Spam levels have declined dramatically since the March 16 takedown of Rustock, the world’s largest botnet, but how long will this victory last?  Rustock was responsible for sending almost half of all global spam and up to 44 billion spam emails per day.  The spam was mainly emails that linked to websites offering counterfeit pharmaceutical drugs.  Since the Rustock takedown, Viagra and Cialis spam emails have declined 75 percent, and security vendors have noted that Rustock has not become active again.  The takedown is certainly a positive development, but pharmaceutical brand owners have good reason to remain cautious. The key reason... Read More
Since March 2010, and especially this month, the MarkMonitor Security Operations Center (SOC) has noticed a significant increase in the use of free web hosting services for phishing and malware attacks.  Cybercriminals are using free hosting services to either host the phishing and malware sites themselves or redirect to fast-flux malicious sites. Here is how this new attack method works: Emails with links, obfuscated by the use of HTML or a URL shortening service, direct victims to a free-hosted web page.  In some cases, this page would be a phishing or malware site.  In other cases, the landing page would have... Read More
Beginning this month, MarkMonitor will be sharing a new, monthly Fraud Intelligence Report with customers and other interested parties in our blog. The goal of the report is to provide timely analysis of developing trends and new threats in the fraud landscape. The Fraud Intelligence Report will complement the current MarkMonitor analysis as provided in the semi-annual Brandjacking Index® reports and customer reports. The headline findings of the April 2010 Fraud Intelligence Report are: Phishing Attack Volume Continues to Grow Phishing attack volume increased 33% to 36,557 attacks in April, continuing the growth trend from March; however, phishing attack volume has... Read More

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With more than 13 years’ experience in the domain industry, Alison has managed all aspects of Corporate Domain Managem... More