Attacks aimed at delivering cryptocurrency mining tools on enterprise networks have gone up as much as six times, according to telemetry data collected by IBM's X-Force team between January and August 2017.
In a Binding Operational Directive published today by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the US government has banned the use of Kaspersky Lab security software on government computers.
Kaspersky Lab and Microsoft simultaneously announced that they've reached common ground on an antitrust complaint the antivirus vendor filed with Russian and European authorities in late 2016 and mid-2017, respectively.
A judge in Moscow sentenced today Vladimir Anikeyev, the ringleader of a Russian hacking group known as Shaltai Boltai (Russian for "Humpty Dumpty") to two years in prison.
Russian lawmakers are drafting a bill that would prohibit the use of Western antivirus products inside the country. If approved, the law will come into effect by mid-2019.
A draft of the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018" — which approves the budget and policies for US defensive projects — outlines a ban on the usage of Kaspersky Lab software products at DOD facilities under the explanation that the Russian antivirus vendor "might be vulnerable to Russian government influence."
Microsoft has responded to a complaint filed by Kaspersky Labs, which accused the OS maker of using its dominant market position to push its antivirus — Windows Defender — on Windows 10 users, on the detriment of third-party AVs.
In what has become a welcome trend, today another ransomware master decryption key was released on BleepingComputer.com. This time the key that was released is for the XData Ransomware that was targeting the Ukraine around May 19th 2017.
In an article published yesterday, ABC News cited congressional sources who claimed the Senate Intelligence Committee had started an investigation into Kaspersky Lab's relationship with the Russian government.
Kaspersky has tested a set of Dharma master decryption keys posted to BleepingComputer and has confirmed they are legitimate. These keys have been included in their RakhniDecryptor, which I have tested against a Dharma infection. The decryptor worked flawlessly!
Russian authorities arrested Ruslan Stoyanov, one of Kaspersky Lab's top-ranked security researchers, under article 275 of the Russian criminal code, which refers to treason.
Tavis Ormandy, one of Google Project Zero's most proficient security researchers, has identified two issues in the way Kaspersky security products inspect HTTPS traffic for web threats.