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Koobface Worm Doubles Its Number of Command and Control Servers in 48 Hours
March 12, 2010 -- The shut down and recovery of the Troyak-as command and control center (C&C) for the active Zeus botnet was good news for the whole IT security community. But unfortunately, as some botnets struggle, others stay unaffected. As part of their relentless effort to stay ahead of cybercriminals, Kaspersky Lab's research and analysis team have recently monitored a surge in Koobface C&C servers, the highly prolific worm infesting social networking sites. Koobface targets sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and uses compromised legitimate websites as proxies for its main command and control (C&C) server.
Symantec March 2010 State of Spam and Phishing Report
March 11, 2010 -- Hightlights this month's report include the Chilean Earthquake Spam with high levels of 419 and phishing scams, an automobile recall spam, online auction phishing, and spam messages with .cn URLs decrease, while .ru URLs increase. There is also a section highlighting unique international spam and phishing trends.
Symantec 2010 State of Enterprise Security Study Shows Frequent, Effective Attacks on Worldwide Business
February 24, 2010 -- Symantec Corp. just released the findings of its global 2010 State of Enterprise Security study. The study found that 42 percent of organizations rate security their top issue. This isn't a surprise, considering that 75 percent of organizations experienced cyber attacks in the past 12 months. These attacks cost enterprise businesses an average of $2 million per year. Finally, organizations reported that enterprise security is becoming more difficult due to understaffing, new IT initiatives that intensify security issues and IT compliance issues. The study is based on surveys of 2,100 enterprise CIOs, CISOs and IT managers from 27 countries in January 2010.
Credit Card Security, Virtualization and Mobile Workforce Raise Major Network Security Concerns
February 17, 2010 -- The main culprits that will threaten network security in 2010 range from credit card security and virtualization to the mobile workforce. With industry experts estimating that enterprises will spend more than $1.5 trillion on technology in 2010, organizations should understand the grave dangers facing the enterprise network and ensure the right mix of technologies and processes are in place to protect them.
2010 CyberSecurity Watch Survey: Cybercrime Increasing Faster Than Some Company Defenses
January 26, 2010 -- Cybercrime threats posed to targeted organizations are increasing faster than many organizations can combat them, according to the "2010 CyberSecurity Watch Survey." It found that multiple attacks occurring within larger organizations and insiders remain most costly threat. Moreover, the survey suggests the threat of cybercrime is heightened by current security models that are only minimally effective against cyber criminals.
Innovation's Share of IT Budget Reduced by 50% Since 1999
January 21, 2010 -- A new study by global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, "Delivering Technology Innovations," finds that while industry leaders overwhelmingly acknowledge the value of IT as an important strategic differentiator, investment in IT innovation misses target levels more than 75% of the time. Moreover, although innovation accounted for 30% of the average IT budget in 1999, it has fallen to less than half of that -- 14% -- in the subsequent ten years.