Spam Mails Carrying PDF Attachments on an Increase
IBM lately published outcomes from its yearly report titled "X-Force 2010 Trend and Risk Report," emphasizing that both private and public organizations internationally encountered more-and-more advanced, tailored IT security dangers during 2010. PressReleaseNetwork.com published this on May 25, 2011.
States IBM, cyber-criminals sending spam mails used newer tactics daily for spreading malicious programs. In its X-Force 2010 report, the company discusses the nature as well as impact of the various e-mail assaults. Accordingly, the spam outbreak involving malevolent PDF documents took place during 2010 that purported to be from the United States President. Spammers, states the report, exploited current events too as well as dispatched users an electronic mail having one PDF file attached. Any attempt to view this attachment produced malware that without help got planted as well as contaminated the user's computer.
Further according to the report, the total number of spam mails containing an URL that involved trustworthy and popular domain names dropped a little during H2-2010. This incident was the lone one of its kind covering over 2-years. Additionally 90% of junk e-mails are categorized as URL-based spam, while spammers keep on relying on legitimate web-links and trustworthy domains within junk e-mails for evading anti-spam filters, the report outlines.
The spammers as well sent e-mail junk involving random text in combination with ZIP attachments, random URLs, and HTML attachments so the spam mail's mean byte size could be considerably raised.
Meanwhile, spam has been constantly increasing in India during the period between 2009 spring and 2010 autumn. As per the report, the 4 most widely-dispatching spam countries were U.S, Brazil, Vietnam and India, being responsible for almost 33% of the global e-mail junk.
Additional discoveries within the report suggest a rising activity of Bot network during 2010. Moreover, the corporate world's IT security dictionary overwhelmingly included the phrase "Advanced Persistent Threat" following top-level assaults against corporate businesses from attackers who were sophisticated and focused.
Other trends, according to the report, consist of the fresh, advanced scenario of cyber-crime, as the year 2010 has been marked with certain extremely dangerous and personalized assaults that the security industry had never seen earlier.
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