Thursday, 27 August 2015 17:13

Kaspersky catches the phishes

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The new version of Kaspersky Internet Security has received the highest Advanced+ award in the anti-phishing technology test conducted by AV-Comparatives, without a single false positive and successfully blocking 98% of phishing URLs.

The AV-Comparatives test assessed the anti-phishing protection offered by 10 security products from different vendors in a simulation that replicated typical web browsing conditions. During the test, all products used default settings.

AV-Comparatives experts selected 245 URLs from a collection of addresses of phishing sites. Those URLs met the following criteria:

  • they were active at the time of testing
  • they were unique
  • they were designed to steal confidential information, such as:
  1. Credit card numbers
  2. Financial and bank service accounts
  3. Passwords

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All products were tested simultaneously (because the longer a phishing URL is active, the more likely it is to be listed in the database of malicious sites). Kaspersky Internet Security blocked 98% of dangerous links, beating the nearest competitor by 6%.

Head of Content Filtering Research at Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Smirnov said "New phishing web pages are created by cybercriminals daily, and social networking sites, instant messengers and mass mailings immediately distribute these links to millions of users. Unfortunately, fake homepages are in most cases exact replicas of the originals and it is not easy for a user to recognize a forgery. In such circumstances, the security of personal and banking data of Internet users depends directly on the level of the anti-phishing technologies used. The first place, achieved in this this test demonstrates that the Kaspersky Lab technology is highly effective at protecting its users".

Anti-phishing technology is integrated in the majority of Kaspersky Lab solutions designed both for home and for corporate use.

Comment

Spear phishing et al has become the new attack vector. In essence the hacker knows just enough about you to send a phishing email from Australia Post, your bank, the Tax office and more. In reality, a high portion of emails are designed to get you to visit a site and be infected by drive by infections or download malware – particularly ransom ware.

Congrats to Kaspersky for cutting phishing down – never liked worms and hooks anyway.


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Ray Shaw ray@im.com.au  has a passion for IT ever since building his first computer in 1980. He is a qualified journalist, hosted a consumer IT based radio program on ABC radio for 10 years, has developed world leading software for the events industry and is smart enough to no longer own a retail computer store!

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