One bil­lion mal­ware files held in Kasper­sky Lab’s cloud data­base

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

DUBAI:

Kasper­sky Lab’s cloud mal­ware data­base now car­ries a bil­lion ma­li­cious ob­jects, in­clud­ing viruses, Tro­jans, back­doors, ran­somware, and ad­ver­tise­ment ap­pli­ca­tions and their com­po­nents. A fifth were dis­cov­ered and identified as ma­li­cious by As­traea - a ma­chine-learn­ing based mal­ware anal­y­sis sys­tem work­ing in­side Kasper­sky Lab’s in­fras­truc­ture.

The num­ber of cy­berthreats ap­pear­ing ev­ery day is now so big that it is im­pos­si­ble to process each one of them man­u­ally. That’s why au­tomat­ing the mal­ware dis­cov­ery and anal­y­sis process, in com­bi­na­tion with hu­man ex­per­tise, is the best ap­proach when it comes to fight­ing modern cy­berthreats.

The per­cent­age of mal­ware dis­cov­ered and added au­to­mat­i­cally to the Kasper­sky Lab cloud data­base by As­traea has been grow­ing steadily over the last five years: from 7.53 per­cent in 2012, to 40.5 per­cent in De­cem­ber 2016. The pro­por­tion is grow­ing in line with the num­ber of new ma­li­cious files dis­cov­ered daily by Kasper­sky Lab ex­perts and de­tec­tion sys­tems. This has in­creased from 70,000 files per day in 2011 to 323,0001 per day in 2016.

“One bil­lion unique ma­li­cious files is a re­mark­able mile­stone. It shows the scale of the cy­ber­crim­i­nal un­der­ground, which has de­vel­oped from sev­eral small fo­rums of­fer­ing cus­tom­ized ma­li­cious tools, to the mass pro­duc­tion of mal­ware and tai­lored cy­ber­crim­i­nal ser­vices. It also high­lights the qual­ity and evo­lu­tion of our au­to­mated mal­ware anal­y­sis tech­nolo­gies. Out of these bil­lion files, more than 200 mil­lion have been added by the As­traea ma­chine­learn­ing sys­tem. Our ad­vanced sys­tems now not only de­tect the vast ma­jor­ity of known mal­ware we get on a daily ba­sis, but also dis­cover the un­known threats. Al­though the re­main­ing 800 mil­lion files have been added by other in­ter­nal de­tec­tion sys­tems, or by ex­perts, the con­tri­bu­tion to the Kasper­sky Lab cloud data­base by ma­chine-learn­ing sys­tems is sub­stan­tial and will con­tinue to grow,” says Vy­ach­eslav Zako­rzhevsky, Head of Anti-Mal­ware Team at Kasper­sky Lab.

As­traea is one of the ma­chine-learn­ing mal­ware anal­y­sis sys­tems that form part of the Kasper­sky Lab pro­tec­tion in­fras­truc­ture. As­traea au­to­mat­i­cally an­a­lyzes no­ti­fi­ca­tions from pro­tected com­put­ers and helps un­cover pre­vi­ously un­known threats. By us­ing the threats’ meta­data (like age, ori­gin, file­name, file path and more) the sys­tem is able to fully de­tect threats with­out in­for­ma­tion about the file con­tents.

Kasper­sky Lab’s ‘Num­ber of the year’ forms part of the Kasper­sky Se­cu­rity Bul­letin for 2016. Other sections in­clude the Threat Pre­dic­tions 2017 pub­lished on 16 Novem­ber and avail­able here, the topic of the year: Ran­somware, and the main re­port’s Ex­ec­u­tive Sum­mary, Re­view and Statis­tics, all avail­able in De­cem­ber.

Kasper­sky Lab is one of the world’s fastest-grow­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity com­pa­nies and the largest that is pri­vately owned. The com­pany is ranked among the world’s top four ven­dors of se­cu­rity so­lu­tions for end­point users (IDC, 2014). Since 1997 Kasper­sky Lab has been an in­no­va­tor in cy­ber­se­cu­rity and pro­vides ef­fec­tive dig­i­tal se­cu­rity so­lu­tions and threat in­tel­li­gence for large en­ter­prises, SMBs and con­sumers. Kasper­sky Lab is an in­ter­na­tional com­pany, op­er­at­ing in al­most 200 coun­tries and ter­ri­to­ries across the globe, pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion for over 400 mil­lion users world­wide.

PALO ALTO: In this Wed­nes­day, Dec 2, 2015, photo, Robin­hood co-founders Vlad Tenev (left) and Baiju Bhatt pose at com­pany head­quar­ters in Palo Alto, Calif. Robin­hood is a stock bro­ker­age that does not charge any com­mis­sions for its more than 1 mil­lion cus­tomers to buy and sell shares. —AP

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