Menu
Media releases are provided as is by companies and have not been edited or checked for accuracy. Any queries should be directed to the company itself.

Viruses Can't Hide From Kaspersky

  • 05 March, 2004 08:45

<p>Kaspersky Labs, presents a brand new technology protecting against Internet worms spreading in password protected ZIP compressed files.</p>
<p>Malicious programs that spread in protected ZIP files are particularly difficult to detect. Firstly, a password scanning module is necessary to scan these archives. Secondly, scanning ZIP files requires additional system resources and can significantly impair system performance.</p>
<p>Fearso, an Internet worm that appeared in the summer of 2003, was the first malicious program to spread in a protected ZIP files. However, despite the fact that 24 versions of Fearso exist, this particular worm was never detected "in-the-wild". The crop of Bagle worms, specifically versions F through J which appeared between 27th Febraury and 3rd March this year, is a reminder of the seriousness of this propagation method.</p>
<p>Kaspersky Labs has responded with a completely new technology to deflect malicious programs spreading in password protected ZIP files: a technique which guarantees reliability and speed. Kaspersky Anti-Virus can now detect protected ZIP archives, scan the email body for the password and then unpack and check the attachment for viruses.</p>
<p>"This new technology protects users from new generation worms, specifically worms that hide in password protected ZIP files. 5 worms using this technique appeared within only 4 days - a new trend has been set in the computer underground", commented Eugene Kaspersky, head of anti-virus research at Kaspersky Labs.</p>
<p>Currently, Kaspersky Anti-Virus is the only antivirus offering effective protection against malicious programs spreading via password protected ZIP files. Registered users of Kaspersky Anti-Virus will be fully protected once they download the latest antivirus database updates.</p>
<p>For further information on Kaspersky Labs products, please contact Raelene Forbes on 029672 4222, or by email sales@kaspersky.com.au</p>

Most Popular
Computerworld
ARN
Techworld
CMO