Analysis of the Australian Web Threat Landscape

In May 2013, Trend Micro and Deakin University conducted a study into the state of web based threats in Australia. They monitored web activity using Trend Micro’s Smart Protection Network (SPN) technology over a 2 week period.

The key findings were:

  • One in eight Australian IPs are exposed to web threats every day
  • Researchers’ analysed malicious activity from over 200,000,000 web requests per day from Australia, with around 400,000 of these issued to malicious web pages
  • One in every 2,500 web hits originating from Australia is malicious in nature, resulting in Australian users being victim to (3%) of the world web threat attacks
  • 57% of malicious traffic was triggered by business product users whilst consumer product users accounted for over a third 41%

You can read the full report here – The report includes an example analysis of two spam attacks that occured during that period relating to the Boston Marathon Bombings using a Black Hole Exploit Kit (BHEK) landing page, and a Kelios worm.


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