December spam rate fell by 4.4pc: Kaspersky
Dubai, January 22, 2012
Kaspersky Lab has published its latest spam report for December 2011, showing that the month was predictably quiet compared to November, with the share of spam in email traffic falling 4.4 percent, an average of 76.2 percent for the month.
One of the latest ploys has been the use of coupon services to boost demand for products that are widely advertised in spam. Distributors of German pharmaceutical spam concluded that offering a 'conditional coupon' with a 10 percent discount would increase demand for the medications they sell.
“We still have not detected any malicious attachments disguised as coupons, although we expect that these will show up in spam sooner or later,” said Maria Namestnikova, senior spam analyst at Kaspersky Lab.
“Anything and everything that is in demand on the internet is eventually added to the spammers' arsenals in one way or another. Primarily, new approaches are typically used by the participants of affiliate programs that send out spam advertising medications and replicas of luxury goods. They are later joined by distributors of malicious code,” she said.
Malicious files were detected in 4 percent of all email traffic in December, which was an increase of 1 percent compared to November’s figure.
A third of all Kaspersky Lab email antivirus detections were for mail emanating from Russia and the US. The malicious program most frequently detected remains Trojan-Spy, HTML, Fraud, gen (11 percent) – a Trojan designed to look like a registration web page for a financial organisation or some other online service.
India remained on top with spam sources in December accounting for 12.43 percent of all spam, followed by Indonesia, Brazil and Peru.
Significant movers among this rating in December were South Korea falling from second to fifth place and the UK, which fell from seventh to seventeenth. UK started the month as the eighth biggest source of spam but had fallen to 53rd by the final week of December. – TradeArabia News Service