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- April 30, 2009
Spammers are taking advantage of the swine flu outbreak to trick users into giving up their email address, open a malicious PDF file and even buy a cure.
- March 19, 2009
Experts praise the IE 8 security features, but say browser makers have a long way to go in preventing the browser from being a hacker's favorite mode of attack.
- March 18, 2009
Spam messages containing malicious PDFs are trying to exploit the JBIG2 flaw recently patched by Adobe Systems Inc.
- March 04, 2009
I’ll throw in my nickel’s worth (two cents just isn’t worth anything) on Cisco’s announcement that its IronPort email security -- long available in a series of top-shelf appliances -- would be ...
- March 03, 2009
Cisco now offers Ironport-based email security in a hosted environment, but the announcement falls short of being groundbreaking.
- March 03, 2009
New hosted and hybrid services for its IronPort appliances takes Cisco Systems one step closer to a Software-as-a-Service model for email security.
- January 27, 2009
Web, DLP and email security vendor Websense improves ThreatSeeker Network intelligence with Defensio social media protection service.
- January 16, 2009
Despite the McColo shutdown, spammers are slowly climbing back by redeploying bots, creating new attacks and refining others.
- January 08, 2009
Two security researchers say that most phishers fail to earn big money for their work.
- January 06, 2009
As many as 33 high profile Twitter accounts were breached just days after a widespread phishing scam targeted users of the social network.
- December 15, 2008
The annual Cisco security report shows increases in hacker tactics, Web threats, Internet cybercrime, email spam and virtualization vulnerabilities.
- December 09, 2008
Security vendor Finjan reports a growing army of cybercriminals are buying cheap toolkits to exploit the Web.
- December 04, 2008
Spam was down 3.4% in 2008, but attacks on social networks and flaws in websites are rising, according to an annual report from Symantec's MessageLabs.
- November 25, 2008
A Canadian man, Adam Guerbuez must pay $873 million for hacking into the profiles of Facebook members to send them spam messages advertising porn sites and male enhancement pills.
- November 20, 2008
IBM's ISS division said consumers and businesses face increased security risk as cybercriminals take advantage of the holiday season with phishing and malware laden USB sticks.
- November 17, 2008
Company plans to bank on new regulations which require businesses to deploy encryption for data transmission and data stored in laptops and removable storage devices.
- November 14, 2008
Increased cooperation among security researchers and ISPs are resulting in victories against spammers and botnet operators. But, cybercriminals move to new spots on the Internet.
- November 13, 2008
Extensive vendor consolidation in the DLP market leaves Code Green competing against well established vendors and a handful of independents.
- November 05, 2008
An expert on cybercrime and online scams, Derek Manky, is one of the members of the Fortiguard research team. In this interview, he talks about the threats from online organized crime and social networking sites and whether cooperation is improving ...
- October 27, 2008
Spam using malicious attachments and social engineering techniques are targeting computer users in rising numbers, according to security vendor Sophos.
- October 17, 2008
Researchers at CA said the malicious program tries to trick users into downloading a fake spyware removal tool. Only a few differences help distinguish it from a legitimate one.
- October 15, 2008
Huge spamming operation flooded inboxes with junk mail touting prescription drugs and herbal products.
- September 22, 2008
McAfee announces its intention to acquire Web and network security company Secure Computing for $465 million.
- July 31, 2008
Two researchers call Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificates a Band-Aid approach, and share their research of the phishing underground.
- May 27, 2008
The market is hindered by multiple standards and deployment options, analyst says.
- May 20, 2008
In addition to monitoring email as a result of an investigation, companies are hiring people to audit content in outgoing messages, according to a new survey.
- April 23, 2008
The spread of Trojan horses via downloaders and droppers is multiplying rapidly, infecting nearly 19 million computer users in the second half of 2007.
- April 22, 2008
Researchers are tracking new phishing methods that steal a victim's information and spread a Trojan designed to pilfer even more data.
- April 07, 2008
The Kraken botnet is twice the size of the Storm Trojan and exists to spread massive amounts of spam.
- March 11, 2008
Spammers have created large numbers of Gmail accounts by sneaking around the CAPTCHAs designed to block automated sign-up tools, according to a new report.
- March 06, 2008
Spammers leveraged the heated Democratic presidential primary, using the candidates in a spam barrage to dupe recipients into revealing personal information to buy pharmaceuticals.
- February 05, 2008
Google's Postini features add security into its apps offerings, signaling a challenge to service providers and hardware vendors such as MessageLabs, Cisco and Secure Computing.
- January 28, 2008
FaceTime malware research director Chris Boyd says his team has been trying with mixed results to take down a new do-it-yourself phishing program they found online.
- January 28, 2008
One vendor is reporting the discovery of a small amount of PDF spam reemerging since it almost completely disappeared in August.
- January 07, 2008
Despite arrests of high profile spammers in 2007, spam continues to plague company servers.
- December 06, 2007
Spam volume continues to climb and grow more dangerous, tricking employees into opening malware laden messages.
- November 19, 2007
Consumers may have a greater chance of getting scammed this holiday season thanks to cybsersquatters and phishers offering free gift cards and brand name items.
- November 02, 2007
Software as a Service (SaaS) is growing in popularity, and along with it comes the inevitable debate over the security implications. Driving the debate is recent news about a security breach ...
- October 29, 2007
Vulnerability researchers warn of multiple flaws in Symantec Mail Security for SMTP, Exchange and Domino. Attackers could exploit them to compromise targeted machines.
- October 17, 2007
Researchers have found new evidence that attackers are targeting Web 2.0 applications and VoIP with increased vigor. Companies are ill-prepared to meet the threat, they say.
- October 04, 2007
Yahoo is introducing DomainKeys signature-based email authentication technology in an effort to cut down on phishing attacks using fake eBay and PayPal messages.
- September 26, 2007
Researchers at Core Security say attackers could run malware on targeted computers by exploiting a flaw in the widely-used AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) application.
- July 26, 2007
An independent study finds that many enterprises are not satisfied with traditional antispam technologies.
- July 17, 2007
Vulnerability researchers say attackers could exploit flaws in AOL Instant Messenger, Trillian and Yahoo Messenger to run malicious code or cause a denial of service.
- July 13, 2007
Spammers that target enterprises are switching from image spam to emails containing PDF attachments that could eventually perform denial of service attacks and spread bot code.
- May 31, 2007
The arrest may reduce the volume of spam in the short-term, say experts and analysts, but the real spam threat comes from criminal gangs based in Asia and Russia.
- May 23, 2007
DomainKeys Identified Mail specification (DKIM) gained approval as an official IETF standard. The approval is seen as a major step in the fight against spam and phishing attacks.
- May 10, 2007
Attackers could exploit flaws in Symantec's Norton AntiVirus and pcAnywhere to launch malicious code or compromise a user's session credentials.
- May 09, 2007
Security experts are warning of a new online scam in which the victim receives an emailed death threat. Such scams are becoming known as a 419 death threat.
- May 03, 2007
Few people in the world know more about identifying and stopping spam and other unwanted email than Paul Judge. Now the chief technology officer at Secure Computing Inc., Judge spent years at CipherTrust studying spammers, their motives and tactics ...
- May 01, 2007
Attackers could access sensitive information and run malicious code by exploiting multiple flaws in Trillian, a chat program popular in many enterprises.
- April 27, 2007
Researchers at Secure Computing Corp. have discovered a new form of image spam that is sneaking into corporate systems and clogging inboxes.
- April 18, 2007
Sender ID, a framework to verify the authenticity of email messages, is successful in blocking tens of millions of messages each day, Microsoft claims in a study it released today.
- April 18, 2007
A patchwork of laws in the United States and foreign apathy toward cyber crimes give attackers an advantage over law enforcement, said Microsoft's top security chief Scott Charney.
- April 12, 2007
Security firm Postini and the SANS Internet Storm Center said they are tracking a significant malware outbreak. Postini calls it the biggest email attack in almost a year.
- April 09, 2007
Spammers used an attack technique much like last January's "Storm" assault to dupe people into downloading malware over the weekend. This time, they used fake WWIII headlines.
- March 16, 2007
This week in Security Blog Log: The Securities and Exchange Commission's crackdown of 35 accused spam pushers is getting a mixed reception by bloggers.
- March 15, 2007
IT pros are adding multi-layered spam filters to deal with the incursion, but some say it's still a losing battle.
- March 07, 2007
A flaw in the GNU Privacy Guard cryptographic system allows an attacker to insert text into a GnuPG-signed message or completely replace the original text.
- February 13, 2007
A security expert at RSA Conference 2007 said children must learn about the dangers of cyberspace, just as they are taught about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.
- February 05, 2007
VeriSign and other certificate authorities (CAs) have been at the forefront of Extended Validation SSL Certificates (formerly known as high-assurance certificates), which standardize the vetting process used by CAs against certificate buyers, and ...
- February 01, 2007
Some security vendors are developing technologies that show promise in preventing unknown attacks and protecting machines with zero-day vulnerabilities.
- January 24, 2007
The use of keylogger technology is surging and there's been a 100-fold rise in phishing attacks, according to a new report from McAfee.
- January 04, 2007
Like other security vendors, Sophos is trying to stay ahead of threats that keep getting more sophisticated and menacing. Steve Munford, the company's CEO, is particularly concerned about the rise of image spam and the likelihood of more mobile ...
- January 03, 2007
Spim and spam from unexpected sources is challenging enterprises in 2007. Some enterprises are taking action.
- January 02, 2007
Corporate acquisitions, an abundance of spam, and the White House's take on cybersecurity mark 2006.
- December 22, 2006
This week in Security Blog Log: A Trojan horse has captured headlines by targeting Skype users. But some believe the threat is being blown out of proportion.
- December 19, 2006
Security researchers at MessageLabs and Symantec are reporting a significant rise in more sophisticated botnet and phishing attacks, putting a stranglehold on corporate communications.
- December 18, 2006
A new report from McAfee shows how criminals are enjoying a sense of safety and anonymity in cyberspace that they never had on the street. And they're making more money.
- December 12, 2006
Special Report: To control growing IM threats, administrators are trying to limit which programs can be used or ban the technology altogether. But that's not always possible.
- December 11, 2006
In August, SearchSecurity.com surveyed 250 IT pros from a variety of industries about messaging security programs. Here are some of the questions we asked and their responses.
- November 17, 2006
A new report from SecureWorks outlines how a Russian spam group used the SpamThru Trojan to engineer a tidal wave of unwanted email traffic.
- November 16, 2006
This week in Security Blog Log: Some experts ponder whether the SANS Institute's Top 20 vulnerability list is as valuable than it once was. Others weigh in on the VoIP threat.
- November 15, 2006
Digital miscreants are using VoIP and a growing pile of zero-day flaws to launch a ferocious wave of targeted, financially-motivated attacks, according to the SANS Institute.
- November 14, 2006
A Firefox automated antiphishing feature beat IE 7 in a test conducted by Mozilla, but analysts say large enterprises should focus on spam blocking software.
- November 14, 2006
The Trojan keylogger comes in an email that asks users to download the latest version of Adobe Reader. It then tries to steal the user's confidential information.
- November 10, 2006
This week, bloggers struggle to purge their bloated inboxes. Their experiences lend weight to recent studies showing a breathtaking spike in spam.
- November 09, 2006
Attackers are using stealth malware and infected images to send spam levels through the roof, according to reports from Postini and Sophos.
- November 01, 2006
Eric Borrmann, who served as a senior financial officer at McAfee, will pay more than $757,000 and is barred from serving as an officer or director of a public company for five years.
- October 31, 2006
In October alone, security firm Akonix Systems tracked 88 attacks that used instant messaging programs to spread. Attackers are also exploiting P2P programs.
- October 25, 2006
The software giant releases the email verification plan under its Open Specification Promise program, drawing praise from security experts.
- October 10, 2006
A new phishing threat targeting clients of a German-based bank is surpassing global detections of the prolific Netsky-P malware.
- September 12, 2006
In other news, Symantec upgrades its Norton product line and the Anti-Phishing Working Group says phishing activity soared this summer.
- September 07, 2006
Also this week: A researcher gets a harsh reward after flagging a University of Southern California Web site flaw, and more blogs are keeping an eye on the latest security breaches.
- August 04, 2006
Product review: Information Security magazine's Sandra Kay Miller says Symantec's IM Manager 8.0 has limited public network features, but offers excellent reporting.
- August 04, 2006
Product review: Information Security magazine's Sandra Kay Miller says The Akonix A-Series instant messaging security appliances works well but needs better documentation.
- July 31, 2006
Attackers could exploit the latest Microsoft Windows flaw to crash vulnerable machines. Meanwhile, Symantec fixes a Brightmail AntiSpam flaw.
- July 27, 2006
Also: Microsoft will push IE7 as a high-priority update to Windows XP and Windows 2003 customers and MessageLabs releases new spam data as an analyst ponders the vendor's future.
- July 24, 2006
Also: Some adult Web site operators may have a new threat to worry about and McAfee warns that not everyone on MySpace wants to be your friend.
- July 11, 2006
After discovering that stopping email threats takes more than a layer of spam filtering and two layers of virus protection, one law firm added hosted defense to the mix.
- July 10, 2006
Meanwhile: Phishers use a phone trick to dupe PayPal users; the PCI security standard will get more teeth and a survey illustrates an increase in security breaches.
- July 05, 2006
Security experts discourage the use of toolbars because they're often bundled with adware and spyware. Yet one security firm is hoping to remove toolbar from security's list of dirty words.
- June 09, 2006
Ryan Pitylak explains why he went from sending spam to fighting it. Meanwhile, bloggers react to news that active duty personnel were also affected by the VA data theft.
- May 31, 2006
Meanwhile: Microsoft prepares to roll out OneCare Live, McAfee hopes Falcon will soar and malicious email poses as a Microsoft security notice.
- May 25, 2006
The new user group is building an open source P2P application that sends spammers automated "unsubscribe" messages. Some call it feasible, but others believe counterattack strategies are doomed to fail.
- May 19, 2006
In this week's Security Blog Log, there's no shortage of opinions on Blue Security's decision to fold after its antispam crusade put its customers at risk.
- May 17, 2006
The move comes on the heels of a massive counterattack spammers launched against the company, knocking millions of Web sites offline in the process.
- May 09, 2006
Messaging security was a hot Interop topic, rivaled only by every other aspect of security. Vendors rolled out wares to protect messaging systems and other points on the network.
- May 02, 2006
Meanwhile: Personal data on 66,000 newspaper subscribers is leaked online, and a Trojan horse hijacks data and demands ransom.
- May 01, 2006
The SANS Institute says many critical flaws are appearing in programs long considered to be safe alternatives to Windows. Apple's reputation, in particular, "is in tatters."