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2013 Press Release

One in eight Australian IPs are exposed to web threats every day, reveals study

ARC Linkage Project report from Deakin University and Trend Micro finds 400,000 requests to malicious web pages on a typical day

Sydney, 11 July 2013 – One in approximately eight Australian IPs are exposed to one or more web threats on any typical day, researchers from Deakin University and Trend Micro have revealed. In a report released today by the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project, the 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.

The report, Analysis of the Australian Web Threat Landscape*, analyses and discusses threats on the Australian web landscape and provides statistics on what is happening to the average Australian user of the world wide web.

Within the sample processed for this report, approximately one in every 2,500 web hits originating from Australia is malicious in nature, resulting in Australian users being victim to three per cent of the world web threat attacks.

The report showed that peak periods of website traffic occurred on weekdays during work hours but the curve of malicious traffic reversely vibrates along with the volume changes of web hits.

Just above half (57%) of malicious traffic was triggered by business product users whilst consumer product users accounted for over a third (41%).

“The ARC Linkage project allows us to apply large scale analytics techniques to analyse massive volumes of Trend Micro malware sensor data," said Professor Yang Xiang, PhD, SMIEEE Director, Network Security and Computing Lab School of Information Technology, Deakin University. “Though Australia is geographically isolated in the Southern Hemisphere, it is attracting a significant volume of web threats."

“The Internet has become vital for Australia’s day-to-day working and living but also offers attackers a powerful infrastructure to compromise victims' systems," said Dr. Jonathan Oliver, a senior architect with, Trend Micro ANZ. “Trend Micro’s partnership with Deakin and Macquarie Universities offers the opportunity to analyse data and provide a deeper understanding of the web threat landscape in Australia. It will help us identify where new algorithms and technologies can be applied to protect Australia."

The report found that, of the malicious pages or websites visited by Australian users, nearly two thirds (62%) originated in the United States. Australia hosted nearly two per cent of malicious websites or web pages visited by Australian users, accounting for 16,000 hits on a typical day, indicating that some attacks were specifically targeted at Australians.

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About the report
Analysis of the Australian Web Threat Landscape was developed by Christopher Ke, Jonathan Oliver and Yang Xiang. Based on monitoring of live web traffic for a two week period in May 2013, the report covers aspects such as the volume and timing of web threats attacking Australians and the source geography of the malicious activity. An Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project on web threat research, supported by the ARC, Deakin University, Macquarie University, and Trend Micro, it processes data from the WRS (Web Reputation Solution) and the SPN (Smart Protection Network) systems developed by Trend Micro.

About Trend Micro:
Trend Micro Incorporated, the global cloud security leader, creates a world safe for exchanging digital information with its Internet content security and threat management solutions for businesses and consumers. A pioneer in server security with over 20 years’ experience, we deliver top-ranked client, server and cloud-based security that fits our customers’ and partners’ needs, stops new threats faster, and protects data in physical, virtualised and cloud environments. Powered by the industry-leading Trend Micro™ Smart Protection Network™ global threat intelligence data mining framework, our products and services stop threats where they emerge – from the Internet. They are supported by 1,000+ threat intelligence experts around the globe.

*Analysis of the Australian Web Threat Landscape, XX July, Christopher Ke, Jonathan Oliver and Yang Xiang

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