Automated spam translation keeps global spam rates near 90%
Jul 29, 2009, 15:32 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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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