Campaign designed to scare email users with bogus legal action for activities, including illegal music downloads

June 26, 2009

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ROHNERT PARK, Calif. " June 23, 2009 " Red Condor's Spam Trip Wire feature instantly detected and blocked a new email virus campaign designed to scare email users with bogus legal action for activities including illegal music downloads. The virus campaign detected at 8:29 a.m. EDT on Monday, June 22, 2009, calls attention to users' supposed recent activity at sites commonly used to share and download copyrighted movies, music and software. The email content threatens recipients with legal action and includes a link to a "log report" that is actually a virus executable. Red Condor created a filtering rule and distributed the added security to its security appliance and hosted service customers around the world. "Red Condor's recently introduced Spam Trip Wire feature immediately detected this virus campaign and prevented the virus from infecting our customers, and within four minutes the Red Condor experts had launched a filtering rule to permanently stop this virus scheme," said Dr. Tom Steding, chief executive officer of Red Condor. "Red Condor offers the right combination of technology and experts providing multiple layers of security that continue to deliver accurate and responsive protection to our customers' computers and businesses. The fact that we were able to instantly detect and block and then quickly issue a rule is very assuring to our customers." Spam Trip Wire is part of Red Condor's multi-layered defense strategy. Spam Trip Wire quickly identifies spam and virus campaigns before they penetrate users' networks. Suspicious campaigns are put on probation until a filter rule can be written to capture messages from the campaign. During the probationary period, messages referring to the suspicious campaign are quarantined. Red Condor's Hosted Service and MAG-series network appliances receive the automatic updates to ensure that customers' email protection is always up-to-date. The company's technology, services and products are supported by Red Condor's 24x7 Security Operations Center that constantly monitors all network activity to search for new email threats. About Red Condor Red Condor is revolutionizing spam fighting with its next generation technology. Red Condor's highly accurate email filter, hybrid architecture Vx Technology, and fully managed appliances lead to a dramatic reduction in the cost of owning a premium spam filter. With solutions for small business, as well as ISPs with millions of email inboxes, Red Condor has a cost-effective, time-saving solution that is rapidly gaining market share. The system's design has built-in zero tolerance for lost email, and a near zero false-positive rate while achieving long-term spam block rates greater than 99%. This next-generation technology is backed by a 24x7 customer care center staffed by email security experts at Red Condor's headquarters. For more information, visit

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