SophosLabs research spotlights rising threat of Vawtrak financial malware

SophosLabsA type of data-stealing malware called Vawtrak is spreading in countries around the world, controlling thousands of computers while silently draining the bank accounts of its victims.

Analysis of the malware by James Wyke, Senior Threat Researcher with SophosLabs UK, indicates that the people behind Vawtrak are targeting banks and other companies in a very methodical way in a number of countries, including some that aren’t commonly targeted by banking malware.

In his fascinating new research paper on the subject, Vawtrak – International Crimeware-as-a-Service, James enlightens us about the mechanics of this cybercriminal enterprise, and the steps taken by this crafty and deceptive malware as it steals account details and transaction tokens directly from victims when they visit the websites of their financial institutions.

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You want Sophos gear? We give you the Sophos Store

sophos-storeRecently, we gave away some socks. Comfortable, funny, nerdy ones. They were so popular we decided to make more socks and a lot of other great Sophos gear, and let anyone buy them. The Sophos Store is now open!

Don’t worry – we’re going to keep making the simplest and most IT-friendly security products around. But why stop there?

Now you can get Sophos t-shirts, hats, jackets, and other chill stuff for the favorite IT people in your life – friends, co-workers, bosses, underlings – and, well, you’ll want this stuff for yourself too.

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The top 6 retail threats and how to stop them

hackers-retail-dataThe weeks leading up to Christmas are the busiest for the retail industry all year, which makes this a really opportune time for cybercriminals to break in and steal credit card and other personal data from all those online and in-store shoppers.

Recently we surveyed a bunch of IT professionals at UK retailers and found that many of them are concerned they won’t be prepared for attacks against them.

Well, we’ve got some simple security advice that retail businesses of any size and anywhere in the world can follow to keep this season a merry one. Here are the top 6 retail threats, and what to do about them.

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Our top 10 predictions for security threats in 2015 and beyond

After a year of big data breaches like Home Depot and Sony, and widespread security vulnerabilities in our shared software, which spawned the likes of Heartbleed and Shellshock, it’s easy to predict that cyber security will be a hot topic in 2015.

Our new Security Threat Trends 2015 report investigates the biggest security risks on the horizon and explains the real-world impact of evolving threats on businesses and consumers.

Here are the 10 things we believe will have the biggest impact on security in 2015 and beyond.

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UTM Up2Date 9.304 Released

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Today’s Up2Date package for Sophos UTM 9.3 will introduce many small additions and several fixes to our current UTM platform. It will also open upgrade paths from UTM 9.210 to the latest release.

For details on installation options and latest additions in this package please read on.

In an earlier post we introduced the great new additions we added to the UTM 9.3 which you certainly find useful before proceeding with your update!

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UTM Up2Date 9.303 Released

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With today’s Up2Date package for Sophos UTM 9.3 we made this version generally available not only through our Up2Date infrastructure in an ongoing staged approach but also for manual download and installation.

For details on installation options and latest additions in this package please read on.

In an earlier post we introduced the great new additions we added to the UTM 9.3 which you certainly find useful before proceeding with your update!

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