SOURCE: Fortinet

Fortinet

May 06, 2009 12:00 ET

Malware Peaks, China Targeted on Fortinet's April '09 Threatscape Report

Highest Malware Volumes Recorded This Year, Online Gaming Makes Asia Activity Swell

SUNNYVALE, CA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2009) - Fortinet® -- a market-leading network security provider and worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions -- today announced findings from its April 2009 Threatscape Report, which shows new and persistent malware faces contributing to the highest malware volumes detected this year -- online gaming and adware threats largely among them. China received the brunt of this month's malware attack, doubling its share from the last report. Fortinet's FortiGuard® Global Security Research team made the following observations in April:

--  Game-on for New Faces:  Four new variants landed in April's Top 10
    malware list, three of which were online gaming Trojans. The fourth
    narrowly missed the list at the eleventh position. But W32/Virut.A is still
    king of the hill, claiming first position for two consecutive months and
    building on a year-long run within the Top 10 list. Collectively, these
    threats formed a significant portion of April's detected activity. The
    lucrative marketplace created by online gaming has attracted cyber crime
    with haste, predominantly in China. China leap-frogged over Japan and the
    U.S. with a 44.86 percent global malware share, nearly doubling its 24.17
    percent share from the last report.
    
--  Waledac's Resilience:  One of the most active malware families,
    Waledac launched a fifth campaign since the beginning of this year, serving
    up malicious variants disguised as SMS spying software. Waledac, like many
    blended threats, is multi-functional with the ability to receive and spew
    custom spam templates, launch denial of service attacks, and download
    further components. It was also spotted on Conficker's network, which, in
    concert with its own various campaigns, has further helped this family gain
    momentum.
    
--  Conficker.C Peers:  As we anticipated, no significant activity
    occurred with Conficker.C on the much-hyped April 1st date; however, soon
    after, Conficker.C's newly established peer-to-peer network became active.
    Exploit activity with MS.DCERPC.NETAPI32.Buffer.Overflow (MS08-067) picked
    up once again during the first week of April, returning to February levels
    after a significant drop in March. The drop was due to Conficker.C variants
    ceasing exploit activity, while the subsequent increase can be linked to
    several factors outside of Conficker. Over 31 percent of new
    vulnerabilities this period (96 in total) were reported to be actively
    exploited: 36 of the new vulnerabilities were rated as critical, marking a
    year high, up from 30 in last month's report.
    

"April was a busy month for cyber criminals who unleashed the most aggressive malware attacks thus far this year," said Derek Manky, project manager, cyber security and threat research, Fortinet. "We believe this upward trend will endure with online gaming attacks continuing to dominate, especially with Real Money Trading becoming a big business -- now an estimated $2 billion annual market."

The FortiGuard research team compiled threat statistics and trends for April based on data collected from FortiGate® network security appliances and intelligence systems in production worldwide. Customers who use Fortinet's FortiGuard Subscription Services should already be protected against the threats outlined in this report.

To read the full April Threatscape report, which includes the top threat rankings in each category, please visit: http://www.fortiguardcenter.com/reports/roundup_apr_2009.html. For ongoing threat research, bookmark the FortiGuard Center (http://www.fortiguardcenter.com/) or add it to your RSS feed by going to http://www.fortinet.com/FortiGuardCenter/rss/index.html. Additional discussion on security technologies and threat analysis can be found at the FortiGuard Blog at http://blog.fortinet.com. To learn more about FortiGuard Subscription Services, visit http://www.fortinet.com/products/fortiguard.html.

FortiGuard Subscription Services offer broad security solutions including antivirus, intrusion prevention, Web content filtering and anti-spam capabilities. These services help enable protection against threats on both application and network layers. FortiGuard Services are updated by the FortiGuard Global Security Research Team, which enables Fortinet to deliver a combination of multi-layered security intelligence and zero-day protection from new and emerging threats. For customers with a subscription to FortiGuard, these updates are delivered to all FortiGate, FortiMail™ and FortiClient™ products.

About Fortinet (www.fortinet.com)

Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified threat management, or UTM, security systems, which are used by enterprises and service providers to increase their security while reducing total operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to integrate multiple levels of security protection -- including firewall, antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and antispam -- designed to help customers protect against network and content level threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only security products that are certified in six programs by ICSA Labs: Firewall, Antivirus, IPSec VPN, SSL VPN, Network IPS, and Antispam. Fortinet is privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.

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