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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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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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Panda Cloud Fusion Infographic

Panda Fusion is a cloud-based solution that meets all your needs. It is easy to deploy and scale, as it requires no maintenance or infrastructure investment. Available anytime, anywhere through a simple web browser.

Benefits of Panda Cloud Fusion

  • It offers maximum protection against malware and unknown threats.
  • It reduces costs through optimisation of your IT infrastructure.
  • It provides an optimal support experience, through proactive problem resolution and remote access to users’ devices that is non-disruptive, wherever they are.

See the infographic below for more:

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CTB-Locker

The Latest on Ransomware: CTB – Locker

Ransomware is malware that limits access to data on devices and demands a ransom be paid to the developer. Some forms of ransomware encrypt files on the systems hard drive, while some simply lock the system and display messages intended to persuade the user into paying.

In the past week there have been several cases of ransomware called CTB-Locker also known as Critroni Ransom. Generally spread via e-mail as an attachment; CTB-locker is released from time to time with the most recent cases occurring 18/19/20 January 2015.

CTB locker is run by a user. The application encrypts common file-types such as Excel and Word documents and images files such as Jpegs. The user then receives a display message stating that the data has been encrypted and that they need to pay a ransom.

It is not likely that the encrypted files are recoverable, in some cases users may be able to use Volume Shadow Copy, but essentially the most effective means of “recovery” is to back-up data/files on a regular basis and restore the most recent back-up.

CTB Locker doesn´t always remove the volume shadow copy (VSS), so depending on the affected operating system, if it is Windows Vista or higher, it is possible to retrieve a copy of the files affected by malware.

In this case, it is necessary to follow the steps below:

  1. Download and install the following software: http://www.shadowexplorer.com/downloads.html
  1. Once installed, browse to the location where the affected files are located
  1. Select a date prior to the infection.
  1. Select the affected file or folder, and choose the option “Export”.

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Mobile-Protection

Panda’s 8 Easy Ways to Protect Your Mobile

What is the one thing you never leave home without? If your mobile is the first thing that came to mind, you wouldn’t be the only one. Whether you use it for social media, emails, research, storage or as a GPS – there is basically nothing that the latest smartphones can’t do. People use cell phone banking and store valuable data on their phones, making smartphones just as valuable as PC’s or laptops. These clever gadgets are however more prone to theft and loss. So why safeguard your computer, but not your smartphone?

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Cybercrime

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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