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October internet threat report from Network Box

Network Box : 31 October, 2008  (Technical Article)
70% of all internet threats originate outside the European Union according to Network Box's internet threat report for October
Seven out of the top 10 sources of all Internet threats originate from outside the EU, with the major culprits being the US, Korea and China. This is the finding of managed security company, Network Box in its analysis of Internet threats during October 2008.

The US has long been the major source of both viruses and spam, accounting for 26.6 per cent of all viruses during October (the same as September) and 15.4 per cent of all spam (slightly down on September's 16.8 per cent).

The findings highlight the need for a global approach to Internet security, and not just a UK or European approach. This was, in part, the subject of the recent House of Lords debate on Internet Security introduced by Lord Broers.

Simon Heron says: "Cyber crime is international, not localised. We need an international approach and improved collaboration between governments. The UK needs to lead the way in doing more to work alongside governments outside of just the European Council member states. We're taking great steps in creating an e-crime unit, but unfortunately it's not enough to even begin to deal with the scale of global e-crime."

Phishing attacks are down for the fifth month in a row, now making up 17.8 per cent of all viruses. This compares to 69 per cent at its height in June this year. However, phishers are cashing in on the current economic situation, with bank-specific phishing attacks making up 6.2 per cent of all threats.

Top Ten Sources of Viruses:.

US 26.59%
Korea 8.07%
China 6.31%
Australia 5.16%
UK 4.92%
Turkey 3.58%
Russia 3.09%
Brazil 2.14%
Netherlands 1.65%
Germany 1.60%

Top Ten Sources of Spam

US 15.45%
Turkey 8.37%
China 5.97%
Australia 5.27%
Russia 4.59%
Korea 4.50%
UK 4.19%
Brazil 3.80%
Spain 3.78%
Thailand 2.43%

Top Ten Sources of Intrusions:.

Korea 29.78%
US 16.69%
Hong Kong 8.08%
China 6.64%
Malaysia 4.20%
Australia 3.05%
Brazil 1.70%
Turkey 1.70%
Russia 1.65%
Argentina 1.44%

Top Ten Viruses:.

spam.phish.url 11.65% 10.74%
trojan-downloader.win32.agent.aggp 6.53% 6.23%
can-2003-0161 5.74% 4.70%
nbh-multext 4.23%
trojan-spy.win32.goldun.bbg 3.97%
trojan-dropper.win32.agent.xgg 3.49%
trojan-dropper.win32.agent.xta 2.80%

Top Ten Trojans:.

trojan-downloader.win32.agent.aggp 0.10678%
trojan-spy.win32.goldun.bbg 0.08691%
trojan-dropper.win32.agent.xgg 0.06489%
trojan-dropper.win32.agent.xta 0.03981%
trojan-dropper.win32.agent.xql 0.03318%
clm.trojan.agent-52097 0.02801%
trojan-downloader.win32.agent.ahvm 0.01905%
trojan-spy.html.fraud.gen 0.01433%
trojan-spy.win32.goldun.bce 0.01302%
trojan-downloader.win32.exchanger.agc 0.01254%

Top Ten Intrusions:.

NETBIOS 32.53785%
BOGON 14.01580%
PINGFLOOD 3.60465%
ICMP 0.09533%
HTTP-S-WEBDAV 0.02001%
HTTP-S-WEBDEX 0.00846%
SOBIG-F 0.00799%
HTTP-S-NIMDA 0.00747%

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