Also climbing the ranks, online gaming malware continued to build on December's momentum with two Trojans increasing in activity. Spy/OnLineGames claimed first place on Fortinet's Top 100 malware variants list while, not far behind, W32/Dropper.VEM!tr jumped 94 spots, further highlighting a rising wave of online gaming malware designed to pilfer credentials.
Fortinet's FortiGuard Global Security Research team also observed a mounting trend in spam, which drew from ongoing economic concerns and leveraged the Presidential Inauguration as part of a social engineering campaign.
Following are key findings from Fortinet's January 2009 Threatscape report:
- Exploits/Intrusion - 43 new vulnerabilities were added to the FortiGuard IPS coverage this period, with 13 reported to be actively exploited; the number of active exploits for new vulnerabilities rose to 30.2 percent this period, up from 26.2 percent last period;
- Malware - keylogging and information siphoning obtained the majority of activity reported during this period, with online gaming exploits rising up the charts; the U.S. (45.05%) and Japan (43.03%) were still the most targeted regions for malware, with China (26.77%), Taiwan (20.61%) and India (20.54%) grabbing up the 3rd, 4th and 5th positions as the top most targeted regions;
- Spam - spam rates continued to increase this period and fully regained levels consistent to spam rates before the McColo take-down; driven by the financial crisis, the most popular spam campaigns included positive salary structure, diploma and education schemes and added scam tactics seeding a new botnet that centered on President Barack Obama's inauguration;
- Web traffic - Web activity blocked during this period stayed in close alignment to last month's findings, with pornography maintaining the top spot at almost 70 percent; malware also consistent at nearly 20 percent and spyware and phishing activities representing the remaining 10 percent.