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MessageLabs Intelligence: 2009 annual security report

: Saturday, December 19 - 2009 @ 10:06

At a glance:
- The MessageLabs Intelligence report for 2009 highlights turbulent spam activity throughout the year, with average spam levels reaching 87.7%

- Botnets continued to rule the cyber security landscape in 2009 with the ten major heavyweight spam-sending botnets

- One of the major threats of 2009, the Bredolab Trojan, was designed to give the sender complete control of the target computer

- 90.6% of spam contained a URL, or hyperlink

- Other than the global credit crisis, world events, festivities and news stories also contributed to many spam themes in 2009

- CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated Public Turing test to tell Computer and Humans Apart), came under increased scrutiny this year as CAPTCHA-breaking tools have been readily traded in the underground economy

- Spam: Top Threats of 2009
- Malware: Top Threats of 2009
- Fraud, Scams and Phishing: Top Threats of 2009
- Global and Business: Top Threats of 2009

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