McAfee has released the Q2 Threat Report for 2009, which indicates that spam volumes have gone up by 141% since March, making this the "longest ever streak of increasing spam volumes" on record. The Q1 threat report, discussed here, indicated that cybercriminals had taken over almost 12 million new IP addresses (zombies) since January, a 50% increase over 2008. This record has now been broken: Q2 set a new record for zombie computers levels, at nearly 14 million.
In addition to spam volumes, the Q2 report looks at some new trends and threats, as well as continued trends of cybercrime as a service and cybercriminals targeting social networks. Indeed, a major attack was led against Twitter and Facebook just this week.
Key Findings from this Threat Report: