SOURCE: SurfControl

May 02, 2006 17:40 ET

Update: SurfControl Threat Experts Continue to Monitor Symantec Spoof; Email Alert Now in Portuguese

SCOTTS VALLEY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2006 --SurfControl (LSE: SRF), the global leader in Internet protection, today updated customers that the Symantec spoof email the Threat Experts were tracking in mid-April is now posing a further threat in South America, with new variants written in Portuguese.

Much like the details SurfControl issued in the April 18, 2006 release (SurfControl Threat Experts First to Detect and Protect Customers from a Symantec Spoof), the link takes the user to a site with instructions on how to download and proceed with an update to Symantec's Norton Anti-Virus. Selecting the link will start a download of a .scr file hosted on a compromised Korean site. This file does not appear to be working. However, a malicious .exe file is downloaded when visiting the IP address in the link. When run, a Trojan is installed as a hidden process on the system, leaving the user susceptible to further malicious activity.

SurfControl's Threat Analysis and Research department is uniquely positioned to provide protection throughout the country-wide operation and time zone barriers in which those with malicious intent operate through the ATI service. Around the clock exchange of information on new threats allows SurfControl's Threat Experts to be at the forefront of Internet protection. SurfControl adds any new signatures to all the three products in the SurfControl Enterprise Protection Suite.

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SurfControl makes Internet communication a business advantage -- and not a threat. The SurfControl Enterprise Protection Suite gives customers 360 degrees Internet protection and covers every point of Internet vulnerability -- including inbound and outbound communication and employees on or off the network. All products in the Enterprise Protection Suite are backed by industry-leading threat detection, delivered by SurfControl's Global Threat Experts working 24/7 to provide customers with dynamic protection against emerging threats. The company has more than 20,000 customers worldwide, and employs more than 500 people in offices across the United States, Europe and Asia/Pacific. For further information and news on SurfControl, please visit

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