Satya Nadella Replacing John Thomson as Microsoft Board Chairman

Satya Nadella is replacing John Thompson as chairman of Microsoft’s board, in addition to his role as CEO.

Cloud Company CloudFlare Acquires Browser Company S2 Systems

BizJournal is reporting that CloudFlare, after recently raising $525 million in its IPO, has purchased S2 Systems. CloudFlare is a web infrastructure and security company and “is one of the world’s largest networks.” The CloudFlare service “protects websites from all…

Microsoft Azure Wins Big, Lands Deal With Cybersecurity Firm Symantec

Cybersecurity expert Symantec is looking to cut down on its data center costs by moving some of its workload to Microsoft Azure. The deal between the two companies, which was revealed on Monday, would see Symantec delivering its Norton product…

Email Spam Rate Lowest In Over A Decade

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…

Software Revenue Rose 4.8% Last Year

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…

Facebook Accused Of Killing Google+ Traffic With Faulty Security Alerts [UPDATED]

UPDATE: I’ve received a response from Facebook, who says that “unfortunately, this was indeed a glitch in our spam prevention system.” We integrate with many different external blacklists including Norton and when there’s a block on their service we provide…

Symantec Confirms Norton Antivirus Source Code Leak

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 Releases Symantec Code From 2006, Deface Web Sites

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…

Microsoft Adds Tenth Member to Board

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…

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?

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!

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 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?

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

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

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

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

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

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.