CyberDefender AntiSpyware 2006 Early Defense Technology Reports Latest Spyware Attacks in Real-time

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CyberDefender has identified the following dangerous 6.2 category spyware for March 21, 2006.

CyberDefender has identified the following dangerous 6.2 category spyware for March 21, 2006:

CyberDefender Threat Level: 6.2 – high

Spyware: notify.exe.up

Spyware: Date Discovered: 3/20/2006 21:38:00

CyberDefender Threat Level: 5 – high

Spyware: taskdir.exe.u~

Spyware: Date Discovered: 3/21/2006 15:33:00

CyberDefender Threat Level: 4.2 – moderate

Spyware: vmmon32.exe.u~

Date Discovered: 3/20/2006 11:49:00

For real-time observation of this virus and other threats go to: http://www.cyberdefender.com/internet-security-threats/virus-alerts.html

CyberDefender™ Corporation, the security developer with the industry’s most advanced early defense technology, issues its CyberDefender Spyware Alert regularly. This report highlights the most recent spyware plaguing Internet users and exposing them to Internet security dangers.

CyberDefender AntiSpyware™ monitors computers constantly, using early defense technology. Every PC on the CyberDefender network is on the lookout for suspicious files and reports them to Threat Central™.

CyberDefender’s Threat Central ranks threats from one to ten according to its Universal Severity Scale™ Threats rated above five are considered viruses while threats ranked below five are considered spyware or adware. Lightning-quick updating ensures users protection from new cyber-attacks faster than any other spyware removal tool. AntiSpyware 2006 is compatible with all other major anti-spyware products, so users can easily add another layer of spyware detection that catches spyware faster. CyberDefender’s anti spyware software is available at http://antispyware.cyberdefender.com/

CyberDefender Universal Severity Scale

Category 7-10 Very High

Category 5-7 High

Category 3-5 Moderate

Category 1-3 Low

Viruses rated by CyberDefender’s Universal Severity Scale at seven to ten are considered Very High risk and very dangerous. Typically these viruses log user activity and present a high risk of data and system damage. These types of threats are difficult to contain and extremely difficult to remove. They often use unauthorized, invisible installation, and in addition to logging keyboard activity and taking system snapshots, these Very High risk viruses have the ability to disable anti-virus and anti-virus firewall programs, open communication ports, and send confidential user data to remote servers.

CyberDefender’s automated threat protection and The Collaborative Internet Security Network™ together form a seamless adaptive network technology providing all CyberDefender users with threat definitions to protect against new attacks in less than an hour after discovery. This is estimated to be more than 10 times faster, on average, than conventional anti spyware software vendors.

Top Spyware Attacks in 2006

155 spyware attacks in March

242 spyware attacks in February

145 spyware attacks in January

67% increase from January to February, 2006

About Spyware Attacks

Webopedia defines spyware as “Any software that covertly gathers user information through the user's Internet connection without his or her knowledge, usually for advertising purposes.” (full definition at http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/s/spyware.html)

About CyberDefender Threat Central

Threat Central and CyberDefender’s Collaborative Internet Security Network™ together form a seamless adaptive network technology providing all CyberDefender users with real-time spyware alerts that notify them of potentially harmful activities that may have an effect on the safety of their personal data. Threat Central automatically analyzes threats and calculates the risk levels of suspicious files and processes. This expert system tests and ranks the threat on a Universal Severity Scale, and updates the CyberDefender threat database automatically. Because of this, the CyberDefender Threat Central spyware alerts are dynamic, adjusting in real-time as each threat evolves, providing users with the most updated and accurate protection available. This threat assessment process is significantly faster than traditional methods.

About CyberDefender Corporation (http://www.cyberdefender.com)

CyberDefender Corporation is the first company to provide early warning and defense against Internet attacks using a secure high-speed client-to-client relay network. As a result, fast moving threats are updated in about an hour, as opposed to 12 hours or more for existing security providers. CyberDefender works great by itself, providing the first line of defense against spyware, phishing, viruses and worse. CyberDefender’s also complements other security software, providing an additional layer of security on the desktop with the proven ability to catch attacks earlier.

CyberDefender began operations in August 2003. Its earlier products have been downloaded by over 12 million consumers. The new CyberDefender technology was implemented in 2005 and products using the technology include the CyberDefender Security Toolbar 2006 (free Internet security) and CyberDefender AntiSpyware 2006 (spyware remover), with additional Internet security suite products slated for release during 2006.

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Kristin Gabriel