How F-Secure helps operators stay ‘bot-free’

Cybercrime doesn’t just affect end users. Infected networks cost providers huge losses through needing to deploy expensive internal resources to clean, repair and manage any damage caused. In addition to direct theft of data, operators experience additional financial pressures from increases in service calls from infected end-users, researching and refunding fraudulent charges, reduced network bandwidth and damaged brand association – let alone the risk of potential fines and penalties.

Reduce your risk, improve your anti-cybercrime activities, and enjoy more profitable customers with F-Secure AntiBot: a cutting-edge, new product specifically designed to clean an operator’s network of botnets.

  • Secure your network and attached devices
  • Provide customers a significantly differentiated offering via a more secure network
  • Reduce costs from increased help-desk usage, fraudulent billings, and repair costs associated with cyber crime
  • Provide customers with a safe and uncomplicated experience

F-Secure AntiBot is designed to automatically detect and identify infected network devices and remotely disinfect them. It can guide end-users through a simple cleanup process that reduces or eliminates the need for expensive and time-consuming calls to your helpdesk and support services – thus providing a more customer-centric and positive experience.

A Bot is a malware-infected device that gets taken over and remotely controlled by cybercriminals. A Botnet is created when cybercrimals are able to take over a number of devices and link them together to perform broader activities and more extensive damage – like sending mass spam that hogs a network bandwidth, sending text messages to premium numbers, or flooding recipients with unwanted ads. They can even take a device “hostage;” requiring a ransom to be paid before ceding control back to the owner.

“Botnets are not only extremely disrupting to consumers, in that they impact device and Internet performance, they are also a risk to their privacy.” says Pekka Mettälä, Head of Global Business Development at F-Secure. “Private credentials like passwords can be stolen, giving access to online bank accounts, social media accounts, and other personal data. Operators who can provide customers with more simplified or automated and robust protection from botnets, will enjoy a distinct advantage over their competitors as well as more satisfied and loyal customers.”

Operators benefit directly through reducing their network’s vulnerability and through doing their part towards stopping the proliferation of botnets and cybercrime. Expensive resources previously dedicated to repairs and maintenance after an infection is discovered, can now be utilized for more productive activities.

Customers benefit from an overall reduction of risk as well as a more simplified process for dealing with their infected devices.



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F-Secure Bringing a totally new Future for the Internet to SLUSH 2015

#SLUSH15 is almost here, and F-Secure’s participating in this year’s event in a big way. There’s going to be a big #smartsecurity announcement about the Internet of Things, as well as a couple of presentations from F-Secure personnel. SLUSH, a well-known exposition for startups in the tech industry, has become a huge international event. Both SLUSH and F-Secure call Helsinki home, so it’s only natural for F-Secure to be an active participant at the annual conference. F-Secure made waves last year after the cybersecurity company hacked the venue’s bathrooms to get people talking about online privacy. Several of the company’s researchers and personnel also put in appearances at last year’s SLUSH, including cyber security expert Mikko Hypponen, and F-Secure’s Executive Vice President, Consumer Security, Samu Konttinen. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u93kdtAUn7g&w=560&h=315] [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB-qBhWV65s&w=560&h=315] And they’re both back this year! This year, Samu will be giving a keynote address on SLUSH’s Silver Stage. His talk is called “Your home, your rules – The internet of what ifs”, and runs from 11:45am to 12:00pm (Helsinki time) on November 11th. Samu’s enthusiasm for topics related to security and online privacy will give people valuable insights into how IoT devices are creating new security challenges, and what people can do to protect themselves. Mikko will be appearing on SLUSH’s Black Stage at 9:25am (Helsinki time) on November 12th, where he’ll deliver a talk called “The Online Arms Race”. Mikko recently did an interview about this same topic for V3.co.uk, so you can check that out if you want a quick preview about Mikko’s thoughts on this matter. You can follow all of F-Secure’s SLUSH news by following @FSecure_Sense, @FSecure_IoT, and @FSecure on Twitter.

November 10, 2015
Mikko Hypponen, Leo Laporte, Triangulation

5 things Mikko Hyppönen has learned from 25 years of fighting viruses

F-Secure Chief Research Officer Mikko Hyppönen sat down on Monday for a video chat with renowned tech journalist and broadcaster Leo Laporte on Triangulation. Laporte has admired Mikko and F-Secure from afar for more than twenty years, the host explained. So this first talk gave the two IT stalwarts a chance to talk over Mikko's nearly quarter century of work at F-Secure -- which he joined as a coder in 1991 when we were still known as Data Fellows. You can watch the whole interview below or download the audio here: [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cpg-5NO9oS8] The whole show is worth your time but to get ready to mark Mikko's silver anniversary at F-Secure, we thought we'd pull out some interesting lessons he's learned in more than two decades of tangling with digital threats. Driving a forklift -- Mikko's job before joining F-Secure -- has one big advantage over being an internationally known virus hunter. Once you're done with work for the day, you don't think about your job at all. Mikko told Leo that being Chief Research Officer at a company that protects hundreds of millions of computers doesn't give you that luxury. Some early malware creators went on to some very interesting things. Mikko told Leo about his trip to Pakistan to meet the two brothers who wrote the first PC virus more than 25 years ago, which you can watch below. Basit Farooq Alvi and Amjad Farooq Alvi wrote the program for what they saw as a legitimate purpose -- preventing copyright infringement. Today the brothers along with a third brother run a successful telecommunications business. Robert Tapan Morris -- the creator of Morrisworm the first computer worm -- is a member of the Computer Science faculty at MIT and a partner in Y Combinator, which helps launch tech startups.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lnedOWfPKT0] His number one security tip? Back up your stuff. "Back up your computer, your iPad, your phone. And back it up so you can access it even if your house burns down." The numbers when it comes to malware are huge. F-Secure Labs receives about 350,000 malware samples a day, seven days a week. "The amount of new detections we build on those samples every day is usually around 10,000... 20 [thousand] on a bad day." Mobile malware isn't a big problem -- except, perhaps, in China -- because Android and iOS are very restrictive. "If you are a programmer, you cannot program on your iPad," Mikko explained. All apps that end up in the Play or App Store have to be approved by Google or Apple respectively. This model, which Mikko compares to the PlayStation and Xbox ecosystems, may be good for security, but it does have some negative consequences. "It's also a little bit sad in the sense that when you have these closed environments, it's sort of like converting the users from producers to consumers." Mikko wrapped up the interview by explaining F-Secure's principles when it comes to protecting and respecting users' data: "We try to sell our products the old-fashioned way. You pay for it with your money, not your privacy." Cheers, Sandra P.S.: For some bonus Mikko, watch a public lecture he gave this week at Estonian Information Technology College. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UXSAaVx2EOo&w=560&h=315]

October 15, 2015