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Malware Lessens while Spam Increases by 28% in October 2010

According to the monthly report "Threat and Spamscape (October 2010)" of the security firm AppRiver, the total amount of spam propagating on the Internet during October 2010 increased 28% compared to September 2010. However, as per the report, new malware pieces reduced.

According to the report, the total number of spam e-mails during October 2010 accounted for around 80-150 Million pieces per day.

Meanwhile, virus activity considerably lessened after increasing early in the month of October. AppRiver highlights that it found over 3.5 Million infected websites or e-mails on Oct. 2 (2010), probably the fallout from the huge "Here You Have" virus that caused disorder on enterprise e-mail servers during September (2010) and early October 2010.

Besides, according to the new report, image spam, either attached to an unwanted e-mail message or hidden inside an infected website, continued to infect netizens during October 2010, reaching at over 2.2 Million detected instances on Oct. 5 (2010) and averaging around 1 Million - 1.5 Million instance per day for the bulk of October 2010.

Moreover, as per the report, Zeus Trojan has managed to retain its hold and is still strong. AppRiver notes that during mid-month (October 2010), it noticed a huge invasion of messages trying to circulate the Zeus Trojan. This message campaign lasted for around three weeks (last week of September 2010), and during that time AppRiver noticed a stable series of messages with a great increase in traffic. As a matter of fact, at the end of its run there were around more than one hundred new domains, which would act as redirectors.

In addition, according to the report, the U.S. is still the no. 1 spamming nation, with the maximum amount of spam originating from it. Apart from US, other top spamming countries include, Russia, India, the UK, Brazil at ranks two, three, four, and five respectively. On the other hand, Vietnam, Germany, France, Ukraine, and Romania were also on the list of top ten spamming countries, revealed by AppRiver report for October 2010.

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