Commtouch Q3 Internet Threats Trend Report Highlights Increase in Android Malware
MCLEAN, Virginia, October 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
Commtouch(R) (NASDAQ: CTCH), a leading provider of cloud-based solutions for security
companies and service providers, today released its October 2012 Commtouch Internet Trends
Report [http://www.commtouch.com/threat-report-oct-2012 ].
Android Malware on the Rise
Android malware continues to grow – both in volume and in the number of variants of
Trojans and viruses. Proof of Android’s increasing popularity was a July attack that only
targeted the Google OS. The attack made use of compromised email accounts to send simple
one-link emails. In the past this method has been used to distribute links to spam
products or links to drive-by malware downloads. In this case the malware URLs only worked
for Android devices.
The report also notes that the Grum spam botnet was taken down in July, but that only
a very short-lived reduction in spam and zombie levels was observed.
Led by Avi Turiel, director of threat research and market analysis, Commtouch’s
Internet Threat Analysis Team regularly publishes related statistics within its report.
The quarterly report is compiled based on a comprehensive analysis of billions of daily
transactions handled by Commtouch’s GlobalView(TM) Cloud [http://www.commtouch.com/cloud
]. The results for the third quarter of 2012 include:
- 87 billion - The average number of daily spam/phishing emails sent - 74 percent - Percent of all email that was spam - 1.9 billion - The average number of daily emails sent with attached malware - Education - The Web site category most likely to contain malware - Pharmacy ads - The most popular spam topic, representing 41.2 percent of all spam - India - The country with the most zombies
Olympics Used in Advance Fee Fraud
419 (advance fee fraud) emails make up nearly 5 percent of emails sent. The Olympic
Games (July and August) proved to be a popular theme for 419 scams during the quarter.
Most scams promised money from Olympics-related lotteries. Other emails offered
Olympic-related merchandise for large fees or offered recipients interesting Olympic
job-opportunities (in exchange for “processing” fees).
In addition, October’s report included a listing of:
Top 10 categories of Web sites most likely to be compromised with malware
1) Education 2) Shopping 3) Sports 4) Business 5) Entertainment 6) Restaurants & Dining 7) Travel 8) Health & Medicine 9) Streaming Media 10) Leisure & Recreation
Top 10 most detected malware
1) SWF-malform-1 2) W32/Ramnit.Q 3) W32/Conficker!Generic 4) W32/Mabezat.A-2 5) W32/Agent.PJ.gen!Eldorado 6) CVE-2010-333 7) W32/MyWeb.D@adw 8) W32/Injector.A.gen!Eldorado 9) W32/Mabezat.A-1 10) W32/Tenga.3666
Worldwide zombie distribution
1) India - 20.85% 2) Brazil - 8.37% 3) China - 7.52% 4) Vietnam - 6.43% 5) Russian Federation - 4.54% 6) Germany - 3.15% 7) Argentina - 2.98% 8) Iran - 2.93% 9) Peru - 2.83% 10) Spain - 2.80% 11) Pakistan - 2.36% 12) Belarus - 2.03% 13) Colombia - 1.86% 14) Kazakhstan - 1.72% 15) Romania - 1.62% 16) Other - 28.0%
“Attacks that exclusively target Android clearly show that it’s becoming a more
popular target,” Turiel said. “Additionally, the takedown of the Grum botnet shows us the
error of prematurely celebrating such events – the reduction in spam ultimately only
lasted a day or so. This illustrates the unfortunate resilience of those that seek to
continue utilizing zombies and sending out spam.”
To view the entire October 2012 Commtouch Internet Trends Report, visit:
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