Kaspersky Lab improves system for processing new malicious programs

11 Feb 2010
Business News

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management systems, announces improvements to the system which processes samples of potentially malicious objects received by email from Internet users.

Kaspersky Lab's antivirus laboratory is implementing a completely new level of malicious program processing. As of 11 February 2010, the system that processes messages sent to the address newvirus@kaspersky.com will operate in automatic mode based on an improved heuristic detection mechanism. In addition, a reply to each user message will be sent immediately, providing information about the status of the potentially malicious program in Kaspersky Lab's antivirus databases. If a malicious program sent to the above address is not yet detected by the company's products, the user will also be notified when its detection is added to antivirus databases.

Kaspersky Lab is continually developing its internal infrastructure to improve the quality of malicious threat detection by the company's products. The new system for the processing of potentially malicious programs will significantly enhance the antivirus laboratory's effectiveness.

"The stream of malicious files is constantly increasing, but at the same time we can see that a significant proportion of them are variants of known families that can be automatically classified based on their behavior and many other factors," said Nikita Shvetsov, Kaspersky Lab's Director of Anti-Malware Research. "Optimizing our internal infrastructure has allowed us to shift even more simple and routine operations from people to robots. As a result, virus analysts are able to spend more time on handling those cases which cannot be processed automatically."