Malcovery Security Releases Latest Top 10 Phished Brands Missed by Your Antivirus in the Q4 2013

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Malcovery Security Releases Latest Top 10 Phished Brands Missed by Your Antivirus in the Q4 2013

Greg Coticchia, President and CEO of Malcovery

The key question to ask about the brands listed in this report is ‘Would any of my employees ever respond to an email from one of these brands?

Malcovery®, the leader in delivering actionable intelligence that can be proactively applied to neutralize the threats and actions by cyber criminals in the areas of phishing, spam and malware, released today the latest ‘Top 10 Phished Brands That Your Antivirus is Missing,’ a report that discloses leading brands that are most exploited by cybercriminals in phishing attacks with malicious spam. Malcovery delivers Today’s Top Threats (T3), threat analysis throughout the day, which informs enterprises of emerging cybersecurity threats found in spam email messages.

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Malcovery T3 is based on the reality that the most dangerous email-based threats, (such as phishing, malware and spam) are successfully arriving in email inboxes before the majority of anti-virus, web filtering, IDS/IPS, etc., solutions have provided protection against them. As a result, tens of thousands of computers and mobile devices are infected every day. Malcovery T3 is a unique service in that it not only identifies these email-based threats in advance of other services, but prioritizes them so that busy security practitioners can focus on the time-sensitive issues that are missed by other vendors and sources of threat intelligence.

Malcovery T3 provides actionable intelligence throughout the day, which can be applied to help protect your network from these threats. Information provided by Malcovery T3 includes: a) spam campaign subject line(s), b) attacked brands, c) hostile URLs, d) hostile file analysis along with a number of other indicators of compromise.

Originally available from Malcovery as XML and CVS, this same actionable information is now available in STIXTM (Structured Threat Information eXpression), an emerging threat intelligence industry standard, putting the actionable data into a machine-readable language that organizations can use to efficiently incorporate the latest threat information into their security infrastructures.

“The key question to ask about the brands listed in this report is ‘Would any of my employees ever respond to an email from one of these brands?’ If so, your business may already be infected with malware,” stated Greg Coticchia, President and CEO of Malcovery Security. “Time sensitive reporting of in-the-wild email-based threats—ahead of antivirus companies by hours and in some cases days—is essential in today’s technology environment.”

With its patented and patent-pending algorithms, Malcovery analyzes spam on a number of factors and watches for “emerging threats” in the form of email messages that contain links to malicious websites or that contain malicious attachments. Once a new threat cluster is identified in the spam, characteristics about the spam messages and the associated malware are documented and reported to the T3 customers.

The Malcovery T3 threat intelligence service has been recognized independently for its ability to detect threats days ahead of other solutions and for its detection coverage and effectiveness when compared to antivirus offerings. Krebs on Security, a blog authored by noted security reporter Brian Krebs, reviewed the Malcovery T3 reports in June and July of 2012. Krebs described the effectiveness of current antivirus solutions when compared to Malcovery T3: “The one detail most readers will probably focus on most in this report is the atrociously low detection rate for these spammed malware samples. On average, antivirus software detected these threats about 22 percent of the time on the first day they were sent and scanned at If we take the median score, the detection rate falls to just 17 percent. That’s actually down from last month’s average and median detection rates, 24.47 percent and 19 percent, respectively.” See and

Malcovery was launched in early 2013 as a result of an exclusive worldwide license with the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and based on research conducted at the UAB Center for Information Assurance and Joint Forensics Research (CIA|JFR). The company has quickly gained commercial success with enterprise customers such as eBay, Facebook, IBM, VISA, Citi, Assurant, Regions, and LinkedIn. Key partners and resellers include IBM, Agari, Wombat Security, Internet Identity (IID), PPMA, GuardSight, Core Support, Bishop Technologies and ReSoft International.

Malcovery continues to experience rapid growth, which has been fueled by new customers adoption such as LinkedIn, IBM, Citi, eBay, Facebook, VISA, Assurant, Four Rivers Software, and others. A key factor that has contributed to the high rate of new customer acquisition has been the Malcovery capability to identify the source and nature of cyberthreats, versus current anti-phishing solutions which focus on security ‘symptoms,’ leaving customers playing ‘whac-a-mole’ vs. cybercriminals.

About Malcovery® Security (
Malcovery Security is the leading provider of actionable cyber security intelligence and forensic analysis, delivered through software and services that target cyber criminals and their activities. The company's patented and patent-pending technology provides the ability to identify the root sources of cybercrime attacks (servers, perpetrators, locations, etc.), delivering rich actionable intelligence information about cross-brand attacks and targeted attacks, as well as advanced notification of emerging email-based threats.

Unlike services that serve only as a reactive response to these attacks today—services that simply address the symptoms but cannot provide the intelligence to actually stop the cybercriminal—Malcovery Security’s solutions provide the unique intelligence required to respond effectively to attacks on customers’ brands, to disrupt phishing activities and successfully prosecute cybercriminals.

Malcovery Security has offices in Pittsburgh, PA and Birmingham, AL. For more information, please visit or connect with Malcovery on Facebook (, Twitter (@malcovery), and LinkedIn (

Editor’s Note: Malcovery® is a registered trademark. ‘Identify the Source. Stop the Threat .’ TM is a trademark of Malcovery Security, LLC. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the protected properties of their respective owners.

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