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IBM report: India is single largest contributor to spam

Computerworld India staff | Dec. 17, 2012
India has been responsible for sending out 16 percent of all spam according to the results of IBM's "X-Force 2012 Mid-Year Trend and Risk Report".

On the server side, the report recommends encrypting passwords to the database using a hash function that is suitable for password storage. The hash function should be difficult to calculate, which helps limit the effectiveness of attacks.

However, on the bright side, the report stated that there continues to be progress in certain areas of Internet security. IBM X-Force data reports a continuing decline in exploit releases, improvements from the top ten vendors on patching vulnerabilities and a significant decrease in the area of portable document format (PDF) vulnerabilities. IBM believes that this area of improvement is directly related to the new technology of sandboxing provided by the Adobe Reader X release.

Data for the bi-annual X-Force report comes from IBM's security operations centers which monitor more than 15 billion security events a day on behalf of approximately 4,000 clients in more than 130 countries.

 

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