F-Secure Opens Anti-Virus Research Lab in San Jose

San Jose, Calif., August 30, 2004 – F-Secure® Corporation (HEX: FSC), a worldwide leader in antivirus and intrusion prevention software, announced today that it has opened an anti-virus research lab in San Jose, California. The lab will share 24-hour anti-virus research responsibilities with F-Secure’s other award-winning anti-virus research labs.

The San Jose research lab will be staffed by Tzvetan Chaliavski from Bulgaria and Ero Carrera from Spain. Chaliavski comes to F-Secure from the Command Antivirus/Authentium team in Florida, and Carrera is moving to San Jose from F-Secure’s Finland office.

Both cybersecurity professionals are recognized experts in the antivirus community. Tzvetan “Ceco” Chaliavski has worked in the anti-virus industry for more than ten years, and started in the Bulgarian National Laboratory of Computer Virology. Ero Carrera is credited with cracking the Mydoom virus, the largest e-mail outbreak ever, in less than two hours in January 2004.

“The virus writers have been extremely active lately, so we want to have our best researchers always available,” said Mikko Hypponen, global director of antivirus research at F-Secure. “When Europe sleeps, USA works and vice versa. All of our researchers focus on global security threats, not just local situations.”

F-Secure is recognized by independent parties such as MessageLabs and AV-TEST.ORG as consistently among the fastest in the security industry to identify new viruses and publish solutions to stop them. The company is credited for discovering and stopping many of the largest virus outbreaks in history, including Loveletter, Fizzer and Sasser. F-Secure became famous for its lead role in alerting the FBI and commanding the successful shut-down of the worldwide Sobig.F Internet attack in August 2003.

About F-Secure Corporation
F-Secure Corporation protects individuals and businesses against computer viruses and other threats coming through the Internet or mobile networks. Our award-winning solutions include antivirus, desktop firewall with intrusion prevention and network encryption. Our key strength is the speed of response to new threats. For businesses our solutions feature centralized management. Founded in 1988, F-Secure has been listed on the Helsinki Exchanges since 1999. We have our headquarters in Helsinki, Finland, and offices in USA, France, Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Japan. F-Secure is supported by a global ecosystem of value added resellers and distributors in over 50 countries. F-Secure protection is also available through major Internet Service Providers, such as Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom.




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