Spammers took a summer break as the amount sent fell during June and July.
According to Vasco Data Security International's aXs Guard Gatekeeper Internet Threat Survey, there was a 25 per cent decrease in spam sent in the summer. Combined with an increase in detected spam robots and blacklisted clients with spammers using their old spam bots and IP addresses.
Despite this, the amount of active viruses increased from May while new viruses were among the top ten most frequent viruses. The survey also revealed that the amount of web surfing increased with an increase to adult and gambling sites while traffic to social networking sites fell.
Also, people seem to be more aware of the damage done by spyware as blocked spyware attempts dropped by five per cent in comparison to May in July, though there was a small increase in phishing attempts.
Jan Valcke, president and COO at VASCO Data Security, said: “Surveys such as our aXs Guard gatekeeper survey are necessary to demonstrate the vulnerability of companies on the internet. Surveys as these clearly indicate that all companies, including SMEs, are vulnerable for internet fraud.
“Holiday periods can be potentially dangerous considering certain companies are less vigilant. However, our sample demonstrates that SMEs increasingly are investing in protecting themselves from online attacks.”