Real Threats in Real Time: Kaspersky Lab Launches Worldwide Interactive Cyberthreat Map

April 7, 2014

ABINGDON, England, April 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ –

Kaspersky Lab has launched an interactive cyberthreat map
[http://cybermap.kaspersky.com ] that visualises cyber security incidents occurring
worldwide in real time. The types of threats displayed include malicious objects detected
during on-access and on-demand scans, email and web antivirus detections, as well as
objects identified by vulnerability and intrusion detection sub-systems.

In today’s world of cyberthreats, it only takes a few minutes to spread new malicious
applications or spam. Kaspersky Lab’s globally distributed cloud-based infrastructure -
Kaspersky Security Network (KSN) – helps Kaspersky Lab products receive information about
new suspicious files and other threats almost immediately after they appear. Internal KSN
mechanisms summarise the data sent automatically from thousands of protected devices whose
users consented to share information about any suspicious programs they encounter. After
comparing the behaviour of the file on different computers, checking it against a database
of hundreds of thousands of legitimate applications and using heuristic algorithms, the
system issues a preliminary verdict on whether or not the object is malicious. If it is
malicious, access to the object is promptly blocked for all other Kaspersky Lab users,
thus preventing an epidemic. KSN possesses the very latest information about security
incidents which is added to a map of the world in real time so that anyone can view the
wide variety of threats, and the speed at which they spread.

Users can rotate the globe and zoom in to any part of the world to get a closer look
at the local threat landscape. Different types of threats detected in real time are marked
with different colours. The user can bring a description of each threat up on the screen
or disable the display of threat types. In addition to share buttons for users of social
networking sites, there are buttons to switch: the background colour, the language
interface and the display mode (flat map or rotating globe). There is also a handy link to
check if a computer is infected with malicious software.

“Every day Kaspersky Lab handles more than 300,000 malicious objects. Three years ago
the figure was just 70,000 but antivirus technologies have also changed with the times and
we have no problem coping with this huge stream of traffic,” commented Denis Zenkin, Head
of Corporate Communications at Kaspersky Lab. “Where do the attacks come from? Where do
users click on malicious links most often? Which types of malware are the most prevalent?
These are the sort of questions being asked by lots of users. Our new map of the
cyberworld threat landscape allows everyone to see the scale of cyber activity in real
time and to get a taste of what it feels like to be one of our experts.”

The interactive map of the cyberworld is available at
http://cybermap.kaspersky.com. To be displayed correctly, the browser must support

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the world’s largest privately held vendor of endpoint protection
solutions. The company is ranked among the world’s top four vendors of security solutions
for endpoint users*. Throughout its more than 16-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained
an innovator in IT security and provides effective digital security solutions for large
enterprises, SMBs and consumers. Kaspersky Lab, with its holding company registered in the
United Kingdom, currently operates in almost 200 countries and territories across the
globe, providing protection for over 300 million users worldwide. Learn more at


* The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue
by Vendor, 2012. The rating was published in the IDC report “Worldwide Endpoint Security
2013-2017 Forecast and 2012 Vendor Shares (IDC #242618, August 2013). The report ranked
software vendors according to earnings from sales of endpoint security solutions in 2012.

Lauren White, +44-(0)118-909-0909, Lauren.White@berkeleypr.co.uk

SOURCE Kaspersky Lab

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