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Protecting Business Networks From Drive By Spam Attacks

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”Drive by” spam attacks are a growing business network security risk, affecting those who open emails containing a malicious script that downloads malware to the user’s PC that ultimately infects the company’s network. These emails don’t always include an attachment. Some HTML-based varieties are reported to be activated with the mere opening of an email and nothing more.

Challenges in Supporting IPv6

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes IPv6 enabled websites are steadily increasing as the availability of IPv4 addresses continue to diminish. While most current company network architectures already support IPv4, it is crucial that applications be ready to support the new IPv6. Migrating to IPv6 is not easy and challenges may arise involving both the network and application layers, as zveloLABS.

Embedded URL Categorization for Web Content Filtering OEMs

Estimated Reading Time: 2 minutes If the top Google suggestions for “how to get around” prove anything, it’s that people want access to websites like Facebook and YouTube during times and at places where such web usage is normally prohibited. In fact, “how to get around blocked sites” is the number one “get around” topic suggestion on Google. Students seek ways to thwart content filters at schools, and employees try to outwit the policy management controls of enterprise networks.

Reflections on the IWF 15-Year Fight Against Online Child Sexual Abuse Content

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October 26, 2011, marked the Internet Watch Foundation’s annual Awareness Day, which served to raise awareness online and with the media about the IWF’s internet Hotline and its mission to minimize the availability of criminal online content, primarily child sexual abuse content, in partnership with various Internet industry organizations and law enforcement agencies. In its 15 years of existence, the IWF cites they have removed an overwhelming 87,000 web pages that have consisted of child sexual abuse content.

Twitter Search Results for “Larry Merchant” Littered with Spam

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes On September 17th of 2011, boxing fans worldwide tuned into what was expected to be one of the more exciting matches of the year. The highly revered and undefeated Floyd Mayweather, Jr. returned to the ring after a 16-month break to face Victor Ortiz, who entered the MGM Grand in Las Vegas as the World Boxing Council welterweight champion.

The 2011 Facebook Spam Campaign

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes Online advertising spending in the U.S. is on the rise. In the first quarter of 2011 alone, companies that sold online advertising reportedly surpassed $7 billion in revenue.1 Unfortunately, social engineering scams on Facebook also continue to thrive.2 How are the two related? Unsolicited Facebook spam in the form of status updates is actively infiltrating the social networking giant and aimed at tricking users into visiting websites ridden with survey scams and pop-up advertising, as is the case in the following analysis of a real-world example. This trend will continue to degrade the credibility of the online advertising industry and could possibly taint the images of the brands that these spam campaigns are targeting.

zveloLABS® Identifies Sites with Work-at-Home Scams

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zveloLABS® researchers recently identified numerous, fictitious 7 News websites promoting work-at-home jobs.  These bogus news sites unethically target stay-at-home moms, and falsely promise the discovery of a newfound money-making path in life.  Considering the natural appeal of making an honest buck, while being loving care providers at home, it’s certainly easy to understand how unsuspecting mothers could fall for such “recession busting” opportunities.