SOURCE: St. Bernard

November 12, 2007 06:00 ET

Back-to-School Means Back-to-Spam

Thousands of College PCs Turned Into Zombies According to St. Bernard's Threat Center

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - November 12, 2007) - St. Bernard Software, Inc. (OTCBB: SBSW), a global provider of security appliances and on-demand solutions, including secure content management and archiving, today announced its October Threat Center results, highlighting a 33% increase in spam and virus activity over September.

The statistics validate the company's recent forecast of an increase in malicious online activity due to the beginning of a new school year. St. Bernard researchers also observed a continued growth in visits to social-networking and file-sharing sites, two favorite online destinations for students. With unmanaged Web surfing and download policies, 'virgin' student PCs at colleges were compromised and turned into zombies that send spam, a pattern that repeats itself every year.

During October, both the average number of messages and the amount of spam St. Bernard's customers received per day rose by 33% over September. On average, the company blocked 89% of inbound messages as junk. Phishing scams were on the rise as well, with the iGuard™ team identifying a ten-fold increase in the number of such Web sites during the month of October. This indicates most of the spam was phishing related, intended to lure victims to new malicious Web sites.

"As predicted, we saw a significant spike in spam in October," said Andrew Lochart, vice president of marketing and product management at St. Bernard. "College freshmen bring new PCs to school with them. Because of lax network management at educational institutions and unsafe browsing by students, the computers are quickly recruited into botnets and used to pump out spam, viruses and phishing attacks. This year's back-to-school season was no different from past years, unfortunately."

St. Bernard provides hybrid security offerings, combining best-of-breed appliance and hosted solutions to protect corporate networks from online threats in HTTP, instant messages (IM) and P2P traffic, including spyware, malware and phishing. The products also block viruses and spam, archive email and IM and prevent Internet abuse by managing Web access.

For more information on how St. Bernard meets the secure content management and messaging security needs of businesses, please visit www.stbernard.com.

About St. Bernard

St. Bernard Software, Inc. (OTCBB: SBSW) is a global provider of security appliances and hosted solutions, including secure content management and archiving. The company's award-winning products deliver innovative security solutions that offer the best combination of ease-of-use, performance and value.

Established in 1995 with headquarters in San Diego, CA and international offices in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, St. Bernard sells and supports its products directly and through solution partners worldwide. For more information, please visit www.stbernard.com.

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