Email Security Equals Business Security

With the exponential growth in the amount of business that is conducted over the Internet, email security is of utmost importance. In addition to malicious viruses that can cause thousands of dollars in damage and lost productivity, spam can provide a means for cybercriminals to enter your computer system, resulting in stolen data and irreparable damage. Once these miscreants compromise your email security, they can access private information or hack into your website, shutting it down completely or changing it in ways that can result in lost time, money, and sales. Spam bots can be placed on your system, enabling spammers to exploit your resources and send spam from your IP address. This is why an anti-malware package with a good spam filter is so important.

Gartner Predictions said that 75% of businesses would be infected by malware by the end of 2007. The number of criminals who use spam to conduct their crimes continues to grow. The odds of avoiding attack are against any business that does not have a strong anti-malware package with an up-to-date spam filter in place to ensure email security. According to Sophos, 6,000 new web pages are infected every day, and yours could be next.  Moreover, it could be days or weeks before you even find out.

Use the Best Anti-Malware Package to Ensure Email Security

With so many email-based threats able to compromise your ability to run your business, you cannot afford to purchase the wrong anti-malware package. There are a number of highly sophisticated packages on the market that can guarantee email security. However, cheaper is not always better, and a poorly designed spam filter can be worse than having no protection at all. The right package is one that will evolve to meet each new Internet threat as it appears.

Just as cybercriminals make a career of finding new ways to compromise your computer security and profit from the private information on your system, anti-malware developers are also continuously developing and upgrading their products. Spam and Internet crimes are not static, and your protection should not be, either. Your spam filter should update often to meet each new threat, and your entire package should be upgraded regularly with the latest technology.   Your email security depends on it!

Blended Attacks on the Rise, Spam Email Still Primary Attack Vector

Spammers continue to refine their methods in an effort to stay ahead of security measures.  At the same time, the profit motivations behind spam are expanding.  Previously, the main reason for sending out spam was to sell something.  Spam is now increasingly part of a “blended” attack, which is a sophisticated coordination of a variety of techniques designed to breach the security of targeted systems, steal data, and take control of the compromised systems by adding them to botnets.

In many cases, the actual malicious code is delivered when a user visits a compromised website which is capable of infecting the user’s computer.  Because of this, security vendors are stepping up their marketing efforts to sell web security devices and software.  The fact is that the majority of these infections occur when a user follows a link received in a spam message.  Security Labs reports that 65 percent of spam contains malicious URLs leading either to compromised web sites or to sites that are created by spammers and fraudsters.

Trend Micro recently reported on targeted attacks on CEOs that began with spam emails.  These emails appeared to contain links to court documents related to subpoena actions.  The links actually led to fake websites, where users were prompted to install browser plug-ins in order to view the files.  The “plug-in” was actually a Trojan which secretly connected to other malicious sites and installed yet more malicious software.

Another recent example was the wave of attacks from the Storm botnet, which consisted of spam emails claiming that the U.S. had invaded Iran.  This message appeared to link to websites where video footage would show some 20,000 U.S. soldiers launching world war three.  The site showed what appeared to be an embedded video player, but clicking on the player button resulted in the execution of malicious code that installed a Trojan on the user’s computer.