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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 30 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 30 September, 2008, 12:00am
 

Web security MessageLabs' analysis shows that 23.9 per cent of all web-based malware intercepted last month was new. MessageLabs also identified an average of 2,980 new websites per day harbouring malware and other potentially unwanted programs, such as spyware and adware, a fall of 24.9 per cent since July.

Spam The global ratio of spam in internet traffic last month from new and previously unknown bad sources was 78.2 per cent (one in 1.28 e-mails), an increase of 3.12 per cent on the previous month.

Viruses The global ratio of e-mail-borne viruses in e-mail traffic from new and previously unknown bad sources was one in 87.6 e-mails (1.14 per cent), an increase of 3.12 per cent since July. Last month, 15.2 per cent of e-mail-borne malware contained links to malicious sites, an increase of 12.2 per cent since July.

Phishing Last month, phishing activity fell by 0.36 per cent compared with the previous month. One in 522.7 (0.19 per cent) of e-mails comprised some form of phishing attack. When judged as a proportion of all e-mail-borne threats, such as viruses and trojans, the number of phishing e-mails has increased by 65.3 per cent to 16.8 per cent of all e-mail-borne malware threats intercepted last month.

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Percentage of all web-based malware intercepted last month that was new:

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