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As German cybercrime soars, Finjan warns UK firms to beware

(PresseBox) (Farnborough, United Kingdom, ) 12th October 2009 - Reports from Germany suggest that almost half of all Internet users have been victims of online crime and, says Finjan, a leader in secure web gateway products and the provider of unified web security solutions, British companies should review and reinforce their IT security defences against a similar surge in e-crime taking place in the UK.

"The report from Bitkom, the German business IT association, noted an increase in Internet crime largely as a result of concerned efforts on the part of criminal gangs using trojan-enabled phishing attacks," said Yuval Ben-Itzhak, Finjan's chief technology officer. "This trend reflects our own observations here at Finjan" he added.

According to Ben-Itzhak, in Finjan's just-issued Cybercrime Intelligence Report ( Finjan's researchers found that online thieves are getting craftier at covering their tracks to go undetected for longer stretches of time.

In the report, Finjan noted that cybercriminals are using Trojans - such as the URLzone bank Trojan, as well as new anti-fraud detection tactics - to side-step rapid identification of the crime by both banking customers and the banks themselves.

Ben-Itzhak explained that, unlike previous online attacks on bank accounts, the thieves that Finjan studied using the URLzone Trojan to attack German banking customers actually hid the resultant fraudulent transactions from the victims.

They did this, he says, by manipulating the account statement information that is displayed on the customer's screen.

"Bitkom's figures confirm our own observations that the problem of online cybercrime is reaching unprecedented levels, as the criminal gangs behind these frauds get more and more clever," he said.

"Against this backdrop we would urge any company wanting to use the Internet for online banking - or any similar financial services - to ensure their IT security defences are both up to date and multi-layered. Only then can they access the Internet securely," he added.

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Finjan MCRC specializes in the detection, analysis and research of web threats, including Crimeware, Web 2.0 attacks, Trojans and other forms of malware. Our goal is to be steps ahead of hackers and cybercriminals, who are attempting to exploit flaws in computer platforms and applications for their profit. In order to protect our customers from the next Crimeware wave and emerging malware and attack vectors, Finjan MCRC is a driving force behind the development of Finjan's next generation of security technologies used in our unified Secure Web Gateway solutions. For more information please also visit our info center and blog.

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Secure Gateway provides organizations with a unified web security solution combining productivity, liability and bandwidth control via URL categorization, content caching and applications control technologies. Crimeware, malware and data leakage are proactively prevented via patented active real-time content inspection technologies and optional anti-virus modules. Powerful central management enables intuitive task-based policy management, excellent drill-down reporting capabilities and easy directory integration for all network implementation options. By integrating several security engines in a single dedicated appliance, Finjan's comprehensive and integrated web security solution enables quick deployment, simplified management and reduction of costs. Business benefits include real-time web security (no patches or updates needed), lower total cost of ownership (TCO), cost savings in administration efforts, lower maintenance costs, and reduction in loss of productivity. Finjan's security solutions have received industry awards and recognition from leading analyst houses and publications, including Gartner, IDC, Butler Group, SC Magazine, eWEEK, CRN, ITPro, PCPro, ITWeek, Network Computing, and Information Security. With Finjan's award-winning and widely used solutions, businesses can focus on implementing web strategies to realize their full organizational and commercial potential. For more information about Finjan, please visit:

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