Sunday, 16 August 2015

Kaspersky: Angry Ex-Employees Behind Bogus

Yesterday Reuters with a story that Russian anti-virus firm Kaspersky Lab competitors like AVG, Avast and Microsoft did years sabotaged, but according to founder Eugene Kaspersky and the anti-virus company is a nonsense story from angry ex-employees.

The story would have provided the anti-virus company legitimate files from malicious code. These files are then uploaded to the VirusTotal website and shared with other anti-virus companies. VirusTotal is a website where Internet files can be scanned dozens of virus scanners. Uploaded files are shared with participating anti-virus companies. By uploading the files sabotaged legitimate files the virus of anti-virus companies would therefore be regarded as malware.

Kaspersky Lab that the statements are unfounded and untrue and made ​​by angry ex-employees. The anti-virus company shares data correctly with other parties. "Although the security market is very competitive, is the exchange of threat data is an important component of the security of the entire IT ecosystem and we work hard to ensure that this exchange does not jeopardize or sabotaged."


Well carried out the anti-virus company in 2009 and 2010, two experiments in which clean files to VirusTotal were sent and Kaspersky Lab files considered intentional malware. A few months later found several other scanners on VirusTotal that the files were infected, even though that was not the case. Kaspersky Lab made ​​the investigation public . In their own words to indicate that the problems with the testing of malware.


On his own blog is Eugene Kaspersky also on the story and denounces in particular the use of anonymous sources. "Angry ex-employees often say nasty things about their former employer, but in this case the lies are simply ridiculous." According to Kaspersky, the resources possible to convince the journalist of Reuters know, but the story is ultimately published without any evidence. "I therefore ask myself what these ex-workers' media tell us about the next time and who believe their bullshit then."

In the blog posting Kaspersky also discusses the problem with false positives. In 2012 and 2013 had anti-virus companies many problems with false positives. An attacker provided legitimate software from malicious code and spread it. Both Kaspersky Lab and other antivirus companies were targeted. There was then a meeting behind closed doors, where there is information about the attacks was exchanged. This also was the suggestion suggested that another anti-virus company possible was behind the attacks. Symantec confirms the story and says that Kaspersky Lab, in any case, none of the suspects.

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