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2008-07-19 15:00:22

WANDER into a university, take to its computers with an axe and you're likely to have some tough questions to answer, a conviction on your record and somewhat dimmed employment prospects. Do the same thing using zombie armies of computers unleashed in the vast hunting grounds of the Internet to turn vulnerable PCs into spam- spewing monsters, give yourself a cool name and you can expect to stroll out of court. You'll have an unblemished record because a conviction would dim your bright...

2008-07-01 06:00:22

MessageLabs, the leading provider of messaging and web security services to businesses worldwide, today announced the results of its MessageLabs Intelligence Report for June 2008. Analysis highlights that the number of new malicious websites blocked each day has risen by 58 percent in June to its highest level since April 2007. The rise in malicious websites, according to MessageLabs, is linked to a rise in the number of spyware and adware sites being blocked. "Web-based malware has become a...

2008-06-25 09:02:38

The volume of malicious spam in circulation has more than tripled in one week, according to new research from Marshal's TRACE team. This sharp increase can be largely attributed to the Srizbi botnet, which is currently responsible for 46 percent of all spam sent. Malicious spam jumped from 3 percent of total spam traffic at the start of June to 9.9 percent the following week. 'Malicious spam' is spam that isn't designed to sell a product or service, but is intended specifically to infect...