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Secure Computing Released Internet Threats for Q2 of 2008

According to a report from Secure Computing Corporation, a leading company in securing enterprise gateway, the amount of spam and the creation of zombies declined in the 2nd quarter of 2008; however, the focus on new attack mediums increased.

The report stated that in spite of a rise in the overall volume of spam to 280% from Q2 of 2007 to Q2 of 2008, the volume of spam in Q2 of 2008 declined by 40%. In addition, Q2 of 2007 saw more than 300,000 new zombies each day, while in Q2 of 2008, the amount nearly halved.

Besides, in spite of the decline in both new zombies and spam during 2008, Security Researchers at Secure Computing are trying to draw attention to other more problematic areas.

The Secure Computing report indicated that more than 16% of the entire spam was generated in the US, and the amount was double the volume of spam in Russia, which was at the second position. Also, product replica, prescription drug and male enhancement spam continued to occupy the highest three spots on the list of spam varieties.

The report further indicated that there are an increasing number of business and household users who are being attacked with Web malware and blended security threats. It suggests that the ZBot spyware family grew considerably in the 2nd quarter of 2008. This spyware steals sensitive data of users while creating a backdoor component on the infected computer so that the attackers can gain complete control over the compromised system. A yet another rapidly escalating ad/spyware family is Swizzor that accounted for 30% of all freshly introduced malware in Q2 of 2008.

According to Dmitri Alperovitch, Director of Intelligence Analysis at Secure Computing, the company is also observing changes in the way cyber crooks are establishing new attack vectors through the deployment of web malware, spywares, spam and botnets, as reported by CIOL on August 19, 2008.

Finally, according to Secure Computing report, the number of newly created porn sites continued to increase daily during Q2 of 2008, going up 45%; thereby, causing a constant risk to business organizations' productivity and security.

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