Safekaznet project has entered the social initiatives competition organized by “Reach for Change”

Safekaznet project has entered the social initiatives competition organized by “Reach for Change”. The creation of a website directed at searching for missing kids on the territory of Kazakhstan became the idea that has been represented on the competition. The idea arises from the fact that nowadays there is a database in our country which includes a few thousand of missing adolescents and young children. With the creation of the website, which will include photos and information about these children, members of civil society will be able to follow the information and quickly report if they have any data about a missing child. In addition, it is planned to implement the technology of the photo creation that allows to understand how a child may look like at the moment. This is especially actual for cases dealing with children who have gone missing for a long time.

Reach for Change is a non-profit organization founded by the group of companies Kinnevik. It aims to improve the quality of life of children and adolescents and observance of their rights. The Fund searches for and supports individuals, companies and organizations whose activities are aimed at improving the lives of children and adolescents. The Fund holds an annual competition for social entrepreneurs in order to find interesting ideas and choose one of the potentially successful ones.

Through information campaigns, Reach for Change increases the level of public awareness and promotes social entrepreneurship as the best tool for the implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Press service of the “Internet Association of Kazakhstan”, ULE

What does pornography lead to: Kaspersky Lab uncovers the network of distribution in harmful software

Kaspersky Lab specialists have discovered a wide network for distribution of a range of dangerous software named Koler. This software was aimed at Android devices as well as users’ personal computers. Potential victims were lured by the promise of pornographic content, but risked to get their devices infected with blocker-software. At the screen of the blocked devices was shown an allegedly official message from the police and a demand to pay a fine from 100 to 300 dollars for browsing pornographic materials. Thanks to the type of websites which the victims tried to browse this message had a powerful psychological effect.

Despite the fact that the blocker-software was very basic and could only block the window, the specialists note that the perpetrators used different texts and symbols of law enforcement agencies for 30 different countries of Europe, North and Latin America and Australia. Further investigation lead to discovery of a developed and organized network which ensured the distribution of harmful software.

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Users were lured by means if 48 pornographic websites. From there the requests were redirected to the centre of redistribution of traffic system and then victims found themselves on one of many servers which distributed this harmful software. Due to the fact that the viruses were aimed at Android devices as well as personal computers so for each target there was a separate sub-network which distributed similar blockers. According to the statistics received by Kaspersky Lab specialists just on one of the sub-networks with mobile harmful software were redirected more than 170 thousands users. At the moment the growth has decreased – on the 23th of July perpetrators gradually began to close the network and send through the main server deinstallation commands to the infected devices.

«In the wake of the discovered blocker-software we managed to discover not only a major infrastructure of its distribution but also a range of new harmful software for Android, which is not used by perpetrators just yet. Perhaps they are planning to widen their campaign later on. The ease with which perpetrators used the automatised systems and managed to unleash an entire network for the distribution of software may become a bad example which in the future harm many more users in other countries. We have to note that the method of distribution used by perpetrators is quite tricky, but the software itself is rather basic and can be blocked by an anti-virus software of the Internet Security spectum» – noted Vincente Dias, leading expert of Kaspersky Lab.

Source: Kaspersky Lab

Simple Ways To Make Sure Your Child Is Safe Online

The endless advancement of Internet technology has put complacent parents on notice. These days, it’s not only possible, but actually quite easy, to invite strangers into our homes thanks to the power of social media. Knowing when, how, and with whom our children are interacting during the time they spend online is going to be even more important in the coming years.

It might seem harmless enough to allow children onto their favorite social media sites, but there are a number of important safety measures to take before you allow them access. Here are some cyber security fundamentals to keep in mind.

 

Social Media Is Only as Private As You Make It

There’s good news for parents: social media sites like Facebook have a number of built-in settings to help your child maintain a low profile while they’re online. Sit with your child and guide them through the process of setting their profiles to private, including their online photo collection. This is arguably the first and most important step toward ensuring that their personal information stays personal.

 

Supervise Internet Usage

For most parents of younger children, the very idea of unsupervised access to the Internet is enough of a deterrent. One simple thing you can do to ensure that your kids are staying safe online is to insist that they use the Internet in a public part of the house. Place the shared family PC in one of your home’s common areas. With very few exceptions, younger children don’t need personal computers, and they certainly don’t need to have unfettered access to them behind closed doors.

It also wouldn’t hurt to set fixed times when your children are allowed online. You might consider drawing up a schedule, such as allowing them one hour online per day after their homework is done. Such a routine might prove difficult for them to settle into at first, but it will quickly become second nature until such time as they’re older and can look after their own online safety.

 

Disable Location Tracking

Depending on your point of view, the addition of location tracking features to our favorite social media sites is either the best or the most worrisome development in recent years. For young adults, it can be a great way to see which of your friends are in the area, and whether they’re free to hang out.

For younger children, the reality can be more sinister. Nobody really wants to talk about it, but social sites can be havens for sexual predators. Sit with your child and make sure you’ve disabled any location-based “check in” features. If there’s even a chance they’ll be interacting with a stranger online, it’s important to know that your child’s physical location, at least, can be kept under wraps.

 

Maintain Transparency

One of the most significant barriers to kids’ cyber security is the notion that they feel they can’t trust their parents or guardians. Maintaining communication is key; make sure your child feels completely comfortable and confident bringing any concerns to your attention, including the friends they’re making and interacting with online. Preventing and dealing with cyber bullying is much easier if children feel comfortable telling their parents about problems when and if they happen.

In addition, encourage your children to post only photos that they wouldn’t mind showing you first. After that, ask them regularly who they’re talking with online. If they give you the impression that they’re speaking with people online who they don’t know in real life, that’s the time when red flags should be raised.

 

The Bottom Line

Social media is impacting both our online and home security in new and startling ways. As a result, keeping our kids safe online is a matter of communication and vigilance. You might feel like an overbearing parent at first, but the peace of mind will be well worth it.

 

Author: Stacey Waxman

Source: uKnowKids

Harmful software is being sent as a WhatsApp for PC

Perpetrators spread the banking Trojan as an file for installation of WhatsApp mobile messenger onto a user’s PC, says Kaspersky Lab in its blog.

According to the message, perpetrators have organized new spam campaign sent via email, which informs that the mobile messenger WhatsApp is now available for PC. However, those who try to install this application, in reality downloads banking Trojan.

Experts of the Kaspersky Las have received the message in Portuguese, which says that “finally WhatsApp is available for PC and that the user already has 11 invitations from his friends”. If users press the link for downloading, they are redirected to the hacked server located in Turkey and then forwarded to the cloud service called Hightail (former Yousendit), where they are offered to download the Trojan, which looks like 64-bit installation file.

In reality this is a standard 32-bit application, which is relatively easily detected by antivirus products. Once the application is launched it downloads a new banking Trojan. This harmful software is downloaded from the server located in Brazil and it is rarely detected by the anivirus software – 3 out of 49 according to the VirusTotal scale. Trojan’s icon makes it look like an mp3 file and many users may click on it. Moreover, it weights 2.5 megabytes.

In order to make the analysis of the harmful program harder, special features are added to the Trojan. In addition, the program itself is written in Delphi.

After the launch the Trojan is sending a report to the console owned by the criminals to show the contamination statistics. The stolen information is seте via the local port 1157, when it is opened. In addition, the harmful software loads other viruses onto the PC.

 

Source: RIA Novosti

79% of parents wish to protect their children on the Internet by means of specialized protective software

When there is a discussion about children on the Internet, the general availability of the net becomes not only the source of useful information and entertainment, but also threats – this can be seen from the results of the study carried out by Kaspersky Lab in collaboration with the analytical agency B2B International.

More than one third (36%) of parents in Russia admit that their children faced risks on the Internet. 20% them encountered with undesirable content and 5% communicated with strangers. Generally 79% of adults agree that effective tools for protection of children in the Internet would have been very useful and necessary. However, according to the research moms and dads are not in a hurry to use these technologies: every fifth parent in Russia does not take any action towards protecting their children. In addition, 18% of parents allow their children to use phones or tablets without any supervision.

Those parents, who have decided to protect their children, choose various protective methods. 39% of parents limit the time their child is allowed to spend using the Internet, whereas 30% regularly check browsing history. At the same time only 26% of parents use protective software which has the option of parental control. The majority do not even think that uncontrolled internet surfing may have multiple consequences that are not limited to getting viruses. For example, a child can pay services using their parents’ credit card or delete some important documents and files.

«Without having enough experience in working with computers and mobile devices, children unintentionally make mistakes which their parents have to pay for. 17% of questioned moms and dads in Russia had financial losses or lost important documents because of their children’s answers» – says Konstantin Ignatiyev, the head of the web content analysis group of Kaspersky Lab.

To ensure protection of children on the Internet “Kaspersky Lab” has devised a Parental Control module that is available for all devices. Thanks to this module users can block websites with undesirable content, impose restrictions onto sharing of personal data, limit the time a child spends using a computeк etc.

 

Source: Kaspersky Lab

Children’s internet domain will exist – the agreement with ICANN has been signed

The project of creation of the new .ДЕТИ domain is almost at its end. On Wednesday, the 20th of November, at the 48th International ICANN conference signing of the contract between the Razumniy Internet Foundation and ICANN took place.

The next stage after the signing of the contract with ICANN will be testing of technical infrastructure, which would be the foundation of the new children’s domain. The registry of domain names, DNS-infrastructure and connectivity channels will be tested. It is planned for testing to be started in December 2013.

In the nearest future the concept of the rules for registration of the .ДЕТИ domain will be adopted. It has already been through the public discussions and has been approved by the Foundation management and at the moment it awaits comments from the users.

In addition, the process of accreditation of the registrars for the children’s domain is about to start.

Source: «Razumniy Internet» Foundation