Interview part II- 'India ranks top 20 for mobile malware'

By Balamurugan Selvaraj Published on Jul 11, 2017 03:38 PM IST

Continuation of yesterday's interview with Kaspersky, chief security expert of global research and analysis team, Alexander Gostev..

According to recent KSN data Q1 report of 2017, India has been ranked sixth in smartphone based malware attacks. What is the reason for such attacks. Are we in India lack of proper Antivirus softwares?

There could be a lot of factors that ranks India in the sixth place for smartphone based malware attack, such as, the lack of IT-security knowledge, not using mobile antiviruses and the use of jailbroken or rooted mobile devices. It is best to seek clarification from Check Point about this. In our statistics, India ranks outside the list of top-20 most attacked countries with the exception of sixth place for mobile malware.

Few months back, we heard that, Kaspersky planned to launch its own built security operating system? What's the status of it?

On 9 February, Kaspersky Lab announced the commercial availability of KasperskyOS, a specialized operating system designed for embedded systems with strict cybersecurity requirements. By design, KasperskyOS significantly reduces the chances of undocumented functionality and thus mitigates the risk of cyberattacks.

A massive undertaking that took Kaspersky Lab’s best talent 15 years to develop, KasperskyOS is now commercially available to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), original design manufacturers (ODMs), systems integrators and software developers around the world. Key implementations of the operating system are tailored for the telecoms and automotive industries as well as critical infrastructure.

KasperskyOS introduces a secure-by-design environment for the ever-growing and increasingly attacked embedded systems and Internet of Things (IoT) devices. In a modern connected world where IoT devices are being used by consumers, utilised in critical infrastructure and control many aspects of our everyday life, the demand for a strong security approach is higher than ever.

Are we going to face any cyber war?

I apologise as I am not able to comment on this matter.

What is your suggestion to  reduce the risk of ransomware infection ?

Install the official patch from Microsoft that closes the vulnerability used in the attack (there are also patches available  for Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows Server 2003). Ensure that security solutions are switched on all nodes of the network. For those who do not use Kaspersky Lab solutions, we suggest installing the free Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool for business (KART). If Kaspersky Lab’s solution is used, ensure that it includes the System Watcher, a behavioral proactive detection component, and that it is switched on. Run the Critical Area Scan task in Kaspersky Lab’s solution to detect possible infection as soon as possible (otherwise it will be detected automatically, if not switched off, within 24 hours).

Reboot the system after detecting MEM: Trojan.Win64.EquationDrug.gen. Use Customer-Specific Threat Intelligence Reporting services to be informed about possible attacks. WannaCry is also targeting embedded systems. We recommend ensuring that dedicated security solutions for embedded systems are installed, and that they have both anti-malware protection and Default Deny functionality enabled