Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 Wins MRG Effitas Seal of Approval for Financial Data Security
Woburn, MA - November 29, 2012 - Kaspersky
Internet Security 2013 was one of just four antivirus products to impress
independent analysts from MRG Effitas
by blocking all attempts to steal financial data in a recent test.
Effitas, an independent
organization which specializes in testing IT security solutions that protect
financial data, assessed 15 popular security software offerings, including
Internet Security class products
The products were expected to prevent the theft of data entered on a
payment system website
Internet Security 2013 successfully blocked all attempts to steal financial
protection for financial data provided by Kaspersky Lab’s new Safe Money technology fueled these impressive test
Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 was one of only two
security solutions that detected and blocked all the financial data theft
attempts. Two other security solutions only detected the malicious activity
using traditional antivirus technologies, which does not guarantee full
protection in real-life situations. Most
other products only passed the first, and easiest, test.
Only four products out of 17 successfully passed a
separate test for dedicated solutions designed to protect financial data.
Kaspersky Lab’s excellent result was made possible by the new Safe Money
technology developed by Kaspersky Lab experts to provide comprehensive
protection for financial data against advanced cyberthreats.
How The Tests Were Performed
MRG Effitas sought to test the ability of popular
security solutions to see how effective they were in protecting against malware
designed to steal financial data. For testing purposes, experts created three
programs that emulated the behavior of widespread threats such as Zeus and
SpyEye. The platform used for testing was the 64-bit version of Windows
7 Ultimate with Service Pack 1 installed.
In each of the three tests, MRG Effitas experts emulated an
attempt to steal user data entered on a website supporting SSL – a
protected data transfer protocol used by most banks and by many popular online
In the first scenario, experts
downloaded malware from a special website using Internet Explorer. Next, they
executed the downloaded emulator, opened the payment system website in a
browser and entered personal data using a hardware or virtual keyboard. The
latter was used if it was available in the security solution being tested.
Emulators for the second and third testing scenarios were created by MRG Effitas engineers specifically
for the new study. The developers intended these emulators to easily circumvent
standard antivirus protection. These malicious programs were loaded into the
system from a USB drive. They gathered all the stolen information on the
computer’s hard drive, waiting for the cybercriminals’ request.
For purposes of these tests, a positive result was defined
as the security solution’s ability to prevent the interception of financial
data, even if the malicious object was present on the hard drive in stealth
mode. However, if a security solution prevented an emulator from being loaded
on the computer or blocked the emulator’s operation, the experts also counted
this as a success. Those security solutions which were unable to prevent the
theft or clearly alert the user to the danger were deemed to have failed the
Shvetsov, Vice-President Threat Research Unit Kaspersky Lab “Every day, more and more people
across the globe use electronic payment systems and tools providing remote
access to their bank accounts. These people want to know they
are protected from financial cyberthreats, and they are counting on antivirus
software for that. The results of independent testing conducted by MRG Effitas
clearly show that our solution, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, which
includes the new Safe Money technology, meets users’ needs and provides
reliable protection of financial data.”
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 15-year history Kaspersky Lab has remained an innovator in IT
security and provides effective digital security solutions for consumers, SMBs
and enterprises. The company currently operates in almost 200 countries and
territories across the globe, providing protection for over 300 million users
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by Vendor, 2011. The rating was published in the IDC report "Worldwide
Endpoint Security 2012–2016 Forecast and 2011 Vendor Shares (IDC #235930, July
2012). The report ranked software vendors according to earnings from sales of
endpoint security solutions in 2011.