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  • Russian has waged a war with Ukraine in February this year and since then it has been trying many tactics to bring its enemy to its knees. Although the entire world is against the war and the killings of the innocent, Vladimir Putin is disinterested in calling off the war as he has lost a lot of time, ammunition, money and resources after the start of the war and is now in a situation where he cannot take a turn back.

    Kaspersky, a cybersecurity firm that has nothing to do with the war or its consequences, seems to suffer severely because of the fickle minds of few Russian leaders.

    The government of Romania and Germany have announced and passed a bill that the products and services supplied by Kaspersky will no longer approved to be used on the information systems of public sector organizations operating in its region.

    Reason, is that the software maker’s origin is from the Putin led nation and there is a high probability that the software developer could gather intelligence and passing it to Kremlin for analysis.

    Romanian government fears that the use of the Kaspersky anti-virus solutions might enable Russian federation to launch cyber-attacks and so has issued a ban on the use and purchase of the product/s for the public sector.

    UK’s newly elected Liz Truss is also intending to impose an official ban on the software and other European Union Countries are about to follow.

    According to a press update released shortly, all state institutions in Romania should replace the Russian software with another within 60 days after the law comes into effect and if found violating, this policy will be entitled to face severe legal consequences or harsh penalties.

    NOTE- During the regime of Donald Trump as a President of the United States, Kaspersky was banned from being used in the public sector and the same was announced for the private sector as well. But still there are some companies operating in the healthcare sector that are using anti-malware solution from the said company.

    The post Kaspersky suffers because of the Russian war over Ukraine appeared first on Cybersecurity Insiders.

  • McAfee’s Secure VPN now supports the WireGuard protocol, which gives you faster connection speeds plus enhanced stability and security.  

    WireGuard is the latest standard in Virtual Private Network (VPN) technology, and we’re rolling it out across McAfee Secure VPN and our comprehensive online protection software. And just as before, it offers smart protection that can be set to automatically turn on when you need it, so you can stay more private and more secure online. 

    If you’re new to using a VPN, let’s take a quick look at two of the big things a VPN can do for you. 

    It makes you more secure. 

    The bank-grade encryption used by a strong VPN shields your data and information while it’s in transit, which makes it difficult for hackers to spy on your connection. (Think of your data and information traveling through a tunnel that no one else can use or see into.) In that way, a VPN makes all kinds of online activities more secure—like banking, shopping, and checking up on your finances, even using your apps.  

    It protects your privacy. 

    By masking your whereabouts and your IP address, along with encryption that helps keep your activities private, a VPN reduces the personal information that others can collect and track. That includes internet service providers, social media companies, businesses, app developers, websites, and others who gather your data for marketing purposes or for resale to third parties. 

    A faster and more stable VPN with WireGuard 

    A quick word about what WireGuard is in slightly more detail. It’s a VPN protocol, which is a series of technical rules that govern how your device can securely reach the VPN servers, validate your access to the requests you make online, and encrypt your browsing traffic so that only you can see what you are doing over the internet. WireGuard is one of several protocols that we support, such as the OpenVPN and IKEv2 protocols. While WireGuard improves upon OpenVPN and IKEv2 in many ways, both are still secure and safe ways in which a VPN can connect. 

    Now with the latest WireGuard standard in place, our VPN offers faster speeds and improved stability compared to what previous standards offered. This gives you the security of a VPN with similar performance as if you were on a fully open connection—along with the added benefit of keeping your browsing and other activities private. 

    Taken together, the improved speed and stability give privacy-conscious people a further reason to use a VPN more often than before. Because a VPN can minimize the exposure of data as it transmits to and from your devices, companies and data brokers can potentially learn far less about you, your shopping, your travels, your habits, and any other information that they could possibly collect and otherwise profit from. The more often you use a VPN, the less they can potentially gather. 

    For more about VPNs and how ours can keep you more private and secure online, give us a visit here any time. 

    The post McAfee Secure VPN: Now with WireGuard for Faster Speeds and Enhanced Stability appeared first on McAfee Blog.

  • David O’Dornan and Paul Higgins report: A teenager today denied creating a computer virus which allegedly ‘crashed hundreds of financial institutions across the world when he was just 14 years old. Josh Maunder, now 18, from Abbey Park in Bangor, Co Down in Northern Ireland, entered not guilty pleas to each of the 21 charges against him. The teen is charged with 13 counts of carrying out an unauthorised act impairing the operation of a computer, two counts each of making an article intending it to be used for computer misuse, obtaining an article to commit an offence and possessing articles in connection with fraud. Read more at Daily Mail.

  • Anti-Virus

    Can Kaspersky survive the Ukraine war?

    by Cyberscoop
    by Cyberscoop

    Despite suffering years of government bans in the U.S. and Britain and mounting suspicions of links to Russian intelligence services, Moscow’s most famous cybersecurity company, Kaspersky, managed to persevere.

    Its founder, Eugene Kaspersky, regularly denied his antivirus company was doing the bidding of the Russian government. Indeed, the company founded in 1989 has hundreds of millions of users worldwide and a track record of producing some of the most important cybersecurity research over the past three decades, often exposing Russian cyber operations against American interests.

    But the Ukraine war has given Kaspersky critics even more ammunition. In March, after Eugene Kaspersky tweeted that he hoped Ukrainians and Russians could “compromise,” as the Russians were bombing civilian targets, and many security researchers questioned why the company was protecting Russian military web assets from DDoS attacks, industry and government leaders worldwide again questioned whether it could be trusted.

    Now, a new wave of potential actions aimed at Kaspersky as an additional means of punishing Moscow over the war adds even more pressure on the already beleaguered company.

    “The notion that all of Kaspersky’s defenses and arguments in the past must now be looked through the current unlawful military operations in Ukraine puts all of this into stark relief,” Tom Bossert, former homeland security advisor for President Trump, told CyberScoop. “To me, at this point, Kaspersky’s continued support of the Russian defense ministry has demonstrated that they’ve made a choice to help the bad guys. And if that’s the case the good guys have every right to throw them out,” said Bossert, now president of Trinity Cyber, Inc.

    Late last week, Poland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania proposed that the European Union ban Kaspersky as part of a broader wave of sanctions against Russia that included cutting Russian banks Gazprombank, Alfa Bank, Rosbank and Tinkoff Bank from the international SWIFT payment system, banning cooperating with Russia on nuclear energy and stopping EU firms from performing IT work for Russian clients, EU Observer reported.

    The proposal follows previous moves against the company following the Ukraine invasion. Government agencies and private interests in Germany, Italy and the U.S. either cut ties or warned about the supposed dangers of using Kaspersky products amid claims it could be used by the Russian government to further its wartime goals. In April, Poland sanctioned 50 countries and people, including Eugene Kaspersky.

    A Kaspersky spokesperson told CyberScoop in an email this week that the company is aware of both the discussions within the EU of a new sanctions package and the proposal from Poland, the Baltic States and Ireland to ban Kaspersky in the EU.

    “In Europe, Kaspersky runs legal entities in 13 countries, conducts research and development, maintains several hundred high-quality jobs, and pays wages, taxes and social security contributions,” the company said in the statement. “Kaspersky contributes to cybersecurity and cyber resilience in Europe and globally with extensive expertise and market-leading solutions, services and products. In addition, the company attaches great importance to transparency and ethical, responsible conduct.”

    The company added that EU sanctions are intended to limit consequences for “those not responsible for the actions that have triggered their imposition,” according to its understandings how sanctions would be imposed. “Because of that, Kaspersky is convinced that the EU will not take any sanctions against a responsible global cybersecurity company without any inappropriate ties to the Russian state,” the company said.

    The company pointed to its “Global Transparency Initiative,” which included moving cyberthreat-related data storage and processing from Russia to Switzerland, a tally of law enforcement and information requests received by the company and access to some of the company’s documentation and source code for government and enterprise customers.

    But for years many in the U.S. national security community have held deep reservations about Kaspersky and connections to Russian intelligence. In 2015, the company revealed a suite of sophisticated U.S.-linked hacking tools, and had also that year come under suspicion from U.S. officials after the software uploaded NSA malware to its servers from an NSA employee’s home computer, who had improperly taken it home, Politico reported in 2019.

    Politico also noted that Kaspersky had assisted the U.S. government as well by helping in 2016 to expose Harold “Hal” Martin, who was charged with stealing 50 terabytes of NSA and other U.S. government data.

    Others also noted the company’s repeated exposure of Russian cyber tools and campaigns. In 2017, during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., told the committee that in the summer of 2016 somebody had attempted to hack former campaign staffers from “IP addresses with an unknown location within Russia.” He then asked the witnesses whether they’d install Kaspersky products on any of their devices.

    “I would, yes, I would also use competing products at the same time,” said Thomas Rid, a professor of strategic studies and founding director of the Alperovitch Institute for Cybersecurity Studies at Johns Hopkins University. Kaspersky is “not an arm of the Russian government,” he explained, sitting next to Kevin Mandia, the CEO of Mandiant, and retired Gen. Keith Alexander, the former director of the NSA and the first commander of U.S. Cyber Command, who both sidestepped Rubio’s question by saying there were better products available.

    Rid noted that Kaspersky had repeatedly published details of Russian cyberattacks and campaigns. “Name any American company that publishes information about American digital espionage,” he said.

    But by 2016 the FBI was investigating Kaspersky, CyberScoop reported in 2017, with the FBI urging some companies to cut ties with the company. In 2017, the government banned the use of Kaspersky products on federal systems, with Bossert telling reporters at the White House that Kaspersky “constituted a risk unacceptable to our federal networks.”

    The 2018 National Defense Authorization Act included a provision along the same lines, and in 2019 the rule became permanent.

    In the days after the invasion, the U.S. government was warning some American companies that “Moscow could manipulate software designed by … Kaspersky to cause harm,” Reuters reported March 31 and, in the weeks after the invasion, the Biden administration was reportedly considering sanctioning the company, according to The Wall Street Journal.

    Earlier that month the FCC added the company to its national security threats list alongside several Chinese telecoms, preventing FCC funds from being used to buy or maintain the product.

    At the time, FCC Commissioner Brandan Carr said: “Their addition, as well as Kaspersky Labs, will help secure our networks from threats posed by Chinese and Russian state backed entities seeking to engage in espionage and otherwise harm America’s interests.”

    The post Can Kaspersky survive the Ukraine war? appeared first on CyberScoop.

  • You need anti-virus and there is a load of advice online about which to buy. Who can you trust? Some anti-virus reviewers know what they are talking about. Others don’t. Some are just in it for the money. How can you tell which reviews are worth your time? How to choose anti-virus for your PC

    The post Beware fake anti-virus reviews appeared first on SE Labs Blog.

    The post Beware fake anti-virus reviews appeared first on Security Boulevard.

  • Just recently started my second smartphone ever during a really difficult period, and am really surprised to see it has no preloaded antivirus. My prior phone had Lookout. Do you agree with those who say no antivirus for Android? If you disagree which one would you choose?
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