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Cisco: Java Attacks on the Rise As Spam Declines

Jan 20, 2011, 21:35 (0 Talkback[s])
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"For years, the scourge of the Internet has been ever increasing volumes of spam that clog inboxes around the world. According to a new report from Cisco (NASDAQ:CSCO), 2010 was the first year on record that spam volumes actually declined.

"Cisco's report also points out some counter-intuitive data about which types of technologies are being attacked. As opposed to Adobe PDF which had been a top target, Cisco said that Java vulnerabilities are now more exploited than those in Adobe Acrobat and Reader. Overall, Cisco is rating the status of cybersecurity threats at the end of 2010 at a level lower than they were in 2009, though there is still cause for concern.

"The decline in spam volumes varies by geography according to Cisco. In the U.S., spam volume decline by 1.6 percent in 2010 in comparison to 2009. That said the U.S. still continues to lead globally in terms of spam with 11.1 trillion spam messages sent in 2010, down from 11.3 trillion sent in 2009. Among the other countries that experienced spam declines were Brazil with a 47.5 percent drop and Turkey which declined by 87 percent."

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