Articles about Ciphertrust

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McAfee snaps up Secure Computing

McAfee is buying smaller IT security rival Secure Computing for $465m in cash. Secure Computing is best known for its firewall and security appliances product lines but more recently it has been busy on the acquisition front, most recently with a deal to buy user control firm Securify for $20m earlier this month. Prior to …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2008
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Viruses, phishing, and trojans for profit

Comment Following the 2006 International Virus Bulletin Conference, Kelly Martin takes a look at the profit motives of the cyber criminals behind modern viruses, targeted trojans, phishing scams, and botnet attacks that are stealing millions from organisations and individuals. Virus Bulletin 2006, the international virus conference, …
Kelly Martin, 26 Oct 2006

Mocbot worm fuels zombie surge

The number of compromised zombie PCs has shot up by almost a quarter (23 per cent) over the last week because of the release of a new computer worm variant, according to security appliance firm CipherTrust. CipherTrust Research Labs has identified an average of 265,000 zombies per day since the release of the latest Mocbot worm …
John Leyden, 23 Aug 2006

Secure Computing buys CipherTrust

Secure Computing has announced a deal to acquire CipherTrust, the messaging security firm, for $273.6m in cash and stock. The deal is expected to close in early September, subject to regulatory approval and customary closing conditions. The deal allows Secure Computing to add CipherTrust's messaging security appliances to its …
John Leyden, 12 Jul 2006

Taiwan fingered as the hub of spam distribution

Almost two thirds (64 per cent) of servers controlling spam traffic are located in Taiwan, according to a survey by email security firm CipherTrust. Such servers, used by internet low lives to relay spam and phishing emails through zombie, compromised PCs, are also commonly located in the US. The US accounts for 23 per cent of …
John Leyden, 12 Jun 2006
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Carders scam spammers

Fraudsters who deal in stolen credit card data have devised a means to extract money from sponsors of junk mail campaigns. Carders have signed up as affiliates to spam campaigns, but instead of sending out junk mail themselves they are using stolen credit card data to make purchases from the sponsors of spam campaigns, such as …
John Leyden, 24 May 2006
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We'll buy smut if you send us the spam

Infosec Spammers get more response from smutty emails than any other form of junk email. While penis pill offers and pharmacy drugs continue to bring in a small percentage of punters, as many as one in 20 recipients visit porno websites after receiving lewd come-ons by email. Response rates for pharmacy drugs (0.02 per cent) and " …
John Leyden, 26 Apr 2006

MessageLabs nabs Omnipod for IM security

Net security firm MessageLabs is extending its services beyond email and web filtering with the acquisition of Omnipod, a provider of enterprise instant messaging. The deal, which is subject to shareholder approval, extends MessageLabs’ offering to include managed email, web and instant message services. Financial terms of the …
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2005
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Anti-spam user authentication is 'worse than useless'

Claims that user authentication schemes will reduce spam are not just wrong but "wrongheaded", a security researcher warned on Friday. User authentication schemes such as SPF (Sender Policy Framework) and Sender ID check if machines are allowed to send email from a claimed domain - a kind of caller line identification (more …
John Leyden, 10 Oct 2005
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Sober reloaded

Zombie PCs infected with the Sober-P worm are set to reactivate on Monday, 23 May. Sober-P posed as offers of a free ticket for next year's World Cup and set up backdoor access on compromised PCs, claiming thousands of victims since its first appearance earlier this month. These infected machines were later used to generate a …
John Leyden, 20 May 2005
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Botnets trawl for phishing victims

A small number of zombie networks are responsible for all Internet phishing attacks worldwide, according to CipherTrust, the messaging security appliance firm. An analysis of messages sent to users of CipherTrust's IronMail security appliance found that less than one per cent of email messages during the first two weeks of …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2004
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Spammers embrace email authentication

Spammers have adopted a new standard for email authentication much faster than legitimate emailers, according to a study from security appliance firm CipherTrust published this week More spam than legitimate email is currently sent using Sender Policy Framework, a recently introduced email authentication protocol. According to …
John Leyden, 03 Sep 2004
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ISPs gang up on spammer-run websites

UK ISPs are targeting ecommerce websites run by spammers in a new ‘get tough’ policy on junk mail. ISPs belonging to the London Internet Exchange (LINX) have voted through acode of practice which gives them the mandate to shut down websites promoted through spam, even if junk mail messages are sent through a third-party or over …
John Leyden, 18 Aug 2004
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Anti-spam tsunami hits SMEs

World + dog is trying to carve extra revenues from the crowded anti-spam marketplace by targeting small business. This week UK-based Sophos launched its Small Business Suite, a set of integrated software packages with desktop server and e-mail gateways components, designed to shield smaller companies from spam and viruses. …
John Leyden, 22 Apr 2004
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UK anti-spam law goes live

Analysis New UK anti-spam laws coming into effect tomorrow will have limited effect in turning the tide in the fight against junk mail, according to lawyers and security experts. Revised UK regulations will mean online marketers can send e-mail pitches and SMS messages only to consumers who have agreed beforehand to receive them, except …
John Leyden, 10 Dec 2003
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We've found the perfect solution to spam: Mark takes the stand

Right of Reply We have found the perfect Solution to Spam Greetings 'GIEIS' or the Global ISP Email Identity system offers Mr McCarthy the 'Technical Satire of the Year Award'. The entire development team has had such a great laugh at the article posted here by 'The Register'. So, just to even the score a little, in a good nature of course, …
Mark McCarron, 11 Jul 2003
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We've found the perfect solution to spam

The Internet Research Task Force's (IRTF) quest for an effective solution to spam has struck gold in the form of IT specialist Mark McCarron. The IRTF's Anti-Spam Research Group (ASRG) mailing list has over the course of the last month carried details of Mr McCarron's remarkable Global ISP Email Identity System (GIEIS) system …
Kieren McCarthy, 09 Jul 2003
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CipherTrust Secure Mail Gateway

As Chairman of the Anti-Spam Research Group of the IETF, Paul Judge's role of CTO at CipherTrust could leave him more than a little open to criticism, since it is he who is responsible for the product that CipherTrust deliver, writes John McIntosh, of Bloor Research. Judge joined the Company co-founded by Jay Chaudhry (latterly …
IT-Analysis, 08 Jul 2003