Where Do Most Spams Originate From?

USA used to be the Spam capital of the world, until recently. A recent CISCO report has now relegated it to the second position. More spams originated from Brazil in 2009 than from US which is now at number 2.

USA
Spams in 2008 : 8.3 trillion
Spams in 2009 : 6.6 trillion (20.3% fall)

Brazil
Spams in 2008 : 2.7 trillion
Spams in 2009 : 7.7 trillion (193% jump)

Best Anti-Virus Software To Remove Malware

A recent study was made by AVComparitives to study the performance of more than 16 popular anti-virus software in removing malware and leftovers. The software were graded as poor, average, good, very good. Here is how the different anti-virus software performed (The results are displayed for their performance against removing malware and leftovers separated by | )

Avast Professional Edition 4.8 : Average | Average
AVG Anti-Virus 8.5 : Average | Average
AVIRA AntiVir Premium 9.0 : Average | Average
BitDefender Anti-Virus 2010 : Good | Average
eScan Anti-Virus 10.0 : Good | Good
ESET NOD32 Antivirus 4.0 : Average | Average
F-Secure AntiVirus 2010 : Good | Average
G DATA AntiVirus 2010 : Average | Poor
Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2010 : Good | Average
Kingsoft AntiVirus 9 : Poor | Poor
McAfee VirusScan Plus 2009 : Average | Average
Microsoft Security Essentials 1.0 : Good | Good
Norman Antivirus & Anti-Spyware 7.10 : Average | Poor
Sophos Anti-Virus 7.6 : Average | Average
Symantec Norton Anti-Virus 2010 : Good | Good
Trustport Antivirus 2009. : Average | Average

So you can see, not a single ‘Very Good’ software out there, forget the best. But the best bet as of now would be to go for one of Microsoft Security Essentials, or Symantec or eScan. KingSoft users seem to be in deep trouble.

US Government Spending on Cyber Security

Internet based attacks on the US Federal websites are on the rise and that mandates a corresponding rise in security spendings. As a result, the spending on cyber security will now grow at twice the rate of growth of IT spending by the government.

Growth in cyber attacks on federal government : 300% since 2005
Spending on third party information security product in 2009 : $7.9 billion
Spending on third party information security products by 2014 : $11.7 billion
That is a growth of 8.1%

Increase in Percentage of Malware Containing Spam

The percent of spam mails containing malware has been on the rise. According to the latest “State of Spam” report, here are a few key pointers

86% of all mail was spam in September
4.5% of all spam contained a malware and that’s a high
The most common subject lines in these mails were “Delivery Status Notification” (Failure), “Return Mail,” and “Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender. These Non-delivery receipt kind of spam alone constituted 6.14% of all spam mails.

Growth of Phishing Websites

The number of phishing websites is again on the rise and is highest since April 2007 when there were 55,653 phishing websites in the world.

There 37,165 phishing sites in May,2009. This increased to 49,084 in June,2009. The number of hijacked brands was highest in March at 310. The number of banking password-stealing crimeware increased by 186% in H1 2009 compared to H2,2008.

Biggest Source of Botnet Spams

Botnets account for close to 87.9% of all spam sent. The biggest of the botnets are Rustock and Maazben.

Maazben
Originated in May
Constituted 0.5% of all spam in August and 1.4% of all spam in September

Rustock
Constitutes 1.3 to 1.9 million bots
Spams sent out on a regular basis from 3AM ET to 7PM ET with peak at 7AM ET.
Rustock is the largest botnet in terms of number of bots.

Most Common Malware in the US

United States is among the top ten malware affected countries in the world, according to a recent study. Here are the most common malware in the US along with the number of incidences of the same

1. Trojan : 74259
2. Adware : 24673
3. Worm : 13733
4. Virus : 11045
5. PUP : 10237
6. Hacking tool : 6078
7. Spyware : 4161
8. Security Risk : 987
9. Joke : 661
10. Dialer : 396

Malware Infection Rate Worldwide

Taiwan and China are among countries with the highest percent of malware infected PCs in the world. In a 29 country tracking done by a security firm, here are the infection rates in each of the countries.

Taiwan : 69.1%
Russia : 67.99%
China : 61.97%
Spain : 61.69%
Argentina : 61.52%
Brazil : 61.48%
Poland : 61.25%
Turkey : 60.23%
United States : 58.25%
Peru : 57.73%
Chile : 57.54%
Italy : 57.45%
France : 57.06%
Venezuela : 56.53%
Mexico : 52.51%
Hungary : 52.44%
Belgium : 52.3%
Australia : 50.78%
Japan : 50.07%
Portugal : 49.63%
UK : 49.19%
Canada : 48.91%
Germany : 48.89%
Denmark : 47.55%
Netherlands : 45.66%
Switzerland : 42.91%
Finland : 42.82%
Sweden : 41.3%
Norway : 39.6%

Least Spammed States in the USA

If you live in Idaho and bugged with all this spam, you can probably think of moving to the US territory, Puerto Rico. This is the least spammed place in the USA with just over 83.1% spam. Here are the least spammed states in the United States:

1. Puerto Rico
2. Montana
3. Alaska
4. Kansas
5. South Dakota
6. Tennessee
7. Vermont
8. Rhode Island
9. Wisconsin
10. Florida

Most Spammed States in the United States

An unenviable top ten list of the states that receive the most spam in all of United States is led by Idaho, where close to 93.8% of all email received is spam. Here is the top ten states in the USA in the spam hit list:

1. Idaho : 93.8%
2. Kentucky : 93.0%
3. New Jersey : 92.8%
4. Alabama : 91.9%
5. Illinois : 91.6%
6. Indiana : 91.0%
7. Massachussetts : 90.9%
8. Pennsylvania : 90.5%
9. Arizona : 90.4%
10. Maryland : 90.3%