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Fortinet Launches Upgraded FortiGuard Threat Research and Update Service

  • 02 July, 2008 16:06

<p>Fortinet® - the pioneer and leading provider of unified threat management (UTM) solutions - has today announced the top 10 most reported high-risk threats for June 2008, and a major upgrade to their FortiGuard online resource centre. Gaming related threats were the most active malware family in June 2008, making up more than 35 percent of total threats.</p>
<p>Charles Cote, Regional Director for Australia and New Zealand commented, "Many Australian and New Zealand businesses are looking for ways to simplify complexity, and reduce the cost of running their IT security systems. Fortinet's unified threat management appliances allow businesses to automatically protect themselves from the latest threats, with updates pushed out from our FortiGuard service. This latest upgrade to our FortiGuard service will help our customers to further reduce the amount of time and effort needed to keep their businesses safe."</p>
<p>The FortiGuard Center ( is Fortinet's threat update and security research hub, where visitors and customers can find timely threat and vulnerability information, as well as advisories, trend reports, and deep threat analysis. The FortiGuard Center will now include:</p>
<p>* Enhanced Vulnerability Coverage, including a summary of new and recently
modified vulnerabilities, as well as details of threat activity. This
additional level of information will allow customers to fine tune security
settings, and focus on active threats</p>
<p>* IPS Service Update History - A historical listing of all modifications in
the Intrusion Prevention System package</p>
<p>* Antivirus Top Threats - Top threats in virus/spyware, mobile phone, PDA,
and Instant Messaging (IM) threats. Phishing threats will now be included
in the updated antivirus page</p>
<p>* Mobile Threat Description Index - A listing of the current FortiGuard
antivirus coverage of mobile threats</p>
<p>Worldwide Top Ten Individual Threats for June 2008
#1 W32/Netsky!similar 9.02%,
#2 W32/OnlineGames!tr 7.60%,
#3 W32/Virut.A 5.84%,
#4 W32/OnLineGames.fam!tr.pws 5.27%,
#5 HTML/Iframe_CID!exploit 4.06%,
#6 W32/Agent.LPV!tr 3.28%,
#7 Adware/Vapsup 3.26%,
#8 HTML/Iframe.DN!tr.dldr 2.92%,
#9 W32/MyTob.FR@mm 2.87%,
#10 W32/Grew.A!worm 2.31%.</p>
<p>Worldwide Top Five Families for June 2008
#1 OnlineGames 35.4%,
#2 Netsky 15.3%,
#3 MyTob 9.8%,
#4 Virut 6.3%,
#5 Grew 2.3%.</p>
<p>After a slightly fall in activity in May, online gaming related threats rebounded in June. Concentrated attacks occurred in China (36.5%), Taiwan (31.1%), Turkey (15.4%), the U.S. (7.4%), and Japan (4.3%).</p>
<p>"It's no surprise to see malicious online gaming activity circle the globe to cast a bigger net for financial gain," said Derek Manky, security researcher for Fortinet. "With the online gaming market thriving with consumers, malicious activity will very likely continue for some time in this emerging sector as it forms a viable target."</p>
<p>As individual threats, the most active online gaming Trojans took the second and fourth positions on Fortinet's global list of Top Ten threats. Gaming related threats were the most active malware family, making up more than 35 percent of total threats for the month.</p>
<p>To read the full June report, please visit:</p>
<p>For ongoing threat research, bookmark the FortiGuard Center
( or add it to your RSS feed by going to</p>
<p>To learn more about FortiGuard Subscription Services, visit</p>
<p>FortiGuard Subscription Services offer broad security solutions including
antivirus, intrusion prevention, Web content filtering and anti-spam
capabilities. These services enable protection against threats on both
application and network layers. FortiGuard Services are continuously updated
by the FortiGuard Global Security Research Team, which enables Fortinet to
deliver a combination of multi-layered security intelligence and true
zero-day protection from new and emerging threats. These updates are
delivered to all FortiGate, FortiMail and FortiClient products.</p>
<p>About Fortinet ( )
Fortinet is the pioneer and leading provider of ASIC-accelerated unified
threat management, or UTM, security systems, which are used by enterprises
and service providers to increase their security while reducing total
operating costs. Fortinet solutions were built from the ground up to
integrate multiple levels of security protection--including firewall,
antivirus, intrusion prevention, VPN, spyware prevention and anti-spam --
designed to help customers protect against network and content level
threats. Leveraging a custom ASIC and unified interface, Fortinet solutions
offer advanced security functionality that scales from remote office to
chassis-based solutions with integrated management and reporting. Fortinet
solutions have won multiple awards around the world and are the only
security products that are certified in seven programs by ICSA Labs:
Firewall, Antivirus, IPSec, SSL, Network IPS, and Anti-Spyware. Fortinet is
privately held and based in Sunnyvale, California.</p>
<p>Copyright © 2008 Fortinet, Inc. All rights reserved. Fortinet is a
registered trademark of Fortinet, Inc. FortiGate, FortiOS, FortiAnalyzer,
FortiASIC, FortiCare, FortiManager, FortiWiFi, FortiGuard, FortiClient,
FortiReporter and other names are trademarks of Fortinet, Inc. in the United
States and/or other countries. All other trademarks referred to herein are
the property of their respective owners.</p>
<p>Media Contact:
Sebastian Rice,
02 9959 1991,,</p>

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