ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- MX Logic Inc., a leading managed services provider of easy-to-use email and Web defense solutions for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), today announced a 40 percent increase in overall email traffic from July through September, driven primarily by spam and malicious email traffic.
The MX Logic® Threat Center, which monitors threat activity for the MX Logic® Email Defense Service and MX LogicSM Web Defense Service, also reported a 16 percent increase in email worm traffic in September due to Stration (aka Warezov), a worm resembling a Windows update. Once downloaded, Stration modifies host files so that the infected computer cannot download anti-virus updates. The worm then phones home to send information about email addresses harvested from the infected machine.
Spam levels also hit the highest reported all year in September, accounting for an average of 77.4 percent of all email through the MX Logic Threat Center. This compares to 72 percent in each of the first two months of the third quarter.
While email-borne viruses had been leveling off gradually in the earlier part of the year, the upward trend for email and Web threat activity in the third quarter is particularly significant, because we typically dont see that kind of increase until November and December, said Sam Masiello, director of Threat Management, MX Logic. Businesses that operate without email and Web security may be getting inundated much sooner than the holiday season.