Spam Count Drops Sharp during October 2012: Kaspersky
Kaspersky Lab, which lately published its Spam Report for October 2012, reveals that total spam out of all e-mails declined 4.5% during October 2012 from September same year, while accounting for an average of 68%. Moreover, since 2012 started, the rate of spam was the least in October 2012. Nonetheless, spam threat continued to be quite high for, e-mails having harmful file-attachments during October accounted for 3.25% that's merely 0.15% less compared to September.
Topics that were frequently used for the October 2012 spam included the autumn and winter vacations along with the voting event for presidency in USA. Scammers have like always attempted at compelling consumers towards splitting over certain products, in addition to acquiring personal information after enticing them to view phishing websites. In particular, they've been capitalizing on the political theme. Plots utilized for that have been widely varied like during the election canvassing, spam mailers invited users to tell whom they expected to become the new United States president while win a $250 Visa card as prize for giving a response.
Further, as per the report, spammers plentifully exploited Halloween a festival celebrated far and wide across the U.S and Europe. The English-language spam mails presented plentiful holiday-related nice things like photo frames, designer bags, fluorescent T-shirts and door mats.
Essentially, spammers exploited the holiday topic for propagating different discounts/offers, like during Halloween, they offered second-hand and new motorcars at concession rates from manufacturers. The adverts had the holiday topic getting conveyed from bats and Jack-o'-Lanterns.
Moreover, like always, in the month of October, this year also, spammers recalled the forthcoming vacation of the winter as lure for Internauts. Already, Internet-users began getting malicious e-mails propagating Christmas as well as New Year goods.
Finally, China and USA were on top of the list of the greatest origins of spam, accounting for 30% and 27% separately. Both countries were behind unleashing far more than 50% of the total junk e-mails. Other countries on the list were India (5.8%), Vietnam (4.3%), Brazil (2.6%), Russia (2.3%), Korea and UK each (2.0%), Italy (1.7%), and Taiwan (1.3%), Kaspersky Lab's new report states.
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