SUNNYVALE, Calif. – Mar. 3, 2008 – Fortinet® – a pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions – today announced the top 10 most reported high-risk threats for February 2008.

The most definable
malware trend for the month was that birds of a feather do flock
together and used their collective strength to overtake the Top Ten
list, both individually and as a family. The mass-mailer families of
MyTob and MyDoom showed strong activity in February and represent a
significant portion of this month’s malware attacks. As an individual
contributor, Trojan Pushdo!tr’s pornography-laced zip-file attachments
pulled out an aggressive two-day attack, allowing the Pushdo variant to
make its debut onto the Top Ten. This report was compiled by Fortinet’s
FortiGuard Global Security Research Team, using intelligence gathered
from FortiGate™ multi-threat security systems in production worldwide.

“We saw threats on two fronts in February – consistent attacks by
malware families that did not let up, punctuated by a periodic
rapid-fire approach by individual variants. Mutations of accessible
malware code have allowed families, such as MyTob, to thrive and form a
visible presence in today’s threatscape,” said Derek Manky, security
research engineer for Fortinet.

February primarily showed a shuffling of positions in the most often
seen threats while also introducing two malware families to the Top
Ten, with MyTob family activity second only to Netsky. For the month of
February, rankings for both individual and family threats caught by
Fortinet’s FortiGate security appliances are provided:

1 Netsky Mass mailer 18.6

2 MyTob Mass mailer 12.2

3 HTML/Iframe_CID!exploit Exploit 8.0

4 Pushdo Trojan 5.0

5 Storm Trojan 4.9

6 MyDoom Mass mailer 4.7

7 Bagle Mass mailer 3.9

8 Agent Adware 3.8

9 Grew Worm 3.4

10 W32/Istbar.PK!tr.dldr Trojan 2.1

Following is the Top Ten list of individual threats for February. Top
100 shifts indicate positional changes compared to January’s Top 100
ranking, with “new” representing the malware’s debut in the Top 100.
Most notable individual threat movements include Pushdo!tr’s
sixth-place claim with a three-day push at the end of January, followed
by a two-day spike mid-February. In addition, Adware/Agent climbed the
ranks from January’s eighth-place finish to fourth place in February.

1 W32/Netsky!similar Mass mailer 12.0 –

2 HTML/Iframe_CID!exploit Exploit 8.0 –

3 W32/Small.FQS!tr.dldr Trojan 4.5 –

4 Adware/Agent Adware 3.8 +4

5 W32/Grew.A!worm Worm 3.0 +8

6 W32/Pushdo!tr Trojan 3.3 new

7 W32/MyDoom.N@mm Exploit 2.6 new

8 W32/Bagle.DY@mm Mass mailer 2.3 +1

9 W32/MyTob.fam@mm Mass mailer 2.2 +10

10 W32/MyTob.FR@mm Mass mailer 2.1 -5

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