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Attackers get past security measures by hiding malware deep within compressed files. Unfortunately, most network security solutions are regularly fooled by this technique because they can’t analyze a file compressed with any format other than ZIP. There are a number of legitimate compression formats commonly used and easily opened by typical end users on most operating systems other than ZIP, such as:

  • TAR.GZ – compression which dominates the world of Linux
  • 7Z – a fast compression format growing in popularity
  • CAB – a standard Windows installer package compression format

This is a simple test to see if your network security will catch malware hiding in a compressed file.

Run the test, but if you fail contact us to find out how you can protect yourself.

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Next Step? – Cyber Threat Assessment

Fortinet’s FortiGate Next Generation Firewall and Unified Threat Management solutions with the FortiGuard AntiVirus service will protect your organization against malware hidden in compressed formats. Fortinet uses patented technology to look inside compressed files – even password protected ZIP files – to identify if they contain malware.

If your current security solution can’t identify malware within compressed file formats you can set your firewall to block those types of files from coming into your environment. This is an option but it will inconvenience your end users and could inspire the more technical of them to simply find a way to work around the system to get the files they want.

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