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The term "survival of the fittest" seems to be particularly apt when it comes to the Koobface worm. Over the years, the notorious social networking botnet has survived an almost unrelenting media spotlight, serial security improvements and even a massive international takedown, and has thus far managed to stay on its feet. And its adaptability could possibly bode well as it enters the next phase of its existence. The prolific botnet Koobface, the notorious anagram of Facebook, got its start hijacking social networking accounts via a myriad of social... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Feb 23, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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More and more organizations are opening up their networks with invitations that say BYOD (bring your own device) and seeing everything from iPads to the latest Android gadget walk in their doors. And no one can deny that this trend is accelerating rapidly without any clear sign of stopping. According to a December 2011 Forrester Report, half of all US information workers pay for their smartphones and monthly plans, while three-quarters pick the platform of their choice rather than accept an IT standard issue device. For organizations, particularly... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Feb 21, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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This week it's no secret that the Fortinet team that has been hitting it pretty hard on the Adobe front. For San Jose, Calif.-based Adobe, Valentine's Day came with a bang when researcher Honggang Ren of Fortinet's FortiGuard Labs detected a total of seven out of nine critical vulnerabilities in Adobe's Shockwave Player 11.6.3.633 (CVE-2012-0757, CVE-2012-0760, CVE-2012-0761, CVE-2012-0762, CVE-2012-0763, CVE-2012-0764, CVE-2012-0766) and earlier versions for both Windows and Mac OS X. According to Ren, the memory corruption vulnerabilities were... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Feb 17, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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These days, healthcare organizations have their hands full when it comes to compliance. In addition to adhering to a slew of industry regulations, such as HIPAA and HITECH, designed to protect patients' confidential information, medical facilities of all sizes are also facing increasingly stringent requirements from the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. That's right—PCI. PCI DSS, a series of 12 rigorous and detailed mandates governing customer data protection, applies to any organization that runs or processes credit card information—and... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Feb 16, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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Black Hat Europe 2012 is now a month away, and this year, Fortinet researchers are taking their place among the headliners with three presentations in the lineup. “An Attacker's Day Into Virology: Human vs Computer" : What do influenza and the Conficker worm have in common? A lot. Fortinet researchers Axelle Apvrille and Guillaume Lovet will delve into these questions in their presentation with a deep comparison of technical and biological virology. During their discussion, the researchers will examine virus behaviors such as infection methods... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Feb 15, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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Third of our three part series on the Anatomy of a Crimeware Syndicate, as delineated by Derek Manky, Senior Security Strategist at Fortinet. In part one we discussed the fundamental infrastructure and hierarchy of a crimeware syndicate. Part two talked about the threat landscape and major botnet takedowns. Now part three looks at specific threats facing organizations and outlines what tools can be used to combat them. You often get what you pay for, and crimeware markets are no exception. Attackers looking for crimeware can expect to pay more... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Feb 13, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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** Part two of our three part series Anatomy of a Crimeware Syndicate. In part one we talked about the hierarchy and operations of a crimeware syndicate. Today we’re going to talk about the threat landscape that sustains crimeware and part three will look at solutions organizations can implement to reduce their risk. ** Crimeware syndicates aren't going away anytime soon. In short, it’s way too profitable--crimeware equals high returns and almost zero risk for its creators. And up until now, approaches to mitigate or prevent crimeware... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Feb 10, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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The first of a three-part series, delineated by Fortinet's Derek Manky, which closely examines crimeware syndicates' infrastructure, the current threat environment that sustains these underground networks and possible protection mechanisms for targeted organizations. It's no secret that cyber criminals have evolved from out-of-the-basement hackers to highly organized and efficient networks employing thousands of “workers” to achieve their criminal objectives. But the criminal underground had a little help. Thus, its not entirely surprising... [Read More]
by RSS Stefanie Hoffman  |  Feb 09, 2012  |  Filed in: Industry Trends
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