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Symantec Released its State of the Spam report for June 2008

The monthly State of Spam Report for June 2008 by Symantec showed that spam mails accounted for around 80% of total mails. A lot of these mails were about IRS stimulus packages, disasters in Asia and weak economy of US.

The Security Experts of Symantec said that in spite of awareness in users about spam and proper security of their mailboxes, the above-mentioned topics helped the hackers in 2008 to launch an attack.

As of May 30, 2008, Symantec said that the amount of mails identified as spam increased by almost 20% as compared to January 2008.

The State of the Spam Report for June 2008 informs about different categories of spam. The leading share is acquired by product offerings with 27%, followed by financial services offerings at 16% and schemes like get-rich-quick at 17%.

Though these were the small quantity of spam received, the maximum amount of spam, informs Symantec, hailed from the US. Russia and Turkey come next making the list of top 3.

Senior Manager of Operations for Symantec Security Response, David Cowings said that ever hacker aims at delivering spam to mailbox of the user, convincing them to click on the attached link, and finally taking users to the fraudulent site, as reported by DMNews on June 10, 2008.

David also said that this could accelerate the chances of seeing the spam mails if the users browse for hot topics that could return some of these spam mails.

The monthly report of Symantec also talked about the worldwide nature of cross-border network through Internet. Similarly, in another report, Symantec, on June 11, 2008, cautioned about a recent spam that attacks users of IM (Instant Messaging) tools such as MSN messenger of Microsoft and Yahoo Messenger.

Surprisingly, IT Pros at Symantec and many others are advising users that they should establish an extra or secondary mail account that bears no connection with their private accounts and work to draw spam mails.

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