Statistics by Kaspersky: Spam Levels Decline in October

Kaspersky’s study revealed how in October spam levels decreased to the lowest level of the year. Last month 68% of all email sent was spam, down 4.5% from September. Malicious spam levels remained constant with 3.25% of all spam containing malicious attachments or links, a decline of just 0.15% from September.

The statistics also show that the United States and China are the top two spam producing countries. 53.3% of spam sent in October came from China and 14.3% of spam from the United States. That’s an increase of 27.3% and 30.7% respectively.

Phishing attacks on social media sites declined last month while increasing against financial institutions and online stores. While malicious spam declined slightly experts expect that trend to reverse as the holiday shopping season kicks off. While they apparently took last year’s holiday season off, experts say they’ll try and take advantage of shoppers looking for bargains in the still rough economy and the unemployed desperate for work or loans.

Oddly enough I’ve noticed a definite increase in spam in my inbox, especially 419 scams. True to the report, I’ve seen an increase in spam with malicious links or attachments. Many of them come from friends who have Yahoo or Hotmail accounts that were compromised. It seems to be one of the most popular methods used by spammers these days. The mail provider isn’t to blame for this, rather the users are. Almost all accounts that are compromised wound up that way because the owners either had easy to guess passwords, easy to answer security questions, or they fell for a phishing scam.

Written by Sue Walsh

3 Comments

  1. Kim Parker · December 4, 2012

    Kaspersky are considered a reliable company but still their findings sound unreal to me. I am not saying they are lying but maybe their methodology is not perfect, or I don’t know yet. October is an active month for business, so it sounds strange to have a drop in spam levels.

  2. Hannah · December 10, 2012

    I also feel the same way, Kim. We also have to realize that this is just Kaspersky. There are still hundreds of anti-malware and anti-virus software systems out there. Of course, we cannot remove the idea that this may be a type of promotion, you know, a way of telling us that their software works (call it mind conditioning or subliminal messaging). As far as I can tell, know, and feel, spam is still very much alive, and there’s no letting up. To make things worse, we have phishing, spoofing, and a variety of other e-mail crimes. All we have to do is to read the other blog posts to figure out what they are.

  3. Mark Joseph · December 17, 2012

    Well, this is just one of the many spam studies out there. I prefer to believe my own experience, which is telling me that perhaps spam is much easier to control now. Most, if not all of the e-mail platforms, already have counter measures to reduce the chances of having the mail compromised or receiving spam. Now, besides using the filters, you can also simply click Report Spam. That would then redirect any mail from the same address to the Junk Mail folder. Of course, there’s still needs to be done, but at least we’re moving in the right direction.

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