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IT threat evolution Q2 2017

The threat from ransomware continues to grow.

Between April 2016 and March 2017, we blocked ransomware on the computers of 2,581,026 Kaspersky Lab customers.
In May, we saw the biggest ransomware epidemic in history, called WannaCry.
According to KSN data, Kaspersky Lab solutions detected and repelled 342, 566, 061 malicious attacks from online resources located in 191 countries all over the world.
Researchers believe attacks against wi-fi systems in hotels across Europe and the Middle East track back to Russian-speaking hackers known as APT28.
Putin's favorite attack dogs APT28 fingered by FireEye Russian hackers accused of ransacking the US Democratic party's servers last year may now be targeting hotels in Europe and the Middle East, it is claimed.…
"Defend Europe" ship rescued by refugee relief agency's ship after engine trouble.
Researchers say the APT28 hacking group has scraped the EternalBlue exploit from Shadow Brokers' public dump and is using it to steal data from hotel guests across Europe.
What do Brussels and Albany have in common? The answer is Albany, but where’s that? you’re probably asking. It’s a sleepy city that poses as the capital of New York State. Kind of like Brussels, which poses as the capital of Europe. Well, they now have something else in common. Both capitals have jumped the line to be at the vanguard of cyber regulation.The General Data Protection Regulation, commonly referred to as GDPR, is getting a lot of attention. It affects all industries and all companies globally who want to do any business in Europe. This regulation has been on people’s minds for years, a long buildup, with very little in there to surprise us. It is to be enforced starting in May 2018. And it’s got some teeth. Not a mere couple million dollar fine – the fines are scores of millions of dollars all the way up to 4% of revenues! Ouch. That gets my attention. It’s not just the defects that are in the nine digits, but the regulatory penalties too.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here
Builtin antivirus will make room for rival products Kaspersky Labs is dropping its antitrust complaints against Microsoft in Russia and Europe.…
Bringing Together Science and Technology Universes for Two Days of Future Insights and VisionLondon, 09 August 2017 – Europersquo;s number one enterprise IT event, IP EXPO Europe, today announced presenter, author and scientist, Professor Brian Cox OBE, as the opening keynote for this yearrsquo;s event.
Speaking on day 1, Professor Cox will be followed by esteemed AI expert Stuart Russell, Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at University California Berkeley, on day 2.Arguably the... Source: RealWire

APT Trends report Q2 2017

Since 2014, Kaspersky Labrsquo;s Global Research and Analysis Team (GReAT) has been providing threat intelligence reports to a wide-range of customers worldwide, leading to the delivery of a full and dedicated private reporting service. Prior to the new service offering, GReAT published research online for the general public in an effort to help combat the ever-increasing threat from nation-state and other advanced actors.
Freeze-dried cod proves the Icelandic Sagas were sometimes historically accurate.