January 2007 Archives

Our friends at CastleCops' body of work is truly ground breaking and it has always been a pleasure to collaborate and exchange knowledge with Paul Laudanski, Microsoft MVP Windows-Security, on his projects into malware and phishing research. They will soon be giving away over $130,000 in donations from companies who recognize how valuable CastleCops and their body of volunteers have been to the Net. We have had the honor to work with them over the years and wish them continued success.

FaceTime supports independent efforts like CastleCops.com because they mirror facets of our own research philosophy, recognizing the value of talking to Netizens, listening to clients and participating in the community at large.

Internet security is a vast problem that is not only technological in scope, but social as well. Social problems - by their very nature - are often best tackled by businesses and people working together. Leaders like Paul Laundanski are important catalysts in driving communities which create venues for open dialogue, frank conversation and education. We are grateful to have the opportunity to contribute.

Learn more about CastleCops.com, their 5-year anniversary celebration, and the various prizes made available to members. It is a great place to learn more about computers, security in general, and to be a part of the security community. Their achievement is a glowing testament on the impact motivated individuals, working together toward common goals, can achieve. From training their volunteer staff in anti-malware, phishing, and rootkit academies and through additional services, including forums, news, reviews, and continuing education CastleCops is a genuine and valuable resource for all.


More from CastleCops.com.

Brian Krebbs at Washington Post reports.

Colleague Bill P. of WinPatrol.

More coverage at:

MarketWatch.com

MorningStar News

Forbes.com

In a novel ruling, it's not the Adware guys made to pay the price but the advertisers:

Priceline.com, Travelocity.com and Cingular Wireless have settled over charges that they used secret adware Internet software programs as marketing tools, New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said on Monday.

This is the first time marketers have been held responsible for ads displayed through adware, the software that automatically displays promotional material, Cuomo's office said in a statement.

More on this here at CNET. Going after the advertisers is a pretty interesting tactic, but it seems to be having an impact. How much, we'll have to wait and see...

I have just returned from Affiliate Summit West 2007 where I went scouting the current state of advertising, ethics, and what the future holds for people. I will have more on that later I will say that giant waves seem to be rippling under the surface, and *maybe* in the direction of cleaning up some of the problems...no miracles are in sight, but I saw some positive signs for a change.

With that jaunt over I have to dig in to grab a day or two of rest and then prepare for the RSA show with colleague Chris Boyd...Want to meet him? Now you can! He might do an autograph, conduct a symphony, or show you cool bow staff fighting skills as a bonus. He really CAN do that kind of stuff.

I wanted to take a moment here at the labs to cordially invite you to meet up with us at the RSA conference in San Francisco Feb 5-9. Yes- spend some facetime with FaceTime Communications, the leading provider of solutions for securing and managing instant messaging, peer-to-peer file sharing and Web-based greynets.

Where will you all be?

We will have folks at Booth #2537. Paperghost and I will be there and perhaps other places too...skulking about, being a general menace, and the usual things we do at events- look around, talk to people, and try to snag food.

What is RSA?
Recognized as the largest IT security conference and expo, RSA Conference 2007 is a must-attend event. With a variety of conference tracks to select from, you'll learn strategies to address today's information security problems, and gain insight into the issues of tomorrow. FaceTime is presenting not one, but two presentations for your enjoyment.

Presentation One

February 7th, 9:10 AM - 10:20 AM
Session Code: 2069
Botnet Live: Tracing, Chasing and Building the Case to Bust the Bad Guys
Speakers Chris Boyd and Wayne Porter, FaceTime Security Labs

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This presentation is by Wayne Porter, yours truly, and led by the kung-fu style malware fighter Chris Boyd a.k.a. PaperGhost- we work in the labs doing all kinds of things you normally would not think about. For a little background on some of this I strongly suggest you check out the podcasts we did a few months ago- because they set the stage for just how incredible the cascade of events can become when you follow the story deep, deep into the abyss. We will also talk a bit about social media, the importance of being out in the field, economics and actually talking to people. Chris, who is a masterful story teller will give you a pretty amazing tour of the underbelly.

The Podcasts

Teaser Cast

Spyware Warriors and the Digital UnderGround Podcast: Part 1 and Part 2.
You can even download them into mp3 format and listen on the go.

Next Up....Our CEO in this Peer2Peer session....

February 7th, 12:30 PM - 1:20 PM
Session Code: P2P-204B
Skype and IM at the Office: User's Birthright or Security's Death Sentence?
Moderated by FaceTime President and CEO, Kailash Ambwani

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Kailash, our CEO, while perhaps not as dashing as we research types in the drawn form you see before you, he knows his stuff when it comes to business communications and when you get a title with "Birthright and Death Sentence" in one line...well how can you not be intrigued? Given VoIP and IMs rapid adoption this is a must attend panel- especially if you want to understand some of the legal ramifications and understand the nature of greynets- when good can be bad, and bad can sometimes be good. It is all a matter of perspective and policy.

Want to meet other FaceTimers? Check in at booth #2537 to see demos of our products and solutions, including the recently announced FaceTime Internet Security Edition which includes our award-winning RTGuardian appliance- you can find more about it on the FaceTime Security Products Site.

This is a bit of a pitch, so you are warned, but this is what we do- We combine core gateway security capabilities such as Web filtering and anti-spyware with security for today's greynet applications on a single platform with common policy and management. The FaceTime Internet Security Edition reduces complexity and increases efficiency of the enterprise security infrastructure to reduce overall total cost of ownership. We will also have demonstrations of our flagship instant messaging security and compliance solution, FaceTime Enterprise Edition, will also be available. Why the big deal? FaceTime Enterprise Edition helps organizations meet the new eDiscovery regulations (here for whitepaper) for electronic communications that went into effect December 1, 2006.

So please be our guest we would love to meet you. You can even attend the RSA Conference 2007 Expo compliments of FaceTime. Just register at http://www.rsaconference.com/2007/us/ and use code EXH7FAC for your FREE Expo Pass - a $100 value!*

We hope to see you there!

* You must pre-register before February 2, 2007 for your FREE Expo Pass. Make a note of it!

Our yearly review of Instant Messaging and Peer to Peer threats has hit the streets, and the results can be seen here. A combination of data from recent analysis and the October 2006 Greynets Survey, the overall picture is that of a security landscape where the number of threats has reduced since 2005, but the danger has actually increased. There is also a focus on what these problems mean for businesses, and the fact that these issues affect companies both small and large - no one is immune.

"Despite myriad security technologies employed by enterprise IT managers to block malicious attacks, the user is often the biggest vulnerability, especially on the real-time, socially-networked Web" said Frank Cabri, vice president of marketing for FaceTime Communications. "In 2007, the biggest security risk for organizations is likely to be their own users, as employees install consumer-oriented greynet applications onto their workplace computer faster than the IT team can keep up with the corresponding controls."

...I'm sure if you work in a large environment where everyone is in front of a PC you can relate to the above scenario - how many people do you personally know involved in covert installs of their favourite IM client, game or other program on a work PC? You might want to consider some covert moves yourself next time you see them and warn them of the dangers they're potentially bringing into the office!

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