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Employees Said Kaspersky Faked Malware To Harm Rivals


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#1 buddy215

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 05:19 PM

SOURCE: Exclusive: Russian antivirus firm faked malware to harm rivals - Ex-employees

 

 

QUOTE a bit: Beginning more than a decade ago, one of the largest security companies in the world, Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab, tried to damage rivals in the marketplace by tricking their antivirus software programs into classifying benign files as malicious, according to two former employees.

They said the secret campaign targeted Microsoft Corp , AVG Technologies NV , Avast Software and other rivals, fooling some of them into deleting or disabling important files on their customers' PCs.

Some of the attacks were ordered by Kaspersky Lab's co-founder, Eugene Kaspersky, in part to retaliate against smaller rivals that he felt were aping his software instead of developing their own technology, they said.

 

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EDIT:...to be fair...

"Our company has never conducted any secret campaign to trick competitors into generating false positives to damage their market standing," Kaspersky said in a statement to Reuters. "Such actions are unethical, dishonest and their legality is at least questionable."


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Posted 14 August 2015 - 05:33 PM

Nowadays it seems like it's all for making more moneys IMO... And it really wastes peoples time while Kaspersky is faking viruses.


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Posted 14 August 2015 - 07:17 PM

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 09:38 PM

Kaspersky's reply to these groundless accusations.

https://usa.kaspersky.com/about-us/press-center/press-releases/kaspersky-lab-statement-reuters-article-posted-august-14-2015

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 08:15 AM

Kaspersky... Dear Oh Dear Oh Dear Oh Dear they're a bunch of fools.



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Posted 15 August 2015 - 08:52 AM

I used Kaspersky Internet Security for years . I don't think the actually proved they did anything about putting out fake viruses.The story states they dont know who did .



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Posted 15 August 2015 - 09:23 AM

Kaspersky... Dear Oh Dear Oh Dear Oh Dear they're a bunch of fools.


Who? The ex-employees? Yes, I agree.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 09:51 AM

exactually



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Posted 15 August 2015 - 12:31 PM

I have not seen anything better for the money out there. In my testing LABS i run code against some of the top competitors and 8/10 KAV picks it up.  

So much so that i now have it running on all my personals.

 

So it would not surprise me if ex-Employees with grudges decided to have pity parties.


Edited by Bluediamond, 15 August 2015 - 12:33 PM.


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Posted 15 August 2015 - 01:34 PM

 

Kaspersky... Dear Oh Dear Oh Dear Oh Dear they're a bunch of fools.


Who? The ex-employees? Yes, I agree.

 

 

Could be disgruntled employees for some reason or another.



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Posted 15 August 2015 - 04:29 PM

Could be disgruntled employees for some reason or another.

Exactly. Until there is factual evidence, IMO all this is sour grapes.
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Posted 15 August 2015 - 07:35 PM

I have worked with people from Symantec, and I've been told most of the people that make security products were/are hackers.  That makes sense because they have the skills to block the kind of stuff that have created.  In fact, I was told of instances where new viruses/malware/etc. are actually released by these people just so that they can be a 'hero' at work.  Superhero by day, and hacker by night.  Now that's job security!

 

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 07:36 PM

Article, this is just another "myth" that exists around the Internet, one of which you shouldn't believe. Trust me, Antivirus companies don't need to create malware and distribute them around to justify the usage of their products, there's already enough of them in the wild to keep them busy for years, centuries to come.

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Posted 15 August 2015 - 07:48 PM

Hackers and malware writers come from different age groups, backgrounds, countries, education and skill levels...with varying motivations and intents. Most malware writers and cycber-criminals today treat it as a business venture for financial gain while "script kiddies" typically do it for the thrill and boosting a reputation as being a hacker among their peers. Below are a few articles which attempt to explain who these individuals are and why they do what they do.
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Posted 15 August 2015 - 08:28 PM

They just hack just for fun. All hackers want to do is make their own money and in the end they get caught.






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