Antipathy for the devil
These days Kaspersky seems like a one-man alarm system, pumping his dark dispatches around the world. In October he berated executives at a tech summit for failing to encrypt their smartphones. With just 30 virus hunters – he says he cannot find more to hire – Kaspersky Lab receives 300,000 unique malware reports daily, work that is “like our religion,” Kaspersky says. “Our mission is to save the cyberworld, not to make our investors happy.” Luckily, business is good: The company earned about $700 million in revenues in 2013. With cash to indulge his passions, Kaspersky hikes active volcanoes (those on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula are his favorite) and bought a $200,000 ticket to fly to earth’s outer orbit, courtesy of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic. Full story …
Eugene Kaspersky: major cyberterrorist attack is only matter of time
“I’m really afraid of terrorist attacks. I don’t know when or where, but I’m afraid it is going to happen,” said Kaspersky, adding that a potential remote attack on critical infrastructure, including power stations and transport systems, was entirely possible and something he and his researchers had been talking about for a while. Full story …
Jim Armitage:Cyber-security guru Eugene Kaspersky chuckles his way through a litany of computer scare stories
So, he’s talked about the mafia’s move into cybercrime, but what’s the next big threat? Easy, he answers. Mobile technology. The shift to mobile has been happening for years, with new mobile banking, e-payments and e-wallets being launched daily. The trouble is, says Mr Kaspersky, while famous viruses over the past 20 years, from Chernobyl to ILoveYou, have made us aware of the risk to our PCs, we’re not used to thinking about security on our mobile devices. Yet attacks are happening every day.
“When I say ‘mobile’ I’m also talking here about smart TVs,” he says. “These are connected to the internet. They have operating systems and they have cameras. So you are watching TV, and TV is watching you!” he giggles. Full story …
Cyber espionage ‘extremely dangerous’ for international trust: Kaspersky
“If nations don’t trust each other in cyberspace, the next step is to separate it [into] two networks. One public network, and one enterprise and government. It’s an obvious step, and I’m not the first man to talk about that,” he said.
“I’m afraid it’s a very bad option … governments and enterprises will be happier, because they have a secure, unhackable network. Good news? No. First of all, there will be much less investment in the public segment. Governments and enterprises leaving the public space means that the budget’s running away. Second, do you have enough engineers to build an Australian national network?” Full story …
Global Internet in Danger of Fragmenting, Kaspersky Says
“I’m afraid that this Snowden case will force governments, nations, to develop their own Internet segments for governments and for enterprises,” Kaspersky said yesterday in an interview in Brussels. “This is fragmentation of the Internet, and I’m afraid that it will damage the global network because the global Internet companies will have fewer resources, less investment.” Full story …
Next target for cyber hackers could be your smart TV, says anti-virus chief
“But the worst threats are going to be attacks on critical infrastructure and its physical environment, which is managed by IT systems: power plants, factories, sea ports and aeroplanes for terrorism and sabotage. Many of these systems were designed 20, 30 or 40 years ago when cyber sabotage did not exist.
“Now it’s a different era. I’m afraid that we will see very bad attacks with real damage on the critical infrastructure because it is managed by computer systems that are vulnerable.” Full story …
In Their Own Words: Kaspersky Lab Cofounder And CEO Eugene Kaspersky
When it comes to the world around us, Eugene believes that technology will continue to evolve to handle everyday tasks. “When we speak about the industry, little by little we will see the world becoming computerized and automated—there will be no train drivers, no traffic controllers, no shop assistants, nuclear plant operators…all processes, both routine and critical, will be run by computers.” Full story …