McAfee Outlines Spammers’ Most Used Subject Lines During June 2009
According to the news reports from blogs.pcmag.com published on July 6, 2009, McAfee released its 'July 2009 Spam Report' on July 6, 2009.
The report contains interesting statistics pertaining to the popular topics that spammers' domains used for the distribution of spam mails.
McAfee states in its report that within the '.com' domain, spammers used 15 most popular subject lines during June 2009.
To exemplify, the company sorted five top topics out of the 15 which spammers used in the .com domain. These are: 'RE: DISCOUNT 80% OFF on Pfizer!' 'Replica Watches,' 'Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender,' 'Hi,' and 'Hello.'
McAfee says that it is astonishing as well as exciting to find that there is only one top caption that involves pharmaceuticals, while others relate to replicas or watches.
As for the .org domain, McAfee says it found that 3 out of 15 most popular subject lines used in it were related to sale of bogus watches. For instance: Undelivered Mail Returned to Sender, Delivery Status Notification (Failure), Delivery Status Notification (Delay), failure notice and eventually Hello.
These captions do not account for the 15 most used subject lines in any of the remaining domains used by spammers. While they appear in other places, it seems spammers use them relatively more in domains that do not have country codes.
As a matter of fact, this trend that spammers used within the .org suffix corresponds with what McAfee says it investigated within the .com domain.
In the meantime, a lot of changes have occurred within different domains such as Germans visiting .de domains received numerous diploma-based spam messages having subject line 'Masters degree with no efforts.'
However, all the domains specially made way for the 'RE: DISCOUNT 80% OFF on Pfizer!' spam that certainly relates to Viagra.
Moreover, McAfee outlines some other discoveries in its June Spam Report like spammers attempting to dodge local authorities send their messages to overseas e-mail IDs, but from local domains.
Therefore, spammers seem to be sparing no opportunity in exploiting every possible 'domain' and 'subject' to trick unwary users.
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