Cisco Warns Of Rising World Cup Malware
As the world’s legitimate Web traffic increases, so do instances of spam e-mail, Internet-borne malware and general hacker activity. When special or unusual events happen — such as the current Gulf oil spill or the FIFA World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa — communications traffic of all kinds skyrockets. This takes into account text messaging, e-mail, Web searches, cell phone usage, television and Web streaming video, among others.
Cisco ScanSafe SAAS Web security service reported June 18 that after a week of World Cup activities, the global increase in Web traffic is up by an average of 27 percent during World Cup matches.
Japan noted the highest increase (53 percent), followed by the U.K. (37 percent), Germany (32 percent), Australia (20 percent) and Singapore (9 percent). In the United States, the increase worked out to about 8 percent — lower because soccer isn’t the overwhelming phenomenon there as it is worldwide.
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