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2013 Threat Report: More Than Scary Stats and Chilling Charts

Posted: 13 Feb 2013 08:30 AM | Carl Leonard


The 2013 Threat Report from the Websense® Security Labs™ is now available.

 

The report details mobile, social, email and web-based threats, and while it is full of ominous data points, it is a very interesting read. The report is designed to help security professionals keep current with threat trends and improve the effectiveness of existing security solutions. It can also be used to identify and prioritize security gaps that may require new approaches and more innovative strategies.

 

Creating the report began with the ThreatSeeker® Network, composed of big data clusters used by the WSL to collect and manage up to 5 billion inputs each day from 900 million global endpoints. Malware samples, mobile applications, email content, web links and other information were then passed through deep analysis processes including our Advanced Classification Engine (ACE), which applied over 10,000 different analytics.

 

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'Jacked Frost' Facebook Scam Goes Wild and Doubles Over the Weekend

Posted: 10 Dec 2012 11:51 AM | Elad Sharf


Last week we wrote a blog about a specific Facebook scam that appeared to spread rather aggresively. We have decided to nickname the scam "Jacked frost". The Websense® ThreatSeeker™ network detected that the scam has increased and multiplied over the weekend - particularly on Saturday where we saw the amount of unique URLs related to this scam double. This shows how cyber crooks time their attacks to times where users are more laid back and when the security community is less likely to alert users on this type of threat.

 

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Christmas-Themed Facebook Scams: How Cybercrooks Kick it up a Notch and Piggyback on Big Brands

Posted: 07 Dec 2012 07:03 PM | Elad Sharf


 

From time to time the Websense® ThreatSeeker™ Network detects high volume surges of badness rolling across Facebook. In the past 48 hours we've seen a rapid increase of a particular scam campaign that has aggressively spread through the world's largest social networking site. 

 

With the holiday shopping season here, it appears that cyber crooks are going full throttle to attract Christmas shoppers by piggybacking on the reputation of well-known brands like Walmart, Asda, Visa, Best Buy, Apple, and more. In the attack that we're about to describe, it appears that user accounts belonging to the free DNS service freedns.afraid.org were compromised and used as part of the cyber criminals' scam infrastructure. Read on for details.

 

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Black Friday/Cyber Monday Survival Guide

Posted: 23 Nov 2012 01:00 AM | Jason Hill


Many of our colleagues, customers and readers would have now enjoyed their fill of turkey and pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving and are preparing for a second day of festivities with the arrival of Black Friday.  This traditionally, for North American retailers and consumers, marks the start of the holiday shopping season and although it is not observed for many as a national holiday, more and more retailers across the globe are launching Black Friday promotions in order to entice consumers and increase sales.  Additionally, given that Black Friday is typically a physical 'bricks-and-mortar' retail affair, online retailers seek to continue the shopping frenzy with additional offers, promotions and sales with Cyber Monday, a marketing term coined in 2005 by Shop.org.

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Unsolicited Secret Admirers Via Email

Posted: 02 Oct 2012 08:47 AM | Jason Hill


The Websense® ThreatSeeker® Network has detected an unsolicited email campaign in which love-struck or curious recipients may have their appetites whetted by the thought of a secret admirer. Although Websense customers are protected from this and other threats by ACE™, our Advanced Classification Engine, this post provides an insight into the campaign, which appears to be on the increase today.

 

The messages, sent from various Yahoo.com accounts, suggest that the sender has "to let you know how [they] feel" and provide an enticing Facebook link to "View Your Ecard".

 

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Facebook launches new features

Posted: 29 Dec 2011 09:26 PM | Elisabeth Olsen


Timeline A while back, we blogged about some upcoming changes on Facebook . The new Timeline layout is now ready for release. All Facebook accounts will be updated to the new Timeline layout on December 29, 2011. You may already have noticed changes in some profiles. Timeline has been accessible to all...

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