Redwood City, California – (via THE HOSTING NEWS) – September 1, 2005 – Postini, a
leading provider of email security and management services, has announced
that phishing attempts and viruses in August were significantly lower than
they were in July.
Postini processed over 14 billion emails in August and
found that the number of phishing instances totaled 1,843,272, a 90 percent
decrease compared to July.
Phishing is a scam in which the perpetrator sends out legitimate-looking
emails appearing to come from legitimate e-commerce sites in an effort to
obtain personal and financial information from the recipient. With consumers’
personal information, tech-criminals then commit credit-card fraud, identity
theft and even perform unauthorized bank account transfers.
Andrew Lochart, Senior Director of Marketing for Postini commented on the findings, “Phishing is still a new enough phenomenon that we are not surprised to see this kind of month to month fluctuation. This drop off in August should not give people a false sense of security and cause them to let their defenses down.”
Along with decreased phishing, the number of virus infected messages for the month of August decreased for the second month in a row, a drop of 27 percent compared to July. Postini prevented a total of 49 million virus instances from entering corporate networks.
The company also protected its customers from more than 21 million directory harvest attacks (DHAs), a six percent decrease compared to July’s 23 million DHAs. Legitimate email as a percentage of total SMTP connections increased from 12 percent in July to 13.4 percent in August.
Spam rates remained somewhat stable, representing 86.6 percent of the total number of email messages sent. Only 13.4 percent of all messages were legitimate email.
Postini’s StatTrak is available to users at http://www.postini.com/stats and provides the most up-to-date statistics on the latest viruses, spam and DHA attacks.