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Cloudmark says that Ukraine is among Top Spamming Nations Despite Civil Unrest

According to Global Messaging Threat Report pertaining to first quarter of 2014 released recently by security firm Cloudmark, Ukraine remains to be a prime hub for spam and cybercrime even with large amount of civil unrest prevailing in the country as it continues to be among the top 20 sources of spam.

The study also highlights that Ukraine is among top 10 nations having most number of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses debarred by Cloudmark.

Most of the spam emails initiated in Ukraine is US targeted with considerable volume also
being directed to Japan and Australia. UK, Spain, Hungary, Brazil, Italy and Canada are some other countries that are regularly targeted by Ukraine.

Ukraine too is struck with spam with most of it coming from China. Besides this, spam originating from within Ukraine also targets the country.

Softpedia.com reported on 17th April, 2014 quoting the report as saying that the recent civil turbulence, government change and Russian armed forces action has had little impact on Ukraine's spam output. There were some spiky increase just before and early phases of protests but we are not considering any long-term positive or negative impact."

According to the findings of the report, the void generated by the absence of supposed author of Blackhole has been filled up by some cybercriminals who have apparently started employing scare tactics to trick Internauts into opening tainted attachment.

One such spam runs targeting US users notifies recipients about false news of their friend's death. These notifications about death even steal contact information of a real funeral home based in Florida, US to provide an air of authenticity to the spam emails. Anyone following the message's suggestion was met with a file that employed the viewer's IP address location to custom-name itself.

It is alarming that a similar attack is being witnessed in UK using the alarm of one's own death instead of a buddy. The report says that bogus notices from the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence are being mailed out asserting that a fresh blood sample test of the email recipient had tested positive for a doubt of a cancer.

» SPAMfighter News - 26-04-2014

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