Worldwide Spam Rate Peaks since 2015
During July 2017, the rate of spam mails around the world touched its peak from March 2015. As per the monthly threat study by Symantec, based on the data garnered from GNI (Global Intelligence Network), the said rise was because of malware which emerged and tried to proliferate through e-mail.
Symantec notes that the situation became bad enough with spam accounting for nearly 55 percent of the total e-mail dispatched in July. That is a worrying sign since a lot of those messages were not simply seeking for selling victims clothes else introducing them to attractive individuals looking for partners.
A lot of the e-mails get dispatched with sinister intention. They either dupe recipients into viewing a contaminated file attached to the message or pursue some phishing website in anticipation that credit card information or passwords can be stolen. Symantec says around one e-mail within every batch of 359 happened to be malevolent.
In spite of overall rates increasing, according to SecurityWeek, fresh malware variants in fact declined, decreasing to 58.7m from 66.3m. Symantec reported about companies having 251-500 employees as having the maximum number of malicious programs inside their inboxes, when malware-laced e-mails accounted for one within every batch of 260 e-mails. Sector that had maximum malicious software was 'agriculture, fishing and forestry' industry accounting for a rate of one for every 152 e-mails. Securityintelligence.com posted this, August 8, 2017.
And in spite of web-assaults, which Symantec stopped, falling slightly in number to 1,158,985 from 1,159,398 on a daily basis, July was the 4th month serially when web-assaults elevated. The numbers should increase vigilance of security personnel through their efforts towards restricting malware and spam from spreading. An extremely good reason why Internet crooks so determinedly hammer at bigger targets is that assaults of this scale nearly every time are e-mail compromises.
Whereas certain cyber-crooks seek one single large attack by targeting one big organization, others target innumerable smaller entities through ransomware attacks. The most appropriate defense from such assaults is by knowing the way for recognizing a phishing attack that's possible from many tutorials online like from Microsoft, Apple and Proofpoint a cyber-security company.
» SPAMfighter News - 14-08-2017
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