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Email Spam Report 2010: 92% of all email are spam?

Posted on 25 August 2010 by pinoytutorial

Spam emails are on its peak season nowadays, and as of July 2010, 92% of all emails spread and received throughout the web is reported to be categorized as spam, according to a study conducted by Symantec. This is quite a development for the spam kin, since its percentage is just 89% a year ago.

Spam mails are unsolicited email messages, also known as junk mails, which usually contains commercial contents. Similarly, phishing is also being widely done. This is the act of illegal acquisition if a user’s username, passwords and even credit card or online banking information through hiding behind a commonly trusted electronic communication.

Symantec also found a new kind of electronic attack that masquerades as a live chat feature in an e-commerce website. This feature seeks to acquire the user’s login ID and password in the legal website. This phishing site utilized fake chat conversations to make the page look real, giving the impression that the phishing site is actually working.

But on the lighter side, spam mails that conceal phishing activities have gone down by 5% from June to July this year.

Similarly, the percentage of various phishing attacks generally reduced. Particularly, the number of matchless phishing websites that are created by several automatic attack toolkits have declined by 60% from June to July this year also. But the percentage of distinctive URLs that are used in phishing activities is raised by 10%.

Moreover, other language phishing sites, meaning those non-English, particularly those in Italian and French, are continually growing. Its number increased by 15% from months June to July of this year, too.

Spammers continually change and vary their tactics, probably so as not to be too obvious of their scams and plots. Just last year, U.S President Barack Obamaa himself and the late King of Pop Michael Jackson have been top subjects to spam mails, while in June this year, the popular World Cup got the spot. Come July 2010, the most visible subject of spams says something about claiming the user’s part of the $20 Billion BP oil fund.

The moral of this is simple—all of us should be careful on what we are clicking, checking, reading and downloading from the net. The World Wide Web is indeed a world wide avenue for every activity that you could think of, and malicious activities are not an exemption to this. We must be doubly cautious at all times.

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