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FrontBridge Reports High Spam, Low Virus Traffic In June

Some observers say the decrease in viruses can be attributed to the lack of coordinated attacks such as the recent Sober.S worm.
FrontBridge reported today that 90 percent of its network e-mail traffic in June was blocked as spam. FrontBridge provides a hosted e-mail security service to enterprise customers.

In contrast, FrontBridge reported a dramatic decrease in the amount of virus-laden e-mail bounced from its network. 36 million messages were rejected or quarantined for carrying viruses, compared to 319 million in May. Company analysts say that the decrease in viruses can be attributed to the presence of no coordinated attacks, such as the attack that brought on by the recent Sober.S worm.

"Despite a lull in activity last month, FrontBridge continues to caution companies that the danger of viruses remains ever present," said FrontBridge chief technology officer Charles McColgan, "because we continue to see new virus strains transmitted on a daily basis."

The new Fantibag Trojan did arrive during June, and is currently found in low levels in FrontBridge network traffic. This Trojan installed a packet filter that blocked incoming and outgoing traffic for a wide range of security-related Web sites, preventing infected users from accessing anti-virus updates. Fantibag is downloaded by users clicking on links with spam e-mails containing Mitglieder/Bagle Trojans.

For further information, visit FrontBridge Technologies.

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