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- The conviction of an e-mail spammer has been overturned by the Virginia Supreme Court, which ruled that the law he was convicted under was overbroad and unconstitutional.

Sophisticated and Innovative, Cybercrime Flourishes in 2008

- The frequency and sophistication of cyberattacks have escalated throughout 2008, reports the San Diego-based Cisco Systems.

Cybercrime Trends Will Worsen in 2009, According to Forecasts

- The global recession will lead to a rise of cybercrime worldwide, as governments' attention to cybercrime is deflected toward more pressing economic problems, according to 2009 cybercrime forecasts from leading IT security firms.

Cyberattacks Surge 30 Percent Over Last 4 Months, IBM Says

- There has been a sudden surge of security events online over the past four months, according to IBM's X-Force, an elite team of IT security experts.

The Economics of Spam

- Spammers can turn a profit even when there is a minuscule probability that a sent spam e-mail will result in a sale, according to a study by researchers from the University of California at Berkeley and San Diego.

Cybercriminals Quick to Exploit Obama Win

- In less than a day, cybercriminals are already exploiting Senator Barack Obama's win of the U.S. presidency last night by using spam e-mails announcing his win to infect unsuspecting users with malware, reports Sophos Labs.

A Site to See: Sophos Endpoint Assessment Test

- Sophos free Endpoint Assessment Test offers a thorough and free way of finding where weaknesses might lie within a computer or a laptop.


- 60 The percentage of the 100 most popular Web sites in the first half of 2008 that either hosted malicious activity or contained a masked link to redirect users to an infected site. That’s according to San Diego-based Websense Security Labs.

Malware Protection in the Cloud

- A new service intercepts and checks all of a company's Web traffic, catching malware before it gets anywhere near the corporate firewall.

Hackers Build Fake YouTube Pages to Deliver Malware

- A new program allows hackers to build YouTube replica Web pages that deliver malware to unsuspecting victims.


- 278 The percentage increase in malware in the first half of 2008 compared to the same period a year before, according to ScanSafe. The statistic is from the San Mateo, California-based security vendor’s Global Threat Report.  

Quick Bytes: Endpoint Security

- A new study from Sophos says corporate endpoints could be less secure than many realize.

A Site to See: GFI Email Security Testing Zone

- This month's Site to See is GFI Email Security Testing Zone, which scans for a broad range of vulnerabilities, including the strength of an organization's e-mail system and the most prevalent malware.

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