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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on April 4, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Kaspersky Unveils New Tech to Protect Against Audio Spying 

    Highlights Kaspersky Labs has found a solution to microphone surveillance on Windows The patented technology filters internal microphone commands The method is used in the company’s flagship home solutions

    To help people protect themselves from the threat of audio surveillance, Russian security software firm Kaspersky Lab has developed a method to counteract unauthorised access to microphone data on Windows devices.

    The patented technology filters internal commands sent to, or received by, the Windows Audio service and indicates the creation of each new audio stream by any application.

    It then uses Kaspersky Lab’s ‘Application Control’ feature, which categorises all programmes depending on their reputation, content and manufacturer.

    If it recognises that an ‘untrusted’ or ‘low/high restricted’ programme is trying to access the microphone, the request is immediately blocked, the company said on Thursday.

    “When it comes to audio protection, the main difficulty in the development of this technology was the existence of an audio stream multiplexing system within Windows so that several applications can record sound simultaneously,” added Alexander Kalinin, Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab.

    “However, this problem was resolved easily with help of our rich kernel driver infrastructure, which includes a mechanism to control commands between Windows services,” Kalinin, who was involved in the research, said.

    The method is used in the company’s flagship home solutions – Kaspersky Internet Security and Kaspersky Total Security.

    Till now, no other security solutions on the market have integrated technologies to protect microphones from malicious access, the statement added.

    Audio protection is part of the ‘Privacy Protection’ set of technologies included in Kaspersky Lab’s home security solutions.

    It also contains Webcam Protection – which notifies users about access to their integrated or connected webcam – and the Private Browsing feature, which blocks any attempts to collect data on users via a web-browser.

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    Tags: Kaspersky, Kaspersky Lab, Internet, Apps, Microsoft, PC, Laptops, Private Browsing

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on March 3, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    Kaspersky Lab to Withdraw Microsoft Antitrust Complaints Over Windows 10 

    Highlights Kaspersky said it would withdraw antitrust complaints against Microsoft It had accused Microsoft of abusing its dominance in the PC market Microsoft said it would work more closely with antivirus vendors

    Moscow-based cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab said on Wednesday it would withdraw antitrust complaints made in Europe against Microsoft after the US technology giant agreed to change how it delivers security updates to Windows users.

    Both companies simultaneously announced a resolution to nearly a year of disputes that included Kaspersky alleging that Microsoft had erected unfair obstacles for independent security vendors on its Windows 10 operating system.

    Kaspersky Lab in June accused Microsoft of abusing its dominance in the personal computer market to unfairly harm third-party antivirus providers in how it distributed its own Defender antivirus software on Windows 10.

    Company founder Eugene Kaspersky said at the time that Microsoft had removed Kaspersky’s antivirus software when customers installed Windows 10 in order to make users adopt Defender, which he derided as an “inferior” product.

    Microsoft had denied breaking any laws and said that its goal was to help protect Windows 10 customers from cyber security threats.

    In a blog post published late Wednesday, Microsoft said it would work more closely with antivirus vendors before software updates are launched to help mitigate compatibility issues.

    The Redmond, Washington-based company said it will also allow antivirus providers to issue their own alerts and notifications to customers before and after subscriptions have expired and provide vendors more visibility and certainty around its update release schedules.

    In a statement, Kaspersky said Microsoft’s proposed approach had addressed its concerns raised with Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service, and said that it was “taking all steps necessary” to withdraw its antitrust complaints made with the European Commission and Germany’s national competition regulator.

    It added that the two companies had held “fruitful discussions” in recent months about how “antivirus services should operate in the Windows ecosystem to help ensure a safe environment for Windows users.”

    The detente comes as Kaspersky Lab is facing mounting accusations from US intelligence officials and lawmakers that the company may be vulnerable to Russian government influence.

    Kaspersky Lab has repeatedly denied having ties to any government or that it has helped any government conduct cyber espionage.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on December 10, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Kaspersky, under siege, fights back with transparency promise 

    Will allow independent reviews of code and business processes.

    Kaspersky Lab has announced a ‘global transparency initiative’ aimed at countering allegations the security vendor is secretly assisting Russian authorities with cyber surveillance.

    The initiative promises independent reviews of product source code, software updates, software development lifecycles, and supply chain risk mitigation strategies.

    It follows reports that Israeli counter-intelligence agencies discovered Russian spies used Kaspersky software for surveillance purposes.

    In September Kaspersky Lab products were banned from use in US government agencies, amidst concerns over Kremlin interference with the Russian security vendor.

    Kaspersky has strenuously denied that it has acted on behalf of any government.

    It has fought back to dispel the mistrust created by the allegations, which it claims have been made for political reasons.

    Founder and chief executive Eugene Kaspersky today said the transparancy initiative sought to repair the damage done by the allegations to his business.

    “Cybersecurity has no borders, but attempts to introduce national boundaries in cyberspace is counterproductive and must be stopped,” he said.

    “We need to reestablish trust in relationships between companies, governments and citizens.”

    Apart from the independent code and business process reviews – which will take place in the first quarter of next year – Kaspersky is also committing to developing additional controls for its telemetry and data gathering practices.

    Three Kaspersky ‘transparency centres’ will be set up globally sfrom next year in Asia, Europe and the United States.

    These will allow trusted Kaspersky partners to review the company’s source code, its software updates, and threat detection rules.

    Kaspersky will also bump up its bug bounty rewards to US$100,000 (A$128,000) for the worst vulnerabilities found by researchers in its products before the end of this year.

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  • jkabtech 8:17 pm on September 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Congress asks US agencies for Kaspersky documents 

    Eugene Kaspersky Panel says products could be used to carry out “nefarious activities”.

    A United States congressional panel has asked 22 American government agencies to share documents on Moscow-based infosec vendor Kaspersky Lab, saying its products could be used to carry out “nefarious activities against the United States,” according to letters seen by Reuters.

    The requests made on Thursday by the house of representatives committee on science, space and technology are the latest blow to the anti-virus company, which has been countering accusations by US officials that it may be vulnerable to Russian government influence.

    The committee asked the agencies for all documents and communications about Kaspersky Lab products dating back to January 1, 2013, including any internal risk assessments. It also requested lists of any systems that use Kaspersky products and the names of any US government contractors or subcontractors that do so.

    Kaspersky has repeatedly denied that it has ties to any government and said it would not help any government with cyber espionage. It said there is no evidence for the accusations made by US officials.

    The committee “is concerned that Kaspersky Lab is susceptible to manipulation by the Russian government, and that its products could be used as a tool for espionage, sabotage, or other nefarious activities against the United States,” wrote the panel’s Republican chairman, Lamar Smith, in the letters.

    They were sent to all cabinet-level agencies, including the Department of Commerce and Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, among others.

    A committee aide told Reuters the survey was a “first step” designed to canvass the US government and that more action may follow depending on the results. The committee asked for responses by August 11.

    Longstanding suspicions about Kaspersky grew in the United States when dipolomatic relations deteriorated following Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea. The soured further when intelligence agencies determined that Russia interfered in the 2016 US presidential election using cyber means.

    Congress this week slapped new sanctions on Russia, in part in response to the allegations, which Moscow flatly denies. Moscow retaliated by ordering out 755 US diplomats.

    US intelligence chiefs in May publicly expressed doubt about the safety of Kaspersky products for the first time, although they offered no specific evidence of any wrongdoing. The government is reviewing how many agencies use software from Kaspersky Lab.

    In June, FBI agents visited the homes of Kaspersky employees as part of a counterintelligence probe, two sources familiar with the matter said. The Trump administration also took steps to remove Kaspersky from a list of approved government vendors.

    A defense spending policy bill advancing in the US senate would prohibit the Department of Defense from using Kaspersky products.

    Last week the company launched a free, global version of its anti-virus software, saying it would help “secure the whole world.”

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  • jkabtech 12:17 pm on August 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Kaspersky offers free anti-virus software 

    Looks for security data to power its machine learning.

    Kaspersky is rolling out a free version of its anti-virus software across the globe, a product launch that comes amid mounting suspicion in the United States that the firm is vulnerable to Russian government influence.

    Kaspersky Free was immediately available in the United States, Canada, and several Asia Pacific countries and would launch in other regions in the coming months, Eugene Kaspersky, the company founder, wrote in a blog post.

    Kaspersky said the free version was not intended to replace the paid versions of its anti-virus software, describing it as offering “the bare essentials,” such as email and web anti-virus protection and automatic updates.

    But the free software would benefit all of Kaspersky Lab’s customers by improving machine learning across its products, he said.

    The company has been working on Kaspersky Free for 18 months, a development phase that included pilot versions in several markets including Russia, Ukraine, China and Scandinavian countries.

    Founded in 1997, Kaspersky Lab grew rapidly through the 2000s to become one of the world’s leading anti-virus software companies. 

    But the company has faced suspicion for years about its ties to Russia’s Federal Security Service or FSB.

    Concerns about the company have metastasised in the United States in recent years due to the deterioration in US-Russia relations following Russia’s invasion of Crimea in 2014 and later when US intelligence agencies concluded that Russia had hacked the 2016 US presidential election.

    Moscow denies the hacking allegations, and Kaspersky has repeatedly denied it has any untoward relationship with any government, saying the accusations against it lack evidence.

    Last month FBI agents visited the homes of Kaspersky employees as part of a counterintelligence probe, and the Trump administration took steps to remove the company from a list of approved vendors who sell technology products to federal government agencies.

    There is also a bill in US congress that would explicitly prohibit the US Department of Defense from using Kaspersky products.

    Privately held Kaspersky said its US revenue, most of which comes from selling anti-virus software to consumers and small businesses, slipped from US$164 million in 2014 to about US$156 million in 2016.

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  • jkabtech 2:17 pm on July 14, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Kaspersky offers source code to US for review 

    Eugene Kaspersky Vendor could be banned in government agencies.

    The founder of the Russian security vendor bearing his last name, Eugene Kaspersky, has taken the unusual step of promising to hand over the source code for the company’s products to the US government to avoid being banned.

    In light of alleged Russian interference in the last US presidential election and hacking operations against American companies, the country’s intelligence agencies and politicians have called for a ban on Kaspersky products in government agencies out of fear they could contain threats implanted by Russian spies.

    Kaspersky strongly denied the accusations and pointed to his company’s 20-year track record, saying his business is completely based on trust and he was therefore willing to give the US government the source code for its products.

    “We’re even willing to meet with any of them and give them our source code to thoroughly review it, as we’ve got nothing to hide,” Kaspersky wrote.

    In June, Cisco, IBM and SAP gave in and handed over source code to Russian authorities in return for being able to do business in the country.

    Security vendor Symantec however refused Russia’s request, saying it amounted to a security risk as the code review could find bugs that could be exploited.

    Kaspersky protested at his company being singled out because of its Russian origins, and reiterated that it has never assisted any government with cyber espionage or similar activities.

    The executive grew up during Soviet-era Russia, and reportedly attended the KGB-run Institute of Cryptography, Telecommunications and Computer Science in Moscow for five years from the age of 16 as a cadet.

    The institution trained intelligence officers for Russia’s military and the KGB, the Soviet-era forerunner to the current FSB.

    After graduating with a degree in mathematical engineering and IT, Kaspersky did national service at the Russian military intelligence agency GRU as a software engineer.

    The US FBI has interviewed Kaspersky employees in their homes as part of the push against the vendor in the country.

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