Phishers try to profit from Christmas season
Tom Young, Computing 04 Dec 2006
There has been a threefold increase in global phishing emails in the last week, according to security vendor Marshal's Threat Research and Content Engineering (Trace) team.
The significant increase is primarily due to a massive jump in phishing messages being sent from South Korea and China, according to the Trace, Marshal's monitoring arm.
Bradley Anstis, director of product management at Marshal, said: 'Like spam levels, which have almost doubled in the past month, the current spike in phishing emails is in part being driven by the Christmas season.'
Inside Microsoft's Labs
By Larry Greenemeier
Dec 4, 2006 12:00 AM
It's not every day that Microsoft Research opens up about technologies still in its labs. Microsoft's R&D arm was launched in 1991 with 20 researchers and has grown to 700 employees worldwide. Rich Draves, an area manager, shared with Informa- tionWeek some of the most promising emerging security technologies on his team's workbench.
>> Ghostbuster At its Redmond, Wash., lab, Microsoft Research is developing technology for finding rootkits by using their own deceptive behavior against them. Known as Ghostbuster, it relies on analyzing and comparing system information at both a high level--from a Win32 API, for example--and a low level--such as the raw disk information. Any difference in the two views--for example, the low-level view indicating a file not present in the high-level view--makes a compelling case that a rootkit is trying to hide. Ghostbuster is likely to be developed as a standalone security tool rather than included as a feature within Windows.