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Q3 Saw Massive Virus Volumes While Spam Remained Steady

Spam and virus trends in Q3'10 confirm that spammers are still hard at work distributing malicious content in new and creative ways, according to the latest reports. The latest spam and virus trends report is produced by Postini, Google's email security and archiving service that, according to the company, processes more than 3 billion email messages per day and more than 50,000 businesses.

From the report: "August saw a massive 241% increase in virus volume over July, representing the greatest recorded surge in viral activity since 2008. Overall, payload virus volume increased 42% over Q2'10 and 10% over Q3'09, while spam levels decreased 16% and 24% over the same periods, respectively. The spike in malware attacks during August suggests that we might see higher levels of spam moving forward into Q4 as botnet 'seeds' planted during this time begin to take action."

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