November 08, 2007 10:16 ET

eEye's Blink Blocks Bogus FTC Spoof Email

Email That States It's From the FTC's "Fraud Department" Has Virus Attached

ALISO VIEJO, CA--(Marketwire - November 8, 2007) - eEye Digital Security®, a leading developer of unified client security and vulnerability management tools, today announced that its endpoint security product Blink version 3.0 and higher will automatically protect systems against a fraudulent email currently being circulated that claims to be from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).

The spoof references a false "complaint" against the email's recipient. The unauthorized email includes links and an attachment that downloads a virus. The attack uses a malicious payload that can bypass most Host-based Intrusion Protection systems that rely on buffer overflow protection.

"Traditional anti-virus and buffer overflow protection products cannot protect against this type of attack," said Morey Haber, VP of Product Management for eEye Digital Security. "For those people who opened the email and then proceeded to click on the links, Blink Identity Theft, Intrusion Prevention, or Anti-Malware protection layer would have provided automatic protection for the user from being compromised by the infected website."

Released on November 1st, Blink 3.5 carries advanced features designed specifically for the growing landscape of attacks such as the FTC spoof email. Current users of Blink 3.0 are also protected against this type of attack, due to Blink's System Protection layers.

Blink is an award-winning endpoint security client that uses protocol analysis to detect and block zero-day attacks that bypass standard signature-checking methods. Operating systems, databases, and applications are protected from the most recent threats without the need for system patches or new virus signatures.

Home users can download a free copy of Blink Personal edition by clicking:

In a written statement the FTC wrote, "It is likely that anyone who has opened the email's attachment or clicked on the links has downloaded the virus on their computer, and should run an anti-virus program. The virus appears to install a 'key logger' that could potentially grab passwords and account numbers."

According to a report filed by, the FTC just last week released a statistical survey of fraud in the United States showing 30.2 million adults, or 13.5 percent of the adult population, were victims of fraud during the year studied.

Next week, eEye Digital Security will announce its PCI Compliance Reporter, a series of report templates designed to ensure that organizations comply with some 12 Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) requirements for protection against credit card fraud and identity theft.

About the FTC

The FTC works for the consumer to prevent fraudulent, deceptive, and unfair business practices and to provide information to help spot, stop, and avoid them. To assist with investigations, recipients should forward suspect emails to More information about bogus emails, phishing, and virus protection is available at For free information on a variety of consumer topics, click or contact the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 326-2180.

About eEye Digital Security

eEye Digital Security is the innovative leader in vulnerability and security research, providing security solutions that help businesses and users protect their systems and intellectual property from compromise. eEye enables secure computing through world-renowned research and innovative technology, supplying some of the world's largest businesses with an integrated and research-driven vulnerability assessment, intrusion prevention, and client security solution. eEye protects the networks and digital assets of a growing network of more than 9,000 corporate and government deployments worldwide. Founded in 1998, eEye Digital Security is headquartered in Orange County, California. For more information, please visit

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