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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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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Sophos Cloud is making it easier to protect servers, and everything else, in one place

cloud-150With the release of Sophos Cloud Server Protection, we’re expanding Sophos Cloud to protect desktops, laptops, mobile phones, tablets – and now servers – with the most effective and simple-to-manage business security offering available.

If compromising desktops is like stealing a wallet, then hacking a server is like robbing a bank. Servers store large amounts of sensitive information and have become popular targets for cybercriminals.

Today’s businesses need the most up-to-date protection, and Sophos Cloud Server Protection gives overtaxed IT personnel an innovative, high performance and simple-to-manage solution for securing server environments.

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Sophos wins CRN Channel Award for Security Vendor of the Year – for the second year running!

We were honored once again to receive the Channel Company’s CRN Award for Security Vendor of the Year.

Winning the Security Vendor of the Year award from CRN for the second year running is proof of what our partners have known for some years – that Sophos not only has world class products and support but also the ability to add real value to the partner community.

Our channel program has been designed to be easy and rewarding for partners. And we continue to lead the way in how we bring our products to market.

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