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Britain Again on January 2012 Spam List: Kaspersky

According to Kaspersky the anti-virus company based in Russia that released its January 2012 Spam Report, the month saw United Kingdom once again making it to the Top Ten List of well-known spam sources, forcing Colombia to exit, while itself getting onto No.8. Earlier during December 2011, UK couldn't make it to the Top Ten, perhaps owing to the vacation period when several botnet PCs were turned off. Other ratings, however, continued to be the same from December last, highlights Kaspersky.

India, though, continued to lead as it sent out 11.5% of all spam mails, while accounting for 1% less from December 2011. Indonesia's contribution to spam declined nearly 3% although it remained in the second position within the ratings, with South Korea following featuring an additional 1.6% of spam mails.

Brazil and Peru joined the new Top Ten list on No.4 and 5 respectively, with both countries though experiencing a decline of 2.1% and 2.5% separately.

The sixth ranking went to Vietnam just like during December 2011 and the country's share in global spam fell 0.25%, according to the report.

Moreover, other nations, which made it to the company's new spam list, were Italy, Poland and Argentina on No.7, 9 and 10 respectively.

Fascinatingly, Kaspersky, alongside spam trends in January 2012, discusses the phishing trends too for the month in its latest report. Accordingly, it states that phishing scams most victimized e-payment and financial firms. Other organizations included as well were e-payment systems like credit institutions, investment companies and unit trusts, along with worldwide credit card affiliates, the company reported. Thehindubusinessline.com published this on February 22, 2012.

One more major group, which Web-hackers targeted the maximum was the e-auctions and Internet-stores collective. As per the report, user-accounts within numerous Internet shops have a parallel arrangement with the users' payment cards, therefore carry their private details like name, phone number, address and e-mail id.

Thus, once a consumer buys from a bogus Internet shop by feeding in his payment card details, they serve as the fraudsters' precious rewards. Naturally so, 20% of the entire phishing detections were related to e-auctions and online shops, the report ended.

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