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Let's Terminate Malware in 2012 (PCmag.com)

PCMag, 12/29/11
Some early virus writers coded their creations just to prove it could be done. These proof-of-concept viruses go way back. Creeper, an experimental self-replicating program, spread across ARPANET in the early 70's. However, it wasn't until 1986 that we saw the first PC virus, called "Brain." F-Secure's Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen actually tracked down Brain's creators 25 years later, using the address and phone number embedded in the virus code. Apparently they were experimenting with DOS security and tracking; they had no intention of creating a virus.

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Stratfor Denies Anonymous Compromised Client List (eWeek)

eWeek, 12/27/11
It appears some of those numbers have been used to donate large sums of money to charitable organizations such as the American Red Cross, Save the Children, African Child Foundation and CARE, according to F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen. The charities lose out twice in this scenario, as they won't see a dime from these supposed contributions as they will have to return the funds once credit card owners report the fraudulent transactions and may be hit with penalties, Hypponen wrote.

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Ditching Java might be a good move (Net-Security)

Net-Security, 12/22/11
As unpatched Java vulnerabilities are frequently taken advantage by exploit kits and users often forget to update Java, F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen says that maybe it's time to consider doing without it. All in all, you might need Java for only a handful of pages or web applications you usually visit or use, so Hypponen advises leaving Java on your system but removing the Java plugin from the browser you use every day, then using another browser for only these sites and services.

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Canalys Predicts Significant Growth in Anti-Virus Sales (eSecurityPlanet)

eSecurityPlanet, 12/21/11
"Canalys also said smaller vendors will chip away at the dominance of companies such as Symantec, Trend Micro and McAfee," writes Computerworld's Jeremy Kirk. "One of the fastest growing vendors is Kaspersky Lab, and others gaining market share include Panda Security, F-Secure, Eset and AVG."

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Consumers Beware: $10M lost to cyber crime this holiday season [INFOGRAPHIC](Search Engine Journal)

Search Engine Journal, 12/19/11
F-Secure released an infographic called "Online Shoppers Beware: What's Lurking in Your Online Holiday Gift Purchase?". Some interesting data: • Top six online retailers – expected Amazon, but was shocked by a few others • 21 Million people will shop from mobile devices • 53% of smartphone users will use their device to research – I use my Amazon app daily (especially the bar code reader when I am out) • Didn't know I was jeopardizing my information using my cell

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Adobe Updates Critical 3D Bug in Adobe Reader, Acrobat(eWeek)

eWeek, 12/16/11
"Adobe Reader 9 users—time to patch. Or better yet, update to Adobe Reader X. Or to some other PDF Reader," Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at F-Secure, posted on Twitter.

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SMS attack on Windows Phone forces reboot, disables messaging(Network World)

Network World, 12/13/11
Despite mobile security reports and dire 2012 predictions that Android is the most tempting target for mobile malware writers due to its popularity with users, the NSA is expected to approve the Android OS "to be used on 'secret' military networks." It's unlikely the NSA would approve of Android if it were truly a "cyber menace." Mobile malware might indeed be "exploding," but cybercrooks will target any popular phone as was warned by F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen at Black Hat 2010 in a presentation titled, You will be billed $90,000 for this call.

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Google Pulls Fake Angry Birds, More Malicious Apps From Android Market(Search Engine Watch)

Search Engine Watch, 12/13/11
However, even after Logastrod's account was deleted by Google, the rogue apps appeared elsewhere under the different name of Miriada Production, according to a blog post by Finnish security firm F-Secure. "There could be several such accounts in Android Market, turning Google's security efforts into a game of 'Whac-A-Mole'," F-Secure said. "If installed, the Trojans will attempt to send a premium rate SMS using short codes."

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F-Secure's Online Backup Service Rolled Out by TDS (InfoTech)

InfoTech, 12/5/11
Collaboration between F-Secure (News - Alert) and TDS Telecommunications Corp. has been announced by the two companies. TDS' broadband customers in regions across the U.S. will be now provided F-Secure's Online Backup service. A secure way to save, share and access subscribers’ irreplaceable media from any device is provided by F-Secure’s Online Backup. F-Secure's Internet security solution is already included in TDS' value-added service package.

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Your Printer May be Vulnerable to Hacking (BangStyle)

Bangstyle, 12/1/11
"First of all, how the hell doesn't HP have a signature or certificate indicating that new firmware is real firmware from HP?" said Mikko Hyponnen, head of security at F-Secure.

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RSA Exploit Victims Likely Used Windows XP (InformationWeek)

InformationWeek, 12/1/11
And F-Secure, which was the first to find the RSA email on VirusTotal, believes the attackers needed RSA SecurID tokens to get into Lockheed-Martin and Northrop Grumman.

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Android To Follow Windows XP, Says F-Secure's Hypponen (Social Barrel)

Social Barrel, 12/1/11
Google's Android mobile operating system will become the Windows XP of the future interms of vulnerabilities, F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen told The INQUIRER.

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TDS Telecom Rolls Out F-Secure's Online Backup Service (Online Backup Reviews)

Online Backup Reviews, 12/2/11
Online Backup Adds to F-Secure's Award-Winning Internet Security Value-Added Service Offered to TDS Broadband Subscribers

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Researcher: DEP Would Have Stopped Exploit Used In RSA Breach (Dark Reading)

Dark Reading, 11/30/11
And F-Secure, which was the first to find the RSA email on VirusTotal, believes the attackers needed RSA SecurID tokens to get into Lockheed-Martin and Northrop Grumman.

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Popular free antivirus apps for Android fail anti-malware tests (ZDNet)

ZDNet, 11/30/11
The scanned test set contained 83 Android installation packages (APK) and 89 Dalvik binaries (DEX). No files were older than 5 months. The best results claimed the products of Kaspersky and F-Secure, which detected at least 50% of all malware samples already in inactive state. The best free app was Zoner AntiVirus Free with 32% detected malicious apps. All other scanners detected at best 10% of the apps, some didn't detect anything at all.

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HP Refutes Reports That Printers Can Be Remotely Set on Fire (FOX News)

FOX News, 11/29/11
"First of all, how the hell doesn't HP have a signature or certificate indicating that new firmware is real firmware from HP?" Mikko Hypponen, said head of research at security firm F-Secure, when told of the flaw.

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Exploit Could Literally Allow Hackers to Set HP Printers on Fire, FBI Briefed (Daily Tech)

Daily Tech, 11/29/11
Mikko Hypponen, head of research at Finnish security firm F-Secure, was astounded by the flaw. He comments, "First of all, how the hell doesn't HP have a signature or certificate indicating that new firmware is real firmware fromHP? Printers have been a weak spot for many corporate networks. Many people don't realize that a printer is just another computer on a network with exactly the same problems and, if compromised, the same impact."

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Exclusive: Millions of printers open to devastating hack attack, researchers say (MSNBC)

MSNBC, 11/29/11
"First of all, how the hell doesn't HP have a signature or certificate indicating that new firmware is real firmware from HP?" said Mikko Hypponen, head of research at security firm F-Secure, when told of the flaw. "Printers have been a weak spot for many corporate networks. Many people don't realize that a printer is just another computer on a network with exactly the same problems and, if compromised, the same impact."

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New mobile security challenges (Help Net Security)

Help Net Security, 11/29/11
Sean Sullivan, Security Advisor at F-Secure says: "People seem to be adding new systems without necessarily abandoning their old XP machines, which is great news for online criminals, as XP continues to be their favorite target."

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The FP Top 100 Global Thinkers (Foreign Policy)

Foreign Policy, 11/28/11
Mikko Hypponen spends his days waist-deep in worms and viruses -- of the virtual kind. A leading expert on cybersecurity, he has played a key role in helping us understand -- and then stop -- some of the dangerous menaces of the digitalage.

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Mikko Hypponen: Fighting viruses, defending the net (Discount Signs)

Discount Signs, 11/28/11
Computer security expert Mikko Hyppönen tells us how we can stop these new viruses from threatening the internet as we know it.

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F-Secure Introduces F-Secure Mobile Security 7.5 for Smartphone Users (ThruPoint)

ThruPoint, 11/28/11
F-Secure, a provider of security solutions for computing and mobile platforms, has announced to release the new version of its F-Secure (News - Alert) Mobile Security product, which offers enhanced protection levels to smartphone users.

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Taking It to the Cybercrooks: Q&A With Security Guru Mikko Hypponen, Part 2 (TechNews World)

TechNews World, 11/25/11
Mikko Hypponen has spent the past 20-plus years studying malicious software, including everything from "Brain" -- the first PC virus, dating back to 1986 -- all the way up to Stuxnet and today's most sophisticated global malware.

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Security Experts Concerned About Google's Attitude Toward Android Malware (PCWorld)

PCWorld, 11/21/11
"What he [DiBona] is missing is that mobile security tools (like ours) do much more than just antivirus. antitheft, remote lock, backup, parental control, Web filter -- these features are the main reason why people buy mobile security products. They get antivirus as a bonus," said Mikko Hypponen, the chief research officer at antivirus firm F-Secure.

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F-Secure debuts 2012 antimalware (Beta News)

Beta News, 10/25/11
Finnish security vendor F-Secure has released the 2012 editions of its flagship antivirus package and security suite. As updates go, it’s relatively minor, with most of the changes being beneath the surface. Still, there are some worthwhile improvements on offer.

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F-Secure Anti-Virus 2012 (PC Mag)

PC Mag, 10/25/11
F-Secure's main window breaks down protection into three areas: status, tasks, and statistics. Status shows the current state of protection, lets you turn whole sections of the product on or off, and provides access to more detailed settings. Statistics offers a simple display of what the program has done for you in the areas of malware cleanup, email scanning, and blocking of suspicious programs.

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Tight security, thin premium features define F-Secure 2012 (CNET)

CNET, 10/25/11
The only major visual change to the suite is the debut of the Launch Pad. Sadly, it's not a device that catapults your computer through your window and on to unsuspecting bystanders below, but instead a widget-like desktop tool that provides quick access to different parts of the suite. It's a tripartite tab from which you can switch between Computer Security, Online Safety, and a third tab labeled F-Secure. That one takes you to the publisher's Web site, while the drop-down provides links to Support, Notifications, Settings, and Updates.

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The m00p gang investigation: a failure or a success? (Help Net Security)

Help Net Security, 10/25/11
In this podcast recorded at Virus Bulletin 2011, F-Secure's Chief Research Officer Mikko Hypponen talks about the long investigation into an international malware writing group dubbed the "m00p gang" and offers his opinion on whether it can ultimately be considered a success.

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Exploit-powered Android Trojan Uses Update Attack (PC World)

PC World, 10/25/11
A new variant of the DroidKungFu Android Trojan is posing as a legitimate application update in order to infect handsets, according to security researchers from Finnish antivirus vendor F-Secure.

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F-Secure Virus Definitions (Majorgeeks.com)

Majorgeeks.com, 9/30/11
Whenever a new virus is found, the databases need to be updated for F-Secure Anti-Virus to be able to detect it.

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F-Secure ShareSafe Beta makes Facebook a safer place (Ubergizmo)

Ubergizmo, 9/27/11
As we all know, Facebook is rife with links that lead unsuspecting users into downloading malware or running apps that spam the walls of everyone in their friends list, which in turn do the same to the friends of those friends. Well most of the time there’s really no way to tell if a link is legit or not without clicking on them, F-Secure has decided tocome up with an app to solve the problem.

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Microsoft Kills Off a Botnet by Striking a Domain Provider (PCWorld)

PCWorld, 09/27/11
Scammers had used a series of ingenious tricks to game Google's image search feature and spread the Mac Defender malware using bulk subdomains, said Sean Sullivan, a security adviser with F-Secure. Sullivan's company automatically blocks the ce.ms, cu.cc, cw.cm, cx.cc, rr.nu, vv.cc, and cz.cc domains with its security software, he added.

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Macs can still get viruses (BitDefender)

BitDefender, 09/27/11
Although most Apple products seem to get less viruses than PCs, Mikko Hypponen on BetaNews' website said the current version of Mac OS X isn't any more secure than the standard PC. Antivirus software for Macintosh could be helpful for users who may feel under protected.

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Are Apple products really more secure? (BetaNews)

BetaNews, 9/26/11
F-Secure identified the first iPhone Trojan more than three-and-a-half years ago, and luckily that was just as prank. The clock is ticking.

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See the RSA Spear-Hack in Action (PCmag.com)

PCmag.com, 8/26/11
The company has identified the original e-mail used in the attack against RSA, a division of EMC, and which was eventually used to compromise the company's SecureID key system as part of a targeted attack on a defense contractor. It's an excellent example of how a good targeted attack works. Here's an F-Secure video of the attack in action:

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F-Secure Analyzes Malicious Excel Spreadsheet That Penetrated Rsa's Network (eWeek)

eWeek, 8/26/11
Timo Hirvonen, an anti-malware analyst at F-Secure, had been searching for the file in the company's "collections of tens of millions of malware samples" ever since RSA admitted it had been breached, Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer of F-Secure, wrote on the "News from the Lab" blog Aug. 26. Hirvonen found on Aug. 22 what he believes is the original e-mail that had been sent to RSA Security employees and the actual Excel spreadsheet that had been attached.

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Was this the Email that Took Down RSA? (ComputerWorld)

ComputerWorld, 8/26/11
Researchers at F-Secure, the company that discovered the message Monday, believe that it was very likely the message that led to the RSA compromise. If true, the finding sheds light on the kind of trickery, called social engineering by security pros, it takes to break into a major security company. F-Secure antimalware analyst Timo Hirvonen discovered the e-mail message buried in the millions of submissions stored in this crowd-sourced database of malicious or potentially malicious files.

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Researchers Uncover the File That Triggered RSA SecurID Breach (NextGov)

NextGov, 8/26/11
Researchers have located an infected email that cyberspies in March sent personnel at federal contractor EMC to steal security-sensitive information from the maker of widely-used RSA SecurID network login products, said officials at F-Secure Security Labs Friday. Apparently, an EMC employee, again, was responsible for the data exposure.

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As Window XP Turns 10, It's Time to Say Goodbye (PCWorld)

PCWorld, 8/24/11
On this 10th anniversary of XP's birth, however, Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer for security firm F-Secure, has a plea to make: "Do a good deed today. Uninstall an XP."

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Experts Positive on Facebook's New Privacy Controls (PCWorld)

PCWorld, 8/24/11
"However, the changes haven't been rolled out yet, so I don't know how hard they will be to configure. I'm pleased, but until I can start using them it's all conjecture," she said. Sean Sullivan, security advisor at F-Secure, sounded a similar note, saying the plans seem promising, but that changes to Facebook sometimes complicate matters instead of simplifying them.

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Report: Military Video Shows China Mounting Cyber Attacks (InfoWorld)

InfoWorld, 8/24/2011
The alleged video evidence can be seen in a 20-minute military documentary titled "Military Technology: Internet Storm is Coming," which China showed on its government-run TV channel CCTV 7, according to the Epoch Times and F-Secure.

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Fighting the Good Global Cybercrime Fight: Q&A With Security Guru Mikko Hypponen, Part 2 (TechNewsWorld)

TechNewsWorld, 8/24/11
Mikko Hypponen has spent the past 20-plus years studying malicious software, including everything from "Brain" -- the first PC virus, dating back to 1986 -- all the way up to Stuxnet and today's most sophisticated global malware.

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Sify Debuts ‘Stockwatch' on Its Finance Portal (TMCNet)

TMCNet, 8/23/11
In January 2008, the company sealed a deal with F-Secure to bring customers in India new data security solutions, according to a recent news report. The additional data security features will give F-Secure access to approximately 50 percent of broadband users across India. F-Secure's complete range of security tools is now available to Sify's customers. The range includes F-Secure's parental controls and protection against viruses.

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New Nigerian Email Scam Preys on Former Victims (Security News Daily)

Security News Daily, 8/22/11
Researcher Mikko Hypponen from the security firm F-Secure spotted this sneaky new variation on a Nigerian 410 scam. Purporting to be from the "Ministry of Foreign Affairs Nigeria," the phony email informs recipients that Citibank Nigeria is holding "$50.00 each for every scam victims [sic] for monetary loss and damages.""Take note that we have never held any scam victims compensation program in Nigeria," the message says. "This is the First-Of-Its-Kind. Do not be deceived by anybody, any organization or any Ministry!"

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Viruses: Destroying Your Systems for 25 Years (CNET)

CNET, 8/5/11
The hacker conference DefCon kicked off this morning with the rare public sighting of a now-archaic piece of technology: the 5 1/4-inch floppy disk. Mikko Hypponen, the chief technical officer for the Finnish security company F-Secure, waved the disk above his head to start off his history of PC viruses, and said, "This is Brain."

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Why Hackers Write Computer Viruses (Gizmodo)

Gizmodo, 8/4/11
I met with Mikko Hypponen, a legendary computer security heavyweight who has been hunting viruses for 25 years—since Brain.a, the first PC computer virus… Hypponen is the lead security researcher for F-Secure in Finland. His takedowns and diagnosis include some of the nastiest, biggest computer viruses out there: Sobig.F, Sasser, Storm Worm. PC World called him one of the 50 most important people on the Web.

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Bitcoin Mining Botnet Controlled via Twitter (Geekosystem)

Geekosystem, 8/2/11
Instead of some low-key controller directing the compromised computers behind the scenes, F-Secure found one Bitcoin botnet being controlled over Twitter.

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Is Mac Malware Dead or Just Resting? (Betanews)

Betanews, 8/2/11
Yesterday F-Secure found a new Mac Trojan masquerading as a Flash installer. Once installed it makes changes to the HOSTS file in order to change web pages the user visits. F-Secure lists www.google.com.tw (Google in Taiwan) as an example. The user sees malicious Google pages instead of the real one and search results are poisoned.

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