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Teenage computer criminal arrested in New Zealand.
29 February, 2008
Arrested teenager could face long term of custody if found guilty of leading international cyber-criminal ring responsible for infecting millions of computers.
Scare tactic advert removed from TV web sites.
22 February, 2008
Scareware advert tricks browsers into believing their computer has been infected in order to entice them to buy the advertised product.
Hacking network brought down by Canadian police.
22 February, 2008
Canada puts an end to network of 17 hackers responsible for setting up sophisticated botnets.
Verification line quoted in phishing e-mails fraudulent, warns Sophos.
20 February, 2008
Latest wave of phishing e-mails contain fake telephone number for recipients to call to verify authenticity of ÃâÅ"bank" originated e-mail.
Spam campaign ends for arrested Tokyo man.
19 February, 2008
Police in Tokyo have arrested a 25-year old man for propagating junk e-mail in large scale spamming campaign.
E-mail lottery fraud in Spain foiled by arrests.
18 February, 2008
Gang of lottery fraudsters demanded payment from internet users in scam that involved fraudulent use of private Wi-fi connections.
Linux virus detection utility available from Sophos.
14 February, 2008
Six years on from the first Linux virus, Sophos reminds users of the operating system to be aware of the risk of malicious software and makes detection software available.
Survey predicts that OS X will be the next big target for hackers.
14 February, 2008
Overwhelming majority of respondents to Sophos survey believe there will be an increase in malicious code written for Apple Mac computers in the future.
Sophos warns Wi-fi users to secure network against music and film thieves.
12 February, 2008
Thieves cruising for open wi-fi connections to download copyright material could result in subscriber cancellation warns Sophos.
USA and Russia account for nearly a third of all relayed spam.
11 February, 2008
Final quarter report from Sophos on spam distribution sees increase in volumes of spam from Russia and Asia as the continent exploits the criminal income potential of unwanted e-mail.
Public survey reveals extent of mistrust in Government IT security.
06 February, 2008
Sophos believes local government should address public concern over data security in constituencies and central government offices.
Sophos encourages breaking the chain of junk mail.
05 February, 2008
As the British Government responds to politically sensitive chain letter, Sophos reminds e-mail and social networking site users of the sense in deleting such messages without taking heed of their content.
Standards organisation for anti malware products formed.
04 February, 2008
New organisation ensures software testing standards meet the changing needs of the global malware threat environment.
Nigerian E-mail con-men in US court.
01 February, 2008
Three men have pleaded guilty in a New York court to extortion after gaining more than a million dollars through e-mail scam.
Unsuspecting bots distribute Storm Trojan on start-up.
31 January, 2008
Sophos detects trend of Trojan distribution peaking as unsuspecting distribution computers are booted in Beijing, New York and London.
Virus authors arrested in Japan.
24 January, 2008
First Japanese arrest of malware writers comes as three suspects were arrested in connection with virus for deleting MP3 files on peer to peer networks.
URL filtering improvements on Sophos WS1000.
23 January, 2008
Web filter appliance database expanded to include more web sites to enable targeted URL categorisation to prevent misuse of internet by employees or students.
Sophos threat report covers Mac OS for the first time.
22 January, 2008
Hackers target Mac users for financial gain according to the latest IT security threat report from Sophos.
ValentineÃÂÃâ€ÂÃâ€Âs day comes early for spammers.
16 January, 2008
Sophos warns of e-mail love letters with links to web page containing a big red heart and the Storm Trojan.
Majority believe malware will worsen in 2008
04 January, 2008
Hidden Java based malware remains high on the list of most prevalent threats for December with worse to come for the new year according to Sophos poll
Endpoint protection recognition for Sophos.
03 January, 2008
Gartner report places Sophos in the magic quadrant for endpoint protection, recognising the contribution made by the firm in 2007 towards improved data protection.
Hackers exploit relaxed pos-holiday workers.
02 January, 2008
New year greetings cards used by cyber criminals to lure workers in the holiday spirit into opening links to malware sites warns Sophos.
ABN Amro fraudsters under arrest.
20 December, 2007
Russian and Ukrainian suspects arrested in Holland on suspicion of money laundering through falsified ABN Amro bank accounts,.
Sophos provides improved IT security at Sussex Health Service.
13 December, 2007
25000 users in health service to benefit from system wide deployment of Sophos management and security solutions.
Sophos makes inroads into dissemination of spam intelligence.
12 December, 2007
Sophos extensible Lists enables quicker detection of spam and faster distribution of information concerning the latest IT threats.
Cyprus police pick up lottery con man.
07 December, 2007
Spammer who fraudulently acquired millions of dollars through lottery scam is under arrest in Cyprus.
Sophos in the lead for proactive IT threat defence.
05 December, 2007
Study conducted by Anti-virus early warning group places Sophos at the top in terms of providing the best defence against unknown malware.
New Zealand hacker arrested.
30 November, 2007
Investigation into international hacking ring leads to teenager from New Zealand helping police with inquiries into bank and credit card detail thefts.
Vast majority have no faith in local government IT security.
21 November, 2007
Survey carried out by Sophos reveals that 93% of respondents have no visibility or insight into the security systems in place to protect data on local government IT systems.
Dorf malware scares victims into buying unnecessary software.
20 November, 2007
Sophos issues warning about bogus private investigator e-mail which dupes victims into buying security software using scare tactics.
Sophos survey reveals extent of potential data leakage through e-mail.
16 November, 2007
70 percent of enterprises worry about e-mail leakage of confidential data with half of employees admitting to accidentally mishandling sensitive information when using e-mail systems.
Unprotected Wi-Fi likely to be accessed by passers by and neighbours.
15 November, 2007
Stealing wireless internet services from unprotected Wi-Fi nodes is widespread and common according to Wi-Fi theft research undertaken by Sophos.
Outbound scan for business e-mails available from Sophos.
14 November, 2007
Sophos now enables outbound scanning of e-mails to detect the presence of confidential information to prevent leakage of corporate information assets through e-mail.
Sophos guide to top threats of October.
01 November, 2007
The short-lived surge in PDF spam in October accounted for almost two-thirds of spam in the month.
American pair convicted of money laundering through spam.
01 November, 2007
Financial and obscenity charges brought against two men from west coast America after a spam campaign promoting pornographic web sites which earned them two million dollars.
Halloween game download contains Trojan horse.
31 October, 2007
Hackers exploit Halloween cult by luring victims to a game download site which downloads a Trojan warns Sophos.
Survey shows extent of potential productivity losses of social networking users.
29 October, 2007
Up to 20% of social networking users could be creating significant productivity problems for their employers according to a survey carried out by Sophos.
USA remains considerably ahead as the top spam relaying country.
24 October, 2007
Sophos analysis of spam reveals that despite effective enforcement and subsequent spammer convictions, North America remains by far the biggest relay source of spam.
Halloween spam website extracts personal information.
19 October, 2007
Sophos warns against clicking on Halloween e-mail links and providing personal information based on chance of gift card.
MP3 the latest tool for stock market e-mail fraud.
18 October, 2007
The latest wave of stock market spam uses MP3 music files to deliver audio message encourage the purchase of penny stocks.
Facebook takes improved steps for online child protection.
17 October, 2007
Default security settings still need to favour greater safety as Facebook responds to demands from Sophos researchers for improved safety online for children.
PayPal and eBay phishing e-mails fall off.
16 October, 2007
Reduction in conventional phishing targets indicate a change of approach of phishers to broaden their net to a wider audience according to Sophos.
Explicit spam leads to jail for American pair.
15 October, 2007
Over $1 million dollars seized from spamming gang arrested and convicted for sending unsolicited explicit e-mails promoting pornographic sites.
Spammers target anti-money laundering website.
12 October, 2007
Recent spam campaign seeks to damage the reputation of the Bobbear anti money laundering web site by asking for donations.
Divided opinions on who poses biggest network security threat.
10 October, 2007
Sophos research suggests that employees, remote workers and contractors pose the biggest threats to network security.
Latest 419 scam takes more plausible appeal
09 October, 2007
Appeal to animal lovers to rescue distressed puppy is the latest variant of the well-established Nigerian based 419 scam e-mails.
Old school pal scam contains virus
05 October, 2007
The latest malware to plague the networks poses as an e-mail from an old classmate but the promise of a relationship leads to PC infection.
Facebook urged to step up default privacy settings.
03 October, 2007
Sophos reveals that majority of Facebook users are opening themselves up to increased risk of identity theft through open profiles.
September malware figures up again.
01 October, 2007
Pushdo Trojan featuring incentives to view photographs of actresses blamed for surge in September levels of malware.
Malicious attachment in fake Dalai Lama e-mail
28 September, 2007
Burmese demonstrations exploited by hackers using fake e-mail message from the Dalai Lama
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