December 12, 2008 09:30 ET

ZEROSPAM: Phishing, Spoofing and Spamming-Oh My!

What's In Store for 2009

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Dec. 12, 2008) - This year, white collar criminals wreaked havoc over the internet. Consider:

- Potent botnets rose significantly. Botnets like Srizbi, Rustock, Pushdo, Hacktool and Mega-D were responsible for the vast majority of spam worldwide. Malware can (seemingly innocently) multiply and infect vulnerable computers such as your mother in-law's within seconds.

- According to the Federal Trade Commission, more than nine million people in the United States have been phished this year.

- ISPs and carriers are in the spotlight. McColo Corp. was disconnected from the Internet for hosting organizations engaged in sending spam and controlling compromised computers globally. So was California's Atrivo. The pressure is building on upstream carriers who provide service for shady hosting operations. Global spam volumes dropped significantly after the takedown but the respite was shortlived as botnets rapidly regained potency.

- More than 95 % of all email is spam today, amounting to some 100 billion spams per day every day. That amounts to 327 spams every day for every US citizen.

- Spam went Web 2.0 - hitting Facebook, MySpace and many other widespread social networks as well as major blogs. Not only did this increase spam significantly, but the traffic caused much distress on the user community.

- Spammers are getting caught - at least some of them - but spam still continues to spread in more dangerous ways.

- 2009 is likely going to be a year of heightened cybersecurity borne out by a new report released this week by the Center for Strategic & International Studies Commission on Cybersecurity for the 44th Presidency. The report warns that America is losing the battle to protect cyberspace. The CSIS report, "Securing Cyberspace for the 44th Presidency," states that cybersecurity "is a strategic issue on par with weapons of mass destruction and global jihad" and that it "can no longer be relegated to information technology offices and chief information officers."

"It's great that cybersecurity is now getting such mainstream attention and it will be interesting to see what comes out of this report," said David Poellhuber, President of Montreal-based ZEROSPAM. "But the fight against cyber criminality will be lost until there is real international cooperation on this matter. Let's hope that this attention will eventually lead to that."

One thing it did lead to, is the rise of very vicious spam that adds insult to injury: spam that preys on peoples' feelings of insecurity to get them to buy false security devices that actually infect their computer with malware. Cybercriminals are double-dipping - getting money for fake protection devices and enrolling their victims' computers in their botnets to do even more damage.

"On the business side, the financial crisis is putting increased stress on business resources and people are resorting to SaaS solutions more than ever before, a trend that will likely gain even more momentum in 2009," concluded Poellhuber.

Editors interested in gaining an understanding about phishing, spoofing, spamming and cybersecurity are invited to schedule an interview with David Poellhuber, President of ZEROSPAM.


ZEROSPAM offers companies and organizations a highly efficient professional managed email filtering service. Founded in Montreal in 2003, ZEROSPAM won the Best Business Solutions Octas award in the spring of 2005. The ZEROSPAM solution has earned the confidence of leading authorities in the field of technology, serving government organizations as well as hundreds of public and private companies across North America.

Contact Information

  • To schedule an interview or for additional information:
    Sacke & Associates Inc.
    John Sacke
    (416) 493-5723