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PineApp calls for increased focus during Cyber Security Month

PineApp : 23 October, 2009  (Technical Article)
IT Security experts detail the six largest cyber threats in the UK and uses Cyber Security Month to spread awareness of the growing threat levels
PineApp highlights the continued rise of security threats and calls for the industry to work together to drive home the importance of keeping computers safe from phishers, thieves and hackers.

Research has show that threats and attacks are on the rise, making 2009, potentially, the most damaging year for on record for businesses and consumers alike. Some of the biggest scams to hit the headlines include:

* Social networks are now at risk: Facebook reported an increase in 419 scams, also known as Nigerian scams, which typically involve a request for bank account details in order for the sender of the mail to pay a sum of money to the recipient. Such is the extent of these scams, that the FBI has issued a warning urging users to act cautiously

* Web-based email is now a target: 20,000 users of internet services including Google's Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, AOL, Comcast and Earthin have fallen victim to a giant email phishing scam and were posted on, compromising the security of thousands of sites.

* The prevalence of scareware packages has reached epidemic proportions: According to the Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG), 485,000 different samples were detected in the first half of 2009 alone

* Email spam is on the rise: Security consultancy, Intrepidus Group, claims that email spam accounted for 87 per cent of all email sent in August 2009. Users must be on the lookout!

* Websites continue to be a target: Google announced that it has approximately 330,000 websites listed as malicious, up from around 150,000 in 2008

* Zombies could be coming to UK shores: Zombies are affecting computer users, governments and businesses across the world. The NIS, South Korea's secret service agency, reported that coordinated attacks, using a Botnet consisting of tens of thousands of computers, could be traced back to 86 IP addresses from 16 different countries, including Germany, Austria, Georgia, Japan, China and the USA

Rakash Gupta, MD PineApp UK comments, "Spam simply isn't going to vanish overnight and we're now focused on raising awareness of the threats that are out there, so that not only businesses but also charities, schools and parents at home, can all educate people on the dangers it presents. With the right solution in place, spam need not be a problem but it's important we all stand-up and fight the cause together."
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