SOURCE: Red Condor


December 15, 2009 15:38 ET

New Anti-Spam Technology and Blended Email Threats Mark 2009 for Red Condor

Social Media Sites Increasingly Targeted by Spammers; Phishing Attacks and Blended Email Threats on the Rise

ROHNERT PARK, CA--(Marketwire - December 15, 2009) - For Red Condor, the past year was marked by several advancements in spam-fighting and email archiving technologies, and will be remembered as the year of the blended-threat email. Throughout 2009, Red Condor introduced several new email security systems and processes that have helped to keep false positive rates at industry lows and spam block rates at better than 99.991 percent. Among them are the company's new BotHunter and Spam Trigger, which have been instrumental in blocking a variety of spam campaigns that have included a combination of phishing threats, spyware and viruses.

Among the spam trends that Red Condor noted in 2009 are the increase in the number of phishing attacks and spam campaigns involving Web 2.0, social media and social networking sites. Spammers and hackers have illicitly used the growing trust and comfort in Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, craigslist and online job sites as the bait for their spam crusades. In many cases, the spam includes a phishing attack requesting user information and malware designed to steal users' financial information and gain remote control over their systems.

"While junk mail continues to be a nemesis of email users, spam is evolving, and the growing number of blended threat spam campaigns involving popular social media sites are posing serious threats to computers and corporate networks around the world," said Dr. Thomas Steding, president and CEO of Red Condor. "Phishing attacks have also gotten worse and are going to increase in 2010. Unfortunately, many of the traditional anti-spam solutions on the market are fighting yesterday's spam war and will likely continue to struggle to stop these modern attacks."

Steding added, "Red Condor's agile technology is responding quickly and effectively to both traditional spam and the new phishing and blended threats we have seen throughout 2009. We will continue to combat spammers' aggressiveness with new solutions that will keep email threats from hitting customer mail servers, including new anti-phishing tools and techniques that will actually help us to stay steps ahead of the criminals."

In addition to new anti-spam technology released in 2009, the company also introduced Red Condor Archive, a message archiving service that includes lifetime retention and unlimited storage. Archive leverages Red Condor's global cloud computer and storage infrastructure to deliver a scalable, software-free service that provides automatic back-up of all inbound and outbound messages. The company also received the 2009 Technology of the Year Award for Best Anti-spam Appliance from InfoWorld magazine and outperformed Barracuda Networks, Google's Postini and Cisco System's IronPort solutions in a Tolly Group anti-spam effectiveness and feature comparison test.

About Red Condor

Red Condor is revolutionizing spam fighting with its next generation technology. Red Condor's highly accurate email filter, hybrid architecture Vx Technology™, and fully managed appliances lead to a dramatic reduction in the cost of owning a premium spam filter. With solutions for small businesses, as well as ISPs with millions of email inboxes, Red Condor has a cost-effective, timesaving solution that is rapidly gaining market share. The system's design has built-in zero tolerance for lost email, and a near zero false positive rate while achieving long-term spam block rates greater than 99%. Red Condor Archive is a secure message archiving service with lifetime retention and unlimited storage. The company's next-generation technology is backed by a 24x7 customer care center staffed by email security experts at Red Condor's headquarters. For more information, visit

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