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Events|Virus calendar wallpapers for 2013

David
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted April 04, 08:06  GMT
Tags: History of Malware
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Some of you may remember the virus wallpaper calendars that we published in previous years, listing a selection of significant events in the history of the IT security industry.

Well, we're posting new versions for 2013.

April's wallpaper is here.


clickable!

But be sure to check our calendar page each month as we'll be adding new wallpapers as we go through the year.

We hope they'll be an interesting background for your desktop, as well as highlighting key security events from the past.

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Project|Malware Calendar Wallpaper for December 2011

David
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted December 07, 08:31  GMT
Tags: History of Malware
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Here's the latest of our malware calendar wallpapers.


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Christmas brings many more people online since the Internet provides a quick and convenient way to buy Christmas gifts. This makes it the perfect time for cybercriminals to cash-in on online activity. So it's also a good time for a reminder about the basic things you can do to reduce the risk of cybercriminals spoiling your Christmas.

  1. Install Internet security software and keep it updated.
  2. Keep Windows and other applications up-to-date.
  3. Backup your data regularly to a CD, DVD, or external USB drive.
  4. Don’t respond to email messages if you don’t know the sender.
  5. Don’t click on email attachments if you don’t know the sender.
  6. Don’t click on links in email or IM (instant messaging) messages. Type the address directly into your web browser.
  7. Don’t give out personal information in response to an email or other message, even if it looks official.
  8. Only shop, bank or socialise on secure sites. Make sure the URL starts with ‘https://’.
  9. Use a different password for each web site or service you use. Don’t recycle them (e.g. ‘jackie1’, ‘jackie2’). Don’t make them easy to guess (e.g. mum’s name, pet’s name). Don’t tell anyone your passwords.

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LANDesk Interchange 2011 is winding down in Las Vegas today. The event gathered partners and displayed newer technologies offered by the decade old systems management company. It was interesting hearing from IT "old-timers" that have worked with the technology, describing the company's impact on the industry - its spinoff from Intel, the original LANDesk AV product that wound up in another vendor’s product, and what they like about Kaspersky Lab technologies integration into the security suite. We were happy to present at our partner's conference with "The Dark Side of Unmanaged Desktops", where I described 2011 incidents that both I and our Global Emergency Response Team have investigated and remediated, some incidents in the news, and some of the IT mismanagement issues that enabled these incidents to occur.

Project|Malware Calendar Wallpaper for November 2011

David
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted October 31, 16:21  GMT
Tags: History of Malware
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Here's the latest of our malware calendar wallpapers.


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This month's calendar includes a fairly typical mix of cybercrime references. However, I'd like to highlight one in particular - the arrest of a Dutch teenager for stealing furniture from the Habbo Hotel virtual world.

To some people, the idea of having a virtual life seems strange. It may seem even stranger for the police to take an interest in the theft of something that's not real. There are, of course, reasons why they would. For one thing, the virtual theft was carried out by stealing the login credentials of members of Habbo Hotel - essentially a real-world phishing scam like any other. For another, the theft and sale of virtual property can be as lucrative as any other type of cybercrime: in this case, the stolen goods had a real-world price-tag of more than €4,000.

This case underlines the fact that *any* kind of online transaction, if it can be used to make money illegally, if of interest to cybercriminals. So we all need to remain vigilant and take care to safeguard all our online activities.

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Project|Malware Calendar Wallpaper for October 2011

David
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted September 30, 08:45  GMT
Tags: History of Malware
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Here's the latest of our malware calendar wallpapers.


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This month's wallpaper highlights the worldwide nature of cybercrime.

Project|Malware Calendar Wallpaper for September 2011

David
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted August 31, 15:08  GMT
Tags: History of Malware
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Here's the latest of our malware calendar wallpapers.


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This month marks the anniversary of the arrest of the alleged author of the CIH virus (also known as Chernobyl). This virus was designed to erase the flash BIOS of PCs running Windows 9x, making the machine unbootable - something that was particularly nasty on notebooks, where hardware components like flash memory are built into the motherboard. CIH also had another payload - to overwrite the hard disk with garbage.

This virus was responsible for damage to a large number of computers in South Korea in 2000, three years after its first appearance.

Today the threat landscape is dominated by malware-for-profit, in contrast to the cyber-vandalism of the 1990s. However, CIH provides a reminder that even cyber-vandalism could have a serious financial impact on its victims.

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Project|Malware Calendar Wallpaper for August 2011

David
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted August 05, 12:24  GMT
Tags: History of Malware
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Here's our malware wallpaper for August, highlighting some notable malware-related events from the past.


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Project|Malware Calendar Wallpaper for July 2011

David
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted June 30, 12:30  GMT
Tags: History of Malware
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Here's the latest of our malware wallpaper calendars.


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As usual, we’ve highlighted some of the notable malware-related events from years gone by.

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Project|Malware Calendar Wallpaper for June 2011

David
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted June 01, 15:35  GMT
Tags: History of Malware
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Here's the latest of our malware wallpaper calendars.


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This month marks the anniversary of the appearance of Cabir, the first malware for mobile phones. This worm - a proof-of-concept worm created by 'Vallez', a member of the virus writing group 29A - was designed to infect devices running the Symbian operating system and to spread using Bluetooth.

Mobile malware has come a long way since then.

  • There are now thousands of mobile threats.
  • Mobile malware is no longer proof-of-concept.
  • Like PC-based malware, most of today's threats are designed to steal money.
  • There are threats targeting most mobile operating systems. But the majority are cross-platform, Java-based threats.

On top of this, the use of smartphones has increased massively. And we're all doing so much more with them - at home, at work, or both. As a result, they hold so much more confidential data; and the risk of data leakage from lost or stolen handsets is far greater than at any time in the past.

We all need to be very clear: that's a computer in our pockets or bags - not just a telephone!

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Project|Malware Calendar Wallpaper for May 2011

David
Kaspersky Lab Expert
Posted April 29, 08:53  GMT
Tags: History of Malware
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Here's the latest of our malware wallpaper calendars.


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One of this month's highlighted malware incidents is the Morris worm. This worm was released on 2 November 1988 and by the following day was causing major problems for computers on the Internet. This would be nothing out of the ordinary in today's world. But it certainly was then. The worm quickly infected about 10 per cent of all computers connected to the Internet and, due to a programming error, made them unstable. Of course, in 1988 the Internet was made up of only 6,000 or so computers - it was an esoteric system used almost exclusively by government and academic institutions. So the Internet worm’s time had not yet come. But even so, the Morris worm was one of the first warnings of the importance of applying security patches in a timely fashion.

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