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Kaspersky Declares September 2012 Spam Report

Kaspersky Lab states that during September 2012, the total junk e-mails within the entire e-mail traffic increased 2.3% since August 2012, recording a mean value of 72.5%. Further, the September spam had comparatively fewer fraudulent and malicious e-mails than in August although fake e-mails were detected which utilized novel social-engineering tactics.

Fake e-mails among the total spam that typically promised false sweepstake prizes reportedly abused Gazprom's name the giant gas company of Russia. In those e-mails, the missive applauding the recipient informed him of a $920,000 prize he had won. It then invited him for acquiring his reward by calling certain telephone-number. The e-mails also typically demanded a fee for meeting the money transfer expenses that in reality never occurred. Interestingly, the missive though utilized a Russian business' name, it, in fact, used English language.

Meanwhile, the September 2012 spammers exploited Gazprom as just one among the several other themes such as a Lukoil offered job, coupons, a Michelle Obama written letter, the variously debated Muslim film, as well as the forthcoming vacation.

There was also interesting variations in the most widely circulating categories of spam topics alongside spam flows over different geographies during September 2012. However, the same spam surge related to personal finance of the summer changed for the better via declining to No.2 with another 20% shedding. On top, however, were fake electronic mails that rose 36%.

Kaspersky also reports that the 2nd and 3rd largest spam propagators in August 2012 targeting European Internauts exchanged positions during September 2012 with the United States shifting one position upwards i.e. +1.8% while India slid down to the 3rd spot i.e. moved -1.1%. Of the remaining highest-placed 6 spam distributors of September 2012, South Korea declined to No.12 and Vietnam to No.14. The greatest rise of spam propagation occurred out of Spain and U.K., indicating +2.9% and +1.8% respectively, posts Kaspersky.

China remained the leader in global spam distribution being attributed with 26.4 percentage points while USA followed at 12.5 percent and India at 10.1 percent.

Finally, amongst the entire electronic mail dispatched during September 2012, some 3.4% were laced with malicious software.

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