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MX Logic Forecasts Spammers' Top New Year's Resolutions

Web 2.0 Sites, Legit Domains and Mobile Phones Likely Targets for Malicious Attacks in 2009 (December 08, 2008)

ENGLEWOOD, CO -- (Marketwire) -- 12/08/08 -- MX Logic, Inc. today published a list of New Year's Resolutions that it predicts spammers to make this coming year. A special year-end feature of the monthly MX Logic Threat Forecast and Report, the Spammers New Year's Resolution list details the top five strategies and tactics that MX Logic expects spammers to focus on in the coming year. They are:

1. Harass users on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other Web 2.0 Sites.

In 2008, spammers stepped up their efforts to hit interactive social networking sites with unsolicited email and malicious links. MX Logic expects a surge of attacks through these Web 2.0 vectors as membership continues to increase and business applications accelerate.

2. Infect legitimate Websites with malicious links.


Hackers will likely accelerate efforts to hide malicious code within the deep layers of legitimate Websites, making visitors more vulnerable to "clickless" infections of malicious content.

3. Give mobile phone bots a makeover.

While most of the current mobile malware exists for older mobile platforms, the ability to download applications to modern mobile devices like the popular iPhone creates new opportunities for spammers to exploit in 2009.

4. Make botnets more nimble and resilient.

The shutdown of the infamous McColo provider severely disabled several botnets causing spam traffic to plummet as much as 50 percent. MX Logic expects spammers to create or update botnets that are more resilient and less reliant on any single hosting provider or registrar.

5. Improve and increase social engineering tactics.

Spam campaigns based on timely news or events will continue to rise in 2009 as spammers make their campaigns more legitimate looking and difficult to detect.

"Spammers continue to move further away from traditional network-layer attacks, and are focusing more on finding vulnerabilities in Web 2.0 technologies and mobile phones," said Sam Masiello, vice president of information security at MX Logic. "Companies need to be ever-vigilant about their security as communication devices, platforms and applications continue to evolve and take new forms."

To help protect against these and many other email and Internet threats, MX Logic recommends the following:

1. Secure in layers.

Rather than rely on any single piece of anti-spam and anti-virus solution or technology, deploy multiple layers of security throughout the organization.

2. Automate Security Updates.

As malicious attacks become more dynamic, it will become increasingly important to stay current on security updates and patches. Consider implementing a managed security service, which is constantly monitored or updated by a third-party vendor.

3. Invest more in end-user education.

The weakest security link of any organization remains the end user. While IT and employee training budgets are likely to be tight this year, remember that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

4. Eliminate "Network Perimeter" from your vocabulary.

With today's mobile workforce and the explosive growth of mobile devices, the notion of protecting the network perimeter is all but dead. Reinforce this idea with end-users and upper management by eliminating this idea altogether.

5. Get over the do-it-yourself IT trap.

It's easy to focus on cost cutting by doing it yourself, but you may be paying more in the end. Modern managed security services that filter email, protect Web browsing or even archive messages not only lower overall capital costs, but may be more effective as they're monitored and maintained 24x7 by someone else.

To read the full December MX Logic Threat Forecast and Report, visit MX Logic Threat Center at http://www.mxlogic.com/threatforecast/.

About MX Logic

MX Logic is a leading provider of managed email and Web security services that deliver enterprise-grade performance without enterprise-level complexity and cost. Our easy-to-use, award-winning services reduce risk and liability, lower overall IT costs, and increase productivity. MX Logic services are available through our industry-leading partner network. For more information, visit www.mxlogic.com.

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