Archive content Apr 2010

04.30.10 Spam Statistics from Symantec Corp

In 2009, spam made up 88% of all internet e-mail, with a high of 90% in the month of May and a low of 74% in February. Of the 107 billion spam messages sent per day on average, 85% were from botnets. The 10 major bot networks, including Rustock, Cutwail and Mega-D now control at […]

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04.23.10 1.5M Facebook Passwords Stolen

A group within Verisign has recently discovered 1.5 million Facebook IDs and passwords for sale. The hacker who uses the name Kirllos has advertised the sale of the user names and passwords in an underground hacker forum. If his claims are true he holds account information for one in every 300 Facebook users. Rick Howard […]

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04.08.10 Intrusion Prevention Systems vs SSL

Intrusion prevention systems (IPS) provide a valuable service, defending networks from many different forms of attacks, from cross site scripting to stopping trojan horses dead in their tracks.  Many consider coupling an IPS with solid firewall rules an “unbreakable” network security solution.  But what if the attacks occur over SSL?  For instance, let’s say you’re […]

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