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[ISN] E-mail viruses most likely to appear in the morning
By Dara Kerr
February 9, 2012
Eight in the morning is a good time to grab some coffee, but not to
check your e-mail.
The number of viruses sent out each day peaks between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
EST, according to the Global Security Report released by security
research firm Trustwave this week.
"The number of executables and viruses sent in the early morning hours
increased," reads the report. "The spike is likely an attempt to catch
people as they check e-mails at the beginning of the day."
Using real-world data collected in 2011 from more than 300 incident
response and forensic investigations in 18 countries, along with
analyzing 16 billion e-mails from 2008 to 2011, Trustwave compiled this
in-depth report that looks at security trends, vulnerabilities, and
Trustwave also looked into which month of the year more viruses were
sent and concluded that viruses shot up in August and reached a peak in
September. Overall, 3 percent of viruses sent through e-mail came in
August and September.
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