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27 Sep 2007

Modern web attacks explored in Sophos technical paper

Principal virus researcher Fraser Howard explores how cybercriminals are using the web

Fraser Howard
Sophos expert Fraser Howard.

Experts at SophosLabs™, Sophos's global network of virus and spam analysis centers, have published a new technical paper exploring the way malware uses the web to attack victims around the globe.

The paper, entitled "Modern web attacks", discusses how criminals are compromising innocent websites to plant their malicious code, and gives real examples where this has occured. Written by Fraser Howard, principal virus researcher at SophosLabs and a recognized expert in the field of malware, the technical paper describes the best ways in which firms can defend themselves from these kind of attacks.

"Fraser is one of the world's leading experts in the field of malware, and his technical paper on web threats gives security professionals an opportunity to understand how modern cybercriminals are working and take action to defend themselves," said Carole Theriault, senior security consultant at Sophos. "Businesses can benefit from the knowledge that Sophos's technical experts are sharing on the latest threats aimed at their companies and users."

Hackers use the web to infect innocent computer users

Hackers use the web in a variety of ways to infect innocent computer users.

In July, Sophos published its Security Threat Report, examining the latest trends in spam, malware and hacking. The report provided details of the huge growth in web-based attacks being used by financially-motivated hackers.

Sophos recommends companies protect themselves with a consolidated solution which can control network access and defend against the threats of spam, hackers, spyware and viruses.

About Sophos

More than 100 million users in 150 countries rely on Sophos as the best protection against complex threats and data loss. Sophos is committed to providing complete security solutions that are simple to deploy, manage, and use and that deliver the industry's lowest total cost of ownership. Sophos offers award-winning encryption, endpoint security, web, email, mobile and network security solutions backed by SophosLabs - a global network of threat intelligence centers.

Sophos is headquartered in Boston, US and Oxford, UK. More information is available at www.sophos.com.