Posted by: Ken Harthun
E-mail scam, Epsilon breach, Malicious Website, Malware
According to the good folks over at Sunbelt Security (now owned by GFI), an incredible 73,000 new types of malware are being issued every day, a 26% increase over last year’s figures. Between this and the recent security breach at Epsilon, I am noticing a huge increase in my own spam levels. One of the most significant increases seems to be the pharmacy scam, but the 419 scams and variations are a close second. So far this week, I’m the beneficiary of nearly $750 million!
Here’s a screen shot of a portion of one of the more interesting scams purportedly directly from the FBI:
Not surprising, I have also been called upon to remove more malware infections than usual. Some of them are getting quite stealthy. Sunbelt Security’s Threats Page maintains and up-to-date list of the top ten malware detections as well as a handy meter of the worldwide threat activity level. Right now, it’s recommending that you take a guarded approach in your computing practices.
Six out of the 10 listings are Trojans that are normally delivered through email. No surprise there, either: email is the #2 vector for malware eclipsed only by malicious websites.