[jupiter-it] 2006 09 29 Jupiter IT Newsletter

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  • Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2006 18:31:33 +0100

Jupiter Information Technology Newsletter

Hi all,

Well it's been a while since the last issue. There has been a big change in the way that malicious software has been created and propogated over the past two years.

Then, viruses, worms and trojans were produced by so called 'script kiddies' and others for fun. Their motivation was to produce the cleverest and sneakiest malicious software possible, for it's own sake.

Now, though, things are different. Malicious software is commissioned by criminal gangs and released to create an income. Malicious software is used as a vehicle for fraud. Identity theft, pre-payment scams, and other criminal activity is the motivation for most malware now. When I receive warnings about malicious software, I now see variants of malicious software. Very little new malicious software is being created. Forgive me, if I am sounding a little nostalgic - I am not. It's always been a battle to prevent infections, but now the stakes are higher and the motives much more sinister.

As well as this, the means by which malicious software arrives has changed. Nowadays spam, or Unsolicited Commercial E-Mail, is the main vehicle. The e-mail message typically contains a link to a web site where just visiting results in an automatic malware infection. It is rare now to see malicious attachments within the e-mail, although do not be complacent. It still happens. There are still a lot of copies of old malicious software being distributed.

So, I have produced a little tutorial entitled 'A Strategy for Dealing with Spam', which is available as a free download from my web site, here http://www.jup-it-er.co.uk/doc/A%20Strategy%20for%20dealing%20with%20spam.pdf

It describes a method whereby anyone can easily reduce the amount of spam arriving in their inbox. I think it's well worth a look, so download it and try it out.

By the way, if you haven't done so already have a look at my web site. It's had a little bit of a facelift and spring clean, and looks a lot more eye catching.

Best wishes,
Laurence Cooper

Jupiter Information Technology

Software Development
Project Management

Tel/Fax: +44 (0)1792 875340



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