Your company may be monitoring into your activities much more than you might be assuming. 62 percent of managers who fired their employees over email issues did so because of their inappropriate or offensive comments. 45 percent of the security teams of organizations use tracking software including keyloggers to monitor employees. 12 percent of the organizations also monitor blogs that mention one of their businesses while 10 percent keep an eye on social networking websites for such purposes.
Last week, Symantec announced that most spams come from Europe. But a news release by Sophos claims that Asia is where most spams originate from. According to this list, the Spam contribution from the different continents are
Asia – 32.1%
Europe – 27.1%
North America – 26.5%
South America – 12.5%
Africa – 1.1%
The top 5 countries dishing out spam are
3. China (including Hong Kong)
5. South Korea
A web page is attacked every 14 seconds. This makes the average number of attacks on websites to 6000 per day. 80 percent of these attacks are by hackers who hack the websites and host malware on their servers without the knowledges of the site owners.
While a random guesser would say Nigeria is where most spams come from, Symantec says Europe is where most Spams originate. For the third month in a row, spams from Europe have outnumbered North America.
78.5 percent of Email in January was Spam
44 percent spams originate from Europe
35.1 percent spams come from North America
Storm worm botnet had accounted for 21 percent of all spam in September 2007. Since then, the new Mega-D Botnet has been steadily increasing in numbers and according to security vendor, Marshal, it now accounts for 32 percent of all spam sent.
Mega-D is hence currently the largest single source of spam.
Storm Botnet has almost tripled its size this holiday season from Christmas to New year owing to innumerable people assuming the spam bots to be genuine e-greetings and clicking the links. There are over 40000 affected computers online at a time.
How many emails do you think a corporate manager reads and sends per day?
Average number of emails sent per day : 38
Average number of emails received per day : 93
Emails with attachment : 18
Spam Emails : 17 (approx.)
That’s a mammoth $3.2 Billion!!
Number of victims in 2007 : 3.6 million
Average loss per incident : $886
Most spoofed portals : Paypal and eBay
As the American Presidential elections draw near, the number of spams related to politics is likely to increase. And that’s for 2008.
For 2007, here is the top ten list for Spams:
1. Penny stocks spam
2. Drug spam
4. Replica watches
6. Phishing spam
7. Pirated software
8. Fake job ads
9. Dating site spam
10. Fake diplomas
Trojans. According to the recent report by PandaLabs, the percent infections caused by each of the different malwares are:
‘Others’ includes Viruses, hacking tools, PUPs, etc.