Sophos on ABC World News: Free Wi-Fi networks have security risks (Video)

wifiWireless networks are everywhere, but they aren’t always secure. In New York City, where millions of people connect to free but insecure Wi-Fi hotspots every day, it’s the same story.

Chester Wisniewski, Sophos senior security adviser, explains just how easy it would be for hackers to take advantage of unsuspecting people, in a segment that appeared Monday night on ABC World News.

Watch the video below or on the ABC World News website to see the full interview with Chet.

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Spam-Bot Invaders: Which countries send the most spam? (Infographic)

Spam-Bot-Invaders-150Recently we measured spam volume from around the world to find out which countries are the worst spam offenders. As we expected, the United States sends out way more spam than any other country — 24.2% of all spam was from the U.S.

When you consider the country’s huge online population, it’s not surprising that the U.S. sends so much spam. Spam comes from “bots” — computers infected with malware and under the control of a criminal. “Bot masters” can use servers anywhere in the world to give the bots instructions. So spam-bots in the countries on our list aren’t the authors of the spam, they are more like the messengers.

While it’s interesting to call out the 12 “dirty dozen” countries that send the most spam by volume, we also like to look at the amount of spam by population. It’s a diverse list of nations, and even small countries have a big spam problem.

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Sophos UTM is faster than Fortinet, Dell SonicWALL and WatchGuard: The test results that prove it

UTM-9.2-Accelerated-faster-performanceEarlier this year we launched a new series of network security appliances and we told you they were much faster; boasting new faster CPUs, lightening quick SSD drives for instance. Now we’ve got the test results that prove it.

Independent test vendor Miercom has done rigorous testing of the Sophos SG Series alongside comparative appliances from other vendors. We shared some data points from Miercom earlier this year which looked very good indeed. Now Miercom has made available more results – and I don’t think you will be disappointed.

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Sophos news in review: Sysmas prizes, Gameover do-over, and warbiking down under

sophos-sysadmin-throneWe have an extremely cool prize to give away as part of our celebration of the 12 Days of Sysmas. It’s called the Ultimate IT Throne and, even if it won’t give you any real powers over your users or your bosses, it will make you feel like a king (or queen).

There’s a lot going on that demands your attention at nearly every moment, from the not-so-aware user who accidentally downloads new threats like the re-born Gameover malware, to old threats like users accessing insecure Wi-Fi networks.

IT pros, we’ve got your back. (And if you win our IT Throne, we’ll get your behind too).

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How to upgrade your network security with our free firewall

sophos-utmThe router and firewall is a critical piece of equipment in your network. It connects you to the outside world while also acting as your first line of defence against intruders. If your firewall gets compromised things get ugly – fast.

I want to share a little tip – did you know that we offer an amazing alternative to cheap consumer grade Internet routers?

The difference is, our software is enterprise class, fully maintained and free. Here’s how you can try our Sophos UTM Home Edition and our free Sophos UTM Essential Firewall for businesses.

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What the security industry can learn from a great World Cup defense

world-cupLast week, I joined millions of people in cheering on Costa Rica during their improbable World Cup quarterfinal match against the Netherlands. Remarkably, the Ticos held a superior Netherlands team scoreless through 120 minutes of regulation and extra time.

The key to their defense was a level of coordination I have not seen from other teams. Throughout the match, every player seemed to be involved in the defense at every moment. They moved like clockwork, communicating and shifting positions to keep the ball out of the goal.

Wouldn’t it be great if security technologies worked together as elegantly and effectively as Costa Rica’s defense?

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The next generation of the PlugX APT – new SophosLabs research

plug-xSophosLabs Threat Researcher Gabor Szappanos has been following the development of PlugX – a strain of advanced persistent threat (APT) that has been used in targeted attacks – over the past year.

“Szappi,” as he’s known around the labs, has dissected variants of PlugX in a series of technical papers explaining his research – and the new ways the cybercriminals have devised to conceal their malware.

In his latest paper, Szappi shows us how one variant of PlugX doesn’t do what the other versions do – dropping a separate file on the infected system – but rather stores itself in memory without using the disk.

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Sophos UTM and Mobile Control – Better together for Mobile NAC

mobile-plus-utm-150In a recent survey conducted by Sophos on Spiceworks*, 42% of respondents said that Mobile Network Access Control (NAC) was the feature they would most like to have integrated into their next firewall.

Wishful thinking? Not at all – we can offer you that today.

Read on to learn more about how Sophos Mobile Control and Sophos UTM now work better together to protect your network from mobiles running wild.

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