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October 27, 2005

New worms could be born from Samy.

The newly discovered Samy worm is one of the first to exploit a cross-site scripting vulnerability, a technique security experts fear could be used to open a new front in attacks. 

Samy is a self-propagating worm that appears to have been written by a member of MySpace.com, a community site dedicated to helping friends stay in touch and share pictures. By exploiting vulnerabilities in the MySpace.com site, the worm added a million users to the author's "friends" list.

Although the worm is no threat to other Web sites, security experts say the new self-propagating cross-site scripting (XSS) worm will likely be copied by other writers of malicious software.

Continue reading at ZDnet.com

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October 27, 2005 | Permalink | Comments (1) | TrackBack

October 14, 2005

Anti Spam Software Provider Targets the Spam Bull’s-Eye

Securence, a leading internet and email filtering service provider helps control the onslaught of spam and viruses.

Minnetonka, MN,  October 14, 2005 -- http://www.securence.com - Securence, Inc., a leading provider of anti spam, anti virus software and Internet filtering services that include email protection and security services for small businesses, enterprises, and educational and government institutions worldwide, targets the spam bull’s-eye and aims to bring it under control.

Findings from a report produced by Nucleus Research, a global research firm that recently conducted in-depth interviews with employees at 82 Fortune 500 companies, identified two startling results:
1. Spam is definitely on the rise. The average employee received nearly 7,500 spam messages in 2004, up from 3,500 in 2003.
2. Employee productivity continues to be hurt. Average lost productivity per employee was 3.1% in 2004, up from 1.4% in 2003.

It's not surprising that spam continues to present serious security and resource risks to an organization's infrastructure: overloading systems, clogging mailboxes, defrauding recipients, reducing employee productivity and draining morale. It also increases the frequency, severity and cost of virus attacks and related threats, such as the damage to an employer's reputation from inadvertently sending spam or viruses. As a result, companies are faced with the ever-increasing challenge of not only reconciling inherent problems caused by spam, but also protecting themselves from on-going attacks. With such a foreboding technological landscape, at times even the most tech savvy IT administrators are hard-pressed for what to do.

The question arises, how do companies keep spammers in their sights? Enter Securence, a company with a unique Internet filtering and anti spam solution that helps protect companies and their employees by scanning email and eliminating threats, such as viruses, worms, malicious content and attachments, and other junk mail before reaching the end user.

In today's email world, all mail is born either legitimate or illicit. From here, the delivery process is rather straightforward. The originating mail server delivers email to the destination mail server via SMTP, with both servers having an IP address. Simply put, think of two phone numbers trying to connect.

In the case of a company using Securence's solution, SecurenceMail, when an email is sent to its mail server, the email is initially redirected to Securence through its MX record, which is short for mail exchange record, an entry in a domain name database that identifies the mail server responsible for handling emails for that domain name. (The MX record points to an array of servers that run in Securence's data centers in Minneapolis and Milwaukee.) Before an email can be accepted by Securence's system and delivered to the recipient, a series of steps must occur to ensure "clean" delivery. This cleansing process is also known as "filtering."

"What we're basically doing," says Travis Carter, VP of Technology at Securence, "is looking for Internet rodents."

SecurenceMail provides total protection against spam and viruses at the gateway. It typically blocks over 98% of spam and allows businesses to create and enforce custom email policies to further reduce the threat of unwanted email entering or leaving an organization. SecurenceMail is complemented by round-the-clock virus protection through Norman AntiVirus and Clam AntiVirus. This integrated multi-layer technology is fully scalable with flexible administrative management tools. By providing consolidated protection against the convergence of spam and virus threats, Securence offers organizations significant business and operational efficiencies, and lowers the total cost of ownership of anti spam and anti virus security.

About Securence
Securence is a leading provider of , and Internet filtering services that include email protection and security services for small business, enterprises, educational, and government institutions worldwide. The Company’s unique solutions help protect companies and their employees by scanning email and eliminating threats, such as viruses, worms, malicious content and attachments, and other junk mail before reaching the end user. Securence provides real-time protection from the latest email threats through the use of cutting-edge filtering technology and 24/7 monitoring – all backed by world-class customer service. Securence can be implemented immediately and requires no integration, migration, or upfront costs. Based in Minneapolis, Securence is a wholly owned subsidiary of US Internet Corp., a premier, full-service application service provider.

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October 06, 2005

Beware of the old classmate worm

A new variant of the e-mail worm is masquerading as an old class photo sent by a schoolmate: "A new variant of the Sober e-mail worm has started spreading as an attachment that claims to be an old class photo sent by a schoolmate. But if recipients open the file, they don't see a picture of themselves in braces. Instead, a worm tries to steal their information and then mail itself to others. "
From CNet NEWS.com

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October 6, 2005 in Anti Virus | Permalink | TrackBack

October 04, 2005

AdWare targets major search engines

ComputerWeekly reports that the major search engines including Google, Yahoo and MSN are being spoofed by adware called Premium search. Once the adware is installed, users visiting those search engines are actually viewing spoofs.  Full story at ComputerWeekly.

For protection from adware and spyware, contact Securence anti spam 1.866.200.9013.

October 4, 2005 in Adware | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBack

October 03, 2005

Oklahoma Man Wins $10 Million Judgment Against a Spammer

I'm sure it was a long and hard battle but an Oklahoma man wins a legal fight with a spammer.

"On Thursday the 22nd, Robert Braver, an Oklahoma ISP owner who is a long time activist against both spam and junk faxes, received a default judgment of over $10 million against high profile spammer Robert Soloway and his company Newport Internet Marketing. Soloway has frequently been cited as one of the ten largest spammers in the world."

Read more over at Circleid.com

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