Q1 ’10 Internet Threats Report

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CommTouch released its Internet Threats Trend Report for Q1 2010 and, no surprise here, spammers have become adept at using the familiar Internet names to give an air of legitimacy to their deception.

This quarter’s trend report analyzes the percentage of spam that actually emanates from Gmail. Five to ten percent of all spam appears to originate from Gmail according to the report. The report is based on the analysis of more than two billion email messages, as well as the GlobalView™ URL database within CommTouch’s cloud-based global detection and classification centers.

“Spammers and cybercriminals use experimentation to reach their goals,” said Asaf Greiner, Commtouch vice president, products. “They are always testing new techniques to lure their victims, from using familiar formats and domains to creating entirely new ways to entice action.”

Other highlights from the Q1 Trend Report include:

- Spam levels averaged 83% of all email traffic throughout the quarter, peaking at nearly 92% near the end of March and bottoming out at 75% at the start of the year.

- Pharmacy spam remained in the top spot with 81% of all spam messages, maintaining last quarter’s average, as did the number 2 topic, replicas, which maintained its average of 5.4%.

- An average of 305,000 zombies were activated daily to inflict malicious activity.

- While Brazil continues to produce the most zombies, its numbers decreased in the first quarter. In Q4 2009, it was responsible for 20.4% of global zombie activity. In Q1 2010, that number dropped to 14%.

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