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Global spam is now at the lowest it has been since November 2008, when the rogue ISP McColo was closed-down. The effect on spam volumes back then were very dramatic and spam accounted for 68.0% of global emails. More recently the decline has been much ...
Blog Entry by Paul Wood | 06 Dec 2011 | 1 comment
A wise man once said, “Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times.” (Machiavelli). Thus, looking back at the major cyber security trends of 2011 helps us gain perspective on what we ...
Blog Entry by Paul Wood | 30 Nov 2011 | 0 comments
The word ‘Nimda’ may not be the most well remembered in the cyber-crime hall of fame but as malicious worm outbreaks go, Nimda certainly contributed to the malware landscape and was able to cause havoc on 18 September, 10 years ago in 2001. Long ...
Blog Entry by Paul Wood | 19 Sep 2011 | 0 comments
As with many exciting trends we observe in the technology industry - designed as a force for good, to enable, enhance and empower - there are criminals on the other side of fence looking to hijack, undermine and exploit the new capabilities for their own ...
Blog Entry by Paul Wood | 10 Jul 2011 | 0 comments
Today – Monday 4th July – is notable not just because it is Independence Day in the US, but also because it marks another important anniversary for the technology industry in particular. Fifteen years ago, on 4th July 1996, entrepreneurs Sabeer Bhatia ...
Blog Entry by Paul Wood | 04 Jul 2011 | 0 comments
Welcome to the June edition of the Symantec Intelligence report, which for the first time combines the best research and analysis from the Symantec.cloud MessageLabs Intelligence Report and the Symantec State of Spam & Phishing Report.  The new ...
Blog Entry by Paul Wood | 28 Jun 2011 | 2 comments
Posted on behalf of Martin Lee, Senior Software Engineer, Symantec.cloud   Targeted attacks are bespoke pieces of malware that are sent to email addresses that appear to have been specially selected by the attacker.  In this way they differ ...
Blog Entry by Paul Wood | 27 Apr 2011 | 0 comments
Posted on behalf of Mat Nisbet, Malware Analyst, Symantec.cloud On the 16th of March Rustock, the largest of the spamming botnets, was taken down. As you would expect,  global spam levels started to drop, as can be seen when you look at the ...
Blog Entry by Paul Wood | 15 Apr 2011 | 0 comments
Posted on behalf of Jason Zhang and Joseph Rabaiotti, Malware Research Analysts, Symantec.cloud   Portable document format (PDF) is one of the most commonly used file formats with which to exchange electronic documents across platforms ...
Blog Entry by Paul Wood | 06 Apr 2011 | 0 comments
On 21 March 2006, Jack Dorsey sent the first ever Twitter message or ‘tweet’ with five simple words “just setting up my twttr”.  Five years later, 140 million tweets are sent in a host of different languages every day via the micro-blogging service ...
Blog Entry by Paul Wood | 22 Mar 2011 | 0 comments