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Share of Russian Spam on Internet Increased in October 2008

In one of its latest spam report released in October 2008, the security vendor Kaspersky Lab reveals that the contribution of spam mails in mail traffic of Russia increased 1.9% to 82.2% on an average during September 2008 compared to August 2008.

Also, the spam report by Kaspersky Lab for September 2008 revealed that the minimum share of spam (71.6%) was recorded on September 15, 2008 and it touched the maximum at 95% on September 13, 2008.

Further, Kaspersky said that the amount of spam mails containing pictures as attachment remained static at 9% as compared to August 2008.

Kaspersky Lab also said in the September 2008 spam report that almost 1.09% of mails were malware, 3% more than August 2008. The anti virus software developer also added that links to malicious sites were estimated to be 0.62% of all e-mails. eBay (Internet auction) and PayPal (payment system) were targeted strongly by phishing attacks, with firms' shares at 18% and 36% respectively.

Security researcher of Kaspersky Lab claims that the phishing attacks from Russia were targeted particularly against the famous mail systems users, like Rambler, Mail.ru and Yandex.Dengi payment system, as reported RBC on October 14, 2008.

The security software vendor also divulges the five popular spam classifications during September 2008. These included adult content with 28%, health and medication goods along with services (19%), education (12%), fraudulent designer goods (6%), and travel and tourism (6%).

Although it is Kaspersky which gave this present spam scenario, another security vendor Sophos professed in the beginning of 2008 that Russia would soon surpass the US as a pioneer of spam mails.

Further, as per the news by AFP in the Q1 of 2008, some other spam generating countries excluding Russia and the US were Turkey, Britain, Mexico, Poland, China, South Korea, Poland, Spain, Italy and Germany.

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