Software Revenue Rose 4.8% Last Year

Software Revenue Rose 4.8% Last Year

By Sean Patterson March 31, 2014

The PC market is in a funk, with PC manufacturers scrambling to find a way to make desktop and notebook PCs relevant within the new reality of mobile tablets and smartphones. That doesn’t mean, however, that the software companies providing …

Symantec Confirms Extortion Attempt Symantec Confirms Extortion Attempt

Hackers using the Twitter Handle @YamaTouigh have been tweeting about Symantec and its Norton antivirus product throughout January claiming that they will be releasing the source codes for the security product. Earlier this week Symantec confirmed that they have been …

Anonymous’ Celebration Over pcAnywhere Shortlived? Anonymous’ Celebration Over pcAnywhere Shortlived?
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Last week, Symantec Corp. issued an announcement that all users of their pcAnywhere software should disable it until further notice. An Indian hacker affiliated with Anonymous going by the handle YamaTough had released the source code to Symantec’s Norton Utilities …

pcAnywhere Compromised: Disable Immediately! pcAnywhere Compromised: Disable Immediately!

On January 4, Anonymous tweeted that an Indian hacker group had posted Symantec source code to Pastebin. Symantec Norton Antivirus source code published by indian hackers pastebin.com/ciExRzr3“ — Anonymous (@YourAnonNews) January 4, 2012 In response to this warning, Symantec has …

Symantec Acquires LiveOffice Symantec Acquires LiveOffice

Symantec announced that it has acquired cloud-based archiving service LiveOffice for $115 million to extend a new ” intelligent information governance solution” to the cloud. The solution, Symantec says, will enable organizations to “bridge the gap between business, legal and …

Hacker “Yama Tough” To Release Norton Antivirus Source Code? Hacker “Yama Tough” To Release Norton Antivirus Source Code?

A Hacker that goes by “Yama Tough” has been tweeting bout Symantec and its Norton antivirus product. YamaTough said on Twitter that he (or she) plans to release the full source code of the product on Tuesday. @YamaToughYama ToughThis comming …

100,000 Apps Enable Leakage of Facebook Profile Info, According to Symantec 100,000 Apps Enable Leakage of Facebook Profile Info, According to Symantec
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Security firm Symantec released a report indicating that there are about 100,000 Facebook apps that accidentally enable the leakage of Facebook user info to third-parties like advertisers and analytics platforms. The firm has confirmed the issue with Facebook, which it …

Royal Wedding Brings Out the Cyber Criminals Royal Wedding Brings Out the Cyber Criminals
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Cyber criminals are exploiting the world’s fascination with the British Royal Wedding, which is taking place on Friday. They’re using the attention the event is getting to bolster spam campaigns and push rogue antivirus software through black hat search tactics, …

Spammers Hijack Google Brand to Push Online Pharmacy

Google Accredited Spam

Symantec’s MessageLabs Intelligence recently tracked a new pharmaceutical spam campaign that promotes an online pharmacy, claiming that it is "Google-accredited". 

"This is obvious brand hijacking: Google does not host or approve any pharmacy sites," a representative for the security firm tells WebProNews. 

One Out Of Five Facebook Users May Be Exposed To Malware
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However careful you’ve been when using Facebook up until now, it may be time to grow even more cautious.  New stats from BitDefender indicate that at least one out of five Facebook users have been exposed to threats via their news feeds.

Location-Based Services Too New to Know How They’ll Be Abused
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Last week, Symantec’s MessageLabs Intelligence Sr. Analyst Paul Wood shared some predictions for online threats in the coming year with us. With the increasing emergence of location-based services, we wondered what kind of threats (beyond the obvious) come with this new territory. 

Threats to Expect in Mobile, Social, Location and Email in 2011
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It’s getting late in the year, and it’s about time to start looking forward to 2011. While we can speculate about a great many topics, few trends are going to be as important to anticipate as those related to security. We asked an expert in the field about some of the things he is anticipating. WebProNews interviewed Paul Wood, MessageLabs Intelligence Sr. Analyst at Symantec Hosted Services about what businesses and consumers can expect to deal with in order to stay secure over the next year. 

How Will Bit.ly Work with Twitter’s Link Wrapping?
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Besides hinting at new features and talking about user stats, Twitter also made a couple announcements this week. One is that all Twitter apps use OAuth. The other is that it will start tracking every t.co link users click. This is Twitter’s own default URL-shortener. 

Symantec Finds Trojan in Android App That Broadcasts Phone Location
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Symantec detected a trojan within an Android game, which is secretly uploading GPS user location information. A representative for the company tells WebProNews that while the particular instance doesn’t really represent a major security threat, "it does demonstrate how new mobile threats are emerging and evolving."

Google, Apple, Yahoo, AOL, Dell, HP, RIM, McAfee, Symantec, Siemens Sued Over Spam Filtering
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A few days ago, a Texas-based company called InNova Patent Licensing filed an infringement lawsuit against 36 well-known companies. The company claims to hold the patent on spam filtering, and appears to be resting on the notion that any company using spam filtering owes them.

Among the companies being sued are Google, Apple, AOL, Dell, HP, RIM, Yahoo, McAfee, Symantec, and Siemens. The list doesn’t stop at tech companies though. It also contains names like Frito Lay, Cinemark, J.C. Penney, Rent-A-Center, and Dr. Pepper.

Symantec: Short URL Spam Reaches Historical Peak
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A new report from Symantec’s MessageLabs finds that short URLs in spam have reached a "historical peak". This type of spam has increased significantly over the past year.

Spam containing shortened links hit a one day peak of 18%, or 23.4 billion spam emails, on April 30, 2010, doubling last year’s peak levels when spam with shortened links accounted for 9.3% of spam (more than 10 billion spam emails) on July 28, 2009.

Symantec Reports the Most Spammed States in the U.S.

Symantec has released its annual MessageLabs Intelligence Special Report, ranking the most spammed U.S. states and territories.

According to the report, Idaho receives the most spam (for the second year in a row), at a rate of 95.2%. The top spammed states are Idaho, Alabama, and South Carolina, with spam rates above 93%. The national average is only 89.3%. Indiana, Tennessee, Illinois, Utah, Washington, New Hampshire and North Carolina are next in line.