Panda 25

Panda Celebrating 25 Years!

Panda Security has reason to celebrate. The multinational developer of security solutions designed to protect the digital lives of individuals and organizations alike is celebrating 25 years in the vanguard of IT security.

2015 saw the company  adopt a new corporate identity that reflects Panda’s commitment to simplify the complex, through the concept of ‘Simplexity’. This concept underpins the company’s effort to provide new and improved solutions to safeguard users’ digital lives.

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Q1-2015-Results

PandaLab’s Results for the First Quarter of 2015

PandaLabs published its Quarterly Report for Q1, analysing the IT security events and incidents from January through March 2015. The anti-malware laboratory detected over 225 000 new malware strains per day in the first quarter of the year, with peaks reaching 500 000This record-breaking figure represents a 40% increase over Q1 2014 and is well above the average for the entire year, which stood at approximately 205 000 new malware samples per day. Most of these specimens were variants of known malware, conveniently modified by virus writers to evade detection by antivirus laboratories. Trojans continued to be the most common threat type, representing 72.75% of all new malware and the main source of infections  at 76.05% of the total.

The first months of the year were dominated by ransomware attacks – especially CryptoLocker. Ransomware has become cyber-criminals’ preferred method to make money from companies’ stolen information. Ten companies in the oil and gas maritime transportation sector,  fell victim to this type of attack, as revealed by Panda Security in a report on a hacking campaign dubbed Operation Oil Tanker: The Phantom Menace which targeted oil tankers.

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oil-tanker

Panda Security Uncovers Ongoing Attack Against Oil Tankers

Panda Security has released “Operation Oil Tanker: The Phantom Menace”, a groundbreaking report that details a malicious and largely unknown targeted attack on oil tankers.

First discovered by Panda Security in January 2014, the ongoing attack on oil cargos began in August 2013, and is designed to steal information and credentials for defrauding oil brokers.Despite having been comprised by this cyber-attack, which Panda has dubbed “The Phantom Menace”, none of the dozens of affected companies have been willing to report the invasion and risk global attention for vulnerabilities in their IT security networks.

“The Phantom Menace” is one of the most unique attacks that PandaLabs has ever discovered. No antivirus engine was able to detect it when first triggered, primarily because the attackers used legitimate tools in conjunction with a number of self-made scripts to bypass any warnings that traditional AV software would detect. It was only discovered when a secretary opened a nonspecific attachment to an email – a type of file that Panda Security would later identify among ten different companies in the oil and gas maritime transportation sector.

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Police-Virus

Cyber Police Virus Strikes Again

The Cyber Police Virus is malware that attacks Android devices. Designed by cyber criminals who focus primarily on phone markets to collect money from unwary users, using counterfeit fines and violations.  The virus locks users’ phones and displays a fake fine on the screen, demanding a fee be paid. Although this virus does not encrypt data, as with ransomware for PC’s, the message remains on the screen and the virus is somewhat difficult to remove.  This Trojan is targeting users from 31 different countries around the world; 23 of which are European countries and is one of many new malware samples attacking Android devices. This is just more evidence that mobile devices are no longer considered “safe” and that users can start looking at protection for all their devices.

 

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Android-Lollipop

Smart Lock for Mobile included in Android 5.0, Lollipop

When Adroid 5.0, Lollipop was announced late in 2014, it came with several new features. Smart Lock allows users to bypass the device lockscreen when certain environmental conditions are met or set.

Smart Lock is built upon a new Lollipop feature called “trust agents.” True Agents, is a service that notifies the system about whether it believes the environment of the device to be trusted. Smart Lock, makes use of three options – Trusted face, Trusted places and Trusted Devices.

Trusted Face

Allows the user to have their device memorize their face and “quickly” unlock their device without the need of entering your password. With Trusted Face activated, you can interact with your notifications and your phone or tablet will attempt to match your face and unlock without causing you any interference. If you want to unlock it before it has identified you, your lock screen will slide the security input up instead of attempting to identify you with Trusted face.

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Platteklip-Challenge

Team Panda Shows their Support at 2015 Platteklip Challenge

On the 25th April 2015, team Panda took part in the Platteklip Charity Challenge. Our team was part of 200 intrepid athletes who attempted to see how many times they could summit Table Mountain via Platteklip Gorge.

Each lap is 5.5km in distance, 760 metres of climbing, and will take approximately 2 hours on average. The route up Platteklip Gorge includes 800 double size steps over a distance of 2.1km. Once at the top, the contestants need to run to the upper cable station, catch a lift down and then run back to the start. (more…)