Report: Spam, Virus Threats Spread Internationally

Patrick Avery

According to a report by Network Box, October's threat stats reveal that the level of malware originating from the traditional top 10 countries is decreasing. Unfortunately, rather than an overall decrease in spam and virus levels, this only means that the sources of malware are starting to spread to other nations.


Virus and spam producers are spreading their net of operations to nations that have little experience of this crime, says Simon Heron, an Internet Security Analyst for Network Box.


Other findings from the report, which is posted on Network Security Edge, include:


  • The level of spam originating from the United States has dropped by 3 percent in October, making the U.S. the fifth-largest producer of spam. This is a significant decrease from a country that until recently was producing by far the greatest amount of spam.
  • Global phishing attacks dropped 8 percent.
  • Brazil, the U.S. and Korea are still dominating the virus charts as the top three sources of viruses, but all three countries have seen a drop of around 2 percent month-on-month in virus activity.


All of Network Box's Top 10 malware charts from this recent report are available in the Knowledge Network.


Top 10 Viruses - October 2009

Top 10 Trojans - October 2009

Top 10 Intrusions - October 2009

Top 10 Sources of Viruses - October 2009

Top 10 Sources of Spam - October 2009

Top 10 Sources of Intrusions - October 2009

Top 10 Sources of Firewall Blocks - October 2009

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Nov 18, 2009 10:25 AM Ray Ray  says:

I use Kaspersky for all these problems and never had a problem yet.  Do they know why there was a 2percent drop in spam?  Has it stopped being profitable?


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