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.

October 14, 2005 in Anti Spam, Anti Virus | Permalink | Comments (7) | TrackBack

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

August 31, 2005

Zotob worm linked to credit card fraud ring

CNET has an interesting article about linking the recent Zotob worm to organized crime:

"Turkish authorities have linked one of the suspects in the Zotob worm case to individuals thought to be part of a credit card fraud ring, according to the FBI."

"Atilla Ekici, a 21-year-old Turk who used the nickname "Coder," may be affiliated with people thought to be part of a credit card fraud ring in Turkey, an FBI representative said on Tuesday. Ekici was one of two men arrested last week for allegedly unleashing several computer worms, including the Zotob worm that disrupted businesses worldwide two weeks ago."

From CNET News.com > Policy, Law & Crime

August 31, 2005 in Anti Virus | Permalink | Comments (2) | TrackBack

July 14, 2005

Microsoft Rewards Sasser Worm Informants

SEATTLE (Reuters)—Microsoft Corp. will pay a combined $250,000 to two people who helped track down the author of the Sasser Internet worm, which infected computers around the globe, the world's largest software maker said on Friday.

A German court hours earlier gave Sven Jaschan a suspended sentence of 21 months after he admitted creating the malicious software program.

Jaschan, 19, was arrested within a week after the Sasser worm first appeared on the Internet in May 2004 and infected more than a million computers running Microsoft's Windows operating system.

The two individuals, who were not identified, will share the reward, which Microsoft established with Interpol, the FBI and the U.S. Secret Service.

Full story at eWeek.

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July 14, 2005 in Anti Virus | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

June 02, 2005

Bagle Worm Variants Use Multiple-stage Process to Attack PCs

The latest variants of the Bagle worm have alarmed antivirus companies because of the multiple-stage process they use to attack PCs.

The variants which Computer Associates International has given a new name  "Glieder" because it says they are so different from previous Bagle worms, combine several elements in a way not seen before. In this staged approach, viruses seed their victims, then disarm them, and then finally exploit them.

"We've seen blended threats before where a virus uses several methods to spread, but not like this" said Chris Thomas, a Computer Associates Australia security architect.

The Win32.Glieder worm spreads using a common mass-mailing method, relying on people to click on an attachment so it e-mails itself on to names in the address book. "This is the beachhead," said Thomas. "The whole point is to get to as many victims as fast as possible with a lightweight piece of malware." On Tuesday, CA saw eight variants released.   Full Article at CNET News

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June 2, 2005 in Anti Virus | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

April 15, 2005

Battle Against Spam Shifts to Containment

According to a news story in BusinessWeek, there is a new strategy in the spam battle. It's called containment.

In fact, filters for blocking junk e-mail from inboxes have improved so much that doing much more will needlessly kill legitimate e-mail. And so e-mail gatekeepers are shifting gears. Now they're getting more aggressive at keeping spam from leaving their systems in the first place.

Full article at BusinessWeek

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April 15, 2005 in Anti Virus | Permalink | TrackBack

February 03, 2005

Triple worm attack

From ZDNet

Three nasty new worms are on the loose--all are designed to lower the victim's guard, then pounce.

MSN Messenger hit by double-whammy worm
The new Bropia offshoot, which uses MSN Messenger to spread, is packaged with a second, more damaging worm.

Saddam Hussein 'death' photos used as worm bait
Mass-mailing worm claims to offer photos that show Saddam Hussein killed after trying to escape from custody.

Worm uses funny face to distract from danger
Will a picture of an old man making a silly face keep you from noticing a Trojan being installed on your PC? Someone is hoping it will.

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February 3, 2005 in Anti Virus | Permalink | TrackBack

December 14, 2004

Zafi Worm Hides Behind Christmas Cheer

A new version of the Zafi e-mail worm is spreading Christmas wishes along with its malicious code - Full Article at PC World

December 14, 2004 in Anti Virus | Permalink | TrackBack

December 09, 2004

AOL survey finds rampant online threats, clueless users

Aided by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), a nonprofit group that seeks to raise public awareness of cybersecurity issues, AOL found a virus or worm on 20% of home computers and adware on 80% of systems it surveyed.  WOW.  From Computerworld

December 9, 2004 in Anti Virus | Permalink | TrackBack