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Sophos buys cloudy email security outfit Reflexion Networks

Sophos has acquired cloud-based email security firm Reflexion Networks. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were undisclosed. Reflexion markets archiving, email encryption and business continuity services. Reflexion Total Control blocks spam and viruses before they ever get to the corporate network. Archiving, …
John Leyden, 09 Jun 2015
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Sophos looks to raise £65m with IPO

Security software outfit Sophos is to imminently float on the London Stock Exchange, a move it estimates will raise $100m (£65m), the company announced today. The Oxford-based biz is thought to be targeting a valuation of £1bn, according to The Sunday Times (subscription required). Richard Holway, analyst at TechMarketView …
Kat Hall, 03 Jun 2015

Sophos' putrid patch snuffs Citrix kit, kills call centre

A Sophos Web Appliance update has crashed users' PC fleets including knocking offline the Australian call centre of a global company for two days after support was quietly revoked for SSL 3.0 ciphers used in Citrix Receiver. The British security firm pushed out update version 4.0.2.3 last week to correct four non-critical issues …
Darren Pauli, 29 Jun 2015
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Sophos: We'll have a market cap of £1bn when we IPO

Brit security slinger Sophos’s listing on the London Stock Exchange went live today, giving the firm a market cap of around £1bn – a valuation that has caused a stir among analysts. The intent to float was confirmed weeks ago, with the Oxford-based firm expecting to raise cash to fund the next phase of biz development and rub …
Paul Kunert, 26 Jun 2015
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Sophos gulps down hot Mojave, will puff out more secure clouds

Sophos has slurped up the security firm Mojave Networks in a bid to develop the world's strongest and most secure cloud. You should probably now get excited about data security. "Mojave Networks is a young innovative company that has built a leading platform right at the intersection of three cutting-edge areas of security: …
Jasper Hamill, 08 Oct 2014

APT devs are LOUSY coders, says Sophos

The most infamous advanced persistent threat groups write exploits that fail more often than they work, malware bod Gabor Szappanos says. The malware prober with SophosLabs Hungary office examined 15 exploit writing groups and rated six as having only basic skills. Szappanos found one popular exploit (CVE-2014-1761) used as a …
Darren Pauli, 05 Feb 2015

CONFIRMED: Sophos shifting threat response work to India

Updated Sophos has confirmed it is moving the "majority of its [computer security] threat response work" to India. The Register got wind of the change from an anonymous tipster who told us SophosLabs is shifting away all of its frontline operations to India after it acquired Cyberoam there in February this year. In a statement, Sophos …
John Leyden, 04 Jun 2014
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Sophos to offshore American support operations

Exclusive Sophos plans to offshore support operations from the US to Canada and the Philippines as part of a wide-ranging restructuring of its support operations. The plans were outlined in an internal email to staff from Mary Winfield, SVP Global Support, leaked to El Reg by an anonymous tipster. "Another year, another round of layoffs …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2014
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Sophos pulls out spade, fills in holes in Web Appliance

Sophos has pulled out the weeds in its web-scanning software after Core Security identified multiple holes in its Web Protection Appliance versions 3.8.0, 3.8.13 and 3.7.9 and earlier. The Core Security advisory states that if a remote attacker can gain access to the appliance's web administrator interface, the attacker could …
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Sophos picks up axe again, 'plans to DECIMATE staff'

Sophos plans to shed 150 jobs as part of restructuring exercise, according to a source who tipped off El Reg. The security-software maker confirmed to The Register that cuts in some areas of its business were on the cards. But it declined to discuss the specifics of the planned redundancies; for example, it did not say which …
John Leyden, 16 Apr 2013
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Got a Sophos Web Protection box? Make sure it's up to date

Sophos has plugged security holes in its Web Protection Appliance that could place its customers' internet connections in the hands of eavesdroppers. The equipment is supposed to filter out suspicious or harmful web traffic for businesses. But the flaws allowed any unauthenticated user to access sensitive configuration files in …
John Leyden, 04 Apr 2013
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Sophos slips Junk into gap left by departing EMEA veep

Sophos veep for northern Europe, Middle East and Africa Ciaran Rafferty has quietly left the organisation, The Channel can reveal. Rafferty joined Sophos as UK and Ireland country manager a little over three years ago and was handed a wider remit in August 2010. "After three years of significant contributions to Sophos, Ciaran …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jul 2012
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Sophos dangles free Android antivirus to tempt BYOD-friendly biz

Sophos has crafted a freebie antivirus app dubbed Sophos Mobile Security for Android-powered devices. The software tries to protect smartphones against malware, warns fandroids of privacy-invading programs and can lock down a gadget if it's lost or stolen, ideally without taxing either performance or battery life. The software, …
John Leyden, 30 Jul 2012
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Sophos to axe 35 developer posts, shifts gaze to mobile, networks

Exclusive Sophos intends to shed 35 jobs from its development team as part of a company shakeup. The security software maker confirmed cuts are on the cards, but would not discuss the specifics of the planned redundancies after an anonymous source tipped off the The Reg. The firm said it will attempt to move affected workers within the …
John Leyden, 15 Nov 2012
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Google bod exposes Sophos Antivirus' gaping holes

A security researcher has discovered embarrassing and critical vulnerabilities in Sophos' enterprise protection software. Tavis Ormandy, an information security engineer at Google, published a paper along with example attack code to highlight flaws present in Windows, Linux and Mac OS X builds of Sophos' antivirus product. The …
John Leyden, 06 Nov 2012
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Sophos antivirus classifies its own update kit as malware

Sophos users woke up to mayhem on Thursday after the business-focussed antivirus firm released an update that classified itself and any other update utility as a virus. As a result enterprise PCs running the application went haywire, generating false positives reporting SSH/Updater-B malware. Sysadmins were bombarded with …
John Leyden, 20 Sep 2012
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Sophos shutters partner portal after hack attack

Sophos has shut down its portal for partners after finding two software packages on its servers designed to allow access to them – and possibly to user data stored there, as well. The security software firm posted a statement on the portal explaining that it had spotted suspicious behavior on some of its servers this Tuesday. An …
Iain Thomson, 05 Apr 2012
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Want to download free AV software? Don't have a Muslim name

Exclusive Software export controls are being applied to blacklisted people as well as countries: and these controls apply to routine security packages such as freebie antivirus scanning software, as well as more sensitive technologies, El Reg has concluded. We've come to this way of thinking after investigating why Reg reader Hasan Ali …
John Leyden, 07 Aug 2015

Link farmers bust Google search algos

Sophos threat hunter Dmitry Samosseiko says internet lowlife are implanting hundreds of thousands of malicious PDF files a day on compromised websites to build a new cloaking system that foils Google's search algorithm analysis. Samosseiko says the blackhat search engine optimisation method applies old keyword-stuffing and …
Darren Pauli, 09 Jul 2015
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It's not just antivirus downloads that have export control screening

Export control screening for individuals hoping to purchase everyday consumer technologies extends beyond just antivirus software downloads, according to several sources contacted by The Register. Those who share the name of someone on a blacklist have to go through secondary screening (a bureaucratic process generally …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2015
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Sophos buys security appliance firm Astaro

UK-based net security firm Sophos is getting into the hardware game with the purchase of all-in-one security appliance firm Astaro. Terms of the deal to acquire privately held Astaro, announced Friday, were not disclosed. Astaro, with $56m in billings during 2010, is the fourth largest dedicated unified threat management (UTM) …
John Leyden, 06 May 2011
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Vawtrak challenges almighty ZeuS as king of the botnets

Crooks behind Vawtrak, a dangerous banking Trojan, are ramping up its reach and sophistication, security firms have warned. Vawtrak currently ranks as the single most dangerous threat, according to PhishLabs. Only Zeus and its many variants (GameOver, KINS, ZeusVM, Zberp, etc.) taken as a single malware "family" would outrank …
John Leyden, 27 Dec 2014
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Sophos says sorry over Google Analytics false alarm

Updated Sophos has apologised after its security screening technology went awry and began falsely warning users when they visited websites running Google Analytics. The false positive - which identified web content served up from google-analytics.com as malicious code (specifically HTMLGen-A) - kicked in at around 05:15 GMT and …
John Leyden, 10 Jun 2011

'Cops KNOW WHO I AM and I don't believe their hearts were truly in the shootout'

QuoTW It was a week of Firefox flaws, unruly Windows and big game news. Here were our favorite quotes from the past seven days: We may have arrived in the Windows 10 era but over in Wales, IT still parties like it's 2001. NHS systems have been found to still be running the ancient operating system Windows XP on their desktops. …
Team Register, 09 Aug 2015
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My employer, comply with data protection law? Don't think so – say 3 in 4 office drones

Less than a quarter of staff at businesses in the UK, France and Germany think their organisation fully complies with data protection laws, according to a new study. Cyber security company Sophos commissioned a survey of 1,500 office workers in the three countries and found that 77 per cent of respondents were not confident that …
OUT-LAW.COM, 03 Oct 2014
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Reduced growth forces Sophos to shed 80 jobs

Tough times in the information security market have obliged UK-based information security firm Sophos to draw up plans to reduce its workforce by around 7 per cent. A decline in its rate of growth in the first half of this year prompted Sophos to make the tough decision to shed around 80 jobs. The job reductions will be achieved …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2010

RIG exploit kit scum pop 27,000 machines a day

The authors of the RIG exploit kit have bounced back after a source code leak and are now again happily infecting computers at the rate of around 27,000 machines a day. The exploit kit, widely available at underground cybercrime markets, had its source code leaked in February. Trustwave Spiderlabs researchers say that since …
Darren Pauli, 04 Aug 2015

Malwarebytes slurps startup, hopes to belch out Mac malware zapper

Security software firm Malwarebytes is moving into the Mac security software market with the acquisition of a start-up and the launch of its first anti-malware product for Apple computers. Malwarebytes Anti-Malware for Mac is designed to detect and remove malware, adware, and PUPs (potentially unwanted programs). The release …
John Leyden, 15 Jul 2015

Flash zero-day monster Angler dominates exploit kit crime market

SophosLabs researcher Fraser Howard says the Angler exploit kit is dominating the highly competitive underground malware market: Angler's market share has exploded from a quarter to 83 per cent within nine months. The growth occurred between September and May this year, we'e told. Angler emerged in 2013 to become one of the …
Darren Pauli, 23 Jul 2015
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NSA: Here’s $300,000, people. Go build us a safer Internet of Things

The NSA is funding development of an architecture for a "safer" Internet of Things (IoT), in the hope of incorporating better security at a product's design phase. The controversial US intelligence agency is bestowing a $299,000, one-year grant to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) for a project that aims to build a …
John Leyden, 13 Aug 2015
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Apax buys control of Sophos for $830m

Updated Apax Partners has bought a majority stake in UK-based net security firm Sophos in a deal announced on Monday valuing the company at $830m. Dr Jan Hruska and Dr Peter Lammer, who co-founded Sophos 25 years ago, will retain a significant minority shareholding, reportedly valued at $300m. TA Associates, a minority shareholder in …
John Leyden, 04 May 2010
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GCHQ: Security software? We'll soon see about THAT

The UK's spook agency GCHQ has been working with the National Security Agency to subvert anti-virus software, according to the latest piece of spoon-fed Snowden info reported on The Intercept. According to Glenn Greenwald's rag, spooks reverse-engineered software products in order to obtain intel – a tactic that will surely come …
Kat Hall, 23 Jun 2015
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Gameover ZeuS botnet pulls dripping stake from heart, staggers back from the UNDEAD

The Gameover ZeuS malware is back from the dead just six weeks after a takedown operations that aimed to put a stake through the heart of the botnet, which is linked to the even more infamous CryptoLocker ransomware. International law enforcement acted against the crooks behind the Gameover ZeuS in early June. For the past month …
John Leyden, 14 Jul 2014
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Kaspersky says air-gap industrial systems: why not baby monitors, too?

I wasn't at AusCERT this year, but watching the Tweet-stream and chatting to fellow Vulture Darren Pauli kept me clued-in, and I was interested to hear that Eugene Kaspersky thinks air-gaps are a good way to protect SCADA systems. Because you won't convince the industrial sector to reverse the cost savings it got from connecting …
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Sophos debuts freebie anti-virus scanner for Macs

Updated Sophos released a free of charge Mac anti-virus product for consumers on Tuesday in a bid to highlight the growing security risk against the platform and to shake fanbois out of their complacency. The business-focused internet security firm is making Sophos Anti-Virus Home Edition for Mac available for download at no charge - …
John Leyden, 02 Nov 2010

Slippery Windows Updates' SOAP bubbles up SYSTEM priveleges

Blackhat 2015: Microsoft has bungled Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), according to hackers Paul Stone and Alex Chapman, with insecure defaults that let them hijack OS updates. Attackers that have previously gained admin privilege on a target system can elevate themselves to system-level access by skipping the normal signed update …
Darren Pauli, 07 Aug 2015
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Android in user-chosen lockscreen patterns are grimly predictable SHOCKER

People choose predictable Android lock screen patterns just like they pick predictable passwords. Research by Marte Løge, a recent graduate from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, confirmed that the problems people have in setting up secure passwords and PINs are replicated in the field of Android lockscreen …
John Leyden, 26 Aug 2015
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Sophos sorry for blog comment spam campaign

Sophos has apologised after a third-party marketing agency hired by the anti-virus and anti-spam specialist sprayed link spam on the blog of security expert Gunter Ollmann. Multiple auto-generated comments submitted to Ollmann's technicalinfo.net blog containing hyperlinks to the anti-malware portal on the Sophos website. The …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2010

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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Sydney wallows in cesspit of WiFi obsolescence and ignorance

Sophos has brought its Raspberry-Pi-powered World of Warbiking WiFi-sniffing peloton to Sydney and found, as it does everywhere around the world, that some people just can't be bothered with WiFi security. The Word of Warbiking sees Sophos' head of security research James Lynbe strap a Pi and various WiFi cards to his bicycle …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Jul 2014

Panic like it's 1999: Microsoft Office macro viruses are BACK

Macro viruses involving infected Word and Excel files were a plague in the late 1990s. Yet, like grunge music, the genre fell into decline as techniques and technologies moved on. More recently macro viruses have staged something of a revival, thanks to social-engineering trickery. Windows executable malware has dominated macro …
John Leyden, 08 Jul 2014

Favicons used to update world's 'most dangerous' malware

Developer Jakub Kroustek has found new features in the dangerous Vawtrak malware that allow it to send and receive data through encrypted favicons distributed over the Tor network. The AVG security bod reveals the features in a report (pdf) into the malware which is considered one of the worst single threats in existence. He …
Darren Pauli, 25 Mar 2015
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Wanna harvest a stranger's Facebook data? Get a mobile number and off you go

Hackers and other miscreants are able to access names, telephone numbers, images and location data in bulk from Facebook, using only a cellphone number. The loophole was revealed by software engineer Reza Moaiandin. Moaiandin, technical director at UK-based tech firm Salt.agency, exploited a little-known privacy setting in a …
John Leyden, 12 Aug 2015

Pew, pew, pew! Sammy shoots out updates to plug mobile keyboard snooping bug

Samsung has promised to deploy updates to resolve a serious mobile keyboard snooping bug, with security policy fixes expected in the coming days, the company said on Thursday – while simultaneously downplaying the issue. As previously reported, researchers at security firm NowSecure warned that a problem involving the keyboard …
John Leyden, 19 Jun 2015
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Gullible Apple users targeted by bogus order cancellation scam

Cybercrooks are targeting Apple iCloud users with phishing messages designed to steal financial information. A new run of spam messages offer a slight twist on the popular ”bogus order" scam. Instead of simply telling you about a payment you're supposed to have made, prospective marks are invited to cancel a transaction already …
John Leyden, 13 Feb 2015
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Sophos to shed one in 20 jobs

UK-based security firm Sophos plans to shed five per cent of its workforce as part of a "business reorganisation". Sophos spokesman Graham Cluley said the credit crunch was not a factor in the planned redundancies. "This is an internal reorganisation to do with setting business priorities, it's not a result of the economic …
John Leyden, 22 Jan 2009

Heart of Darkness: Mass of clone scam sites appear

Security watchers are warning about a fresh wave of cloned sites on the TOR network, evidence that cybercrooks are setting themselves up to fleece other ne'er-do-well on the so-called dark web. The latest attack of the clones marks the reappearance of an issue that cropped up before. For example, during Operation Ononymous, …
John Leyden, 07 Jul 2015
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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'll …
Paul Kunert, 11 Mar 2014
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Sophos punts anti-virus for Klingons

Sophos is now offering anti-virus protection for Klingon speakers. According to the company, you can use Klingon Anti-Virus from Sophos to "quickly perform an on-demand scan and find viruses, spyware, adware, zero-day threats, Betazoid sub-ether porn diallers, and Tribbles that your existing protection might have missed." But …
Cade Metz, 18 May 2009
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Sophos bids €217m for data loss firm

UK-based net security firm Sophos has launched a €217m ($342m) bid to buy data loss prevention firm Utimaco. Sophos intends to offer €14.75 per Utimaco share, a premium of 92 per cent on its closing price of €7.68 on Friday. Investcorp Technology Partners, the largest single shareholder, has already agreed to sell its 24.99 per …
John Leyden, 28 Jul 2008