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SpamReport_ June2010

SpamReport_ June2010

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Spam report: June 2010Recent trends
The amount of spam in email traffic decreased by 0.3 percentage points compared to May’sfigure and averaged 84.8%.
The number of links to phishing sites remained unchanged compared to the previousmonths.
Malicious files were found in 2.68% of all emails, an increase of 0.99 percentage pointscompared with the previous month.
Spammers exploited the World Cup theme.
Spam in mail traffic
The amount of spam detected in mail traffic averaged 84.8% in June 2010. A low of 80% was recorded on 4June with a peak value of 89% being reached on 27 June.
Spam in mail traffic in June 2010
Sources of spam
Sources of spam
June saw major shifts in the rating of the most popular sources of spam: though the USA and Indiamaintained their leading positions as the prime distributors of spam, three new members entered theTop 5 – Brazil, Columbia and Spain. In general, Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries arewidely represented in the Top 20 with Mexico, Argentina, Portugal, Morocco and Chile amongthem.Russia dropped from third to sixth position with 3.6% of spam distributed from its territory, adecrease of 1.8 percentage points compared to May.Europe took the lead as the main spam distributor by region: almost 40% of the total volume of spam originated from this part of the world.The amount of spam distributed from the UK increased slightly in June compared to the previousmonth, accounting for 2. 8%.
Organizations targeted by phishing attacks in June 2010
There were no changes in the Top 6 most popular targets for phishers. PayPal is the unsurpassedleader: in June the number of attacks on this e-pay system increased by 20 percentage pointscompared to May’s figure. The share of the other Top 6 members decreased. Facebook and HSBCswapped positions again to become third and fourth place respectively. Notably, World of Warcraft appeared in the Top 10 in June. This popular online game has beenmentioned more than once in our spam reports as an attractive target for phishers.In June, PayPal users fell victim to an attack in which spammers tried their old trick of informing auser that their account has been blocked and in order to enable it again, a user must open theattachment and enter their login and password. The attachment contained a phishing HTML page.

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