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Symantec Announces October 2010 MessageLabs Intelligence Report

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2010-10-28 17:36

– For the first time, up to 25 percent of all targeted attacks in October destined for the Retail sector –

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — October 28, 2010- Symantec Corp. (Nasdaq: SYMC) today announced the publication of its October 2010 MessageLabs Intelligence Report. Analysis reveals that targeted attacks have increased significantly since they were first discovered five years ago from one to two attacks per week in 2005 to 77 attacks per day in October 2010. For the first time, targeted attacks hit the retail sector hardest this month where they increased from a steady monthly average of .5 percent of all attacks over the past two years to 25 percent in October characterized by a retail organization that was the intended recipient of three waves of highly targeted spear phishing attacks. In October, 1 in 1.26 million emails comprised a targeted attack.

Typically, between 200 and 300 organizations are targeted each month with the industry sector varying. Over time, the same individuals are targeted but using different exploit methods. For example, in October, an average of 5.4 users was targeted within each organization.

“While targeted emails by nature are sent in low volumes, they are one of the most damaging types of malicious attacks,” said MessageLabs Intelligence Senior Analyst Paul Wood. “We have seen a constant influx of targeted attacks over the past six months with the type of organization targeted changing on a monthly basis and the number of targeted users increasing each month. Although the number of unique attack exploits being deployed has diminished slightly, the number of attacks used by each exploit has increased.”

In October, the number of targeted attacks aimed at businesses in the Retail sector rose considerably above the monthly average of 1 in 1.26 million, increasing the likelihood of an attack by a factor of almost 6.3 times. Moreover, the number of attacks against the retail sector jumped to 516 in the last month, compared to just seven attacks per month for much of 2010 marking the first time the retail sector had been the focus of a targeted attack campaign in recent years.

“Of the 516 attacks, only six organizations were the intended targets but two of them were mainly targeted one of which was the target of 63 percent of the 516 attacks,” Wood said. “The spear phishing attacks, launched in three waves each one week apart, used social engineering techniques to distribute legitimate-looking emails from HR and IT staff of the targeted organization but in actuality contained malicious attachments.”

Each wave was comprised of one or two different email messages using different themes. The first wave of emails targeted 50 recipients and spoofed an email address from the firm’s Senior HR Executive with subjects referring to confidential salary information. The attachment contained a malicious PDF. The second wave also spoofed an HR Executive and targeted 20 recipients with a subject line pertaining to new employment opportunities.

The malicious attachment was an XLS file. The third wave took a slightly different approach and spoofed one of the organization’s Senior IT Security Executives. It targeted 70 employees and requested action with a critical security update. The malicious attachment was a password-protected zip file.

“Examination of the attacks’ timing and techniques suggests a methodical approach on behalf of the attackers,” Wood said. “In the case that the recipient clicked on any of the three malicious attachments, a backdoor Trojan would have been installed onto the computer with the potential for the attacker to gain access to any sensitive personal information or valuable corporate data on the machine.”

Other report highlights:

Spam: In October 2010, the global ratio of spam in email traffic from new and previously unknown bad sources was 87.5 percent (1 in 1.4 emails), a decrease of 4.2 percentage points since September.

Viruses: The global ratio of email-borne viruses in email traffic from new and previously unknown bad sources was one in 221.9 emails (0.45 percent) in October, an decrease of .01 percentage points since September. In October, 23.1 percent of email-borne malware contained links to malicious websites, an increase of 15.5 percentage points since September.

Endpoint Threats: Threats against endpoint devices such as laptops, PCs and servers may penetrate an organization in a number of ways, including drive-by attacks from compromised websites, Trojan horses and worms that spread by copying themselves to removable drives. Analysis of the most frequently blocked malware for the last month revealed that the Sality.AE virus was the most prevalent. Sality.AE spreads by infecting executable files and attempts to download potentially malicious files from the Internet.

Phishing: In October, phishing activity was 1 in 488.0 emails (0.20 percent), a decrease of 0.06 percentage points since September.

Web security: Analysis of web security activity shows that 51.3 percent of malicious domains blocked were new in October, an increase of 17.7 percentage points since September. Additionally, 24.7 percent of all web-based malware blocked was new in October, an increase of 2.9 percentage points since last month. MessageLabs Intelligence also identified an average of 2,280 new websites per day harboring malware and other potentially unwanted programs such as spyware and adware, a decrease of 23.9 percent since September.

Geographical Trends:

Luxembourg became the most spammed in October with a spam rate of 94.9 percent.
In the US, 91.6 percent of email was spam and 91.3 percent in Canada. Spam levels in the UK were 91.1 percent.
In the Netherlands, spam accounted for 92.3 percent of email traffic, while spam levels reached 91.6 percent in Germany, 93.3 percent in Denmark and 90.8 percent in Australia.
Spam levels in Hong Kong reached 93.3 percent and 90.2 percent in Singapore. Spam levels in Japan were at 89.6 percent and 93.8 percent in China. In South Africa, spam accounted for 91.0 percent of email traffic.
South Africa remained the most targeted by email-borne malware with 1 in 113.7 emails blocked as malicious in October.
In the UK, 1 in 127.1 emails contained malware. In the US virus levels were 1 in 425.3 and 1 in 254.5 for Canada. In Germany, virus levels reached 1 in 219.3, 1 in 215.7 in Denmark, 1 in 278.9 for the Netherlands.
In Australia, 1 in 474.5 emails were malicious and, 1 in 157.0 for Hong Kong, for Japan it was 1 in 738.1 compared with 1 in 576.4 for Singapore.
Vertical Trends:

In October, the most spammed industry sector with a spam rate of 93.5 percent continued to be the Automotive sector.
Spam levels for the Education sector were 92.1 percent, 91.8 percent for the Chemical & Pharmaceutical sector, 91.6 percent for IT Services, 91.5 percent for Retail, 91.0 percent for Public Sector and 90.5 percent for Finance.
In October, Government/Public Sector remained the most targeted industry for malware with 1 in 43.2 emails being blocked as malicious.
Virus levels for the Chemical & Pharmaceutical sector were 1 in 188.4, 1 in 224.4 for the IT Services sector, 1 in 386.0 for Retail, 1 in 167.7 for Education and 1 in 361.3 for Finance.
The October 2010 MessageLabs Intelligence Report provides greater detail on all of the trends and figures noted above, as well as more detailed geographical and vertical trends. The full report is available at

Symantec’s MessageLabs Intelligence is a respected source of data and analysis for messaging security issues, trends and statistics. MessageLabs Intelligence provides a range of information on global security threats based on live data feeds from our control towers around the world scanning billions of messages each week.

About Symantec

Symantec is a global leader in providing security, storage and systems management solutions to help consumers and organizations secure and manage their information-driven world. Our software and services protect against more risks at more points, more completely and efficiently, enabling confidence wherever information is used or stored. More information is available at

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October 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

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Comba Secures Multi-milllion US Dollar Deal for 3G Wireless Equipment to India

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2010-10-28 22:14
India Operator Purchases Comba’s Base Station Ancillary Equipment

NEW DELHI, India, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-Asia/ — Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Limited (“Comba” or “the Group”, Hong Kong stock code: 2342), a leading wireless enhancement solutions provider announced that it has successfully secured an agreement with a leading operator in India to supply wireless telecommunications equipment as part of a rollout of its 3G network in licensed circles across the nation. Under the agreement, Comba is supplying base station ancillary equipment including RF filters, diplexers, tower mounted amplifiers (TMA), and other products in the multi-million US dollar deal.

The solution will enable the operator to build out the network cost-effectively and rapidly. Comba’s RF filter plays a key role in improving system performance and facilitating co-location of services through the filtering of noise and unwanted signals as well as protecting the system from overly strong signals. The deployment of the Comba TMA further improves system performance by increasing base station receiver sensitivity and enables lower noise figure. This in turn will reduce dropped calls, improve call quality and data transmission rates – all essential for enhancing end-user experience.

Mr. Rajiv Girotra, Managing Director of Comba Telecom India said, “We are delighted to be selected as the supplier for the rollout of 3G networks across India. Comba overcame intense competition for this project and was selected on the basis of product performance and quality after exhaustive benchmarking against other vendor products. In addition, our outstanding track record, robust technical support and service capabilities were also considered in the final decision by the operator”

Mr. Simon Yeung, Chief Operating & Strategy Officer for Comba’s international operations said, “India has always been a very important market for the Group and this agreement marks a new milestone for us in light of the recent security concerns of the government. By working closely with the customer and the relevant government bodies, Comba fully complied with the regulations and gained approval to import the products into India and will continue to do so for the future.”

India’s 3G license auction concluded in May 2010, bringing a total number of 3G spectrum owners to nine operators across various circles nationwide in both rural and urban areas. As such, network build outs have been underway in earnest with some operators targeting early 2011 for commercial launch of services. By deploying Comba’s products in their networks, operators will enjoy cost-effective solutions to improve system performance and aid rapid rollout.

In addition, the agreement further affirms Comba’s position as the global leader in the area of tower mounted amplifier technology. According to industry experts at ABI Research, Comba Telecom is ranked as the number one vendor of TMAs by market share in their recent report “Tower Mounted Amplifiers for Mobile Wireless and Cellular Base Stations”.

About Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Limited

As one of the leading wireless solution providers in the world, Comba is primarily engaged in the R&D and manufacturing of wireless enhancement products including repeaters, base station subsystems & antennas, and wireless transmission & access systems. The Group also provides complete turnkey solutions and services to its global customers. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Comba’s global operations include manufacturing platform in China, R&D centers in China and the US, with over 40 offices worldwide. In May 2010, Comba had secured winning places in five categories, namely, “Best Mid-Cap” (the first runner up), “Best Managed Company”, “Best Investor Relations”, “Best Corporate Governance” and “Most Committed to a Strong Dividend Policy”, among top companies in China. It was included into the Hang Seng Composite Index Series (under the Information Technology category) in March 2010. In September 2010, Comba was named “Asia’s 200 Best Under A Billion” by Forbes. For further information, please visit:

For press enquiries:

Mr. Ken Man
Tel: (852) 2116 6024

Ms. Arlene Wong
Tel: (852) 2864 4899

Ms. Janice Au
Tel: (852) 2864 4874

Ms Winnie Kwong
Tel: (852) 2864 4839

Ms. Ada Ho
Tel: (852) 2114 4954

Fax: (852) 2527 1271

SOURCE Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Limited

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October 29, 2010 at 11:45 am

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