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Swiss defence firm snaps up Brit security outfit Clearswift

Swiss aerospace and defence firm RUAG has slurped UK cyber security outfit Clearswift from private equity owner Lyceum Capital, the financial terms of which were not disclosed. The buy continues a recent trend of aerospace and defence companies investing into cybersecurity armoury, exemplified by Raytheon's acquisition of …
John Leyden, 20 Dec 2016

Quadsys Five enter 'not guilty' pleas to Crown court charges

The fraud case against five men from security reseller Quadsys will go to trial in September after they pleaded not guilty to allegations of hacking into a rival’s database to plunder customer and pricing data. The individuals charged include MD Paul Cox, owner Paul Streeter, director Alistair Barnard, account manager Steve …
Paul Kunert, 18 Mar 2016

Experian-T-Mobile US hack: 'We trusted them, now that trust is broken'

Analysis The IT security breach that spilt the personal details of an estimated 15 million T-Mobile US phone contract applicants has thrown a new spotlight on the risks of breaches at third-party companies. T-Mobile's own systems weren't compromised. Rather, the source of the leak was Experian, the company that processed the carrier's …
John Leyden, 02 Oct 2015 unleashes 3D virtual world to train GCHQ's kiddie division

The next generation of Blighty's cybersecurity workforce is to be trained without even realising it, in a Cabinet Office-funded cyber skyscraper built "solely to find, test and recruit cyber talent". The cyber skyscraper, which is pleasingly hosted in Skyscape's cloud, has been dubbed Cyphinx. Cyphinx is a browser-based MMO- …

Quadsys Five charged with fraud over data-slurping allegations

The boys in blue have charged Paul Cox, MD at Oxfordshire-based security outfit Quadsys, with fraud after he and others at the firm allegedly hacked into a rival security reseller to take data, including pricing info. Cox was among five bods arrested in March by Thames Valley Police (TVP) in conjunction with the National Crime …
Paul Kunert, 14 Aug 2015
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A third of workers admit they'd leak sensitive biz data for peanuts

A third of employees would sell information on company patents, financial records and customer credit card details if the price was right. A poll of 4,000 employees in the UK, Germany, USA and Australia found that for £5,000, a quarter would flog off sensitive data, potentially risking both their job and criminal convictions …
John Leyden, 29 Jul 2015

Brit infosec firm lets hackers think they've stolen something

Security strategies generally concentrate on keeping the bad guys out, but British security outfit ClearSwift has stumbled upon another approach: if the bad guys get in, let them out with something. But scrub it clean on the way out the door. ClearSwift is the latest home for content-screening technologies first developed in …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2014
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Security vet Rafferty rocks up at Clearswift with bold plan

Security industry vet Ciaran Rafferty has been tapped up by Brit content and email traffic filtering firm Clearswift to run global sales. Billed by the firm as an industry rainmaker - someone that can conjure clients and cash - Rafferty has bags of channel experience gained in numerous previous roles. According to the man he' …
Paul Kunert, 11 Mar 2014

Fasthosts CEO Burton hits alt-F4 for last time at web biz

Fasthosts Internet CEO Andy Burton has resigned and is set to leave at the end of June, The Channel can reveal. After nearly four years at the helm, the IT veteran - a former Clearswift COO, ex-CEO of Centennial Software and previous FrontRange Solutions veep - says it is time seek out pastures new. "I'll have completed four …
Paul Kunert, 10 May 2013

Brit security biz Clearswift pockets £30m from sugar daddies

Investment house Lyceum Capital has bought UK-based content security firm Clearswift. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were imprecise but a spokeswoman said that around £30m will be ploughed into the business. Clearswift, which plays in the email and web gateway segment of the security software market, also …
John Leyden, 29 Nov 2011
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Most bosses monitor or block social-network use at work

Viruses, loss of confidential data and fear of employees tooling around doing sweet FA on Twitter are the top reasons that employers give for putting the brakes on social media in the workplace. And it's stopping them benefiting from new collaborative technologies, says ClearSwift Research. The company surveyed 1,529 employees …
Anna Leach, 07 Sep 2011

Breach disclosure laws have 'no effect' on identity theft

Widespread information security breach laws in the US have failed to do much to reduce identity theft. The finding, by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, comes as calls are growing in Europe to enact laws that would oblige organisations to notify customers in cases where their personal details become exposed. The …
John Leyden, 05 Jun 2008

Facebook poked by XSS flaw

Updated Facebook has fixed a cross site scripting flaw that left its users at risk from scripting attacks. Security blog has posted a harmless proof of concept demo of a flaw on the social networking website that could leave surfers vulnerable to malware. Attacks that trick users into handing over their credentials through …
John Leyden, 23 May 2008

Spammers open new front on social networking sites

Social networking sites have become the new front in the war against spam, according to security watchers. In the six months leading up to March 2008, social networking sites saw a four-fold growth in the amount of spam on their network. At several major social networking sites, 30 per cent of new accounts created are …
John Leyden, 14 May 2008

Barracuda plays the hippie card in Trend Micro patent row

Barracuda Networks has called on open source advocates to help fight its patent dust-up with Trend Micro over the Clam AntiVirus software package. Specifically, the provider of network-based security products for email and websites is asking for help in dredging up old technologies that were developed prior to the filing of the …
Dan Goodin, 29 Jan 2008
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Domain name gaffe launches Clearswift clients into e-mail panic

A domain name snafu at Clearswift, a company that filters email and web pages for objectionable content, wreaked havoc on some of its business customers when admins awoke to find their organizations were unable to send or receive email. The outage was caused when, the domain where customers' email is routed …
Dan Goodin, 23 Jan 2008
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Bell Micro issues security training alert to channel

IT distie Bell Micro has kicked off a new security training scheme for its channel partners. The Security Sales Academy will take place at its Chessington World of Adventures site and will be punted to small to medium sized (SMB) and enterprise businesses in an attempt at raising the G-force skill level among sales staff. …
Kelly Fiveash, 15 Oct 2007

Speeding up the net - is it possible?

The best way to get reliable performance out of a wide area network (WAN) is to install your own high-speed gigabit fibre optic cables between all the locations in your organisation. This could provide seemingly unlimited bandwidth for your employees to use the applications they like and not have to think twice about the volume …
Bob Tarzey, 20 Jul 2007
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MS anti-Trojan shield fails to protect older Offices

Microsoft's attempts to protect against the growing range of attacks targeting unpatched flaws in its Office application suite are only likely to be partially effective, according to security experts. The tool, Microsoft Office Isolated Conversion Environment (MOICE), is designed to protect against malformed Office 2003 …
John Leyden, 06 Jun 2007
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Staff use of Web 2.0 is unseen threat, survey says

Over one third of businesses do not monitor their employees' internet use, according to a survey carried out by an information security firm. The research found that companies are underestimating the data risk posed by so-called Web 2.0 sites. Websites based on user-generated content, blogging, or participation are frequently …
OUT-LAW.COM, 20 Apr 2007

UK PLC security prognosis mixed

Infosec The annual total cash loss to the UK economy from security breaches has swollen to £10bn, the DTI estimates. This figure, according to the DTI Information Security Breaches Survey 2006 (ISBS), indicates that small companies in particular still haven't gotten wise to the threats posed by malware. According to the report, a …
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UK workers abuse net access

Staff misuse of internet access is still rife in the UK despite improvements over the last two years. Office workers frequently access inappropriate websites or goof about surfing the net instead of getting on with their work, according to findings from the 2006 Department of Trade and Industry's (DTI) biennial Information …
John Leyden, 27 Mar 2006

UK.plc struggles to eradicate viral infection

Viral infection was the biggest single cause of security incidents over the last two years, according to a DTI-backed study published on Tuesday. The DTI's biennial Information Security Breaches survey found that viral infection caused roughly half of security incidents reported. Two in five viral infestations were said to have …
John Leyden, 28 Feb 2006

Email 'get rich quick' scams double in October

Incidence of email "get rich quick" scams more than doubled (albeit from a low base) last month, according to email security firm Clearswift. It warns surfers to disregard spurious "work from home opportunities" received via junk mail which are normally designed to lure naive users into criminal enterprises. After accounting for …
John Leyden, 10 Nov 2005

Develop 'super-human' like powers... fast!

Spammers are capitalizing on Hollywood's love affair with superhero flicks to lure gullible email readers with offers of phenomenal superhuman powers. Clearswift's latest monthly spam index has found spammers are making tall offers for software they claim would "automatically motivate, empower and re-educate your mind to …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Aug 2005

Perkins get Azlan

Distie round-up Computer 2000 - as Tech Data is called in the UK - has promoted Lee Perkins to run Azlan in the UK. Former Azlan boss Simon Hill was purged last month in the a re-org which saw the loss of 60 jobs. Azlan UK now incorporates C2000's former networking solutions group - which Perkins ran - and its midrange hardware and software …
Team Register, 31 Aug 2005
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Cockney suits abuse f**king email

It's taken 'em a while, but email security firm Clearswift has discovered that Londoners are the worst in the UK when it comes to effing and blinding in emails, using email to slag people off and binning emails they want to keep the lid on. In fact yer average corporate Cockney Sparra comes out worse in every single email …
Lester Haines, 17 Aug 2005
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iPod users deprived of muff

The Muff Dock Our regular Gizmondo feature - provided by those lovely people down at Tech Digest - regularly showcases a "Obligatory iPod Accessory of the Week"; most recently the Audi-Oh Vibrator which converts your iPod into a musical orgasmatron. Well, you'll need somewhere to rest you iPod after a hard core session, and …
Lester Haines, 27 Jul 2005
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Spam king surrenders his ignoble crown

Scott Richter - the self-styled Spam King1 - has been dropped from an authorative list of known spammers after cleaning up his act. Richter and his OptInRealBig option were a fixture in Spamhaus's Register of Known Spam Operations (ROKSO) for years. Only hard-core spammers who become the subject of repeated complaints feature …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2005
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UK workers still circulating lewd and racist email

UK workers are continuing to abuse corporate email systems even though sending inappropriate emails is bad for their employer's reputation and potentially puts their own job at risk. A third (34 per cent) of 2,000 UK office workers quizzed in a YouGov survey have been sent sexually explicit or racist material by colleagues. …
John Leyden, 20 Jul 2005
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Like MUF diving? Call Clearswift

Let's face it, most IT conferences are dull affairs where jaded suits slump despairingly over briefing notes in front of worthy but dull Powerpoint-driven presentations concerning the likely Indonesian market for desktop Linux during Q2 2017 before dragging themselves towards the free bar with the vain hope that they won't run …
Lester Haines, 20 Jul 2005

Irish distie claims top spot

Commtech is claiming to be Ireland's top security distributor following its purchase of Sentryst for an undisclosed amount. Sentryst was spun off from reseller Entropy in 1999 and has some shareholders in common. Conall Lavery, MD of Entropy and the largest minority shareholder in Sentryst, said: "Sentryst has operated very …
John Oates, 05 Jul 2005
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Anti-spam success drives malware authors downmarket

Crooks are turning to spyware scams because it's getting harder to make money from spam, according to a leading UK anti-virus expert. "Spam is less effective because of improved anti-spam filters, so crooks are looking at phishing, ID theft, and stealing information on demand to make money," said Graham Cluley, senior technology …
John Leyden, 30 Jun 2005

MailFrontier expands into Europe

MailFrontier - the US email filtering software and appliance firm - opened its first European offices in London and Brussels on Monday. Industry veteran Vanessa Wade has been appointed as general manager for MailFrontier's EMEA operations. The US firm already has 45 customers in Europe, including SAP, Kingspan Group and …
John Leyden, 09 May 2005
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Beware of toxic blogs

Toxic blogs are been used to distribute malware and keyloggers, censorware firm Websense warns. Websense Security Labs said it has discovered "hundreds of instances" of blogs involved in the storage and delivery of harmful code this year. Anti-virus firms question why Websense has singled out blogs as a particular security risk …
John Leyden, 14 Apr 2005
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Desperate housewives spam used to spread spyware

There has been a sharp increase in spam messages purporting to offer the details of women looking for casual sex in recent weeks. But surfers hoping to hook up to swingers are actually directed to pornographic websites, which often harbour spyware, email security firm Clearswift warned Tuesday. The ruse is one of the latest …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2005
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DRM and daft lawsuits win no friends at El Reg

Letters If there was ever a headline that would guarantee a response from Register readers, it was Is Linux security a myth?. In it, the writer argued that security can never be perfect, and that Linux cannot ever be 100 per cent secure. You all seemed perfectly happy with this line of reasoning, even if you surprised yourselves by …
Lucy Sherriff, 18 Feb 2005
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UK techies blow 17 days a year yakking to mates

The productivity of UK businesses is being threatened by employees who waste time emailing their friends, new research claims. Forty per cent of UK workers spend an hour or more every day messaging friends and relatives and swapping jokes, according to a poll by Clearswift. UK IT departments proved the worst behaved, spending 17 …, 16 Feb 2005
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Phishers tapping botnets to automate attacks

Computer criminals are making phishing more potent by automating attacks. Anti-Phishing Working Group (APWG) analysts reckon fraudsters are using automated tools and botnets to ramp up attacks. It estimates attacks grew by an average of 36 per cent a month between July and October. Scam emails that form the basis of phishing …
John Leyden, 26 Nov 2004
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Online Xmas shopping puts business 'at risk'

Almost a quarter of us are planning to do our Christmas shopping from our desks at work, according to a survey released yesterday. More 18-29 year-olds – 28 per per cent – will turn to their office net access to get their presents bought in time. As the festive season approaches, the number of people sending electronic …
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Nov 2004
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Brace yourselves for Xmas spam surge

PC users are being told to stay alert in the run up to Christmas, as research shows cyber-crime is increasing and getting 'smarter'. Crimes committed over the internet or through email have rocketed in recent years, with spammers and code writers constantly coming up with new ways to breach IT security. Despite conservative …, 12 Nov 2004
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Summer spammers get raunchy

The sun seems to be having an inspiring effect on the world's spammers, with levels of pornographic spam rising in step with the temperature. According to Clearswift's monthly spam index, the amount of porn being sent to our unsuspecting inboxes has risen 350 per cent since June. The company's spam watchers also noticed a …
Lucy Sherriff, 17 Aug 2004
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Two thirds of emails now spam: official

Spam hotspots are emerging as the global levels of junk mail worldwide continue to increase. More than two thirds (67.6 per cent) of the 840m emails scanned by filtering firm MessageLabs last month was identified as spam. MessageLabs figures also indicate significant regional variations and spam "hot spots", despite attempts to …
John Leyden, 25 May 2004
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Anti-spam laws baffle

Businesses are in the dark over anti-spam laws, with 83 per cent ignorant of legislation aimed at stopping junk emails, a new survey has revealed. The research, conducted by software firm Clearswift, found that although just 16 per cent of businesses were aware of laws against spam, a massive 92 per cent felt current rules were …, 07 May 2004
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Small businesses are leaving themselves vulnerable to spam, with over a third of firms still without a junk email policy, new research has found. The study, conducted by Clearswift, found that 34 per cent of small companies did not have measures in place to combat spam, with a further 57 per cent of firms with a policy not …
Lester Haines, 27 Apr 2004
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Stock spam scams ramping up

Spam messages promoting bogus financial tips are on the rise. Financial spam rose from 10.8 per cent to 26 cent last month, according to mail filtering outfit ClearSwift. The increase is due largely to bogus stock tips, it says. By implying that recipients of spam emails are in possession of privileged information - such as …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2004
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Email filter patent puts industry on edge

A US patent granted to Postini, the email security company, could grant it legal ownership of a large chunk of the methodology underlying anti-spam and message filtering technology on the market. The implications for the mail filtering business are huge - if the patent can withstand a legal challenge. The patent effectively …
Lucy Sherriff, 30 Mar 2004
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Online extortionists target Cheltenham

Extortionists have launched a series of withering attacks against online bookies in the run up the tomorrow’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Denial of service attacks on William Hill - Britain's second-biggest betting chain - were swiftly followed by email demands for $10,000. Other bookies, including BetDaq and Totalbet, have been …
John Leyden, 17 Mar 2004
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Sex, drugs and cans of spam

Viagra and diet pills are top of the spam chart. Email filtering firm Clearswift's monthly Spam Index records that 42.6 per cent of the unsolicited mail clogging our inboxes in January was from companies touting pharmaceuticals. The volume of porn-related mails has risen to its highest level since June 2003, but it still comes …
Lucy Sherriff, 19 Feb 2004
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Baltimore sells ‘crown jewels’

Security company Baltimore Technologies today announced a "conditional agreement" to sell its core public key infrastructure (PKI) business to US firm beTRUSTed for $5 million in cash. The sale of Baltimore's 'crown jewels' to BeTRUSTed (which is owned by Bank One's One Equity Partners) effectively winds up the company, …
John Leyden, 22 Sep 2003