App river has released their monthly Spam and Threatscape report. The report states that virus and malware activity has increased during May. Malware campaigns are mostly based on major news events. Hackers are mostly targeting large companies. Full report features graphs for both spam and malicious email traffic by region and other valuable information.
This chart shows total vs spam email message traffic in May. Spam traffic totalled 2.95 billion messages:
Highlights in May:
ZeuS is still around and going strong. Its source code has made its way into the hands of security researchers, but that hasn't slowed it down. In May, ZeuS came around posing as a fake Microsoft Security Update.
The future London 2012 Olympics was the backdrop for some tried and true 419 scam campaigns.
Breaches continued without falter this past month with even more attacks on Sony’s infrastructure, Michael’s of Chicago, Eidos Games, and Fox Broadcasting.
A kit by the name of Weyland-Yutani made its way to the underground marketplace. Weyland is an equal opportunity bot that has built-in capabilities to infect both PC and Mac based platforms with more in the works.
The death of Bin Laden and the Royal Wedding brought about its fair share of malware both on Facebook and in Inboxes.
Emails from the Federal Bureau of Investigation claim that they have been monitoring Web browsing habits, and claim that the recipient visited “40 illegal websites”, for shame.