Snowshoe Spam is on the Rise – What can be done about it?

snowshoes02In our 2014 Threat Report, we noted that snowshoe spam was gaining popularity amongst spammers using new techniques to evade detection and sneak through loopholes in anti-spam laws. Over the last several months, we’ve noticed the volume of snowshoe spam continuing to build at a tremendous pace.

Snowshoe spam is essentially unsolicited bulk email. And it’s been effective, because like a snowshoe, it spreads the load across a large area. In this case, distributing spam across a huge range of IP addresses many of which are used briefly, and only once, sending out massive volumes of spam in very short bursts. The temporary aspect of these campaigns has also given rise to the term ‘hit-and-run’ spam. Naturally, this technique makes it challenging for filters to determine spam based on reputation.

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New Amazon Web Services Resource Center

aws-1With a busy week well under way at Amazon’s re:Invent conference, we’re pleased to launch our brand-new AWS Resource Center.

It showcases many of the ways Sophos makes AWS security simple!  You’ll find a wealth of valuable information and resources that demonstrate just how easy it is to secure your AWS networks, servers, and applications with Sophos.  There are case studies, videos, guides, links to test drives, and much much more to help you get started securing your AWS infrastructure.

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Sophos UTM Advantage (9.3) is now available – find out what’s new!

UTM Advantage IconWe’re pleased to announce the GA and continued roll-out of our latest major UTM software update: UTM Advantage (9.3).

More and more organizations are switching to Sophos UTM for their next firewall to take advantage of our all-in-one protection with on-box reporting, simplicity and performance. This release continues to add even more value and protection while making things easier for everyone.

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Sophos Email Appliance offers Enhanced Phishing Protection

phishing-emailsWith the latest v3.8 release of our Sophos Email Appliance, we’ve improved the ability to protect yourself from Phishing attacks by adding support for both common frameworks used to validate email senders.

Phishing attacks often attempt to spoof or forge the source address of their email messages, pretending to be someone they’re not in order to fool anti-spam systems and users alike.

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Sophos UTM Manager 4.2 now available

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We’re pleased to announce the general availability of Sophos UTM Manager (SUM) 4.2 which is compatible with our latest UTM release, UTM Accelerated (9.2).

Review the full release notes below for more details.

Here’s what’s new at a glance:

  • Major management enhancements and extended support for Firewall and Web Protection
  • Rule management support for new objects introduced in UTM v9.2 and 9.1
  • Central notification management across all managed UTMs
  • Many other improvements, enhancements, and bug fixes

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