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Conficker to Enhance the Growth of Spam

Conficker has come up with its new report titled "Q1 2009 Internet Threat Trends Report", according to which the systems tainted with Conficker worm can give rise to difficult circumstances in the coming few months.

The Conficker occurrence has become one of the pervasive worms ever and its termination is till looking very far. The researchers said that the different variations of this worm have attacked roughly 15 Million systems worldwide.

The security firm claims that the Conficker worm is used for transferring spam and if the creator of the worm organizes for all the infected systems to rouse up at the same time and operate as a single large spamming botnet, there is probability for an evocative increase in spam levels in Q2.

Chief Technology Officer at Commtouch, Amir Lev, adds that to barricade the deluge of spam that the enormous botnet produced by the Conficker worm is proficient of sending, fresh spam detection techniques must be used over the conventional methods, as reported by Enhanced Online News on April 14, 2009.

Lev also claims that findings based on scrutiny of patterns is the most appropriate method to obstruct huge spam attacks as these patterns will be produced in seconds and the IP addresses of the tainted systems will be discovered in a short span of time.

The report also reveals that in Q1 2009, the firm examined which groups of websites were more susceptible to carry phishing or phishing content. As anticipated, obscene and sexually oriented sites acquired the top positions in the list of sites tainted with malware, but the less suspected job search websites also evolved to the surprise, although they were down in the list. Criminal activity websites knock down from first position in Q4 2008 to sixth in Q1 2009.

Also, in the list of web categories compromised by phishing, social network and download sites are consistently targeted by new schemes. Chat sites, web based mail and Health and Medicine sites are the new-entrants to this list.

Moreover, the report also discovered that spam linked with loan schemes leaped from 3% of total spam e-mails in Q4 2008 to 28% of total spam mails in Q1 2009, acquiring the first position. This, perhaps, is a consequence of the worldwide economic circumstance.

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