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Author Topic: Halloween creates IT security risks (Zlob.Media-Codec, Downloader.braviax...)  (Read 2061 times)

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Companies are being warned of the IT security threats which emerge from the shadowy corners of the internet in the run up to Halloween.

Security software provider Sunbelt claimed that there was an increase in Halloween-themed malware during 2007 and 2008, as hackers used a variety of approaches to breach networks.

The organisation revealed that Halloween-themed attachments, infected websites based around misspellings in search engines and email links promising content associated with the festivities where among the methods used by cybercriminals.

Data from the group also showed that three of most significant malware threats from Halloween 2008 - Trojan-Downloader.Zlob.Media-Codec, Trojan-Downloader.braviax and Explorer32.Hijacker - are still significantly active today.

Muktadir Khan, European sales engineer at Sunbelt Software, commented: "We advise users to be vigilant and to ensure their antivirus applications are fully up-to-date with the latest definition files and the latest application version installed."

Recently, the BitDefender Top 10 E-Threat report for September 2009 showed that trojans remain the top IT security threat, which may concern those considering IT outsourcing.


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