According to new figures, published today by [URL="http://www.sophos.com"]Sophos[/URL], something strange has happened in the world of spam: China has dropped out of the list of the world's worst spam relaying countries for the first time ever. The Sophos 'Dirty Dozen Spammers' list has become something of a staple diet for security researchers, covering the top twelve countries in terms of how much spam they each relay every quarter. While there is no surprise in seeing the US remain firmly seated at the top of the guilty as hell pile, responsible for relaying an astonishing 13 percent of all [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/news/story258407.html"]global spam[/URL] …

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It's always fun to stand and watch as two big names slug it out, and they don't come much bigger than Microsoft. Sophos, it has to be said, is no small fry either when it comes to the world of IT Security. So when a Sophos [URL="http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/g/2009/07/17/guest-blog-xp-mode-demonstrating-security-microsofts-priority/"]blog posting[/URL] from it's Chief Technology Office, Richard Jacobs, started with the playground taunt equivalent of 'I've been kissing your mum' by saying "Windows 7's planned XP compatibility mode risks undoing much of the progress that Microsoft has made on the security front in the last few years and reveals the true colours of …

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Usually quarterly spam trend reports from security vendors are, how can I put this nicely, actually I can't so I will just have to say it as it is: bloody boring and mostly pointless. However, the latest such report to fins its way into my mailbox from [URL="http://www.sophos.com/blogs/gc/"]Sophos[/URL] caught my attention because right from the get go it went on the attack, and the target was none other than US President Barack Obama. Now just the what the heck Obama has got to do with spam, other being one of the names that crops up in [URL="http://www.daniweb.com/blogs/entry3461.html"]spam subject fields[/URL] to …

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That, my friends, is the message being touted by the latest Security Threat report to emerge from [URL="http://www.sophos.com"]Sophos[/URL] which says that one web page was infected every five seconds (count them) during the first half of 2008. Last year it was only, and I feel bad enough saying only, one every 14 seconds. To put it into some kind of perspective, every day of the first six months of this year Sophos has detected 16,173 malicious web pages. The vast majority, around 90 percent we are told, thanks to those sites being hacked. The main culprit being that old favourite …

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