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MessageLabs: Over 3,500 Malicious Sites Created Daily

MessageLabs’ monthly Intelligence Report for April 2009 indicates that spam levels have spiked in 2009, climbing well above 85 percent, higher than it has been since 2007. Most of these are new image-based spam emails originating in China. Rather than including the images within the email as an attachment, the …

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Security: Hidden Botnet Costs Can Hurt Small Businesses

Hidden bots running in the background of web servers, do more damage than just comprising security and privacy. They drain system resources. A business that might depend on keep low bandwidth usage and low power consumption can be crippled by these hidden bots that increase CPU, memory, and bandwidth usage. …

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UK accused of stalling in fight against cybercrime

The Council of Europe, a 60-year-old human rights organization, has expressed its strong concern about what it calls Britain’s failure to adequately fight Internet crimes, including the financing of terrorism. The convention on cybercrime was drawn up in November of 2001 and adopted by the Council of Europe’s 47 members. …

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UK fines for IP infringement to rise significantly

According to the Register, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) has “consulted with the public and industry on possible changes to sentencing and has received support for the increase in the penalties for copyright and other IP law infringement.” The UK government has decided to increase the maximum fines in all …

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DDos Attacks on the Rise

Over the last six months, Internet security experts have observed an increase in Distributed Denial of Service of Attacks (DDos). DDoS attacks occur when an attacker uses a large number of compromised computers to send tiny pieces of data, often as small as a 52-byte ping, to a server. So …

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