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Commtouch Q3 Internet Threats Trend Report Highlights Increase In Android Malware

Stocks in this article: CTCH

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 m alware

  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 d istribution

  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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