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India Volatile for Spam Emission in June 2011: Kaspersky Lab

According to a recent report on spam emission presented by the Kaspersky Lab, India still holds the topmost position of producing maximum spam in June 2011, accounting for 16.35%, which is an increase of 5 percentage points of the total volume of spam produced.

During the same time, Brazil attained the 2nd position with an 11.22% production of spam, taking the place of South Korea, which decreased spam production by 2.63 percentage points and secured the 3rd place according to the report.

Russia took the 7th position among the most popular spam producing sources, with a decline of 0.7 percentage points against its record on May 2011.

The report also claims that the death event of the world famous pop singer, Michael Jackson on 25 June 2009 opened new avenues of exploitation for spammers and they organized spam campaigns by using his name. Chinese spammers for instance, took the advantage of spreading spam with Jacksons's songs that cannot be overlooked by his fans.

Besides, the report also noted that the trafficking in spam increased to reach 83.3%, on the back of events, especially death of Osama bin Laden, the last Harry Potter movie, denoted Kaspersky.

According to Kaspersky, statistics reveals that nearly a third all English language spam in June 2011 was a fraud mail with the intention of either extorting money or diverting a user into using a malicious code or link.

Among the most popular fraud topics used for disseminating spam mails in June 2011, pharmaceuticals, fast earnings, and dubious personal loans topped the list.

The report also reveals about botnets, which is a joined venture between Microsoft and US law enforcement agencies resulting in the death knell of the Rustock spam botnet in June 2011. The closure of the botnet's command centers on March 16, 2011, significantly led to a decrease in spam emission.

And apart from spam, the new report also provides information on phishing and malware, with Google+ being highly volatile for phishing attacks for July 2011. Experts at Kaspersky Lab anticipate Google+ to hit the spam list on the back of all aforementioned factors. Last but not the least, Kaspersky also states social networking site Facebook to hit the list of spam by June 2011.

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