|According to a report from a US-based Internet security firm, websites linked to online gambling made up less than four percent of the world’s spam e-mails as web attacks increased and evolved over the second half of 2007 to compromise more and more legitimate websites.|
Websense Security Laboratories found that the incidence of ‘storm’ attacks, which are a combination of worms, Trojan horses, bots and spam agents, increased dramatically to expose legions of users and organisations that went online without adequate protection. ‘Storm’ attacks are well planned, resilient and difficult for firewalls to prevent, the San Diego-based company stated, that has led to millions of infected machines around the world.
As a solution, it offered its ThreatSeeker technology, which scans more than 600 million websites a week searching for malicious code, and its Hosted E-Mail Security system that scans more than 350 million e-mails a week looking for security threats. In the last six months of 2007.
ThreatSeeker determined that 87 percent of e-mail messages sent worldwide were spam with 3.84 percent linked to online gambling websites.