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According to the news reported by Sophos.com on July 2, 2007, it has been known that the sophos has cautioned all PC users against several malware threats, which pose a huge problem for many customers.

The figures gathered by Sophos' worldwide network of monitoring-stations have shown a tremendous rise in Internet-based threats. Sophos has found an average 29,700 latest infected webpages per day. Out of which almost 80% were located on compromised legitimate sites.

As per the news by Sophos.com on July 2, 2007, senior security analyst with Boston-based Sophos, Ron O'Brien said that the amount of infected web page had tripled in June as compared to May. And, that clearly indicated that the number of malware hosted on exploited websites due to flaws had been continuously increasing. He also suggests the companies and the owners of websites to mould their security pattern for more protection of the users.

A latest report discloses a fresh level in spam & viruses convergence by intercepted 'cyber criminal' activity. It also presents the rising level of spam and tells about the upcoming new techniques that have caused decreasing trend in traditional threats of phishing and virus.

In June 2007, the top 10 malware threats were listed as Mal/ l frame 64.0%, Mal/ObfJs 10.1%, Troj/Psyme 3.8%, Troj/ Fujif 3.1%, Troj/Decdec 2.7%, VBS/Redlof 2.5%, Mal/Packer 1.1%, Troj/l fradv 1.0%, VBS/Haptime 1.0%, Mal/Zlob 0.9% and others remained 9.8%.

Later in June 2007, 'storm worm' - the new strain of Zhelatin - was spammed in 'pump and dump' mails that include links to latest malware being hosted on the websites commandeered by hackers. It looks exactly similar to a screensaver and by taking this advantage it installs the Zhelatin-MeSpam engine in the exploited system. Till recently, latest forms of Zhelatin were distributed through botnets so that it may develop bigger botnets for controlling network of PCs for spamming.

It has been noticed that hackers are revealing more developed and sophisticated attacks so that they can compromise the integrity of personal and corporate data.

As per news by Sophos.com on July 2, 2007, senior security consultant for Sophos, Carole Theriault cautions the ISPs across the world about the Italian l frame. He further adds that the deadly codes on these sites are looking anxiously for unwary surfers. He suggests that the websites need to be as safe as Fort Knox and also claims that presently several WebPages are very easily hacked by the hackers.

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