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Phishing E-Mails Averaged 0.57% in Q1-2010

On May 4, 2010, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, Kaspersky Lab, came up with its new report on the growth of spam for Q1-2010. The report states that the share of phishing mails in Q1-2010 has reached the average of 0.57% of the overall volume of e-mail traffic.

The report says that with the spam market getting saturated, the development of unsolicited mails in mail traffic has stopped, becoming constant at almost 85.2%.

Further, the report informed that the first half witness no crucial changes regarding the list of countries believed to be the major sources of spam. US dominated the report (16%), followed by India (7%) and Russia (6%), as per the news published by mydigitalfc.com on May 4, 2010.

Another interesting fact observed in Q1-2010 is the shift of hackers from .cn domain of China to the.ru zone of Russia, as China has made its domain registration policies stricter.

Further, another important finding revealed by the report is that social networking sites have become a frequent target of hackers as these websites reveal a huge amount of personal data.

For example, social networking sites viz. Facebook has become one of the most famous targets for hackers as the website has almost 400 Million users at present, and the figure is still increasing. Facebook and many similar websites employ third party applications that can be downloaded on these websites by cybercriminals in the form of an interactive means.

Remarkably, this discovery in the report supports the prophecy of Kaspersky for 2010, as per which an increase in attacks evolving from file sharing networks was predicted. Kaspersky had then forecasted that during 2010 a change in the kinds of attacks will be seen - from attacks through sites to attacks from file sharing networks.

In the meantime, to lessen attacks from social networking sites, the research firm suggests users not to click on unsolicited mails. Kaspersky says that users should also do a bit of research into the recent phishing scams.

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