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Automated spam translation keeps global spam rates near 90%

Jul 29, 2009, 15:32 (0 Talkback[s])

"The U.S. is NOT off the hook this month -- 86% of all emails sent in the U.S. are spam. Cyber criminals took advantage of three main techniques in July:

* Spammers recycle malware: Only 0.7% of all web-based malware intercepted in July was new, compared with 58.8% in June. Previously-used malware is being widely distributed to new websites, reaching a nine-month high of 3,618 sites.

* URL-shortened spam: URL-shortening services are abuzz with popularity as character restrictions lead users to their services. This useful service is proving to be a dangerous breeding ground for malicious activity -- reaching an all-time peak of 6.2% of all Spam in July -- with the Donbot botnet dominating as the main culprit to blame.

* Michael Jackson spam – Spammers used Michael Jackson's death as their topic of choice in July -- at one point accounting for 1% of all spam – but they didn't stop there. Michael Jackson's death also spurred new malware threats and advance fee fraud scams which could lead to, for example, the deployment of a Brazilian banking Trojan."

Windows malware fuels all this as usual, and as usual Windows is not named in the article or the report-- ed.

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