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The Company Reflects on Monumental Cyber Threat Discoveries Reported During the Quarter
WOBURN, MA – May 6, 2015 – /BackupReview.info/ — Kaspersky Lab today released the IT Threat Evolution Report for Q1 of 2015, finding that 2.2 billion malicious attacks on computers and mobile devices were blocked during the quarter, which is double the amount detected in Q1 of 2014. Also in the first quarter, the most sophisticated advanced persistent cyberespionage threat to date – The Equation Group – was revealed. Kaspersky Lab also reported Carbanak, the most profitable cybercriminal operation to date, Desert Falcons, the first known Arabic cyberespionage group, and attacks by Animal Farm, a French speaking cyberespionage campaign.
“In the last few years, Kaspersky Lab has observed many advanced cyberthreat actors, appearing to be fluent in many languages, such as Russian, Chinese, English, Korean or Spanish. In 2015 we reported on cyberthreats “speaking” Arabic and French, and the question now is ‘who will be next?’” commented Aleks Gostev, chief security expert in the Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team.
The Magnitude of Cyberattacks
During the same time period Kaspersky Lab also published a report on Carbanak, opening up a new era of APT-style attacks in the cybercriminal world. With an estimated 100 financial organizations hit and a total of close to $1 billion stolen directly from banks, Carbanak has become one of the most successful criminal cyber campaign that has ever been seen.
In addition, while investigating an incident in the Middle East, Kaspersky Lab experts came across the activity of Desert Falcons, the first Arabic speaking group seen conducting full-scale cyberespionage operations. The group has currently claimed more than 3,000 victims, including political activists and leaders, military and governmental organizations, mass media, financial institutions and other organizations. The activities of Animal Farm were also written about during the quarter, as two of three zero-day vulnerabilities discovered in 2014 by Kaspersky Lab are associated with this advanced threat actor.
Q1 in figures
Main statistical findings of the quarterly report include:
Moreover, detected mobile threats were in a decline but still considered dangerous. During the quarter, 103,072 new malicious programs for mobile devices were discovered, a 6.6 percent decline from the amount discovered in Q1 of 2014. However, mobile malware has shown to be evolving toward monetization as malware writers design SMS Trojans, banker Trojans and ransomware Trojans capable of stealing or extorting money and users’ bank data. This category of malware accounted for 23.2 percent of new mobile threats in Q1 of 2015. Kaspersky Lab also detected 1,527 new mobile banking Trojans, 29 percent more than in Q1 of 2014.
“During many years of analyzing malware code we have seen different levels of malicious skills – from the standard “pack” of backdoors and the exploitation of known vulnerabilities to complex cyberespionage platforms, or even tools as powerful as those used by the Equation Group. What’s special in our job is the discovery of a new threat, one that surpasses anything known before. You think: this is it, the lord of malicious creation. But within months something new is discovered that surpasses the previous discovery. This is how the cyberworld works: we are hunting the hunters, who constantly upgrade the tools they use to trick us, but we learn too,” – Gostev continues.
The full IT Threat Evolution Report for Q1 of 2015 is available at Securelist.com
For a look at more in-depth information about each discovery by Kaspersky Lab, visit the Targeted Cyberattacks Logbook - https://goo.gl/CAVnhL
For a look at threat activity in real-time, check out the Kaspersky Lab Cyberthreat map – http://goo.gl/RNxQ0k
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* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue by Vendor, 2013. The rating was published in the IDC report “Worldwide Endpoint Security 2014–2018 Forecast and 2013 Vendor Shares (IDC #250210, August 2014). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2013.
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