Kaspersky finds one in eight users do not believe in cyber threats

Security roundup: Sophos Spampionship shows worst offending countries for zombie spam

This week we take a look at the Sophos Spampionshp league table, why 1 in 8 users do not believe in cyber threats, and the White House computer hack.

Sophos has revealed the Q3 results for its Spampionship league, highlighting the worst offending countries for spam. The firm says that most spam comes from so-called ‘zombies’ – computers infected by malware that puts them under the remote control of cybercrooks.

“For example, SophosLabs has clocked a single infected computer sending more than 5,000,000 spams in a single week, illegally promoting an ever-changing cocktail of shady products and services, and pumping out malware in attachments,” details the firm.

Check out the below infographic detailing what countries topped the spam volume chart:

Despite all this, Kaspersky has found that one in eight users do not believe in cyber threats.

“People who believe that they are safe because cybercriminals will just leave them alone and won’t be interested simply don’t understand the nature of online threats. Hackers don’t usually focus on specific targets, they try to scoop up as many victims as possible. This is why it is very risky to use the Internet without a security solution,” said Elena Kharchenko, head of consumer product management, at Kaspersky Lab.

Meanwhile, a cyber security expert has told the House of Lords committee that every employee using a computer needs to understand cyber security risks.

Hugh Boyes from the Institution of Engineering and Technology said: “With the increasing use of computer-based and digital technologies in all aspects of our lives, engineers and technicians need to have a general understanding of cyber security principles.

“This is essential if we are to improve the security and resilience of our systems. Most modern companies require all their staff to complete basic health and safety training and promote a workplace safety culture; cyber security should be approached in a similar way. It is the responsibility of anyone using computer-based and digital technologies and cannot be left to a relatively small number of specialists.”

As part of its investigation into information and communications technology, competitiveness and skills in the UK, the Committee also heard from cybersecurity experts, as well as representatives from regional digital hubs such as London’s Tech City UK, and Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for the Creative Industries.

In other news, it is thought that hackers have managed to infiltrate computers on the White House network.

"In the course of assessing recent threats, we identified activity of concern on the unclassified Executive Office of the President network," said a White House official.

"We took immediate measures to evaluate and mitigate the activity. Unfortunately, some of that resulted in the disruption of regular services to users. But people were on it and are dealing with it."

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