|[August 05, 2014]
AppRiver Releases Mid-Year Global Security Report
GULF BREEZE, Fla. --(Business Wire)--
AppRiver, LLC, a leading provider of email
messaging and web security solutions, today released its mid-year Global
Security Report, a detailed analysis of web and email-borne threats
and malware trends tracked between January and June 2014.
During the first half of 2014, AppRiver screened more than 19 billion
messages, nearly 18.9 billion of which were spam and another 636 million
that contained malware. Europe was once again the top point of origin
for spam output followed by the US, which accounted for a larger
percentage than usual.
In a video available here,
AppRiver Security Analysts Fred Touchette, Troy Gill and Jon French
discuss highlights from the report, including:
Events-Some of the bigger stories surrounding email and web
threats over the past six months included CryptoLocker copycats such
as CryptoWall and CryptoDefense, along with a massive spam campaign
that was a classic "Pump and Dump" stock scam. "Early on, AppRiver predicted
that in 2014 we'd begin seeing a slew of copycat malware based on the
CryptoLocker franchise," said Touchette. "This prediction came true
almost immediately as we began seeing the likes of CryptoWall and
CryptoDefense piggy backing on the success of CryptoLocker."
Metrics-In addition to the familiar data regarding email spam
and viruses, this report includes some baseline data about web-based
threats through Q2 as detected by AppRiver's web filtering solution (SecureSurf).
In total, AppRiver recorded over 5.1 million unique locations added
throughout the first six months of 2014. "It's quite notable that the
second most common blocked category was malicious sites, or sites
distributing malicious payloads," said Gill. "There were nearly 40
million blocked pages in the first half of 2014 and 13.6 percent of
those were malicious sites."
The Cyber World-This section of the report discusses major
cybercrime breaches and exploits. When encrypted eBay (News - Alert) customer data
was stolen, cyber criminals took advantage of the resulting headlines
by sending spam messages that attempted to capitalize on the fears of
eBay customers. Additionally, Gameover Zeus hit the scene. This new
version of Zeus had been tweaked with new capabilities and was clearly
being operated by a single group located in Russia and Ukraine.
For a full copy of AppRiver's Mid-Year Global Threatscape Report, please
AppRiver is a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS (News - Alert))
provider offering award-winning email and Web security solutions to
businesses of all sizes. Understanding the need to protect networks from
today's increasingly complex IT threats, AppRiver offers businesses a
comprehensive, yet affordable subscription-based solution that
incorporates the latest spam and virus protection, email encryption and
Web security on the market. In addition, the company provides a complete
managed service for Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange, as well as a bundled Office 365
solution. Since its inception, AppRiver has sustained an impressive 93%
customer retention rate while growing its customer base to more than
47,000 companies and 8.5 million mailboxes worldwide. The company
maintains offices in Florida, Georgia, Texas, New York, Switzerland and
Spain, and is led by an Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year
award winner. More information may be found at www.appriver.com.
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