Bleeping Computer: Microsoft Defender falsely detects Win32/Hive.ZY in Google Chrome, Electron apps

Bleeping Computer: Microsoft Defender falsely detects Win32/Hive.ZY in Google Chrome, Electron apps. “A bad Microsoft Defender signature update mistakenly detects Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Discord, and other Electron apps as ‘Win32/Hive.ZY’ each time the apps are opened in Windows. The issue started Sunday morning when Microsoft pushed out Defender signature update 1.373.1508.0 to include two new threat detections, including Behavior:Win32/Hive.ZY.”

MakeUseOf: 7 Free Bootable Antivirus Disks to Clean Malware From Your PC

MakeUseOf: 7 Free Bootable Antivirus Disks to Clean Malware From Your PC. “Your antivirus or antimalware suite keeps your system clean. At least, it does most of the time. Security programs are better than ever, but some malware still squeezes through the gaps. There is also the other common issue: the human touch. Where there is a human, there is a chance for malware to slip through. When that happens, you can reach for a bootable antivirus disk. “

Ars Technica: Hackers breached 3 US antivirus companies, researchers reveal

Ars Technica: Hackers breached 3 US antivirus companies, researchers reveal. “In a report published Thursday, researchers at the threat-research company Advanced Intelligence (AdvIntel) revealed that a collective of Russian and English-speaking hackers are actively marketing the spoils of data breaches at three US-based antivirus software vendors. The collective, calling itself ‘Fxmsp,’ is selling both source code and network access to the companies for $300,000 and is providing samples that show strong evidence of the validity of its claims.”

BetaNews: April’s Patch Tuesday updates are causing Windows to freeze

BetaNews: April’s Patch Tuesday updates are causing Windows to freeze. “If you installed the latest batch of patches from Microsoft this week and found that your computer started to freeze up or fail to boot, you are not alone. The problem is affecting Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, and stems from a compatibility issue with antivirus software.”

Ubergizmo: A Worrying Two-Thirds Of Android Antivirus Apps Are Apparently Frauds

Ubergizmo: A Worrying Two-Thirds Of Android Antivirus Apps Are Apparently Frauds. “Antivirus apps are meant to give you peace of mind where in the event you accidentally click on that suspicious link or email, you know that your device should be somewhat protected. Unfortunately there are so many antivirus apps out there that it can be a bit difficult to choose which one to go for, and the sad thing is that most of them are apparent frauds.”

CBR: Ransomware is ‘not a lightning strike’

CBR: Ransomware is ‘not a lightning strike’. “Another worrying fact is that your organisation does not have to be cybersecurity negligent for an attack to be successful, everyone is at risk. More than 77 per cent of respondents hit by ransomware said they were running up to date endpoint protection when they were hit. This signals the critical need for innovative approaches to cybersecurity in general.”

New York Times: How Antivirus Software Can Be Turned Into a Tool for Spying

New York Times: How Antivirus Software Can Be Turned Into a Tool for Spying. “Security software runs closest to the bare metal of a computer, with privileged access to nearly every program, application, web browser, email and file. There’s good reason for this: Security products are intended to evaluate everything that touches your machine in search of anything malicious, or even vaguely suspicious. By downloading security software, consumers also run the risk that an untrustworthy antivirus maker — or hacker or spy with a foothold in its systems — could abuse that deep access to track customers’ every digital movement.”

Ars Technica: How AV can open you to attacks that otherwise wouldn’t be possible

Ars Technica: How AV can open you to attacks that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. “Antivirus programs, in many cases, make us safer on the Internet. Other times, they open us to attacks that otherwise wouldn’t be possible. On Friday, a researcher documented an example of the latter—a vulnerability he found in about a dozen name-brand AV programs that allows attackers who already have a toehold on a targeted computer to gain complete system control.”

BW PRESS RELEASE: Trust First: Kaspersky Lab Launches Its Global Transparency Initiative; Will Provide Source Code – Including Updates – for a Third-Party Review; Will Open Three Transparency Centers Worldwide

BusinessWire: Trust First: Kaspersky Lab Launches Its Global Transparency Initiative; Will Provide Source Code – Including Updates – for a Third-Party Review; Will Open Three Transparency Centers Worldwide (PRESS RELEASE). “Kaspersky Lab today announces the launch of its Global Transparency Initiative as part of its ongoing commitment to protecting customers from cyberthreats, regardless of their origin or purpose. With this Initiative, the company will engage the broader information security community and other stakeholders in validating and verifying the trustworthiness of its products, internal processes, and business operations, as well as introducing additional accountability mechanisms by which the company can further demonstrate that it addresses any security issues promptly and thoroughly. As part of the Initiative, Kaspersky Lab intends to provide the source code of its software – including software updates and threat-detection rules updates – for independent review and assessment.” If you’re wondering why Kaspersky felt it necessary to take […]

BetaNews: Kaspersky launches free antivirus tool — Kaspersky Free!

BetaNews: Kaspersky launches free antivirus tool — Kaspersky Free!. “Kaspersky has been in the news quite a lot recently, primarily because of US concerns over links to the Russian government. The security company also hit the headlines when it filed an antitrust case against Microsoft because Windows 10 disabled Kaspersky antivirus software. But now there’s a new reason to be in the news — and this time it’s a good one.”