The Era of Cyber-crime – Don’t Fall Victim

There has been an increase in cyber-attacks on high profile companies recently – JP Morgan Chase, Target and Home Depot as well as breaches in online services such as iCloud, Dropbox and Snapchat.

A cyber-attack is defined as – any type of offensive action employed by individuals or whole organizations, that targets computer information systems.

With each new attack it’s increasingly clear, no company is immune to cyber-attacks and preparation is key to mitigating risk.  This preparation must start with a commitment at the very top of the company. With a top-down approach and directors who are actively engaged, companies stand a greater chance of protecting their shareholders’ interests in cyberspace.

The companies that are most often targeted are financial institutions, healthcare organisations, major retailers and online/cloud storage services.

The most recent attacks, used methods that are:

  • Sophisticated – exploiting weak points, using backdoor controls and advanced malware.
  • Social – targeting specific people with social engineering and stealing and using valid credentials.
  • Stealthy – implemented in a series of low profile moves that are undetectable to standard security or hidden among thousands of logs collected daily.


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PUPs: What are they and how to avoid them?

What is a PUP?

PUP stands for Potentially Unwanted Program. This term was adopted as a more consumer friendly version of what was commonly called Grayware. Both terms accurately describe the software, because although it may not be illegal software in most cases – it is often unwanted software. It is common for security products to include PUP detection to some degree as this type of software does have an effect on the end user experience.



PandaLabs Q2 2014 Results: PUPs on the increase

The Q2 2014 results from PandaLabs show that Malware is still being created at record levels, roughly 15 million new samples were generated – an average of 160 000 daily.

Trojans remain the most common type of malware, accounting for 58.20% of new malware and 62.8% of infections. This figure is significantly lower compared to the previous quarter at 71.85% and 79.9%. The difference is however not due to a decline in the number of new Trojans, but rather a substantial increase in PUPs (Potentially Unwanted Programs). In recent months there has been a notable increase in software bundlers, which install PUPs – without the user’s consent – along with the original program. According to the report PUPs account for 24.77% of infections. In most instances these programs change browser settings, display unwanted advertising or install additional programs that the user may or may not want.



If your computer virus protection solution was an employee, what interview questions would you ask it?

It’s great living in today’s ‘global village’ with our ability to instantly access information, conduct research and find the best products and solutions for our needs. On the other hand, the broad scope and never-ending allied source of information at our fingertips sometimes ‘spoils us for choice’ and actually makes it more difficult to make decisions. Do you sometimes wish that you could have a one-to-one dialogue that could simplify the decision?

Imagine if, when selecting a computer virus protection solution for your business, you could sit all the options available to you down at the boardroom table and then just interview them, much like you would a prospective employee.



Panda Security Scoring Top Results in Detection

Here at Panda we are very pleased with the latest AV Comparatives and AV Test results, these results see our products offering the highest level of protection.

From March to June 2014, thousands of ‘real world’ proactive detection tests were done by AV-Comparatives. The results show that our anti-malware engine detected and blocked 99.9% of threats. AV-Test also conducted a ‘real world’ detection test in which we achieved the highest score and we have also been rated #1 in the ‘false-alarm’ or ‘false positive” test.

The tests compared products that use the new XMT (Extreme Malware Terminator) Smart Engineering engine. With XMT, different technologies interact with each other to achieve new levels of efficiency, detection and disinfection power. The XMT engine is included in our new 2015 consumer product line. These tests are evidence of our superior detection technology.



The new XMT Engine

Panda Security Launches 2015 Product Line

Our 2015 range of consumer solutions, boasting Panda’s new XMT Smart Engineering engine, is now available. The range includes: Panda Global Protection 2015, Panda Internet Security 2015, Panda Antivirus Pro 2015 and Panda Mobile Security 2.0.

We designed these products to provide complete protection with minimal performance impact, the 2015 consumer solutions harness the power of cloud computing to combat the myriad security threats that users face today – viruses, hackers, online fraud, identity theft and other known and unknown threats. (more…)