Published Date 5/5/08 2:14 PM
According to a recent study by anti-virus software maker Sophos, Web attacks surged to an all-time high in the first quarter of this year, with no signs of abating, Government Computer News reports. According to Sophos' estimates, just 0.04 percent of all e-mail sent during the first quarter of 2008 was infected, compared with 0.11 percent during the first quarter of last year. Specifically, Sophos identified about 15,000 newly infected Web pages daily across the first three months of 2008. Company officials note that this year their software blocks an infected Web page roughly once every five seconds, compared to once every 14 seconds throughout 2007. Meanwhile, the report notes that 92.3 percent of all first quarter e-mail traffic was spam. According to the authors, "Sophos finds a new spam-related Web page on average every 3 seconds—[or] 23,300 each day. This calculation includes pages registered on 'freeweb' sites, such as Blogspot, Geocities, etc." (Swoyer, GCN, 4/29/08).