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Hackers attack businesses, Sophos security report reveals

Date: July 25, 2008

Cybercrime gangs target corporate networks through unsuspecting company executives, as global brands put at risk through Web site infection

[ Johannesburg, 24 July 2008 ] - IT security and control firm Sophos has published new research into the first six months of cybercrime in 2008. The Sophos Security Threat Report examines existing and emerging security trends and has identified that criminals have honed their attacks to take advantage of weaknesses in the corporate workplace. At the same time, 2008 has seen unprecedented numbers of attacks against company Web sites, designed to infect visiting customers.

The firm's report – available from –reveals that corporate executives have been put at risk during the first six months of 2008 with targeted attacks, known as spear-phishing, designed to steal information from individuals at specific corporations rather than the internet community at large. In April there was a specifically targeted malware campaign emailed to CEOs of various companies, all pretending to be subpoenas from US federal courts, trying to frighten the hand-picked recipients into opening the dangerous attachment.
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