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EPL Releases January Threat Survey

ATLANTA -- Exploit Prevention Labs (, a leading developer of safe surfing software that protects against phishing, social engineering and other web-based exploits, today released the results of its January 2007 Exploit Prevalence Survey™. Now in its ninth month, the Exploit Prevalence Survey is the industry’s only survey to use real-world data to definitively measure the most widespread web-borne exploits. Results are derived from automated reports submitted by users of Exploit Prevention Labs’ LinkScanner family of safe surfing applications, combined with data collected from all levels of the company’s multi-faceted research network.

Roger Thompson, CTO of Exploit Prevention Labs and author of the monthly Exploit Prevalence Survey, noted steady activity among cybercriminals in January. For the second consecutive month, January’s number one exploit was an exploit package dubbed the “Q406 Roll-up” by Thompson. The package accounted for over 61 per cent of all exploit encounters, slightly down from December’s 70.9 per cent. The package consists of updated versions of exploits issued during the fourth quarter of 2006.

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