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Threat Management: Focus on Malicious URLs

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Executive Summary

At the heart of many Web threats today is the seemingly innocuous URL in an email. Called a "Malicious URL" by cyber security experts, this link can lead to a range of unwanted eventualities. Enticed to click on these malicious links by persuasive social engineering, users are unknowingly succumbing to information theft, participation in a larger botnet, and other nefarious activities. The myriad techniques that leverage malicious URLs expand almost daily. As cybercriminals continue their relentless pursuit of profit, these attacks are unlikely to subside, and in fact may increase during times of economic turmoil around the world. This white paper describes various types of malicious URL techniques, used in combination with other approaches, and summarizes some of these best practices and technology-based solutions.

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