Security researchers say that they are still facing hurdles in developing solutions for the latest security attacks.
In one example from last year, US security expert Cody Pierce of Tipping Point thought the he knew right away what he had found, but he wasn't exactly sure how serious it was. Pierce and his fellow researchers had spent much of the early part of last year poking around in the ActiveX controls in Windows XP, looking for controls that might be vulnerable.
Anti-phishing tool pays off at Nationwide
Software deployed by Nationwide to automatically identify and shut down phishing scams has paid for itself in three months by reducing online fraud, the building society said last week.
The roll-out followed the creation of the Strategic Fraud Initiative group at Nationwide to consider options for combating phishing attacks, which seek to obtain customer account and log-in information using spoof e-mails and websites.
The MarkMonitor software, which took 10 days to implement, has shut down hundreds of phishing scams during its first three months of operation. Prior to deploying MarkMonitor, Nationwide staff manually tracked phishing scams carried out against the company.