Cyber criminals are bypassing traditional anti-virus detection by obfuscating their combined attacks.
Ed Rowley, product manager of M86 Security, said that this technique lays the code in the web page so that it is hard to detect. Asked how it was being detected, Rowley said: “Windows that host malware are used and are programmed to host the code. So a user goes to the site and can be infected, but it is hard to detect as the code can change between page visits.
With regards to spam, SC Magazine reported earlier this month on a rise in Canadian pharmacy related messages. M86 Security detected that the Canadian pharmacy remains the most popular because it is the most lucrative and accounted for 67 per cent of all pharmacy spam, generally relating to 80.7 per cent of spam.
Asked what could be done to help quell the spread of success of such spam, Rowley said: “It is about education and there is no excuse when most anti-virus vendors stop 99 per cent of spam. So for the rest it is education but people are still being caught out by phishing.”