The Channel logo


By | John Leyden 3rd May 2006 15:13

All quiet on the malware front

Virus-ladened emails hit record low

The volume of virus-ladened emails dropped to a record low last month, according to email security firm BlackSpider Technologies. It reports that virus contaminated emails accounted for just 0.79 per cent of inbound emails during April 2006.

In December 2005 the number of virus-infected emails reached 3.93 per cent of all emails, a record high. BlackSpider cautions, however, that the drop in email viruses it has witnessed is more likely to be a sign of changed tactics by cybercriminals than evidence that net security threats as a whole are on the wane. The number of phishing emails seen by BlackSpider in April rose by more than a third (35 per cent) on March’s figure.

James Kay, CTO, BlackSpider Technologies, said: "Malware writers are giving with one hand but taking with the other – yes, the drop in virus emails is encouraging, but a surge in phishing emails shows they are simply making their attacks more targeted." ®

alert Send corrections


Frank Jennings

What do you do? Use manual typwriters or live in a Scottish croft? Our man advises
A rusty petrol pump at an abandoned gas station. Pic by Silvia B. Jakiello via shutterstock

Trevor Pott

Among other things, Active Directory needs an overhaul
Baby looks taken aback/shocked/affronted. Photo by Shutterstock

Kat Hall

Plans for 2 million FTTP connections in next four years 'not enough'
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella


League of gentlemen poster - Tubbs and Edward at the local shop. Copyright BBC
One reselling man tells his tale of woe