SOURCE: Secure Computing

August 11, 2008 09:00 ET

Secure Computing Announces Top Threats in Q2 2008 and Predicts Trends for Remainder of Year

Report's Geo-Location Analysis Shows U.S. Sends Most Spam; Blended Threats Continue to Grow as Malicious Content Grows More Enterprising

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - August 11, 2008) - Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading enterprise gateway security company, today published the company's Q2 Internet Threat Report containing data and analysis from the Secure Computing research team. Among other findings, the report shows that while spam volume and new zombies have decreased in the past quarter, enterprises and home users are increasingly being attacked through malicious Web content and blended security attacks.

The Secure Computing report states that even though the overall spam volume is up 280 percent from Q2 2007 to Q2 2008, spam volumes have decreased by 40 percent this quarter. In addition, Q2 of 2007 witnessed over 300,000 new zombies per day, and during the second quarter of 2008 Secure saw half that amount. Even though both spam and new zombies are down this year, Secure Computing researchers point to other areas that are increasingly problematic, including:

--  Over 16 percent of all spam originates from the U.S., more than twice
    the amount of the No. 2 country, Russia.
--  Male enhancement, product replica and prescription drug spam hold the
    top three places of types of spam, proving that you can't beat the oldies
    but goodies.
--  Swizzor, a rapidly growing ad/spyware family, now makes up more than
    30 percent of all new malware in Q2 of 2008.
--  The ZBot spyware family is another such ad/spyware family that has
    grown significantly this quarter. ZBot steals users' sensitive data while
    establishing a backdoor on infected computers to give the attackers full
    control over compromised systems.
--  50 percent of all websites are now published in languages other than
    English
    

"We are witnessing change every single day in how the cybercriminals are developing new vectors of attack through spam, malicious Web content, spyware and botnet deployments," said Dmitri Alperovitch, director of intelligence analysis at Secure Computing. "Through our advanced TrustedSource™ global reputation system and our research team's ability to analyze and classify terabytes of email, Web and network traffic in real-time, we are in an excellent position to identify new trends and protect our customers from new insidious threats."


SUMMARY OF KEY THREATS:

--  The threats challenging the enterprise today are becoming a blended
    variety that challenge both Email and Web security. Without integrated and
    correlated protection between the two, the ability to stay ahead of these
    threats will become increasingly difficult.
--  Threats are becoming more and more sophisticated as recipients of
    threats are better educated on what to look for. Users are more cautious
    and this has led to a rise in more cunning ways to harvest personal
    information without users' apparent involvement.
--  Spammers are continuing to use pop culture and current events
    (elections, Olympics) to entice end users into responding or clicking on
    links whose sole purpose is to download malware. The excitement over seeing
    a video of breaking news of an earthquake in China or the new sensational
    photos of your favorite celebrity can occasionally encourage even the most
    cautious users to open what could be suspicious mail.
--  Threats are and will continue to be driven by financial motivations.
    No matter what the threat is, or how it is delivered, the perpetrator is
    almost always looking for financial gain.
    

In an effort to address these threats, Secure Computing researchers recommend that both enterprises and consumers assure their software and patches are up-to-date, and that they implement a multi-layered approach to preemptively detect and block attacks. Appliances utilizing Secure Computing's advanced TrustedSource global reputation system and Secure Web Anti-Malware detection technology put organizations a giant step ahead of others both in protecting against existing threats, and new malware or variants. The product's anti-malware technology goes beyond protecting against inbound threats at the gateway, and uses patent-pending techniques that enable detection and blocking of outbound "phone home" actions from PCs that may have been previously infected -- such as mobile computers that were infected prior to re-connecting to the corporate network.

The Q2 Internet Threat Report is available for download at: http://www.securecomputing.com/pdf/SCC-InternetThrtRprt-July08.pdf. For more information about TrustedSource, Secure Web and other Secure Computing technologies, products and solutions, please visit www.securecomputing.com.

About Secure Computing Corporation

Secure Computing Corporation (NASDAQ: SCUR), a leading provider of enterprise gateway security, delivers a comprehensive set of solutions that help customers protect their critical Web, email and network assets. Over half the Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 are part of our more than 22,000 global customers, supported by a worldwide network of more than 2,000 partners. The company is headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and has offices worldwide. For more information, see http://www.securecomputing.com.

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