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.