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-- a dozen US companies have fallen victim to cyber attacks recently everyone from apple to Twitter and now the White House threatening trade action against countries responsible.
But what really do to protect ourselves and our information right now here to tell us.
Her to Bom Gartner -- a senior six hurt security researcher at Kaspersky Lab.
Curtin joins us now from Denver and it's great to have you on today -- because.
I wanna start out by asking you we've seen the largest -- -- of cyber attacks that I can -- call in recent history.
-- -- that there are happening more often or that we're just noticing them more because of who's involved.
Well I think that when you talked about Twitter.
Apple and FaceBook they were all hit by the same.
Same attackers that significant in itself I don't think the volume -- frequency is necessarily.
Increasing all that much however I think that publicly public disclosure of the incidents in preaches is on the rise.
Something I talked about yesterday current what does that that job -- was a common entry point for many of these attacks.
How does something so simple get by these very sophisticated companies.
Well you know the -- the FaceBook and apple the the Twitter side you know these guys ahead.
Our are visiting web sites that are fairly predictable or or kind of give away what is on their desk so they're using OSX they're using.
Job you know these these guys are developing for -- very down -- very -- set of mobile phones.
And be the job a zero day is designed specifically to attack.
Those individuals visiting the web sites.
So knowing that these guys are using these systems probably using the safari browser.
I becomes it becomes a little more easy easier to you -- gain access to their system.
So what does that say for individual security -- mean my my concerns are only heightened after learning that these big top security company's technology companies.
Even they aren't immune so what's a little guy in individual to do in light of all of that's.
Well you know that we can break -- down to a few reasons why people are being attacked you know there's financial gain and that's usually what consumers are being attacked for there's.
Geo political and intellectual cyber espionage going on.
And then finally there's political activism so consumers the little guys who are also being hit by these watering -- -- attacks.
-- can do a few things you know there's there's the traditional anti virus that.
That receives a lot of criticism but that the same time really does stop quite a bit of the attacks going on.
On people can use traditionally V.
They should make sure that.
All of their software is being patched his staying up to date.
They should -- strong password policies they should use a firewall.
You know all of those things will help.
And -- Aurelio -- China as as a source point for many of these tax has come up time and again.
Is China and that area that we need to focus our eyeballs on -- do we need to take a much wider global stance here.
Well you know I'm more on the technical side of things I do think that.
You know we uncovered red October we've uncovered all sorts of attacks from all over the world.
And there is something that needs to be done.
I don't know exactly who is going to you.
Responder negotiate first but something definitely needs to be done at a higher level here.
My occurred the White House is prepared and propose some sort of that penalties for cyber attacks we'll see that makes any impact -- Bomb -- of Kaspersky labs thank you very much for being on the -- today.
I think you.