Hacker headspace

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - August 19th, 2014

With cybercrime an ever-present danger, hackers around the world attack user data for financial and political gain. But they are not all bad. CNME takes a look at the mindset of hackers good and evil, and how they constantly ask questions of governments and top companies.

Kaspersky: Syrian cyberspace conflict intensifies

Brian Karlovsky by Brian Karlovsky - August 19th, 2014

The cyberspace conflict in the Middle East – particularly Syria – is intensifying as sides exploit malware in a bid to gain advantages, according to Kaspersky Lab’s latest threat research.

A safe bet

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - July 7th, 2014

The OS wars are nothing new. Every user has a laundry list of reasons why their operating system is king. One of the key points in determining which OS reigns supreme is security. CNME investigates the security successes and pitfalls of the most commonly used operating systems.

Malicious mobility

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - June 5th, 2014

From paying bills on our smartphones to banking on our tablets, we are living more and more of our lives on our mobile devices. However, with all of this agility comes a measure of concern.

‘Keep calm and save the world’

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 29th, 2014

From April 20-24th, experts from Kaspersky Lab met with leading media in the region at the Kaspersky Lab Security Analyst Summit for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa held in Budapest, Hungary.

Virtual lock down

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - May 15th, 2014

Virtualisation has made the data centre a more flexible and agile place. However, the trade-off in this software-defined shift is a measure of complexity when it comes to protecting our data. Enterprises must reconsider their protection strategy to reflect the new, virtualised world.

State secrets

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 9th, 2014

What do Middle East governments need when it comes to security, and are newly formed government entities set to revolutionise the way that states think about security?

Prevention is better than cure

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - January 21st, 2014

With security so high on the agenda, businesses are doing everything they can to safeguard their networks from cyber-criminals keen to capitalise on software exploits. But do businesses pay enough attention to software updates when there are hundreds of other issues to address?

Kaspersky: One in three UAE users reject mobile banking

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 20th, 2014

More than a third of UAE users do not feel safe making e-payments on their smartphones or tablets, according to research from Kaspersky.

FireEye: Cyber warfare defined by espionage and proxy conflicts

John E Dunn by John E Dunn - January 16th, 2014

The world is still in the foothills of the cyberwar era but already online confrontation is being defined by an unstable and possibly dangerous mixture of proxy conflicts and old-fashioned espionage, mixed with lower-level digital activism, security firm FireEye has said.

Kaspersky Lab: Beware of Neverquest Trojan banker

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 13th, 2014

Kaspersky Lab has recorded thousands of attempts to infect computers used for online banking with a malicious program that its creators claim can attack “any bank in any country”.

CNME Q&A: Natalya Kaspersky

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 8th, 2014

CNME talks to the InfoWatch CEO

Kaspersky Lab finds gamers attacked 11.7 million times in 2013

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 7th, 2014

Kaspersky Lab experts have discovered that PC gamers around the globe were hit by 11.7 million attacks in 2013.

Kaspersky Lab: global internet threat up 6.9 percent in 2013

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 22nd, 2013

The overall global Internet threat level grew by 6.9 percentage points in 2013, with 41.6 percent of user computers being attacked at least once, according to Kaspersky Lab.

Through the looking glass

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - December 10th, 2013

And it was all going so well. As vendors began to build more comprehensive cloud-based product roadmaps, Middle Eastern users were beginning to see just how cloud services can streamline their businesses. According to a Gartner report from earlier in the year, cloud adoption was due to grow monumentally in the region up to 2016. This was largely due to issues surrounding security and compliance being ironed out.

Kaspersky, six others top malware removal tests

Mark Hachman by Mark Hachman - December 5th, 2013

Analyst firm A-V Comparative has released its November 2013 list of the antimalware programmes that do the best job of removing malware from an already infected system.

The Way Forward

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 4th, 2013

When it comes to security, it seems everyone’s in a state of perpetual panic. Whether it’s mobile malware, BYOD or hacktivism, over the course of 2013 the issue of protecting valuable information and resisting attack has inspired a dizzying and persistent challenge.

Kaspersky: trojan programme ‘Neverquest’ new threat to online banking

Lucian Constantin by Lucian Constantin - November 27th, 2013

A new Trojan programme that targets users of online financial services has the potential to spread very quickly over the next few months, security researchers warn.

Kaspersky and Abu Dhabi Racing join to promote racing talent

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 17th, 2013

Kaspersky Lab has announced a partnership with Abu Dhabi Racing which is intended to create more opportunities for young Emiratis as rally and racing drivers in the world of motorsport.

Kaspersky investigation shows malware is on the rise

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - November 5th, 2013

Kaspersky Lab has revealed research results that show an increase in malware in the Middle East.

Fake AdBlock Plus app removed from Google’s Play store

Jeremy Kirk by Jeremy Kirk - October 1st, 2013

Google has removed an application from its Play store that purported to be AdBlock Plus, a well-known application that blocks online ads.

Dark skies ahead

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - September 3rd, 2013

Can the big cloud vendors work around the allegations of NSA surveillance, or is there a gloomy outlook for cloud in the region?

Cybercriminals use Google Cloud Messaging service to control malware on Android devices

Lucian Constantin by Lucian Constantin - August 15th, 2013

Kaspersky Lab researchers identified Android malware threats that receive commands from attackers through the Google Cloud Messaging service.

Security-as-a-Service: IT’s Dark Knight?

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - August 13th, 2013

As hackers and attackers wreak havoc on the industry, businesses have been looking for a watchful protector to secure their assets. Is security-as-a-service the IT industry’s Dark Knight?

Kaspersky secures another top spot in real-world anti-virus test

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - August 12th, 2013

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 has been named the industry’s best home security solution by Dennis Technology Labs.

New Trojan could create headaches for banks, customers

John P. Mello by John P. Mello - July 25th, 2013

With the major developers of banking malware laying low, a new crook on the block has emerged gunning to be top dog in the market.

Enterprise anti-virus software test puts Kaspersky software out front, Microsoft at bottom

Ellen Mesmmer by Ellen Mesmmer - July 15th, 2013

Dennis Technology Labs said the most accurate product was Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Windows.

You have 1 new hack request

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - July 8th, 2013

If 3,370,780 UAE residents use Facebook, and 80 percent of those replicate their passwords for other accounts, then the opportunity for cyber theft and hackers to infiltrate personal accounts is extremely high.

Kaspersky Lab MD resigns, announces immediate replacement

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - July 8th, 2013

Kaspersky Lab’s regional managing director, Tarek Kuzbari, has announced that he has resigned from his post and that corporate sales manager, Khalid Abu Baker, has replaced him with immediate effect. In an exclusive …

Kaspersky, Trend Micro gain perfect scores in real-world protection test

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - July 7th, 2013

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 and Trend Micro Internet Security 2013 reportedly blocked 100 percent of malicious online attacks in a recent real-world protection test.

With Carberp source code’s release, security pros expect the worst

Antone Gonsalves by Antone Gonsalves - June 30th, 2013

With the previously $40,000 Carberp Trojan’s source code now freely available, experts expect exceptionally destructive variants of the malware to flow onto the Internet.

Virgin Radio hack could lead to targeted attacks on users, says researcher

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - June 11th, 2013

Last week’s attack on the Virgin Radio Dubai website could have provided cyber-criminals with a springboard from which to launch targeted attacks, according to a researcher from Kaspersky Lab. The popular music station’s …

Ticking time bomb

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - June 11th, 2013

The last year has shown more than ever how careful businesses need to be with their data. However, recent reports suggest that only a fraction of Middle Eastern enterprises have data loss prevention …

Android anti-virus products a big flop, researchers say

Bob Brown by Bob Brown - June 9th, 2013

Android smartphones and tablets are under attack, and the most popular tools developed to protect them are easily circumvented, according to new research from Northwestern University and the University of North Carolina. The …

Gartner security survey: McAfee up, Trend Micro down

Ellen Messmer by Ellen Messmer - June 2nd, 2013

A Gartner report about the security software market out today shows that number-two-ranked McAfee enjoyed the most overall growth last year, Trend Micro slipped but stayed number three, and Symantec held onto its …

Spammers reverting to old tricks in Q1 2013, says Kaspersky

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - May 16th, 2013

According to Kaspersky Lab’s latest spam report, spammers are reverting to old tricks in order to avoid detection from spam filters. One such method being employed by spammers during Q1 2013, Kaspersky said, …

Spam’s birthday and Hotmail’s closure lead email milestones

John P. Mello Jr. by John P. Mello Jr. - May 6th, 2013

This week was a week for email milestones. Spam – that scourge of the Internet – turned 35 years old. And Microsoft pulled the plug on its hoary webmail service Hotmail. The first spam …

First targeted attack for Android discovered by Kaspersky

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 16th, 2013

Kaspersky Lab has detected a new targeted attack against Uyghur activists which, for the first time, is based on a malicious program for Android-based mobile devices. The attack is designed and performed in …

The security guide to BYOD

Ben Rossi by Ben Rossi - April 9th, 2013

There’s no use in trying to resist it – BYOD is here to stay. To help in the transition, CNME rounds up tips from the security industry on how to cope with the …

Kaspersky catches bitcoin-mining malware on Skype

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 8th, 2013

Security researchers from Kaspersky Lab have identified a spam message campaign on Skype that spreads a piece of malware with Bitcoin mining capabilities. Bitcoin (BTC) is a decentralised digital currency that has seen …

Washington, Seoul collaborate on cyber protection

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 4th, 2013

Recent massive cyber attacks that paralysed computer networks at several South Korean banks and broadcasters, strongly suspected to have been launched by North Korean hackers, have prompted Washington and Seoul to come up …

Ransomware uses browser history for credibility – report

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 2nd, 2013

The authors of police-themed ransomware have started using the browsing histories from infected computers in order to make their scams more believable, according to an independent malware researcher. Ransomware is a class of …

Mega DDoS attacks on the rise – Kaspersky

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - March 28th, 2013

DDoS attacks like the one that resulted from an altercation between a Dutch company and Spamhaus this week are on the rise, according to a statement from Kaspersky Labs. The security vendor was …

Eye of the storm

Joe Lipscombe by Joe Lipscombe - March 5th, 2013

Experts recently pointed towards security as the main obstacle for adoption of all cloud types and claimed that cloud security will be the main disruptive technology for 2013. But the Middle East has …

‘Shadow IT’ cause for concern – IBRS

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 28th, 2013

The entire MDM (mobile device management) space is dead when it comes to the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend, according to IBRS security analyst James Turner. He made the claim during the launch of Kaspersky …

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