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Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launches brought hacker frenzy, reports Kaspersky Lab

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 launches brought hacker frenzy, reports Kaspersky Lab

The launch of the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One brought about a frenzy to more than just the gamer front. According to Kaspersky Lab, coinciding with the consoles' respective launches, instances of cyber attacks skyrocketed as hackers sought -- and continue to seek -- to take advantage of the latest onslaught of gamers. The attacks aren't limited to just the latest consoles, however, with attacks increasing against PC gamers and such as well.

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Operation Red October cyberattack detailed by Kaspersky Lab

Operation Red October cyberattack detailed by Kaspersky Lab

This week the Moscow-based antivirus company Kaspersky Lab has revealed details of a five year long campaign that apparently targeted diplomatic, governmental and scientific-research organizations across the former Soviet Union. This attack used software known as Operation Red October, aka Rocra, a piece of malware designed to locate and make copies of both encrypted and non-encrypted documents in a target's computer. This attack appears to have been spread across hundreds of victims since 2007 with an intent on gathering classified information as well as geopolitical intelligence.

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Kaspersky developing OS to protect critical information systems

Kaspersky developing OS to protect critical information systems

In an announcement where Eugene Kaspersky tossed around some verbiage about Die Hard 4 and John McClane and cyber attacks on things best left alone, like nuclear power stations, it was revealed that Kaspersky Lab is developing a "secure" operating system for industrial control systems (ICS). Specifically, the upcoming OS will provide protection for key information systems for transportation facilities, utility infrastructure, communications systems, and the like. Says Kaspersky, "Quite a few rumors about this project have appeared already on the Internet, so I guess it’s time to lift the curtain (a little) on our secret project and let you know (a bit) about what’s really going on."

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Kaspersky Lab exec calls OS X “really vulnerable”

Kaspersky Lab exec calls OS X “really vulnerable”

Malware has increasingly become a problem for Mac OS X, most recently having been affected by the Flashback trojan which infected over half a million systems. Apple were slow to respond to the threat, and although two Flashback removal tools were offered for users to download, the number of machines still infected remains high. Apple has reportedly asked Kaspersky Labs to advise the company on OS X security issues.

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Kaspersky offers Mac Flashback trojan removal tool

Kaspersky offers Mac Flashback trojan removal tool

Apple computers have recently been hit by the Mac Flashback trojan, the first attack on Macs that does not require any social engineering or phishing schemes. Kaspersky confirmed that the Flashback, or what it calls the Flashfake, botnet has infected 670,000 computers worldwide and the security firm is now releasing a free detection and removal tool.

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Flashback trojan infected 2% of all Macs, Kaspersky confirms botnet size

Flashback trojan infected 2% of all Macs, Kaspersky confirms botnet size

A second antivirus company has confirmed the extent of the Flashback malware infestation of Macs, supporting the claims made last week by Russian firm Dr. Web, which estimated more than 600,000 systems being compromised by the growing botnet. Dr. Web offered a free tool for Mac users to check their systems and found that of those who did, nearly 2% were infected. For perspective, the massive Conficker attack on PCs back in 2008 infected 4% to 5% of Windows systems during its peak.

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Behind “The Mask”: Huge, sophisticated “Careto” malware discovered

Behind “The Mask”: Huge, sophisticated “Careto” malware discovered

What could be one of the most advanced cyber-espionage and malware systems has been identified, with Kaspersky Lab discovering a wide-reaching hacking scheme that has affected more than 380 different victims across 31 different countries. Dubbed "The Mask" from the Spanish slang "Careto" - meaning "ugly face" or "mask" - found in the malware code, the hackers have put together what Kaspersky describes as an "extremely sophisticated" set of tools including versions for Windows, Mac, Linux, and potentially Android and iOS. In addition to the broad range of potential victims, the amount of data that can be extracted from an infected machine is vast.

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International Space Station experienced “virus epidemics” due to infected USB drive

International Space Station experienced “virus epidemics” due to infected USB drive

The international space station's computer systems were infected by an unspecified virus this year, according to Kaspersky. The malware made its way into space on a removable device carried by Russian astronauts, and though the extent of the damage hasn't been specified, it has been revealed that on occasion, the station has suffered "virus epidemics".

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Watch Dogs game true-to-life hacking developed with real security pros

Watch Dogs game true-to-life hacking developed with real security pros

The development team at Ubisoft have been working on the game Watch Dogs for an unusually long time. This hacker-themed game has been in development for 4.5 years, long enough for the original concept to have gotten so close to real life that its developers have been able to easily consult with a team of real-world security experts at Kaspersky Lab, bringing the game to a place where, at release, it wont be impossible to imagine its action as a real-world situation.

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