Weekly Roundup : Aug 19, 2011

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This week security news stories focused on the rise of rapidly changing social engineered malware spread through mail attachments designed to infect your computer. You may have received these suspicious often poorly written emails before, asking you to open an attached form that needs filling out. The increase in email messages with malware attachments began Aug. 8 and peaked Aug. 12, according to eWeek, and spam outbreaks are reaching pre-Rustock takedown levels. Computerworld reported the global ratio of spam in e-mail traffic rose to 77.8 percent, indicating that currently one in 1.29 e-mails is a spam. Other stories report on how sophisticated Internet browsers have become more secure in defending against socially engineered malware attacks. CNET reports on a growing trend in cyber-attacks against social networks, prompting people to take proactive steps to protect their online privacy. In other news, NIST released the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Strategic draft plan for comments.


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