Sep 18, 2020

Kaspersky Solutions blocks 900mn online attacks in Q2 2020

Paddy Smith
2 min
Report sees surge in malware and ransomware attacks in second quarter of the year across the globe
Report sees surge in malware and ransomware attacks in second quarter of the year across the globe...

During the second quarter of 2020, Kaspersky solutions blocked 899,744,810 attacks launched from online resources in 203 countries across the globe, while as many as 286,229,445 unique URLs triggered Web Anti-virus components, according to figures from Kaspersky Security Network.

Furthermore, attempted infections by malware designed to steal money via online access to bank accounts were logged onto the computers of 181,725 unique users, a report entitled IT Threat Evolution Q2 2020, said. This peaked in April 2020, when Kaspersky solutions blocked 89,501 attempts to launch one or more types of malware designed to steal money from bank accounts. May saw a decline to 53,171, while June saw a surge up to 65,075.

Turkmenistan topped a list of the top ten countries by share of attacked users, with 7.5 percent. Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan also had several attacks, the report added.

Meanwhile, ransomware attacks were defeated on the computers of 154,720 unique users, while five new ransomware families and 4,406 new modifications of these malware programs were detected in Q2 2020. April saw 51,921 ransomware attacks, while May and June saw 70,425 and 51,025 attacks, respectively.

The company’s File Anti-Virus also detected 80,993,511 unique malware and potentially unwanted objects.

To assess the risk of online infection faced by users in different countries, the firm calculated the share of Kaspersky users on whose computers Web Anti-Virus was triggered during the quarter. The resulting data provides an indication of the aggressiveness of the environment in which computers operate in different countries.

This rating only includes attacks by malicious objects that fall under the Malware class; it does not include Web Anti-Virus triggers in response to potentially dangerous or unwanted programs, such as RiskTool or adware.

On average, 5.73% of Internet user computers worldwide experienced at least one Malware-class attack.

Algeria suffered the heaviest, with 11.2% of attacked users, followed closely by Mongolia at 11.03%. The UAE came in at 15 on the list with 7.8%, the highest of the GCC countries.

However, countries that faced the highest risk of local infection were Turkmenistan again, with 48.2%. Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Ethiopia and Afghanistan make up the top five, the report adds.

“We analysed statistical data obtained from the OAS and ODS modules in Kaspersky products. It takes into account malicious programs that were found directly on users' computers or removable media connected to computers (flash drives, camera memory cards, phones, external hard drives), or which initially made their way onto the computer in non-open form (for example, programs included in complex installers, encrypted files),” says the report.

Furthermore, overall, 17.05% of user computers globally faced at least one Malware-class local threat during Q2 2020, it concluded. 

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Jun 18, 2021

GfK and VMware: Innovating together on hybrid cloud

3 min
VMware has been walking GfK along its path through digital transformation to the cloud for over a decade.

GfK has been the global leader in data and analytics for more than 85 years, supplying its clients with optimised decision inputs.  

In its capacity as a strategic and technical partner, VMware has been walking GfK along its digital transformation path for over a decade. 

“We are a demanding and singularly dynamic customer, which is why a close partnership with VMware is integral to the success of everyone involved,” said Joerg Hesselink, Global Head of Infrastructure, GfK IT Services.

Four years ago, the Nuremberg-based researcher expanded its on-premises infrastructure by introducing VMware vRealize Automation. In doing so, it laid a solid foundation, resulting in a self-service hybrid-cloud environment.

By expanding on the basis of VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management, GfK has given itself a secure infrastructure and reliable operations by efficiently operating processes, policies, people and tools in both private and public cloud environments.

One important step for GfK involved migrating from multiple cloud providers to just a single one. The team chose VMware.

“VMware is the market leader for on-premises virtualisation and hybrid-cloud solutions, so it was only logical to tackle the next project for the future together,” says Hesselink.

Migration to the VMware-based environment was integrated into existing hardware simply and smoothly in April 2020. Going forward, GfK’s new hybrid cloud model will establish a harmonised core system complete with VMware Cloud on AWS, VMware Cloud Foundation with vRealize Cloud Management and a volume rising from an initial 500 VMs to a total of 4,000 VMs. 

“We are modernising, protecting and scaling our applications with the world’s leading hybrid cloud solution: VMware Cloud on AWS, following VMware on Google Cloud Platform,” adds Hesselink.

The hybrid cloud-based infrastructure also empowers GfK to respond to new and future projects with astonishing agility: Resources can now be shifted quickly and easily from the private to the public cloud – without modifying the nature of interaction with the environment. 

The gfknewron project is a good example – the company’s latest AI-powered product is based exclusively on public cloud technology. The consistency guaranteed by VMware Cloud on AWS eases the burden on both regular staff and the IT team. Better still, since the teams are already familiar with the VMware environment, the learning curve for upskilling is short.

One very important factor for the GfK was that VMware Cloud on AWS constituted an investment in future-proof technology that will stay relevant.

“The new cloud-based infrastructure comprising VMware Cloud on AWS and VMware Cloud Foundation forges a successful link between on-premises and cloud-based solutions,” says Hesselink. “That in turn enables GfK to efficiently develop its own modern applications and solutions.

“In market research, everything is data-driven. So, we need the best technological basis to efficiently process large volumes of data and consistently distill them into logical insights that genuinely benefit the client. 

“We transform data and information into actionable knowledge that serves as a sustainable driver of business growth. VMware Cloud on AWS is an investment in a platform that helps us be well prepared for whatever the future may hold.”

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