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AppRiver Quarantines Around 3.5 Billion Spam Emails during August 2013

AppRiver, a provider of email and web security solution, has released its Global Threatscape Report for September 2013 documenting the amount of spam traffic caught by the company's email filters in August 2013. On the whole, spam traffic was on the rise and AppRiver's filters quarantined approx. 3.5Bn spam messages in August 2013.

This number is the highest quantity of spam that the company has seen since the beginning of 2011. The malicious traffic was constant for most of the time and always above 75 million articles of spam emails per day except for a couple of days around the middle of August 2013.

The United States took the cake because maximum number of spam emails, a whopping 418,874,417 pieces coming from this country during the August 2013.

Germany and Mexico were seen for the first time in top 10 nations of origin of spam in August 2013 accounting for 104,145,829 and 96,151,887 articles of spam respectively, the security firm notes in its recently released report.

AppRiver goes on to say that output of spam from India also surged massively in August 2013. Other top 10 countries of origin of spam during August 2013 as outlined by AppRiver include: Argentina, Iran, Belarus, Italy, Spain, Taiwan, Columbia and Peru.

The security firm says that malware distributors were busy in August and it observed many large malware campaigns that spiked quickly and resided quickly.

There has constantly been loads of news off late about Syria being in vast turmoil as rebel gangs face off against Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and his followers and military. A group of cyber-hackers, more popularly known as SEA or Syrian Electronic Army is on the side of President Al Assad and it has become a chief nuisance to the US lately via media channels and monetary institutions. On 15th August, 2013, SEA compromised some major US media channels including 'The Washington Post', CNN (Cable News Network) and Time and also managed to hijack a third-party software supplier called "Outbrain" that made available a widget which was employed by these news outlets.

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