HTML Attachment Spam Campaign Spiked During Recent Months
According to the statistics revealed by security firm Sophos, spam campaigns generating spam e-mails with malicious attachments have been insistently making round on the internet, especially during June to September 2010. They contributed around 2-8% of total spam e-mails.
The security firm stated that this threat particularly became uncontrollable in the months of June and September (2010). These tags accounted for around 8% of all e-mail threats, thus making June and September the worst hit months with spam campaigns.
On the contrary, July and August (2010) witnessed average distribution levels of spam e-mails as they accounted for 2% and 3% respectively. Though low, rate is still considerable.
Meanwhile, to avoid identification, phishing scammers continued to modify the pattern of phishing scam propagation. A huge amount of phishing scam e-mails targeting financial organizations such as Banche di Credito Cooperativo and PayPal, were sent in the past few months. The firm notes that, instead of establishing a fake financial website, phishers added the phishing content straight away into the HTML attachment, the firm explains.
Commenting on its own findings, the SophosLabs stated that, though the HTML attachment spam campaigns had been increasing during the past few months, from their point of view; the campaigns had been irregular in their circulation pattern. They have no reason to believe that this inconsistence circulation pattern is possible to change in the coming few months," as reported by Softpedia on October 5, 2010.
Related article: Hotmail Account Holders Vulnerable to Latest E-mail Scam
» SPAMfighter News - 09-10-2010