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Spam Mails Peak to 93%, says IT Force

Spam to Irish inboxes accounts for 93% of all e-mails reaching them, revealed by IT Force, an independent Irish company for technical services and consulting, in its spam report for the second week of April 2008.

The research by IT Force analyzed more than 380,600 e-mails that the company and its customers received during the mentioned period. The organization found that approximately 353,100 e-mails turned out to be spam.

The company further revealed that countries relaying majority of spam by region are China, Belarus and United States. This however, excludes Ireland. Moreover, the largest prevailing viruses that IT Force detected were Worm.SomeFool.Gen-2, Trojan.Downloader-30042, Exploit.Iframe-1, Worm.Mytob.KF and Worm.Mydoom.M.

Joe Molloy, Sales Director for Managed Services, IT Force, said that viruses through e-mail were declining. This is because the security industry was getting better at spotting such viruses while many organizations were opting for the corresponding solutions. Despite that spam mails continued to pose a major problem, as reported by irish.dev on April 18, 2008.

IT Force further said that phishing sites that are designed to exploit any vulnerability in software, on finding one, would install the Zeus Trojan onto the target computer. Zeus is dangerous because it is designed to collect data from online forms; capture screen shots; steal browser passwords and control the PC from a distance.

Besides, the company thinks that hackers might be employing a virus or Trojan to invade a home PC. The malware would then creep into the target computer and trick the user into opening legitimate looking software.

Trojans are malware that open a backdoor on attacked computers, giving the attacker unauthorized access to confidential accounts and documents stored on those systems. This usually happens by tracking the keystrokes and determining the passwords. In addition, the phishing campaigns are steadily rising and with increasing sophistication that calls for people's vigilance.

Besides, APACS (Association for Payment Clearing Services), an industry body, revealed that according to its research, while 82% of Internet users knew about emerging phishing scams and that they would delete or ignore e-mail requesting personal details, 29% of users did not update their system's security software.

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