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Monday, September 10, 2007

‘One in 28 eMails reaching India has Virus’

With the Internet becoming the order of life for more and more Indians, who depend on eMails to stay in touch, their computers are facing an increasing virus threat with one in every 28 eMails being infected, says a recent study by the messaging security and management services provider, MessageLabs.

The study reveals that malicious websites are also on the rise. A new virus, StormWorm, which uses virtual postcards and YouTube video for its attack, is affecting computers and nearly 1.8 million computers have been affected by StormWorm worldwide.

In August, India was the most vulnerable region in virus attacks, with one in every 27.8 eMails having been infected. However, during this period, spam attacks (or unsolicited bulk eMails), accounted for only 29.5 per cent of the total eMails received, says the study. It also found that there was a rise in eMails containing links to virtual postcards and YouTube video invites.

On August 15, there was a significant outburst of new malicious websites comprising 600,000 eMails, which were distributed in just 24 hours. As a result of this latest StormWorm activity, the number of eMails which contained links to malicious code increased to 19.5 per cent in August, a rise of 19 per cent from the July figure of just 0.5 per cent. The analysis also reveals steep rise in the number of new malicious websites appearing every day. In August, a daily average of 1,772 such new sites were identified and blocked, an average increase of 783 a day since July.

So be careful of any unsolicited eMails/ links and don’t open eMails from unknown sources. Source: PTI

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