Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, will provide antivirus protection of MMS (multimedia message service) messages for Russian customers of Beeline, one of the world’s largest integrated cellular networks.
The partnership will ensure all multimedia messages sent via the Beeline network, both incoming and outgoing, are scanned for malicious code. The software that scans MMS messages for malware is based on Kaspersky Anti-Virus for Mail Servers, which is part of Kaspersky Corporate Suite, the company’s modular solution for corporate customers.
If malicious code is detected in a message, the server attempts to cure the infected object. The customer is notified of treatment results via MMS. If attached files (e.g. password protected archives) cannot be scanned, an appropriate alert can be added to the subject of the message.
The growing popularity of MMS messages (which contain music, photos, videos, etc.), combined with the rising popularity of smartphones and the emergence of malicious code that spreads via MMS messages, has created the need to scan MMS traffic for viruses.
“Beeline is the first Russian cellular operator to offer protection against MMS viruses,” said Dmitry Ustyuzhanin, head of information security at VimpelCom, the parent company that owns the Beeline network. “We are responsible for the security of our customers (Beeline has over 45 million customers in Russia), and we try to prevent potential risks before they become a real threat.”
This is the second project implemented by VimpelCom in cooperation with Kaspersky Lab. In mid-2004, Kaspersky Lab deployed an integrated solution that protects VimpelCom email traffic against viruses and spam.
“We are delighted that cellular operators are beginning to treat the issue of MMS viruses seriously, and Beeline is a pioneer in this area” said Sergey Zemkov, Kaspersky Lab Director for Corporate Sales in Russia, CIS and the Baltic states. “As the popularity of MMS grows, the number of malicious programs and viruses that spread via multimedia messages is bound to grow as well. It is essential to build a reliable barrier that will prevent them from spreading.”