Symantec Finds 92% Of All E-Mail Is Spam
Report also says phishing is down despite the rise of a new Live-Chat based attack that tries to trick people into giving up personal details.
Spam is on the rise, and as of July 2010 comprises 92% of all e-mail messages, up from 89% just one year ago, according to a new Symantec study of spam and phishing trends.
Alarmingly, Symantec has also discovered a new type of attack that spoofs an e-commerce website's "live chat" feature that targets a person's login ID and password for the legitimate e-commerce site. "The phishing site involved bogus chat sessions to help the page look more authentic, trying to give customers the impression that the phishing website was interactive," said Symantec.
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On the good news front, however, the amount of spam containing a phishing attack declined from June to July of this year by 5%.
Likewise, the number of different kinds of phishing attacks overall has been declining. In particular, the number of unique phishing websites -- created by automatic attack toolkits -- decreased by 60% from June to July, though the number of unique URLs used in phishing attacks increased by 10%.
In addition, non-English phishing sites -- especially in French and Italian -- have been continuing to grow, increasing by 15% from June to July of this year.
Spammers, ever topical, also continue to shift their tactics. A year ago, Barack Obama and Michael Jackson led the spam subject-line charts, while this past June the World Cup dominated. In July 2010, however, the most-seen spam subject line was "claim your part of the $20 billion BP oil fund."
Regional variations, however, are in full effect. Cruelly, Russian spammers are blanketing their country -- in the grip of a combined heat wave and wildfires of unknown magnitude -- with false advertisements for air conditioners.
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