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Symantec reports spammers take advantage of current events

Spammers don’t seem to run out of new tactics as the January 2008 State of Spam Report of Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC), revealed on new findings on spam attacks during the holidays.

One of these is a new take on the 419 scam email traditionally telling stories about African dictators, a spam regularly seen by Filipinos in their email inboxes. According to Symantec, 419 spammers have discovered a new approach by stating that victims of 419 scams will receive compensation of $100,000 each, and payments will be supervised by UN officials.

To appear legitimate, the spam messages even provided some URL links as a reference to money that was allegedly successfully recovered by a 419 scam victim. At the bottom of the email, it explains how the money may be recovered and the fraudulent background of such emails may be observed.

Oil price hike, a topic currently hotly debated by Filipinos, is also being used by spammers to lure victims. The report observed oil price hike-related spam tactics that informed consumers of a downloadable tool that will allow them to obtain a list of gasoline stations with tampered gas pumps to fraudulently overcharge for gasoline. This download turned out to be a Trojan Horse. Although, the first incidents of this type of spam where aimed at Mexicans, the same tactic with different variations may be used in different countries.

In the past few years, an increase in spam levels during holiday seasons has been typically noted. Symantec observed that global spam levels in December 2007 experienced a surge, accounting for 75% of all email (up from 72% in November 2007), with an increase to 83% in the last few days prior to Christmas.

From this, it is clear that spammers will continue to reinvent how they send spam. Users are advised to adhere to several security best practices in order to minimize online threats, including:

–  Never view, open, or execute any email attachment unless the attachment is expected and the purpose of the attachment is known.

–  Use Internet security solution that combines antivirus, firewall, intrusion detection, and vulnerability management for maximum protection against malicious code and other threats.

–  Keep virus definitions updated regularly.

To learn more about the spam trends in the January 2008 State of Spam Report , log on to http://www.symantec.com.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2008 in Symantec, Technology

 

ViewSonic expands display heritage with new line of HR digital picture frames

According to Parks Associates research, more than two-thirds of digital photos taken are never printed or displayed, keeping memories bottled up on memory cards and computer hard drives. ViewSonic Corp. sets photos free from the hard drive and brings them to the coffee table with the introduction of easy-to-use, digital picture frames line.

The company’s first picture frames line — the 7-inch widescreen DP701W4WH, 8-inch widescreen DF88W-523 and the traditional 8-inch DF87G533 — are affordable, stylish and versatile, and were meant to provide high-quality display for consumers to show off digital photos that may have never seen the light of day.

“From wedding days and a baby’s ‘firsts’, to family vacations and birthdays, displaying personal moments through high-quality displays is a natural next step for ViewSonic,” said Jeff Volpe, vice president of marketing, ViewSonic Americas. “Expanding our portfolio of leading-edge display technology to include picture frames is the latest example of how we are meeting digital lifestyle trends and improving how people view and share content.”

Pictures can be uploaded to the frames with a USB cable or directly from a camera’s memory card. With 128MB of internal memory standard, the frames can display and rotate nearly 106 1.2-megapixel photos. The user can browse and display photos individually, view thumbnails or create an image slideshow with transition effects.

The widescreen 7-inch DP701W4WH brings photos to life with an 800×480 resolution, 220 cd/m2 brightness and a 400:1 contrast ratio (typ) that are ideal for crisp and vibrant images. The DP701W4WH creates a smooth progression from image to image, while the white acrylic bezel makes it a perfect fit within the modern décor of today’s homes and offices. The frames can display JPEG or BMP files and also include clock and alarm functionality.

The widescreen 8-inch DF88W-523 and traditional 8-inch DF87G-533 give photos more screen space and personality with audio and video capabilities. These frames display JPEG, BMP and M-JPEG files, and the DF88W also displays MPEG2 and MPEG4 files. Showcasing photos with accurate color, the DF88W offers 800×480 resolution and 300:1 contrast ratio while the DF87G offers 800×600 resolution and 500:1 contrast ratio (typ). With 250 cd/m2 brightness (typ), images are bright and clear. Both frames already include an integrated speaker for MP3 sound, a remote control and clock, alarm and calendar functionality.

Beyond personal photo displaying, these frames are easy to use, which makes them ideal for businesses. Rather than ordering new signage for retail locations, medical offices and education facilities, organizations can quickly change sales and welcome signs by uploading new images to the frame to save paper and time.

All of ViewSonic’s digital frames are backed by a one-year limited warranty and will soon be sold through authorized ViewSonic resellers, distributors, retailers and e-tailers. For more information about ViewSonic’s wider range of products, or to locate authorized ViewSonic dealers, please visit http://www.ViewSonic.com.

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2008 in Technology, Viewsonic