Exploit kits have been around since 2006, the first being MPack. These exploit kits are a type of computer software which are designed to run on servers, were all the data is stored, or end user machines and it identifies a weakness in the machines it communicates with. Usually servers have many client machines, sending requested data to machines, and the kit is searching for a hole in the armor of those machines.
The scam involving fake antivirus alerts is on the increase in the South-Eastern areas of the United States. Specifically, in the Virginia area.
The scam involves a pop-up message alerting users that their computer has been infected by some computer malware. The cases have increased so dramatically that police authorities have decided to issue public announcements to help unsuspecting citizens from falling victim to the crimes.
Composite Block List a professional service for collecting data about “spam traps” reported receiving over 3,000 spam messages per second, over this summer. At the beginning of this year that number was seven times less, then the current levels. To confirm that this was not an error from some miss calculation, SpamCop, conducted a search of all the IP address reporting these figures and they confirmed that there were 4000,000 IP address involved in these “spam traps.” This number is five times higher than the beginning of the year.