SONICWALL INTERNET THREAT PREVENTION PROTECTS CUSTOMERS AGAINST WINDOWS EXPLOITS TARGETING 'WORLD OF WARCRAFT' PLAYERS
SUNNYVALE, CALIF. - April 12, 2007 - SonicWALL, Inc. (NASDAQ: SNWL), a leading provider of network security, email security, secure remote access, and backup and recovery solutions, confirmed today that users of its Unified Threat Management (UTM) technology are protected against malware targeted at World of Warcraft (WoW) players. WoW is a popular online computer game published by Blizzard Entertainment, with more than 8 million players worldwide.
SonicWALL first began providing protection against this malware in October, 2006, and has been issuing new signatures on a continual basis as more variants of the malware, designed to steal the in-game assets of WoW players, have been identified.
The Windows vulnerability is exploited by installing keylogging software on players' computers if they visit an infected web site. This allows hackers to obtain players' WoW passwords, access WoW player accounts and steal their virtual assets. While Blizzard Entertainment does not officially allow players to buy or sell assets, a thriving unofficial market for WoW assets exists.
"Although the malware currently only targets game players, it's important to protect against it in the workplace since keystroke loggers bring risks into a business network," said Alex Dubrovsky of SonicWALL's Security Center.
Users of SonicWALL's dynamic threat prevention services are protected by the signatures:
WOW.PU (Trojan) 4/4/2007 9:25:06 PM
WOW.JE (Trojan) 4/4/2007 9:25:05 PM
WOW.QG (Trojan) 4/4/2007 9:25:04 PM
WOW.ET (Trojan) 3/29/2007 10:49:55 PM
WOW.dldr.1 (Trojan) 3/23/2007 9:07:04 PM
WOW.ET (Trojan) 3/23/2007 9:07:04 PM
WOW.ES (Trojan) 3/23/2007 9:07:03 PM
WOW.dldr.2 (Trojan) 3/23/2007 9:07:03 PM
WOW.PU (Trojan) 3/12/2007 10:04:28 PM
Wow (Trojan) 12/21/2006 3:52:15 AM
Spy.WOW-53 (Trojan) 12/15/2006 1:58:21 AM
Spy.WOW-39 (Trojan) 10/27/2006 1:47:06 AM
Spy.WOW-38 (Trojan) 10/18/2006 1:19:40 AM
SonicWALL has developed unique technologies to deliver zero day gateway anti-virus, anti-spyware and intrusion prevention signatures to its subscribers providing them the tools to defend against new and existing Internet attacks and exploits such as phishing, viruses, DHA or DoS attacks and more. To be protected against this malware, subscribers must have a current subscription to SonicWALL's gateway threat prevention services.
About SonicWALL, Inc.
Founded in 1991, SonicWALL, Inc. designs, develops and manufactures comprehensive network security, email security, secure remote access, and backup and recovery solutions. SonicWALL is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California and trades on the NASDAQ under the symbol SNWL. For more information, contact SonicWALL at +1 (408) 745-9600 or visit the company web site at http://www.sonicwall.com/.
Safe Harbor Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements include but are not limited to statements regarding the issuance of new signatures on a continual basis and our ability to deliver zero day gateway anti-virus, anti-spyware and intrusion prevention signatures on an on-going basis to our subscribers. These forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management at the time the statements are made and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements. In addition, please see the "Risk Factors" described in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006, for a more detailed description of the risks facing our business. All forward-looking statements included in this release are based upon information available to SonicWALL as of the date of the release, and we assume no obligation to update any such forward-looking statement.
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