October 2007 Summary and Trends
The total number of events reported to the STEAM-CIRT increased in October compared to September by nearly 11%. Investigable events also experienced an increase of 3% compared to September. Additionally, classified incidents rose by nearly 13%. Compared to the same month last year, classified IT incidents are 95% higher. This substantial rise in incident numbers can be attributed to the continued storm worm activity seen around the Internet as well as enhancements in IRC Bot and storm worm detection capabilities within the STEAM-CIRT. Most notably, however, is the inclusion of multiple copyright violation notices submitted to the STEAM-CIRT. Specifically, there were 102 incidents classified as a report of alleged copyright infringement.
Last month, the STEAM-CIRT began passing along Copyright Infringement notices to students and staff and recording these as incidents with the Copyright/Infringement-Notice label. Notices related to Purdue owned equipment are also being passed along, but labeled as Copyright/DMCA-Notice as these notices affect Purdue directly. As a result, the total number of classified Incidents saw a jump of 13% related directly to these Copyright notices compared to September, and an 84% increase over August. STEAM members should keep this change in mind if comparing numbers with previous months from the statistics provided.
Posted by William Harshbarger on November 19, 2007, in Handlers Log.