symantec – Web hosting, Domain names, Dedicated servers Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:05:52 +0000 en-US hourly 1 symantec – 32 32 Symantec agrees to buy part of Verisign Wed, 19 May 2010 18:39:39 +0000 symantec logoAccording to the New York Times, security firm Symantec is on the verge of closing a deal with VeriSign’s authentication services unit for $1.3 billion USD. The unit made up nearly have of VeriSign’s $1.03 billion sales revenue last year.

VeriSign wants to get out of the authentication business in order to focus on domains. It currently has a monopoly over the sale of .com and .net names. I guess it will make up for the profits lost in the sale by charging you and me more for domains.

Symantec: China is number-one source of malware Fri, 26 Mar 2010 19:30:44 +0000 binary
According to a recent study conducted by Symantec, more malware originates from China than any other country– 28.2%, in fact.

Close behind China is Romania, which is responsible for 21.1% of malware. Next was the United States at 13.8%. Symantec found that although the majority of malware appears to come from North American mail servers, the original source is usually abroad.

Interestingly, a great deal of malware now targets people in specific roles rather than the public at large. Individuals with titles such as “director, senior official, vice president, manager, and executive director” tend to be hit with more spam, as do workers in the public policy and defense industries.

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Symantec : Shortened URLs pose security risk Fri, 27 Nov 2009 20:55:19 +0000 shark
Nearly all of us have used URL-shortening services such as or TinyURL. They are a great convenience, but according to Symantec , pose a security threat.

The computer security firm says their malicious use is on the rise, and that they are especially dangerous because users do not always know where the links point.

The good thing about many modern URL-shorteners is they will generally display a gateway page before redirecting to the user to show what site the link points to. Not all services offer this feature or require it to be used, however. The next time you encounter a shortened link, think twice before clicking.

Source | Radio New Zealand

Symantec Releases MessageLabs Intelligence Report Tue, 26 May 2009 18:17:46 +0000 Computer security giant Symantec announced the release of its May 2009 MessageLabs Intelligence Report. Covering a wide variety of Internet threats, the report details some disturbing new trends.

Most notably, spam has increased by 5.1% since April. It now accounts for 90.4% of email. Where you live depends on what time of day you receive spam. American spam activity peaks between 9-10 AM, while Europeans get a steady spewing of unwanted email all day. Asians get their spam in the wee hours of the morning.

Interestingly, there’s been a trend for spammers not to write long emails, but just include a message title and link. If more spam is being sent out, at least no one is having War and Peace delivered to their inbox each day.

Spam originates in equal amounts from all parts of the globe, but most is sent out to coincide with American working hours. Over half of it comes from botnets, a collection of thousands of “zombie” computers compromised by malware. To botnets alone, codenamed Donbot and Rustock, account for 18.2% and 16.1% of spam respectively.

The report debunked the myth that malicious content is only found on newer, less reputable websites. Data collected earlier this month by Symantec reveals that 84.6% of domains hosting malware are over a year old. These are mostly social networking sites or hacked domains. Cyber criminals are targeting legitimate domains for their reputation.

The United Kingdom is the third most-spammed country, where 90.3% of email is spam. Hong Kong was number-one with 92.3%

On average, 1 in 317.8 emails contain a virus. The UK seems to get more viruses- 1 in 199.8 emails carry one. In the United States, the threat is more than 50% less ,with only 1 out of 473.4 emails being infected. Finally, 1 out of every 279.0 emails was found to play host to a phishing attack.

The report’s findings will be very useful to developers and IT professionals. If spam filter designers know that most spam goes out between 9-10 AM, for example, they can code their software to be extra vigilant during that time of the day. Because more established website are being attacked than ever before, webmasters need to pay more attention to security.

The full report can be downloaded here (PDF). The information was collected by observing live data feeds from 14 datacenters around the world. Billions of email messages and webpages were scanned.