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The long road to Mount Kailash.

The long road to Mount Kailash.

Hi folks!

It was farewell Everest, and we were headed toward the sacred (in four religions!) Mount Kailash, which was to take us a full two (!) days. The route was as follows:

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As you can see, we covered nearly 800 kilometers, which worked out at around 12 hours of driving. The views to be seen to both the left and the right along the full route were fantastic, but all the same, 12 hours – ouch!

Check out the road – very smooth; clearly looked after:

At least here there are no crash barriers or curbs. Remember the story of how we ended up in a traffic collision? Well, there was no issue here with overtaking as there weren’t that many vehicles on...

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The one, the only… that leaning tower!

The one, the only… that leaning tower!

After our xSP Summit in Rome, we had some business in other parts of central-northern Italy, during which I managed to get to a very famous place I’d been wishing to get to for, like, my whole life: the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

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Curiously, if you take its photo from the south – it looks perfectly straight! ->

Just as much fun to observe are the tourists – who all just have to pretend to be pushing the tower to make it lean; from the side, these can get comical (see the girl in the third pic, above: really getting her back into it!) ->

But we took the photography to a higher, more discerning level – out came the wide-angler! With it you can...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 121

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 121

Welcome to the 121st edition of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. This week, Dave and I hit on some topics that were missed in the Black Friday and Cyber Monday hoopla.

We start off the podcast with government entities in both the US and Russia having made some moves that are worth keeping an eye on. In the US, it was the FBI talking about tape over cameras in smart TVs; and in Russia, it was about adding software to devices before purchase.

From there, staying on the topic of smart devices, we talk about Amazon’s Ring. There has been a lot of chatter on this topic from a privacy and policy standpoint in regard to their new “watch list.”...

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Bonjour, Monsieur President!

Bonjour, Monsieur President!

Hi folks!

I was in Paris the other week and, though cold and wet and windy, our welcome was the warmest it could have been!

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Pleasure meeting President @emmanuelmacron at #ParisPeaceForum2019

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Why were we there? For the Paris Peace Forum, the annual event where folks from governments, business and other organizations come together to discuss and try and come up with ways to make the world better. And one of the hottest topics there, of course, was cybersecurity – and that’s why were extended a very enthusiastic...

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A stranger wants to give me money. What could possibly go wrong?

A stranger wants to give me money. What could possibly go wrong?

There are various signs by which to spot an online scam. The strongest one is a request (or even demand) to transfer money to someone under a murky pretext. But what if instead of giving your money away, you get a hefty amount transferred to you? Sounds pretty great. What’s the catch?

The catch is, you’re not getting the money. Here we discuss two types of scam based on incoming money transfers.

“Hey there, I need you to make me a logo”

Ever since starting out as a freelance designer, Andy had a personal website. It didn’t see much activity, but he was reluctant to close it; a personal domain name has its advantages.

The...

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Tibetan autumn: the world’s highest (non-volcano) mountain.

Tibetan autumn: the world’s highest (non-volcano) mountain.

Hi folks!

On our Tibetan adventure – onward; and today, our heads turned categorically – upward! Upward to one of my Top-100 Most Beautiful Places on the Planet, which happens to be the highest place on the planet: Sagarmartha, aka Chomolungma, aka Zhumulangma, aka Mount Everest! Oh my giant! Here she is, from the northern (Chinese) side, through a good long-distance lens (photos – DZ) ->

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A little further, at dawn:

Further still – at sundown:

So, Everest is the tallest mountain in the world; everyone knows that, right? Thing is…

…It actually depends on how you calculate highest/tallest. Furthest above sea level? Furthest from...

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Sense and sensibility: Do we want AI to master emotions?

Sense and sensibility: Do we want AI to master emotions?

Imagine you come home one day in a bad mood, shout at the door for not opening fast enough and at the light bulb because it burned out — and the smart speaker immediately starts playing chill music, and the coffee machine pours you a mocha. Or, as you walk into a store, the robot assistant that was about to approach sees your unhappy face, backs off, and helps another customer instead. Sound like science fiction?

In fact, emotion recognition technologies are already being introduced into many areas of life, and in the near future our mood could well be under the watchful eye of gadgets, household appliances, cars, you name it. In...

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Cybernews: If Aramco had our Antidrone…; and honeypots to make IoT malware stop!

Cybernews: If Aramco had our Antidrone…; and honeypots to make IoT malware stop!

Hi folks!

Recently there was a Cyber News from the Dark Side item of oh-my-Gulf proportions. You’ll no doubt have heard about it as it was all over the news for days just recently. It was the drone attack on Saudi Aramco that took out millions of barrels of crude per day and caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage.

Alas, I’m afraid this is only the beginning. Remember those drones bringing Heathrow – or was it Gatwick? – to a standstill a while back? Well this is just a natural progression. There’ll be more, for sure. In Saudi, the Houthis claimed responsibility, but both Saudi and the US blame...

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Potala Palace – that palace, in Lhasa, Tibet.

Potala Palace – that palace, in Lhasa, Tibet.

As many of you will know, I have a special list of what are to me the most beautiful – must-see – places on the planet. I call it my Top-100, and it’s updated regularly – here. I haven’t been to all of the places on the list, but I do add checks against some of them often – to put them into the ‘been, seen, snapped, etc.’ sub-category of the list. Just this year I’ve been, seen and snapped: the Galapagos Islands; Lake Baikal; the most beautiful volcanoes in the world (on the Kuril Islands); perhaps the clearest, bluest sky in the world (also – Kurils); the Gobi Desert (hmmm: not on the list, but will be soon after a touch of...

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Bechevinka – another abandoned settlement, this time in Kamchatka.

Bechevinka – another abandoned settlement, this time in Kamchatka.

And you thought it was over? My Tales from the Kurilian Side…

I mean? Well, you would, since it’s been more than a week since I wrapped up the Kurils-2019 series, and two weeks since publication of the few (non-Kurilian) bonus tracks tagged onto the end (including Tyuleny Island, Aniva and the Commander Islands).

Well, this is the ‘bonus-track post that got away’. See, I was planning on including its content into the wrapping-up post just mentioned, but… since it is somewhat negative, I didn’t want to end the Kurils series – a very positive series – on a sour note. It just didn’t sit well with the warm glow of nostalgia...

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Tibetan autumn: oh-my-awesome!

Tibetan autumn: oh-my-awesome!

Tashi Delek (བཀྲ་ཤིས་བདེ་ལགས།།) folks!

Well, I’ve given you an overview of our Tibetan expedition route. Oops, and I appear to have given you a few Tibet on-the-road daily reports too. So now let me back up a bit, and give you a few words – and a lot of pics – from our initial train ride into Tibet: from Xining to Lhasa.

We were, as it happened, not far from Tibet, so no plane needed: we took the train instead. Well why not? After all, Chinese railroads are among the most advanced – and fast – in the world. Also, we were to take the Qinghai–Tibet railway, which is the highest in the world that carries scheduled passenger trains. But we had to take it easy –...

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Lordly Lhasa.

Lordly Lhasa.

Hi folks!

Here we are, back with more tales from the Tibetan side, particularly – walkies-time around the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region of China, Lhasa. First up – panoramic pic of the city from the top of the hill upon which sits Potala Palace:

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We weren’t going to walk around the whole of the city, just its central part that surrounds the Jokhang, which I told you about in my post on Potala.

The first thing I’ll say about the place is that downtown, plus a few other neighborhoods a bit further out we noticed in passing, are very neat and tidy and litter-less. Which is pretty impressive given that, just the week before, the 70th b-day party of the PRC was...

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Tibetan autumn: from Lhasa to Shigatse.

Tibetan autumn: from Lhasa to Shigatse.

So its farewell Lhasa, and time to head out west toward Shigatse, Tibet’s second largest city. We were up at the crack of dawn so as to get as much sightseeing in as possible. We piled into a Ford Transit with all our bags and off we shot.

Now, on this Tibetan holiday we wanted to see a much of the country as possible – as per our usual modus operandi. However, there were three must-sees that we considered mandatory; anything else would have been a welcome bonus. The three must-sees were: (i) Lhasa (done); (ii) a view of Everest from the northern (Chinese) side; and (iii) Mount Kailash (including a trek around it). Those were the three main-course...

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Buddhist Lhasa: Sera and Jokhang.

Buddhist Lhasa: Sera and Jokhang.

Hi folks!

As could be guessed, there are a great many Buddhist institutions and their respective buildings in the Tibetan capital, Lhasa. And their caliber is world-class, too – also guessable. So, after our visit to the most famous of them all – Potala Palace – it was time for us to check out some of the others…

First up – Sera Monastery. And we were there at the perfect time – just after lunch, when an astonishing daily ritual takes place: student monks train their proficiency in… debating skills! Like this:

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Now for some detail…

The Sera Monastery is one of the most important Buddhist universities in Tibet. It’s a place where student monks learn...

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Buddhist Tibet: from Pelkor Chode to Tashi Lhunpo.

Buddhist Tibet: from Pelkor Chode to Tashi Lhunpo.

En route from Lhasa to Shigatse, we dropped by two more Buddhist monasteries that were most worthy of our attention. The first: Pelkor Chode Monastery, aka Palcho Monastery, aka Shekar Gyantse, in the town of Gyantse (aka Jiangzi Zhen), whose spire is more than 4000 meters above sea level.!

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The entrance to the monastery is most humble and unassuming:

Inside ->

Tidy, colorful, plus flowers ->

The monastery was built nearly 600 years ago. Though not one of the main Buddhist shrines of Tibet, it does allow photography! Naturally, we took advantage of this fact…

Here’s the prayer hall. I wonder – when the monks are here...

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Road trip – Tibetan style.

Road trip – Tibetan style.

Hi folks!

Today, a few words about Tibetan roads and what it’s like to drive on them.

The first thing I’ll say about them is that they’re of good quality. Mostly asphalted, in places concrete; main thing: no holes or cracks. The only problem: for some reason, whenever a road crosses a bridge – any bridge at all, be it over a river, a stream or even just some water pipes – there are always installed some speed bumps. And since there are a lot of bridges, you’re having to slow down to go over these speed bumps all too often. I’m all for safer – slower – driving, but out in the middle of nowhere? After a while we got used to them: before taking our next...

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Kaspersky named a Customers’ Choice, third year in a row

Kaspersky named a Customers’ Choice, third year in a row

I’m a racing guy. In the world of cars, where teams of engineers and pilots relentlessly compete with one another, winning once doesn’t prove anything. Winning twice is often explained by sheer luck and coincidence. But winning three times in a row means that your team has mastered the art and is in its rightful place  among champions.

Thus, I’m rightfully proud to say that Kaspersky’s team has been named a 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Endpoint Protection Platforms, for a third consecutive year.

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This recognition is based on reviews from our customers. This is what they say:

  • “We use Kaspersky since 2015. It is...
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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 120

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 120

Where did the year go? One minute, we were talking about predictions for the coming 2019 and now… well, we have entered the most wonderful time of the year. You know, the time with a certain portly gentleman in a red suit, Black Friday and Cyber Monday. So for this week’s episode of the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast, we head to the blog of AV Test, however, we will not be talking about the ratings of AV products. Instead, we take a look at their IoT research into the insecurity of a smartwatch made for children.

The second topic moves to New York, where the NYPD suffered a minor incident with ransomware from a third-party contractor. From...

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Phishing psychology: The prevalence effect

Phishing psychology: The prevalence effect

Cybercriminals have long used psychology as a tool of deception. But we can also use psychological phenomena to explain why certain criminal methods work — and to help frame the right protection strategy. Many psychologists analyze attack schemes and the reasons they are effective. Today we examine a hypothesis that attempts to explain why, despite the potency of antiphishing technologies, e-mail traps still claim victims and can cause significant damage. And, most important, we discuss what to do about it.

Antispam and antiphishing measures are key components of any company’s online security. When investigating cyberincidents, our experts...

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Instagram’s updated security and privacy settings

Instagram’s updated security and privacy settings

Accounts in social networks, especially the ones with a lot of followers, are a tasty morsel for cybercriminals — and hacking them is even easier if they’re poorly protected. That’s why we regularly remind you to beef up your account security as far as the settings permit.

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Security in security products – fixed

Security in security products – fixed

We are software developers. Which means we are humans (so far). And all humans make mistakes. That’s why you won’t find a software developer in the world whose products are without any flaws or mistakes. Simply put: Bugs happen. It’s normal.

Bug busters wanted

What is not normal is not trying to find and fix those bugs. That’s why we at Kaspersky put a lot of effort into it. We eliminate most vulnerabilities in our products during several stages internal testing, and we have a very thorough beta-testing program that involves many people (including our devoted Kaspersky Club). We also implemented the secure development cycle. All of that helps us...

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VNC remote access vulnerabilities

VNC remote access vulnerabilities

Remote access is convenient and at times indispensable. The downside is that it can provide an entry point into your corporate infrastructure for intruders, especially if the remote access tools you use are vulnerable.

VNC vulnerabilities

Our ICS CERT studied several VNC (Virtual Network Computing) implementations. VNC is a common remote access system widely employed for technical support, equipment monitoring, distance learning, and other purposes. These implementations were found to contain a total of 37 vulnerabilities, some of which had gone unnoticed since 1999.

It is difficult to put a precise figure on the number of devices that use VNC systems,...

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Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 119

Transatlantic Cable podcast, episode 119

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Welcome to the Kaspersky Transatlantic Cable podcast. To kick off the 119th edition of the podcast, Dave and I take a look at a reported bug in Facebook’s iOS app. The question is, is it overhyped or something that should concern you?

The second story looks at the current issues, including security concerns, with 5G. From there, we head into the world of DDoS attacks and look at an “attack” on the Labour Party in the UK as well as statistics for the past quarter from our research team. After the DDoS fun, we close out the podcast with some good news for law enforcement.

If you like what you heard, please consider sharing with your friends or...

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A security solution for irregular cases

A security solution for irregular cases

Products that don’t fit a standard mold sometimes need tailored protective solutions. For example, take a company that has a Web portal to which customers or employees can upload documents. That portal needs a mechanism to check files for cyberthreats. And it is impossible to equip such portal with a traditional antivirus.

The latter case is fairly common. Insurance companies often require documents about insured events from their clients, for example, and banks still work with tons of various documents. Companies that accept claims typically let clients upload files directly on their website — and you never can be sure that the people who upload...

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The stalkerware problem, and its solution

The stalkerware problem, and its solution

Stalkerware (aka spouseware, aka legal spyware) is openly distributed commercial software that allows the person who installs it to spy on the people on whose devices it ends up installed. And it’s a big problem – not only for the intended victims, but for security companies as well.

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On a human level, stalkerware is very problematic. First and foremost, it’s a kind of technological abuse, which is unethical to say the least. In addition to that, the security risks stalkerware brings should concern everyone: victims and abusers alike. The malware can leak victims’ data and breach device protection, leaving the door open for malicious software of...

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