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Spam Drops but Malware Assaults Increase

A prominent supplier of data protection and content security, Barracuda Networks announced the publication of its 2010 yearly security report on 3rd March 2011 according to which, spam levels fell 50% during 2010. Security Management published this in news dated March 3, 2011.

Reportedly, the number of spam assaults continued to be more than 50bn every month during the greater part of H1-2010; however, they started to fall at 2010 end, with the lowest level of approximately 26bn spam mails hitting December 2010. Jewelry and pharmaceutical e-mails, apparently comprised the maximum among the various types of spam assaults.

Furthermore, according to the report, cyber-criminals are switching operations to more forceful attacks on the Net abandoning their hitherto spamming activities. States the report, 50% of all junk e-mails vanished during 2010. But the earlier figures indicate that spam volumes rose to the maximum of 52bn in July 2010.

In the meantime, after spam attacks declined, more assaults aimed at Internet users, rose. Also, there was a 55% increase in the day to day amounts of malicious software during H2-2010, Barracuda reports.

Said Chief Research Officer Dr. Paul Judge at Barracuda Networks, cyber-criminals concentrated on areas that were most visited and which yielded the maximum profits and in the current time that meant search engines and social-networking websites. He added that as a security group, its members frequently highlighted that there was requirement for user awareness; however, the rate at which social engineering played within the present day assaults indicated that there was continuous need to enhance the group's technological approaches. MarketWire published this in news on March 3, 2011.

Meanwhile, as per another report by Symantec a security company, spam assaults are still routinely found in certain regions like South Africa and Australia. Further, with botnets appearing, the rise in spam has become a commonplace. One such botnet, the Zeus, went underground during late 2010 following detentions in the UK and US, the report outlines.

Additionally, according to the report, malevolent files have been frequently unleashed together with PDF documents, which is the most widely used document format for spreading malicious software worldwide.

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