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Spam Increases 2% during Q3-2011, Reports Kaspersky

According to Kaspersky Lab, which recently published its third quarter report for 2011, the total number of fake electronic mails that Internet-users found in their mailboxes during the period has steeply increased, while they accounted for a two percent of the entire e-mail junk. Thus the security company warns people for remaining watchful of phishing campaigns that aim at government agencies or Internet-gamers, as well as of false notices of prize awards from different well-known businesses like MacDonald's.

Reportedly, e-mails containing malevolent file attachments mimicked the UPS and DHL delivery services' notices alternatively comprised fraudulent messages from the Nigerian scamsters who pretended to convey apologies for getting in touch with the recipients electronically. Nonetheless, the writer apparently expressed concern that scammers had abused the Internet, while also attempted at defrauding the general public off their valuable cash. According to her, while being a Muslim lady, she couldn't speak false as that would mean an offense in her religion.

Indeed, by exploiting e-mail-users' inquisitiveness, the scammers persuaded them for viewing an attached document within their spam campaigns of the above kind, Kaspersky outlines.

Furthermore, the Kaspersky researchers also outline that spammers, during Q3-2011, didn't just employ tricks of legitimate website hacking or injections of such sites with JavaScript, towards preventing them from getting blacklisted.

They state that during Q3-2011, their company found spam mails having web-links leading onto authentic websites; however, simultaneously containing an SQL malware. If any end-user clicked on the web-links, he landed onto a website risked with SQL attacks, while the sites diverted them onto the spammers' content, Kaspersky further states. Securelist.com published this during the 1st-week of November 2011.

Additionally, spam perpetrators keep on vigorously exploiting Google cloud for evading spam filters, Kaspersky notes.

Further, the report states that e-mail junk from the total electronic mails dropped 2.7% during Q3-2011 from Q2-2011, while reflecting a mean 79.8% overall. Indeed, spam volumes dropped continuously all through Q3-2011, other than a sharp increase of 82.1% during the end-week of September 2011.

Ultimately, the researchers at Kaspersky anticipate that the September 2011 spam hike will lead to more spam during October 2011.

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