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Eleven Came Out With Its Latest Email Security Report

In the last week of April 2010, German email security provider released its 'Email Security Report for April 2010'.

The report discloses that Brazil occupies the leading position (16.5%) among spam distributors once again in March 2010. Germany followed at 16.2%). Earlier, USA used to lead, which this time slipped to the third place with 14% contribution to the total spam volume.

The report also claims that event-related spam increased in February 2010 and March 2010, with seasonal occasions such as Valentine's Day and St. Patrick's Day and recent events such as Haiti and Chile earthquakes, as well as the launch of iPad.

In spite of a minor reduction of 12.6% on account of the shutdown of the three important botnets, spam still estimates for 96.2% of the overall e-mail traffic in March 2010.

According to the report, the casino spam reduced to almost nil because of the shutdown of the botnets. Rather, many pharmaceutical spam scams ruled the scenario, estimating for 66% of total spam in March 2010. In the second quarter of 2009, a Canadian pharmacy spam returned with a share of 13.64% in the overall spam volume, acquiring the first place in spam mailings. Canadian pharmacy spam was followed by two latest campaigns weaved around erectile dysfunction spam.

Also, the report states that malware concealed in emails was circulated mainly in short campaigns in February and March 201o, generally in the first five days of every month.

The security firm says that the cause behind this might be that the hackers try to charge the botnets at the starting of every month for avoiding any troubles because of the closure of individual network or Internet Service Protocols.

Lastly, the report also throws light on phishing and states that bank were also responsible for phishing, along with Facebook and other social networking websites. For example, one scam hit a globally operating British bank, asking users to reveal their personal data, like account number and PIN. The email also contained links to specifically-crafted webpages parked in the domain of hacked German sports club website that would easily overlook all well-known web filters.

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