Friday, 12 June 2015

Kaspersky: Not Very Smart To Hack Us

It was not very wise of the nationally sponsored attackers to break into anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab, so late founder Eugene Kaspersky know. Yesterday the company announced that through an advanced espionage virus access to internal systems was obtained.

According to the Russian virus fighter was no doubt to the public burglary. "It would be like failing to report a traffic accident to the police because your no-claim can harm you." In addition, there would be no shame to confess to the attack, given the way the attackers. "There are two types of businesses, who know they are attacked and who do not know they are attacked," said Kaspersky.

By disclosing the assault would deliver the anti-virus company a signal to the public and the validity and morality of such a country pulling sponsored attacks against commercial enterprises in doubt. Further, the information may help in the protection of other companies. "Even if our" reputation "harms I do not care. It is our mission to save the world without compromise," as late Kaspersky on his own blog know.

Source code

The investigation into the burglary is still ongoing, but the anti-virus company has checked the source code of the anti-malware products and claims that it is intact. The malware databases are not adjusted, the attackers had no access to customer data. In a column for Forbes , Kaspersky it is clearly a case of industrial espionage. "But the more I think about it, the less it makes sense." Thus, some of the technology through licensing agreements simply accessible and possesses anti-virus company no hidden "holy grail".

"Perhaps the attackers had the idea to steal our technology, source code, knowledge and ideas to help their own software," Kaspersky says. That might help in the short term, but in the long run little use. Modern software as virus fighter is always evolving. "You have to really run to keep up, otherwise the copied software is rapidly obsolete." In addition to steal source code or blueprints can help, but people need to be "stolen" that have developed it to understand every detail.


Kaspersky says that a country is behind the attack, but would not name names. "We are security experts and we do not weaken our core competency by us to have a political process." Yet there is reported to investigating authorities in several countries to launch an investigation. Furthermore, Kaspersky takes the opportunity to ask countries that they are "rules, ethics and common sense" will respect in cyberspace. Yesterday, Kaspersky also held a conference on the hack. He finished with the words. "Hack me please do not, that's a bad idea."

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