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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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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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 SafeGuard Enterprise Wins TechTarget Readers’ Choice Award for Best Encryption

award-winnerWe’re proud to announce that Sophos SafeGuard Enterprise has been awarded the 2014 TechTarget Readers’ Choice Award for the best encryption solution.

TechTarget invited readers to complete an online survey to identify the top security tools from a list of more than 400 products for their ninth annual Readers’ Choice Awards. 

More than 1,700 IT security professionals cast votes in one or more of this year’s 22 categories and told TechTarget which products they can’t live without. 

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Android threats continue rapid growth – can you keep business data safe?

android-mobile-control-150Sophos today announced new capabilities in our mobile products to help businesses manage and secure Android devices.

Unsecured Androids are a major source of data insecurity for the increasingly mobile workforce, with a mix of corporate-owned and employee-owned devices. According to SophosLabs, Android is the fastest growing attack surface with an 1,800% increase in Android malware over the past two years.

To keep your business data safe, your Androids need better protection, and that’s where Sophos steps in.

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It’s Kill a Zombie Day, so clean up malware and help stop cybercrime!

zombie-150If you want to help stop cybercrime and protect yourself from malware threats at the same time, today is a perfect day to do it: Kill a Zombie Day.*

We’re not talking about the kind of zombie you see in cult movies like Dawn of the Dead. No, these zombies are malicious programs that take control of your computer and turn it into an undead walker in the army of a cybercriminal.

The first step in killing a zombie is finding out if your computer is infected with malware or viruses. You can do that by downloading our free Virus Removal Tool and running it.

The tool will automatically grab the latest virus detection identities from Sophos and scan your computer’s memory and hard disk for malware. If you do find any zombies, the Virus Removal Tool will clean them up for you, too.

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Dropbox accounts breached – is your data safe in the public cloud?

dropboxDropbox usernames and passwords were leaked online this week. It’s the latest in a string of recent data breaches involving compromises of third-party websites that take advantage of password re-use to get at users’ accounts on multiple services.

In 2014 alone, millions have had their private information and passwords compromised, leading to what some are calling data breach “fatigue.”

Dropbox was quick to respond, denying a breach on their end while urging their users to enable tighter password security measures.

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