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2010 is a bumper year for spam and scams

by Neal O'Farrell on July 27th, 2010

Security firm AppRiver took a look at the state of spam in the first half of 2010, and what they saw was not exactly encouraging. Seems like when you mix human curiosity with email you get a very potent formula that can con even the most cautious.

• Natural disasters and major world events continue to be exploited by scammers, from the earthquake in Haiti to the volcano in Iceland that disrupted air traffic across Europe.

• Legal spam is on the rise, hiding viruses in email attachments disguised as legal notices or lawsuit settlements.

• Facebook continues to be one of the most popular targets, especially for phishing schemes.

• Scams and spam based around the World Cup were plentiful, and began appearing nearly six months before the start of the tournament.

• The company identified more than 26 billion spam emails in the first six months.

• The Number 1 country for spending spam was the United States, followed by Brazil, India, and Poland. Surprisingly, China didn’t even make the top 10 list of global spammers.

• Virus emails accounted for 11.2% of all junk email, meaning that one in every ten spam emails contained a virus.

Lessons learned?

• The scams just keep coming so it’s never a good idea to drop your guard.

• Spam is more than just a nuisance. It’s also proving an increasingly popular way to deliver viruses and other nasty malware.

• Always be wary of unsolicited emails you receive offering news about the latest tragedy or world event, asking to view a news story or video, or asking you to make a contribution.

• Make sure your anti-virus software is installed, working and up-to-date, and that it also scans incoming emails.

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