Kaspersky Lab holds 10th biannual summit of virus analysts

10 jul 2009
Notícias de Negócios

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, is pleased to announce that the 10th semiannual summit of malware analysts was held 22 to 28 June in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

The company’s leading experts from all around the globe met at the summit to discuss crucial IT-security issues, analyze trends of the malware industry and share experiences in combating IT-threats.

As part of the event, Kaspersky Lab arranged a media tour for journalists from all around the world which included presentations of four leading Kaspersky Lab malware analysts.

Roel Schouwenberg, a leading malware analyst from North America, gave a presentation on most common software vulnerabilities, which are nowadays exploited most extensively by virus-writers. In the course of his presentation he indicated that users provide aid to Kaspersky Lab, participating in Kaspersky Security Network which enables our analysts to receive informative and useful statistics regarding vulnerabilities.

Denis Maslennikov, Senior Malware Analyst and Mobile Research Group Manager, informed journalists about the development of mobile threats in 2009. According to Denis, mobile threats, which are currently becoming part of cybercrime, are primarily aimed at earning money by cybercriminals. The presentation covered various aspects of modern mobile threats, with phishing and SMS-spam at the top of the list.

Stefan Tanase, Malware Analyst from ЕЕМЕА, presented security issues related to social networks. Stefan noted that services, popular with Web 2.0 users, started to expand to the corporate sector, thus opening up new horizons for the criminals. Users of social networks, in trusting each other, are giving the green light to intruders as well, and then suffer the consequences of cybercriminal activities.

Sergey Golovanov, Head of non-Intel Platforms Threats Research Group, made a presentation on strategies and methods used by criminals in present-day cyberspace. Sergey noted that behind such infamous botnets as Kido (Conficker) are organized crime groups, based on “partnership programs”, i.e. special business models, where every participant is responsible for developing a certain segment of the cybercriminal business and has a share in the final profit.

During an open day of the summit, the above-mentioned virus analysts participated in a round table discussion for the press, along with virus expert Vitaly Kamluk, Director of Research Center EEMEA, Global Research & Analysis Team.

Over 30 representatives of leading businesses, computer and general media from 25 countries came to listen to presentations by the company’s experts. Every representative had an opportunity to hold a personal interview with Eugene Kaspersky, the company’s General Director, and all leading IT-security experts.

Participants of the media-tour were also offered a day off, when they could both enjoy the sandy beach of sunny Croatia and have a try as yachtsmen in a mini-regatta.

To access more information on the 10th summit of malware analysts, presentations and photos, please visit the summit’s official website at www.kasperskypresstour.com.

For further details on the event you are also welcome to contact the Global Information Service of Kaspersky Lab by contacting Alexander Ivanyuk at Alexander.ivanyuk@kaspersky.com.