MIDDLE EAST, April 1, 2010 – Fortinet® (NASDAQ: FTNT) – a leading network security provider and worldwide leader of unified threat management (UTM) solutions – today announced its March 2010 Threatscape report showed domination of ransomware threats with nine of the detections in the malware top ten list resulting in either scareware or ransomware infesting the victim’s PC.


Fortinet observed the primary drivers behind these threats to be two of
the most notorious botnet “loaders” — Bredolab and Pushdo. Another
important finding is the aggressive entrance of a new zero-day threat in
FortiGuard’s top ten attack list,
MS.IE.Userdata.Behavior.Code.Execution, which accounted for 25 percent
of the detected activity last month.

Key threat activities for the month of March include:
•    SMS-based Ransomware High Activity: A new ransomware threat –
W32/DigiPog.EP – appeared in Fortinet’s top ten malware list. DigiPog is
an SMS blocker using Russian language, locking out a system and
aggressively killing off popular applications like Internet Explorer and
FireFox until an appropriate code is entered into a field provided to
the user. To obtain the code, a user must send a SMS message to the
provided number, receiving a code in return. Upon execution, DigiPog
registers the user’s MAC address with its server. It is the first time
that SMS-based ransomware enters Fortinet’s top ten list, showing that
the rise of ransomware is well on its way.

•    Botnets – the competition gets tough: While the infamous Bredolab
and Pushdo botnets can be identified behind the strong ransomware
activity this month, a challenger has been particularly active this
month. Sasfis, another botnet loader, moved up eight positions in our
Top 100 attack list from last month, landing just behind Gumblar &
Conficker network activity in the fifth position. Sasfis is just the
latest example of simplified botnets, which are used heavily for
malicious business services (crime as a service).

•    Zero-day attack forces in: A new zero-day threat aggressively
entered FortiGuard’s top ten attack list:
MS.IE.Userdata.Behavior.Code.Execution (CVE-2010-0806, FortiGuard
Advisory 2010-14). This exploit triggers a vulnerability in Internet
Explorer, making remote code execution through a drive-by download (no
user interaction required) possible. Accounting for one fourth of the
detected activity in March, this exploit was ranked number two in our
top ten attacks last month and remains very active, predominantly in
Japan, Korea and the U.S.

“As we predicted for 2010, cybercriminals are clearly pursuing new ways
to lure consumers and threaten the enterprise at large. Troublesome
zero-day exploits continue to attack popular client-side software, while
methods such as ransomware and crime as a service help them increase
their reach and make their attacks more effective against end users,”
said Derek Manky, project manager, cyber security and threat research,
Fortinet. “With cybercrime techniques getting more sophisticated every
day, it is critical to educate users on the importance of having the
right security software and patches in place. Robust security services
and safe practice can help protect consumers and organizations against
known vulnerabilities, but also unknown ones such as zero-day threats.”

FortiGuard Labs compiled threat statistics and trends for March based on
data collected from FortiGate® network security appliances and
intelligence systems in production worldwide. Customers who use
Fortinet’s FortiGuard Subscription Services should already be protected
against the threats outlined in this report.

To read the full March Threatscape report which includes the top threat
rankings in each category, please visit:
http://www.fortiguard.com/report/roundup_march_2010.html. For ongoing
threat research, bookmark the FortiGuard Center
(http://www.fortiguardcenter.com/) or add it to your RSS feed by going
to http://www.fortinet.com/FortiGuardCenter/rss/index.html. Additional
discussion on security technologies and threat analysis can be found at
the FortiGuard Blog at http://blog.fortinet.com. To learn more about
FortiGuard Subscription Services, visit
http://www.fortinet.com/products/fortiguard.html.

FortiGuard Subscription Services offer broad security solutions
including antivirus, intrusion prevention, Web content filtering and
anti-spam capabilities. These services help enable protection against
threats on both application and network layers. FortiGuard Services are
updated by FortiGuard Labs, which enables Fortinet to deliver a
combination of multi-layered security intelligence and zero-day
protection from new and emerging threats. For customers with a
subscription to FortiGuard, these updates are delivered to all
FortiGate, FortiMail™ and FortiClient™ products.

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