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Data Breaches and Critical Cyber-Assaults Escalated during June 2011, Reports Fortinet

Major network security vendor and the global major for UTM (unified threat management) solutions, Fortinet lately issued its new June 2011 Threat Landscape Report, elaborating on cyber assaults and data breaches like an SQL injection assault against Sony Europe, one critical data hack at the IMF (International Monetary Fund), the constant attacks by the LulzSec hacktivism collective against the government of United States and so on.

Moreover, the report further discusses the malware scenario of the month. Thus as per it, Fortinet spotted the most widespread PC worm once again as Fraudload.OR, accounting for 14.32% of all detections. The worm reportedly, commonly takes the guise of rogue anti-virus software, although it can pull down other PC Trojans or malicious programs as well on a contaminated PC. Recently, over the past weeks, Fraudload.OR was behind over 33% of fresh incidences of malware infections, the report discovers.

Further according to the report, for almost 2 months, Fraudload.OR continued to be extremely active, essentially boosted with the success that rogue anti-virus downloaders such as Fraudload.OR had attained.

Additionally, alongside Fraudload.OR, other malicious programs, which made it to the list of 10 most prevalent threats, are W32/Injector.fam!tr accounting for 2.66% of all malicious programs, W32/Delf.AR!tr accounting for 2.64%, W32/Small.BG!tr - 2.47% and W32/Mydoom.N@mm - 2.43% all ranked No.2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively, states the report.

Following these malware programs, were W32/Agent.GUOD!tr.dldr accounting for 1.96% of all malicious software, W32/PackZbot.D!tr accounting for 1.45%, W32/Cb.A!tr - 1.38%, W32/MyDoom.M@mm - 1.23% and HTML/Iframe_CID!exploit - 1.13% all ranked as No.6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 respectively.

Finally, the report discusses about spam too. Thus as per it, 3 months since Rustock, an important botnet that during the time sent out an enormous volume of the total e-mail junk of the globe, was shutdown, the levels of junk e-mails have started increasing. Notably, for a full 3-month period, spam levels remained very low at 15% prior to rising again on June 17, 2011. The surprises, however, don't end there for during the period one witnessed the takedown of McColo and Srizbi when spam levels declined merely to bounce back fast.

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