September 4, 2013

Kaspersky Internet Security Blocks All Banking Malware in MRG Effitas Assessment

Kaspersky Internet Security Blocks All Banking Malware in MRG Effitas Assessment

Woburn, MA – September 4, 2013 Kaspersky Lab today announces that Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 successfully blocked all the malware attacks targeting online banking systems during the MRG Effitas Online Banking/Browser Security Report for the second quarter of 2013.

Malware that targets users of e-payment and online banking systems are among the most dangerous types of cyber-attacks. A successful attack can result in money being stolen from a user’s bank account with little chance of getting it back. As online payment services and banking systems become more popular, the need for security protection of these systems increases. Security solutions are now expected to provide a high level of security that includes protection from cyber-attacks targeting banks.

The ultimate goal of MRG Effitas’s Online Banking/Browser Security Assessment Project Q2 2013 was to evaluate how well the leading security solutions were able to analyze the behavior of other programs.

Two types of tests were performed:

  • Detecting and blocking of the continually evolving Zeus Trojan (a total of 100 in-the-wild samples of this widespread financial malware were used in testing throughout Q2)
  • Blocking of Man-in-the-Browser (MitB) attacks where cybercriminals try to intercept data from the browser during an online banking session.

Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 demonstrated its 100% effectiveness in both tests by detecting and blocking all 100 Zeus samples, faultlessly identifying the malicious functionality of the simulators, and blocking all attempts at data interception. A total of 21 security solutions took part in the test. Apart from the Kaspersky Lab solution, only eight other products demonstrated a high level of protection against online banking attacks. 

This is not the first time the Kaspersky Lab solution’s advanced protection has earned a top award from MRG Effitas. In November 2012 the experts at the independent organization gave Kaspersky Internet Security 2013 its seal of approval for financial data security. 

Kaspersky Internet Security combines a series of cutting-edge technologies to combat all types of malware and Internet-based threats including financial attacks, as well as anti-phishing and anti-spam technologies and parental controls to block threats targeting children. The latest version of the solution – Kaspersky Internet Security 2014 – which integrates a number of new protection technologies with all the benefits of the previous version, is now available in the U.S.

Oleg Ishanov, Director of the Anti-Malware Research Unit
Kaspersky Lab

“Specialized tests assessing the quality of protection against banking attacks are rarely performed despite the growing popularity and complexity of these threats. MRG Effitas is known for deep expertise in this area and its tests deserve special attention. The test involving the use of the simulators is of particular interest because it checks how a product fares against the most sophisticated types of attack when most malware detection technologies are powerless. Thanks to our Safe Money technology our product prevented the theft of any user data and protected it in all test scenarios.”

More details about the new version of Kaspersky Internet Security are available at:

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*Gartner, Magic Quadrant for Endpoint Protection Platforms, Peter Firstbrook, John Girard, Neil MacDonald, January 2, 2013.

* *The company was rated fourth in the IDC rating Worldwide Endpoint Security Revenue 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.

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