Spam Contribution in Total E-mail Falls
Kaspersky the security company recently published its November 2012 Spam Report, which states that the total amount of junk messages within the entire e-mail traffic fell 5.1 percentage points during the month, accounting for a mean 63%.
Among this spam, the most prevalent unsolicited e-mails were those which related to natural calamity and holiday themes. However, pharmaceutical spam, like all times, remained just the same popular.
Incidentally, the maximum volume of spam originated from the United States and China, during November 2012, the two jointly accounting for more than 50 percent of global spam. Other countries following them have been India, Vietnam, Germany, Russia, Brazil, United Kingdom and Taiwan in that order.
On the other hand, USA and Germany have been the countries that received the maximum number of spam mails consisting of malicious software.
Moreover, there were certain impressionable changes in the list of ten most prevalent malware disseminated through e-mail from October 2012. Password-stealing Trojan namely Trojan-PSW.Win32.Tepfer.cfwf was on top during November 2012, while the malware family's dual modifications too were included among the Top Ten, according to Kaspersky.
Kaspersky further indicates that the November 2012 month as well witnessed a 50 percent drop in phishing e-mails within the entire e-mail traffic, leveling at 0.015 percentage point.
Additionally, the top positioned attack points for cyber-criminals were social networking websites where phishing assaults accounted for a 13 percent rise settling at 30 percentage points during November 2012 compared to October 2012.
Internet shopping outlets that was on No.1, meanwhile, dropped to the 3rd position in November 2012 with a contribution amounting 13 percent. Similarly, the total number of spoofed e-mail assaults aiming at e-payment or financial institutions dropped 3 percent during the month, although this classification continues to hold the No.2 position, with a contribution of 20 percentage points within total online assaults.
Finally as per Spam Analyst Tatyanan Shcherbakova at Kaspersky Labs, attacks on search engines remain less frequent, falling 5.4 percent, while sliding to No.4 from No.3. It seems, phishers targeted the Internet search companies Yahoo and Google the most, she adds and thehindubusinessline.com published it on December 26, 2012.