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Viruses Can't Hide From Kaspersky

  • 05 March, 2004 08:45

<p>Kaspersky Labs, presents a brand new technology protecting against Internet worms spreading in password protected ZIP compressed files.</p>
<p>Malicious programs that spread in protected ZIP files are particularly difficult to detect. Firstly, a password scanning module is necessary to scan these archives. Secondly, scanning ZIP files requires additional system resources and can significantly impair system performance.</p>
<p>Fearso, an Internet worm that appeared in the summer of 2003, was the first malicious program to spread in a protected ZIP files. However, despite the fact that 24 versions of Fearso exist, this particular worm was never detected "in-the-wild". The crop of Bagle worms, specifically versions F through J which appeared between 27th Febraury and 3rd March this year, is a reminder of the seriousness of this propagation method.</p>
<p>Kaspersky Labs has responded with a completely new technology to deflect malicious programs spreading in password protected ZIP files: a technique which guarantees reliability and speed. Kaspersky Anti-Virus can now detect protected ZIP archives, scan the email body for the password and then unpack and check the attachment for viruses.</p>
<p>"This new technology protects users from new generation worms, specifically worms that hide in password protected ZIP files. 5 worms using this technique appeared within only 4 days - a new trend has been set in the computer underground", commented Eugene Kaspersky, head of anti-virus research at Kaspersky Labs.</p>
<p>Currently, Kaspersky Anti-Virus is the only antivirus offering effective protection against malicious programs spreading via password protected ZIP files. Registered users of Kaspersky Anti-Virus will be fully protected once they download the latest antivirus database updates.</p>
<p>For further information on Kaspersky Labs products, please contact Raelene Forbes on 029672 4222, or by email</p>

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