August was the worst month for cyber crime with threats increasing by 51 per cent.

 

According to Network Box, the company's alert status was at four out of five indicating a ‘critical threat' status throughout all of August.

 

Virus activity peaked on the 23rd August with more than 14,600 new viruses seen on that day alone with 1,080,899 threat signatures and 1,374,666 spam signatures active in its database. September's big threat is gearing up to be from Trojan and Worm activity, with a significant rise in Trojans through early September, peaking on 12 September at 65 detected per day.

 

Simon Heron, internet security analyst at Network Box, says: “We expect to see a slight increase each month, but August this year was the single biggest jump in cyber-crime activity we've ever seen.  It could be that criminals target this time of year to make the most of people being on holiday, that includes IT managers and technical staff best able to deal with issues raised.”