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Spam Fell Dramatically During 2010; Cisco

Cisco, which recently released its 2010 Annual Security Report, reveals that there's been an unprecedented fall in the total spam amounts, while cyber-crooks are now attacking operating systems different from the previously-targeted Windows OS.

And while this information about global spam is encouraging, during 2010, developed countries like the UK, Germany and France actually witnessed a rise in spam since these countries had been experiencing expanded broadband connectivity. In United Kingdom particularly, spam messages became nearly twofold in 2010 from 2009, the report outlines.

Simultaneously, there were considerably lower levels of spam in China, Turkey and Brazil during 2010. Specifically, spam in Turkey declined 87%, partially owing to the Pushdo/Cutwail and Waledac botnets' shutdown, the report explains.

Remarking about this discovery, Senior Security Threat Researcher Mary Landesman at Cisco stated that the botnet shutdowns were mostly notable in that no single organization, company or person carried them out instead they were the joint efforts of agencies and companies working in collaboration. According to her, if the same momentum could be continued, there would be continued interruptions for the spam perpetrators in amassing their revenues. Infosecurity-us.com published this on January 21, 2011.

Nevertheless, Cisco's yearly report finds that there were yet plentiful things to worry about during 2010. First, cyber-criminals focused on newer and newer kinds of malicious software, which abused users' trust, so deceiving them that they divulged their passwords and login details. Moreover, users followed malware-laden web-links within e-mails having hijacked e-mail ids, which seemed as though they were sent from a relative or friend. And finally, cyber-crooks infiltrated trustworthy websites towards duping users into taking down malicious software.

Said Vice-President and CSO John N. Stewart at Cisco, miscreants were going on discovering fresh and innovative methods for abusing systems, networks as well as human weaknesses for theft of information, alternatively for causing destruction. SCMagazineUS.com published this on January 21, 2011. Stewart further said that the challenge was in preventing those miscreants' attacks each and every time in case safeguarding information and networks were considered important and added that miscreants could win once, but security professionals had to win every single time.

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