Spam-spyware combo will spawn targeted attack tools

By | June 7, 2006

The IT security landscape is about to be hit with a potentially devastating seismic shift, says Mark Sunner, CTO of Message Labs: the convergence of phishing-type spam e-mails and spyware. It is a combination of powerful social engineering techniques and stealthy information-gathering capabilities, he says, that will soon take the bad guys to a whole new level.

“I have no doubt that a year or so from now, we´ll look back on this timeframe as a trigger point when threats started to shift in this direction,” Sunner says. “We´ll look back on this period in the same way we look back at 2003 as the year botnets went from an embryonic stage to the source of virtually all spam. We´ll look back and say that this is when the threats truly became targeted.”

Sunner issued his warning at the annual INBOX e-mail conference, held last week in San Jose, CA, during the “Savvy Spammer” panel discussion.Read Full Story

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