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Kaspersky Lab Report: 37.3 Million Users Experienced Phishing Attacks in the Last Year

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–Bogus search and email services, social networks, banks, financial organizations and e-shops are often used to cheat the unwary

SINGAPORE, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — According to the results of Kaspersky Lab’s “The evolution of phishing attacks 2011-2013” survey, the number of Internet users who faced phishing attacks over the last 12 months has grown from 19.9 million to 37.3 million, an increase of 87%. Facebook, Yahoo, Google and Amazon are among the main targets of cybercriminals. The study, which was carried out in June 2013 based on data from the Kaspersky Security Network cloud service, shows that what was once a subset of spam has evolved into a rapidly growing cyberthreat in its own right.

Phishing is a form of Internet fraud in which criminals create a fake copy of a popular site (an email service, an Internet banking website, a social networking site, etc.) and try to lure the users to these rogue webpages. The unsuspecting user enters their login information and passwords into these carefully forged websites as they normally would, but these access credentials are instead sent to the cyberiminals. The scammers can then use this stolen personal information, bank credentials, or passwords to steal the users’ money, to distribute spam and malware via the compromised email or social networking accounts, or they can simply sell their databases of stolen passwords to other criminals.

For a long time, phishing was regarded as a variation of typical spam emails. However, the data from this survey confirms that the scale of phishing attacks has reached such a significant level that they should be regarded as a dangerous threat category of their own, not merely an off-shoot of general spam. In fact, email is no longer the most common delivery mechanism for phishing emails. For example, only 12% of all registered phishing attacks were launched via spam mailings. The other 88% of cases came from links to phishing pages which people followed while using a web browser, a messaging system (Skype, etc.) or otherwise interacting with the computer.

During the survey, Kaspersky Lab specialists compared data on phishing attacks from over 50 million Kaspersky Security Network users between 1 May 2012 and 30 April 2013 with figures for the equivalent period of 2011-2012.

Main Research Findings

Users

In 2012-2013, phishers launched attacks affecting an average of 102,100 people worldwide each day — twice as many as in 2011-2012;
Phishing attacks most often target users in Russia, the USA, India, Vietnam and the UK;
Vietnam, the USA, India and Germany have the greatest number of attacked users — the total number of attacks in these regions has doubled since last year.

Attackers

The majority of the servers hosting phishing pages were registered in the USA, the UK, Germany, Russia and India;
The number of unique attack sources – such as fraudulent websites and servers – has more than tripled from 2012-2013;
Over half (56%) of all identified unique attack sources were found in just 10 countries, which means the attackers have a small set of preferred “home bases” to launch their attacks.

Targets

The services of Yahoo!, Google, Facebook and Amazon were most often attacked by phishers — 30% of all registered incidents involved fake versions of their sites;
Over 20% of all phishing attacks mimicked banks and other financial organizations;
American Express, PayPal, Xbox live, Twitter and etc. are in Top 30 most targeted sites.

“The volume and variety of phishing attacks detected during the survey indicates that phishing is not merely one tool among many for the illegal enrichment of fraudsters, but represents a significant and visible threat. These attacks are relative simple to organize and are demonstrably effective, attracting an increasing number of cybercriminals to this type of illegal activity. The volume of phishing attacks, which according to Kaspersky Security Network nearly doubled in a single year, confirms this trend,” said Nikita Shvetsov, Deputy CTO (Research) at Kaspersky Lab.

The full report ‘The evolution of phishing attacks 2011-2013’ is available here.

Contact Person:
Jesmond Chang
Tel.: +60379625913
Email: pr@kaspersky-sea.com / jesmond.chang@kaspersky.com

Source: Kaspersky Lab

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June 21, 2013 at 4:09 pm

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Synthetic DNA Deemed Patentable by US Supreme Court, Gene Synthesis and Codon Optimization Provide Potential Pathway to Patentability

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PISCATAWAY, N.J. /PRNewswire/ — On June 13, 2013, the United States Supreme Court unanimously ruled that although isolated, natural gene sequences are unpatentable, cDNA (referred to as synthetic DNA) is officially considered patentable subject material. The ruling was issued after the court reviewed patents owned by Myriad Genetics Inc. in the high-profile case Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics. The patents claimed the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2, as well as methods for detecting mutations in the genes that have been linked to breast and ovarian cancer. The court supported this legal claim, stating that “cDNA is not a ‘product of nature,’ so it is patent eligible …”.
GenScript’s gene synthesis service is a valuable method for circumventing the isolation of natural DNA sequences for use in biological research studies. The service provides non-natural, de novo DNA sequences synthesized according to specified client design, allowing natural gene sequences or cassettes to be engineered for in vivo, or in vitro use, including diagnostic tests. Additionally, GenScript’s OptimumGene(TM) codon optimization technology can alter the sequence of natural genes, to increase the expression of the subsequent protein in a number of systems. The OptimumGeneTM algorithm considers nearly every parameter affecting the central dogma process, from transcription to protein folding, and has been proven to optimize protein production in bacterial, mammalian, yeast and insect expression systems. OptimumGeneTM codon optimization in combination of gene synthesis can generate novel, non-naturally occurring sequences, with high-utility and attractive patentable features. To preserve clients’ intellectual property rights, GenScript does not claim any rights to specialized synthetic or OptimumGeneTM codon optimized genes. Custom project details are kept strictly confidential; all intellectual property rights belong to the client.
It may be too soon to speculate on the court ruling’s effect on DNA sequences’ future patentability. However, as the pace of molecular biology research quickens, the use of synthetic DNA will inevitably become a mainstay in every lab. GenScript offers gene synthesis and codon optimization solutions for the present and future of gene patent law and remains committed to supporting innovation.
*GenScript is not a legal practitioner and the content above is in no way intended to provide legal advice for patent prosecution, litigation or any associated legal matters thereof.
Source: GENSCRIPT USA Inc.

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June 21, 2013 at 2:27 pm

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Carol Wilson Takes On Key Role at Light Reading

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  • Respected communications industry editor rejoins Light Reading to play crucial role in global online telecom publication’s new strategy

NEW YORK, June 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — UBM has appointed Carol Wilson as Editor-at-Large at online telecom publication Light Reading (www.lightreading.com), the premier source for telecom industry analysis, which leads its sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation.

(Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20110913/SF67580LOGO-a)

Wilson is no stranger to Light Reading, having joined the title previously in 2009 and subsequently fulfilling a number of roles as a senior member of the editorial and events teams until March 2013.

Now, following a few successful months at The TeleManagement Forum (TM Forum), Wilson is returning to Light Reading to be part of a major overhaul of the publication as it unveils a new design, additional multimedia functionality, and greater engagement with the global communications industry community.

As part of the overhaul, Wilson will be the Dean of the Light Reading University, which will offer online courses on key industry developments.

“I’m delighted to have Carol back on the team and being part of the ‘new’ Light Reading. She has the knowledge, skills, personality, and contacts that make her a major asset,” stated Light Reading Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre. “In addition, her knowledge of North American contact sports and dedication to the Chicago Blackhawks, one of the National Hockey League’s big hitters, makes Wilson invaluable in sports quizzes.”

“I’m excited about the plans for Light Reading and the opportunity to be part of the team that reinvents the telecom trade press. I think what the Light Reading team has planned will bring additional relevance to what has long been the telecom industry’s best source of news, analysis, and strategic information,” said Wilson.

“Carol’s reputation speaks for itself,” said Stephen Saunders, Managing Director of UBM DeusM and Light Reading founder, “as does her decision to return to the Light Reading fold at this pivotal juncture in our community’s history. I’m delighted to be working with her again.”

Wilson returns to Light Reading on July 8, just as Light Reading’s new-look debuts. The revamped site will employ the content management system and proven operational strategies of DeusM, an integrated marketing services company owned by UBM. DeusM builds and operates highly engaged communities of qualified users within specialist B2B markets using a strategy of best-practices focused on content and technology.

Contact:
Amy Averbook
Sr. Director of Marketing, UBM DeusM
917-743-2693
averbook@deusm.com

About Light Reading
Light Reading(www.lightreading.com) combines its research-led online communities and targeted events portfolio to help those in the global communications industry make informed decisions. Lightreading.com is the ultimate source for telecom analysis for more than 300,000 subscribers each month, leading the media sector in terms of traffic, content, and reputation. Light Reading produces targeted communications events and focused one-day conferences each year for cable, mobile, and wireline executives across five continents.

About UBM DeusM
UBM DeusM (www.deusm.com) is an integrated marketing services company owned by UBM plc, targeting the fastest growing segment of the online publishing industry: business social media. The company is led by Managing Director Stephen Saunders, Min’s Marketer of the Year 2010. He and the other UBM DeusM principals have built and delivered more than 45 successful sites and online communities over the last two years. UBM DeusM’s service is based on a unique platform, called Community in a Box (CiaB), which employs a structured system of proven B2B Web publishing best-practices, combined with a breakthrough integrated multimedia publishing platform (“n-Server”) to enable marketers to quickly and profitably set up specialized communities for their target customers.

About UBM plc
UBM plc is a leading global business media company. We inform markets and bring the world’s buyers and sellers together at events, online, in print and provide them with the information they need to do business successfully. We focus on serving professional commercial communities, from doctors to game developers, from journalists to jewelry traders, from farmers to pharmacists around the world. Our 6,000 staff in more than 30 countries are organized into specialist teams that serve these communities, helping them to do business and their markets to work effectively and efficiently. For more information, go to www.ubm.com.

Source: Light Reading

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June 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Rio de Janeiro Launches Public-private Partnership for Zero-emission Transportation

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RIO DE JANEIRO, June 20, 2013/PRNewswire/ — Rio de Janeiro State Government signs multilateral memorandum of understanding with Renault-Nissan Alliance, Petrobras Distribuidora, Light, Ampla and Rio Negocios to pave the way for electric vehicles

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed today among Rio de Janeiro State Government and leaders from Brazil’s public-private sectors to accelerate zero-emission transportation in Rio de Janeiro. The partners for this historic deal are Renault-Nissan Alliance, Petrobras Distribuidora, Light, Ampla and Rio Negocios.

As part of the MoU, the parties will study the possibility of producing electric vehicles in the state, as well as the entire infrastructure necessary for running such cars. The project is part of the Rio Capital Energy Program, coordinated by the State Department of Economic Development, Energy, Industry and Services of Rio de Janeiro.

“We want to make sure Rio de Janeiro will be a world’s reference in energy for the twenty-first century, repeating the vocation that Rio already has in the area of traditional energy,” said the Secretary of the State Department of Economic Development, Energy, Industry and Services, Julio Bueno, commenting on the program.

Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro are currently rolling out pilot programs that use the Nissan LEAF as part of the cities’ taxi fleets.

Renault and Nissan have been consistently committed to zero-emission technology. The companies have invested EUR 4 billion in the past two decades to develop electric cars that consume no petroleum and can be recharged on pure renewable energy.

The first fully electric mass-produced vehicle to hit the market was the Nissan LEAF, which debuted in December 2010. Renault recently launched the ZOE subcompact and has a range of other zero-emission options including the Fluence Z.E. sedan, the Twizy urban two-seater, and the Kangoo Z.E. van.

The Renault-Nissan Alliance has sold nearly 100,000 zero-emission cars, more than all other major automakers combined.

“Renault-Nissan is in the vanguard of electric vehicles. This new initiative reaffirms our global commitment to offering sustainable urban mobility that is fun to drive,” affirmed Carlos Ghosn, the Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO during this morning’s announcement.

For the full press release, go to: http://www.media.blog.alliance-renault-nissan.com/news/rio-de-janeiro-launches-public-private-partnership-for-zero-emission-transportation.

Contact:
Marcelo Rodrigues
Nissan Brazil
Marcelo.rodrigues@nissan.com.br
+55(21)2134-9192

Caique Ferreira
Renault Brazil
caique.ferreira@renault.com
+55(41)9648-6777

Source: Renault-Nissan Alliance

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June 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Langham Hospitality Group Offers Meeting Planners “Double The Extra Mile” For Third Consecutive Year

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HONG KONG/PRNewswire/ — Langham Hospitality Group presents exclusive offer “Double the Extra Mile” to reward event planners and organisers for the third consecutive year when they host qualified events at its participating hotels. The offer is applicable for events booked between 1 July and 30 September 2013 and to be held within 1 July and 31 December 2013.

The Langham Club, The Langham, Shenzhen
This global offer is available at all participating properties* including the latest addition in North America – Langham Place, Fifth Avenue; Eaton Chelsea, Toronto; and The Langham, Chicago which will be opening its door on 10 July.
The meeting and event planners can enjoy double takethelead points or earn up to 130,000 miles from any of the ten selected frequent flyer/ travel reward programme partners. The reward is exclusive for qualified events with revenue of US$6,500 and up. More details on the offer can be found at langhamhotels.com/doubletheextramile/.
Simon Manning, vice president – sales & marketing for Langham Hospitality Group said: “As it proves that ‘Double the Extra Mile’ was so successful for the past two years, therefore we are happy to extend the offer to meeting planners for another year. They can earn 4 reward points or 2 miles for every US$1 spent on meetings and events whilst enjoying our bespoke service and innovative meeting solutions.”
takethelead is a dedicated online event platform that provides members with a one-stop, personalised service created to take care of every single detail of their event – including planning, logistics, dining and entertainment.
For booking and more information on takethelead rewards – visit meeting.langhamhotels.com.
*Eaton Smart New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel is not a participating property in this promotion.
As the wholly-owned subsidiary of Great Eagle Holdings, Langham Hospitality Group encompasses a family of distinctive hospitality brands which include hotels, resorts, residential serviced apartments, restaurants and spas, located on four continents. The Group currently owns and/or manages 17 hotels under The Langham, Langham Place, Eaton and 88 Xintiandi brands with more than 20 hotel projects currently either confirmed or in a developed stage of negotiation from China through Asia and India to the Middle East. For reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at http://www.langhamhotels.com.
Our Properties:
EUROPE:
The Langham, London
PACIFIC:
The Langham, Auckland
The Langham, Melbourne
The Langham, Sydney
NORTH AMERICA & CARIBBEAN:
The Langham, Boston
The Langham, Huntington, Pasadena, Los Angeles
Langham Place, Fifth Avenue
The Langham, Chicago (2013)
Eaton Chelsea, Toronto (2013)
ASIA:
Mainland China
The Langham, Xintiandi, Shanghai
The Langham, Shenzhen
Langham Place, Beijing Capital Airport
88 Xintiandi, Shanghai
Eaton Luxe, Nanqiao, Shanghai
Eaton Luxe, Xinqiao, Shanghai
The Langham, Haikou, Hainan (2015)
Langham Place, Dalian (2016)
Langham Place, Datong (2014)
Langham Place, Guangzhou (2013)
Langham Place, Ningbo (2013)
Langham Place, Qingdao (2015)
Langham Place, Xiamen (2013)
Eaton Luxe, Qingdao (2014)
Hong Kong
The Langham, Hong Kong
Langham Place, Mongkok, Hong Kong
Eaton Hong Kong
India
Eaton Smart, New Delhi Airport Transit Hotel
Eaton, Lavasa (2015)
Langham Place, Lavasa (2015)
Media contact:
Vivienne Gan
Vice President – Public Relations
Langham Hospitality Group
Tel: (852) 3552 3823
Fax: (852) 3552 3902
Email: vivienne.gan@langhamhotels.com
Source: Langham Hospitality Group

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June 21, 2013 at 10:36 am

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