Articles By Paul Wood

Ransomware scam collects fake fines from embarrassed victims

I have to hand it to cybercriminals, they're wily and they're hard working. They change tactics and techniques continuously to attract new prey and evade detection. Many are successful in tricking even the

Published on: November 21st, 2012 Paul Wood

How to choose the right Certificate Authority for your Web site

Special guest blog by Fran Rosch, Vice President Identity and Authentication Services, Symantec Not many businesses can operate without a website these days and many also rely upon online sales to ensure steady growth

Published on: October 24th, 2012 Paul Wood

Don’t fall for this old scam

By Paul Wood Fake antivirus has been around for a while and it’s a booming business/cybercrime enterprise that probably isn’t going anywhere soon. It is also one of the most popular types of

Published on: September 19th, 2012 Paul Wood

Phishing is not an Olympic sport

By Paul Wood, Cyber Security Intelligence Manager, Symantec The Olympics are an exciting time when our national pride is at an all time high. I’m sure that most of us find ourselves constantly

Published on: August 9th, 2012 Paul Wood

Size doesn’t matter when it comes to protecting against online attacks

Lately it seems rare to read a technology section and not see a story about a targeted online security attack. With Stuxnet, Duqu and now Flamer making big headlines, targeted attacks have become

Published on: July 17th, 2012 Paul Wood

A new take on an old scam

Example of a BBB spoofed email by Paul Wood Social engineering reared its ugly head in January. The latest intelligence report from Symantec saw businesses being targeted with emails purporting to be from

Published on: March 7th, 2012 Paul Wood

Spammers adopt new attack strategies for ‘New Year’

by Paul Wood The New Year saw an increase in global spam levels as spammers continued to take advantage of holidays and major current events in an effort to entice users to click on

Published on: February 9th, 2012 Paul Wood

Targeted attacks and how they’re happening now

by Paul Wood Targeted malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs) have been big news in 2011, particularly in the wake of the Stuxnet attacks of 2010, and the recent discovery of Duqu.  Though

Published on: December 13th, 2011 Paul Wood

A new twist on shortened URLs as spam carriers

by Paul Wood For some time Symantec has been warning social networking users to beware of shortened URLs as sometimes it can be hard to see where the link will actually lead. Spammers have

Published on: November 2nd, 2011 Paul Wood

Sophisticated polymorphic malware is on the rise

By Paul Wood Recent research from the July 2011 Symantec Intelligence Report found cyber criminals are more aggressive than ever before when it comes to spreading malware over e-mail using more sophisticated polymorphic

Published on: August 3rd, 2011 Paul Wood

Canadian Pharmacy spam returns with ‘wiki’ spin

Pharmaceutical spam messages have been some of the most commonly used in spam attacks over the past several years. Canada has featured quite prominently in terms of this spam output due to the

Published on: July 6th, 2011 Paul Wood

Cutwail botnet raising spam levels once more

 By Paul Wood There has been a recent increase in the amount of malicious email traffic detected by MessageLabs Intelligence despite a continuous decrease in the actual number of spam mail distributed.  The

Published on: May 12th, 2011 Paul Wood

Growing mobile workforce, cloud computing bring new security threats

By Paul Wood  The traditional office is turning into an untethered workspace that can be located just about anywhere and operate at anytime. With instant accessibility to faster, wireless networks and collaboration tools

Published on: May 5th, 2011 Paul Wood

Securing the new workforce

By Paul Wood   The traditional office is turning into an untethered workspace that can be located just about anywhere and operate at anytime.  With instant accessibility to faster, wireless networks and collaboration tools

Published on: March 28th, 2011 Paul Wood

New pharmacy spam campaign using Google brand hijacking

MessageLabs Intelligence recently tracked a new pharmaceutical spam campaign promoting a supposedly "Google-accredited" online pharmacy. This is obvious brand hijacking: Google does not host or approve any pharmacy sites. We contacted Google about

Published on: February 17th, 2011 Paul Wood