McAfee and Cisco have released their detailed cybersecurity reports for the third quarter and there's good news and bad news. Malware surged in the quarter, but spam eased off a bit.
Here's a look at cybersecurity by the numbers for the third quarter. McAfee said in its more consumer focused report:
- 60,000 new pieces of malware were identified a day, quadruple the 2007 rate. In the third quarter, McAfee identified 14 million unique pieces of malware, up 1 million from a year ago.
- The Zeus botnet led to small businesses losing $70 million to Ukranian cyberthugs.
- The most popular botnet was Cutwail, which used denial of service attacks against 300 Web sites.
- In the third quarter, 60 percent of top Google search terms delivered you to malicious sites in the first 100 results.
Cisco's more enterprise-focused report had the following gems:
- 10 percent of malware was encountered via search engines.
- 7 percent of all malware was referred by Google, followed by Yahoo at 2 percent and Bing at 1 percent.
- Exploits targeting Sun Java was 7 percent of all encounters in the third quarter.
- Adobe Reader and Acrobat exploits declined from 3 percent of all malware in July to 1 percent in September.
- 38 percent of those hit by Stuxnet were in the U.K. with 25 percent in Hong Kong.
- Like McAfee, Cisco reported the volume of spam dropped---except for items sent from Russia and the Ukraine.
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