codes I think the alphabet agency would have now contracted a severe case of foot in mouth disease.


    Seriously, I downloaded Kaspersky antivirus last night and it was installed within a half hour, it was that easy.
    Download took 10 minutes and installation took 10 minutes.
    And that is coming from a person whom considers "The Idiots Guide to Computers and the Internet" to be a technological bible of sorts.
    The most difficult part of the process was uninstalling my Avast antivirus software.
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    please correct me if I'm wrong but no-one gets anything for free-

    I've used PAID (not expensive) Kaspersky for yrs. and I find it very affective (have never had a virus/worm/trojan, etc.) but I am very wary of gift horses (despite what Jim Stone states)-

    anything given intitially for free will later demand payment of some sort-

    be well all-

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    Quote Posted by Cardillac (here)
    please correct me if I'm wrong but no-one gets anything for free-

    I've used PAID (not expensive) Kaspersky for yrs. and I find it very affective (have never had a virus/worm/trojan, etc.) but I am very wary of gift horses (despite what Jim Stone states)-

    anything given intitially for free will later demand payment of some sort-

    be well all-

    Larry
    Right... usually - with free, bridled versions - one keeps being pestered to upgrade to a paid, unbridled version...
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    Israel Warned U.S. of Kaspersky After Hacking Their Network



    Israel Raises Concerns to U.S. Regarding Kaspersky Labs

    Americans now have a better idea why the government has decided to block federal agencies from using Russian-based security company, Kaspersky Labs, products. Engadget reported,
    “Israel-linked hackers were watching Russian hackers breach an NSA contractor’s computer in real-time using a popular anti-virus tool. “
    During this process, screenshots and documentation were taken by Israel, showing how the Russian hackers were using Kaspersky software to obtain the highly confidential information off of the NSA contractor’s device. Israeli officials then turned this information over to American officials. It was not only this information, but the suspected ties to the Kremlin that led the U.S. government to lead a movement removing the Russian-based company’s products from federal devices.
    Kaspersky No More?

    First, Kaspersky was removed from the General Service Administration (GSA) contract; meaning, it is not an approved security solution for government agencies to use on devices. Second, Congress began litigation to ban the security products from all government devices. Third, the security software was banned from all military devices. Most recently, the government has given federal agencies until mid-December to remove Kaspersky products from their devices and find an alternative security solution.


    From a retail perspective, the FBI has also encouraged private-sector companies to review their use of the Russian-based security program. Shortly after, two major electronics retailers, Best Buy and Office Depot dropped the security program from their retail and online stores.


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    I am not the best person to listen to when it comes to anything tech related (hopeless at tech), but I did think it was quite funny. If a flashlight app has been found to be able to steal all your personal details, what is it about a Russian anti virus, free to everyone around the world, that is not suspicious?

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    If I could I would say what can prove this is all propaganda. That all spyware and anti-virus programs allow hacking through programmed back doors. Just like all large programs mine data from every computer under the guise of checking for new updates.

    In a world of capitalism, a technology like the computer and the internet cannot be allowed to be secure. If it was it would be far harder for the captains of industry to sell us their wares, hawk their crap, and test the pulse of their consumers. Let alone control us.

    Computer security is simple - don't connect to the internet. If you do, all bets are off.
    Why Not?

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    https://www.rt.com/news/407525-kaspe...urce-software/

    Russian cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab has unveiled to independent experts an unprecedented Global Transparency Initiative that will open its code. The audit is a bid to stave off US accusations the company is working for Russian security services.

    In July, Kaspersky made an offer to hand over source code for his software to the US government. The proposition was not taken up...
    The latest announcement comes two days before the US House of Representatives gathers to discuss allegations against the company...
    which Kaspersky said was based on “unfounded conspiracy theories,” has not been passed into law, but was enforced by a directive from the Department of Homeland Security last month.

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    The release of Kaspersky Lab's code made it easier to track CIA's cotton picking fingerprints on their campaign against Kaspersky:

    Cross posting from "Vault 7":

    Wikileaks: CIA Wrote Code to 'Impersonate' Russia-Based Kaspersky Lab

    Sputnik Tech
    19:05 09.11.2017
    (updated 19:20 09.11.2017)

    Kaspersky Lab IT company has come under increased pressure in the US amid accusations concerning its alleged work for Russian intelligence, a claim denied as false.

    Wikileaks has revealed that CIA had written a code to "impersonate" Russia-based Kaspersky Lab.

    According to the whisteblowing organization's press release dedicated to Vault-8 documents, "This publication will enable investigative journalists, forensic experts and the general public to better identify and understand covert CIA infrastructure components."

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    New WikiLeaks publication reveals CIA wrote code to impersonate Kaspersky Labs anti-virus company https://wikileaks.org/vault8/



    7:51 AM - 9 Nov 2017
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    Wikileaks has stated that it had published the source code for the top secret CIA hacking tool dubbed "Hive," according to which malware operated by US intelligence could mask itself under fake certificates and impersonate public companies.

    DETAILS TO FOLLOW


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    Hackers Obtained Access to NSA Employee’s Home Computer, Kaspersky Lab Reveals

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    © Sputnik/ Alexey Malgavko

    Kaspersky Lab has updated its investigation on the hacking of a home computer used by an NSA employee.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Kaspersky IT security company has announced that access to information on the home computer of the employee of the US National Security Agency (NSA) could have been obtained by an unknown number of hackers.

    According to the Kaspersky Lab probe that is linked to media reports about the company’s software allegedly having been used to search and download classified information from the home computer of a NSA employee, the user’s computer was infected with Mokes backdoor, a malware that allows the hackers to obtain access to a device.
    "The malware… was a full blown backdoor which may have allowed third parties access to the user’s machine," the Kaspersky Lab has stated.
    However, it is possible that Mokes was not the only malware that infected the computer in question, the company said, adding that while Kaspersky software on the computer was enabled, it reported 121 alarms on different types of malware.
    "The interesting thing about this malware is that it was available for purchase on Russian underground forums in 2011. Also noteworthy is that the command-and-control servers of this malware were registered to a (presumably) Chinese entity going by the name 'Zhou Lou' during the period of September to November 2014," the statement explained.
    The internal investigation by Kaspersky Lab was launched after The Wall Street Journal reported in October that a group of hackers allegedly working for the Russian officials had stolen classified data through the National Security Agency (NSA) contractor, which used antivirus software made by the Russian software producer.

    Shortly later, the New York Times reported that Israeli intelligence services have hacked into the network of Kaspersky, and warned their US colleagues that the Russian government was allegedly using Kaspersky software to gain access to computers around the world, including in several US government agencies.

    Both reports came a month after the US Department of Homeland Security ordered state agencies and departments to stop using Kaspersky Lab software within the next 90 days, with the company's CEO Eugene Kaspersky refuting all the allegations spread by the media regarding the Russian cybersecurity company’s involvement in spying on US users through its products and calling such claims groundless and paranoiac.

    When commenting on the situation in an interview to Die Zeit newspaper, Eugene Kaspersky said,
    "There is a feeling that we just had been doing our job better than others, that we had been protecting our clients better than others … Probably, someone in the United States is very unhappy about it."
    Most recently, Wikileaks has revealed that the CIA had written a code to "impersonate" Russia-based Kaspersky Lab, which had been used at least three times.

    Kaspersky Lab is one of the largest private cybersecurity companies in the world, with its technologies protecting over 400 million users and 270,000 corporate clients.


    Related:

    Kaspersky Lab on NSA's Stolen Data: User Disabled the Antivirus on His Computer

    WikiLeaks: CIA Wrote Code to 'Impersonate' Russia-Based Kaspersky Lab
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    Kaspersky Lab CEO acknowledges that company is 'under attack' by US gov't

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    In September, the US Department of Homeland Security ordered state agencies to stop using Kaspersky Lab products over their potential threat to US cybersecurity, amid fears that the firm has ties to state-sponsored spying programs.

    The head of Kaspersky Lab refuted the cyber-espionage allegations saying that the company has never been involved in spying for the Russian intelligence, Reuters reported on Thursday. He also added that he would move Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab out of the country if he ever received such a demand.

    CEO Eugene Kaspersky stated that his company is under attack by the US media and the US government which are spreading lies about the Russian cyber-security giant, acknowledging that these attacks will do harm to the firm.

    Due to the misleading media coverage, Kaspersky Lab's revenues in the US will be about 5 to 8 percent lower this year, according to the CEO.

    However, he noted that income in the rest of the world will see double-digit growth, except Europe where it is expected to stagnate.

    The Wall Street Journal reported in early October that in 2015 Russian hackers had stolen classified data from an NSA contractor's personal computer using Kaspersky software. In September, the US Homeland Security Department ordered state agencies and departments to remove Kaspersky products, citing security risks. The firm has repeatedly denied working for any government, calling such claims groundless and paranoiac.

    Later the UK government banned federal agencies from using cybersecurity software made by Russian company as well, citing suspicions that Barclays customers, who got a free subscription to Kaspersky Lab, may have been targeted by the firm's alleged spying program.

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    Russian spies everywhere! British cybersecurity experts warn U.K. agencies to stop using Kaspersky antivirus software

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    Sun, 03 Dec 2017 10:41 UTC



    British cybersecurity experts have warned U.K. government agencies not to use antivirus software produced by the Russian firm Kaspersky Lab.

    The head of the National Cyber Security Center, Ciaran Martin, said in a letter dated December 1 that "Russia is acting against the U.K.'s national interest in cyberspace."

    He cautioned that "a Russia-based provider should never be used" for the security of vital systems.

    The statement stopped short of urging the public to stop using Kaspersky products.

    In September, the U.S. government barred agencies from using Kaspersky products after expressing concern that the company could have links to the Russian government or Russian spy agencies.

    In October, media reports linked a theft of information from the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) to Kaspersky software.

    Kaspersky has denied any wrongdoing and has said it has no secret collaboration with Russian security agencies.

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    SOTT Comment: Fake news. What happened was:
    According to US media reports in October 2017, an employee from the National Security Agency (NSA) elite hacking unit lost some of the agency's espionage tools after storing them on his home computer in 2015. The media jumped to blame Kaspersky Lab and the Kremlin.

    Following the reports, the company conducted an internal investigation and stumbled upon an incident dating back to 2014. At the time, Kaspersky Lab was investigating the activities of the Equation Group - a powerful group of hackers that later was identified as an arm of the NSA.

    As part of Kaspersky's investigation, it analyzed information received from a computer of an unidentified user, who is alleged to be the security service employee in question. It turned out that the user installed pirated software containing Equation malware, then "scanned the computer multiple times," which resulted in antivirus software detecting suspicious files, including a 7z archive.

    "The archive itself was detected as malicious and submitted to Kaspersky Lab for analysis, where it was processed by one of the analysts. Upon processing, the archive was found to contain multiple malware samples and source code for what appeared to be Equation malware," the company's October statement explained.

    The analyst then reported the matter directly to Eugene Kaspersky, who ordered the company's copy of the code to be destroyed.

    On Thursday, Kaspersky Lab issued another statement concerning this incident following a more extensive investigation. The results of the investigation showed that the computer in question was infected with several types of malware in addition to the one created by Equation. Some of this malware provided access to the data on this computer to an "unknown number of third parties."
    So he installed the pirated software, which contained the malware and after scanning the files, that information was sent to Kaspersky for analysis. Isn't that what's supposed to happen when you scan for viruses and one is detected? Somehow they equate that to "theft of information" which isn't the case here since he initiated the scans and being part of an "elite hacking unit" should well know how that all works. Sounds more like the work of a sloppy employee.

    Besides the "it's Russian" nonsense, the real reason they won't want you using it is that they then can't hack you or at least have a hard time with it:
    There is fear mongering, without any evidence, that Kaspersky may cooperate with the Russian government. Similar accusations could be made about any anti-virus product. U.S. and British spies systematically target all anti-virus products and companies:
    The British spy agency regarded the Kaspersky software in particular as a hindrance to its hacking operations and sought a way to neutralize it.
    ...
    An NSA slide describing "Project CAMBERDADA" lists at least 23 antivirus and security firms that were in that spy agency's sights. They include the Finnish antivirus firm F-Secure, the Slovakian firm Eset, Avast software from the Czech Republic, and Bit-Defender from Romania. Notably missing from the list are the American anti-virus firms Symantec and McAfee as well as the UK-based firm Sophos.
    That the NSA and the British GCHQ did not list U.S. and British made anti-virus products on their "to do" list lets one assume that these packages can already be controlled by them.
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    Kaspersky Lab Busts New 'Smartphone Terminator' Malware

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    16:32 21.12.2017



    Malicious new software recently exposed by Russia's top cyber security provider is capable of hijacking Android devices and using them for a variety of nefarious activities before their batteries go up in flames.

    Kaspersky Lab has identified a new computer virus called Loapi which masquerades as anti-virus or adult-content apps in order to entice Android device owners into downloading it.

    After being installed, however, Loapi starts incessantly bombarding the user with requests to grant it administrator rights until he or she relents.

    When this is done, the malware will actively thwart all attempts to revert its status, locking the screen and closing the options menu if the device's owner tries to revoke the program’s clearance. It will also detect any anti-virus software installed on the device and literally force the owner to delete it. Once it is firmly in control, Loapi starts exploiting the infected device in earnest.

    The program can spam the smartphone owner with unwanted ads; stealthily sign him up for various paid services and subscriptions (Loapi even sends text messages required to confirm such actions and immediately deletes both incoming and outgoing messages related to this activity); use the infected device to perform DDoS attacks against targets designated by the person in control of the malware; mine Monero cryptocurrency tokens; and, last but not least, the program is capable of downloading new modules in response to remote commands issued by its creator, potentially transforming itself into other types of malware like ransomware or spyware.

    Also, while engaging in cryptocurrency mining the program mercilessly exploits the hijacked device, forcing it to operate at maximum capacity and possibly causing it to expire due to overheating. For example, during an experiment performed by Kaspersky Lab specialists, the battery of a test smartphone "overcooked" 48 hours after the device was infected by Loapi.

    According to Kaspersky Lab experts, the best way to protect your smartphone from this new threat is to avoid installing apps you don’t really need, only get your apps from official stores, disable the installation of apps from unknown sources and, of course, use reliable anti-virus software.
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    Russia's Kaspersky Lab discovers WhatsApp virus with features not 'seen anywhere else'

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    Russia's Kaspersky Lab detects virus stealing messages from WhatsApp © Anton Vergun/TASS

    Russian developer of antivirus software Kaspersky Lab has detected a Skygofree virus, which spies on Android users.

    In addition, the virus allows hackers to collect and analyze traffic of a victim: visited sites, logins, passwords and credit card numbers

    According to the company's statement the malware can record conversations, read and steal sms, as well as messages from WhatsApp and events from the calendar.

    In addition, the virus allows hackers to connect devices to Wi-Fi networks they also control, and to collect and analyze traffic of a victim: visited sites, logins, passwords and credit card numbers.
    "It has a lot of different functions, including some unique ones that we have not seen anywhere else, for example, it can track the location of the device and switch on a sound recording when the owner is near certain coordinates. In practice, this means that attackers can start listening to the environment of the victim, say, when he or she enters the office or on a visit to a familiar financial director," the experts of the Lab said.
    According to the company, the Skygofree virus is spread through fake websites of major cellular operators, where users are asked to install an "Internet connection accelerator". Kaspersky Lab specialists say that this virus has been active since 2014 and is constantly being improved, but it was discovered only at the end of 2017.


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