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Email spam levels have reached a twelve-year low according to research from Symantec. The company released its June Intelligence Report looking at targeted attacks and phishing, vulnerabilities, malware, mobile and social media, and of course spam. “There is good news this month on the email-based front of the threat landscape,” it says. “According to our metrics, the overall spam rate …
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 the applications for the PC market are headed the same way. As businesses and consumers push forward with their already-capable …
Symantec has confirmed the authenticity of a segment of Norton AntiVirus 2006 source code leaked to the internet last week. The stolen code was leaked to The Pirate Bay as a part of retaliatory attacks by hackers affiliated with the Anonymous movement, following the arrest and indictment of several suspected hackers on Tuesday. The leak also coincided with the first …
Anonymous continues its promise of attacking a new Web site every Friday as part of its “Fuck FBI Friday” campaign. The victims this week are New York City Ironworks, Symantec, which should be familiar to anyone who follows the exploits of Anonymous, and the Australian Department of Justice. The AnonymousIRC Twitter account let it be known yesterday that the group …
Microsoft Corp. today announced that John W. Thompson, chief executive officer of privately held Virtual Instruments and former chairman and CEO of Symantec Corp., was appointed to the company’s board of directors, returning the board’s size to 10 members. Thompson currently serves as CEO of Virtual Instruments, a privately held company located in San Jose, Calif., whose products are designed …
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 the victims of an attempted extortion by @YamaTough, who claims to be affiliated with the ‘anonymous’ group. A Symantec representative …
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 PC software, and the software company foresaw a risk to all users of pcAnywhere. The release of the source code …
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 issued a security white paper (pdf) recommending that all users of pcAnyhwere disable the software until further notice. “Upon investigation …
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 IT, reduce their risks and costs, and empower employees to work freely in a connected world.” Customers will be able …
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, according to security firm Symantec. “As with any major event, criminals have been quick to take advantage of the online …
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.
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."
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.
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 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.
Rumor has it that Google is not using Windows internally anymore, and security companies don’t necessarily find this to be a great solution if security is the concern. More than one has emailed WebProNews with reactions to this story.
Symantec said today it is introducing a new security initiative called "Norton Everywhere" aimed at protecting any Internet connected device.
As part of its Norton Everywhere initiative Symantec is launching Norton Smartphone Security Beta for Android in June. The new mobile application will give users the ability to remotely lock or erase data from the device via text if it is lost.
Easter is coming up, and of course that means spammers are taking advantage. They do this with most holidays. And like they do with other holidays, they are using the holiday to disguise malicious emails. Symantec shared some examples with us.
"MessageLabs Intelligence has intercepted Easter ‘e-card’ spam emails offering a ‘2010 Easter 3D e-Card,’" a representative for Symantec tells WebProNews. "Spam authors are attempting to use the recent surge of interest in 3D media to increase the likelihood of people falling for their scam."
Symantec has a released a new report looking at the nature of industrial espionage and targeted attacks, a big issue right now, considering the whole Google/China situation. A representative for the firm tells WebPronews, "Further analysis of targeted attacks shows that the top five targeted roles are senior officials (VPs, Directors) and the individuals that receive the most targeted malware are responsible for foreign trade and defense policy, especially in relation to Asian countries."
As Americans prepare for the holiday shopping season, online security plays a major part in consumers’ purchasing decision, according to a new poll by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Symantec.
More than half (63%) of online shoppers said they did not complete a purchase because of security concerns. The most common reasons for not making an online purchase include:
Symantec has released two new reports for the month of November – the State of Spam, and the State of Phishing (both PDFs). The reports highlight a dramatic increase in spam that contains malware. On top of that, junk and malicious email now accounts for close to 9 out of 10 email messages.
You have probably heard about the Indonesian Earthquake that took place last night, claiming the lives of many. Shameless cybercriminals have not wasted anytime exploiting the disaster targeting people around the world who search for information on the subject.
Spam is rising as we get closer to the Christmas holiday season according to Symantec, although they do say that phishing is down. The company has shared some findings from its September State of Phishing report.
According to the report, there was a 45% reduction in phishing attacks between July and August. Symantec says this will likely be a short-term lull, however, reflecting the end of a particular toolkit attack on social networking sites.
Cybercrime continued to grow at a rapid pace throughout 2008,primarily targeting personal financial information of computer users, according to a new report from Symantec.
Symantec said it created more than 1.6 million new malicious code signatures in 2008, which accounts for more than 60 percent of the total malicious code signatures ever created by the security firm.
Symantec has released the public beta of Norton Online Family, an Internet safety service aimed at helping parents protect children online.
Norton Online Family is currently free and available in English only. It’s compatible with both Macs and PCs.
The service encourages discussions between parents and their children and provides customizable tools to manage online activity.
Ask.com has partnered with security firm Symantec to offer users safer search results in an effort to attract more traffic.
Ask and Symantec developed Safe Search that makes searching the Web safer by providing users with ratings before they visit a site that could damage or infect their computer.
A survey by Software Company Symantec found that the types of Internet activity children are involved in online could be more risky than their parents expect.
The survey found that 6 percent of parents believed their children had had an online encounter with a stranger but 16 percent of U.S. children reported being contacted while online by a stranger.
There’s more evidence of the cult following that cheers on both Google and Apple. Symantec would seem to have a faithful consumer base, as well. That’s what several recent Net Promoter industry reports indicated, anyway – Google, Apple, and Symantec enjoyed the highest levels of customer loyalty.
Symantec Corp. and McAfee Inc., long-established rivals, have joined forces to crack down on illegal online software sales. Certain eBay sellers are the first pirates to have been targeted by the corporations. So far, five sellers have been named in three lawsuits.
Symantec announced this week of the Norton Internet Security 2005 AntiSpyware Edition. This new product is the next logical step in Symantec’s overall computer security service. The beta version is currently available as a free download from Symantec’s website https://www-secure.symantec.com/public_beta/.
Wesley Higaki, director of development and Symantec’s common criteria program, will participate on a panel discussion at the Fifth Annual International Common Criteria Conference (ICCC), hosted by the German Federal Office for Information Security.
Symantec today announced plans for a Web-based console to centrally administer Macintosh clients licensed for Symantec’s Norton AntiVirus for Macintosh 9.0.