Increased eMail-based Malware Activity; Network Box’s alert condition raised to 3!

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Hong Kong, 17 March 2011 - Over the past few days, managed security firm, Network box, has noticed an unusual increase in eMail-based malware. Such an increase has not emerged for several years and this is occurring globally.

‘The malware is coming in from hundreds of thousands of sources in emails with varying subjects. So far, our heuristics such as NBH-BGTRACK and zero-day Z-scan protection systems are holding it back, but the increase is more than 4 times baseline and all the samples we are seeing are emerging as never-before-seen zero-day threats. We expect that this increased activity is caused by botnet herders attempting to increase the size of their botnets and this will probably be followed by a corresponding increase in spam levels,’ said Mark Webb-Johnson, CTO of Network Box Corporation.

Accordingly, Network Box’s alert condition has been raised to 3. ‘We will continue to monitor the situation closely. For any suspicious samples, you may please report to us newvirus@network-box.com,’ he said.

For more statistics, please see www.response.network-box.com.

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About Network Box: Network Box Corporation, is a multi-award winning managed security services company, specialising in Unified Threat Management (UTM). It continuously defends the networks of its customers using PUSH technology to instantaneously update protection, from 12 Security Operations Centres spread across the globe. Network Box Corporation has been named one of the world's Top 100 Strategic IT Vendors by MIS Asia Magazine for three years. The company's customers across the globe, include many of the world's best known corporations, organisations, and government departments.

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Esker Li
Marketing Department
Network Box Hong Kong Limited
Tel: (852) 2736 2083
Email: marketing@network-box.com.hk


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