Thursday, September 10, 2009

Symantec State of Spam Report - September 2009

Here is the September State of Spam Report from Symantec. This report reviews spam activity throughout the month of August.

A close observation of spam tactics in Asia Pacific this past month revealed some interesting highlights:

•Overall spam volumes averaged 87 percent of all email messages in August 2009

•Health spam decreased again this month and averaged 6.73 percent while Internet related spam accounted for 29 percent of all spam in August

•Spam and malware campaigns relating to holidays such as Halloween and Christmas were significant

•The number of spammers spoofing URLs to evade anti-spam filters was significant. These pages appear legitimate, offering intended victims a false sense of security

•Symantec observed an increase in the average size of image spam in August. Similar increases in message size were also reported by Symantec in November 2008

•Symantec observed a wave of popular subject lines that continue to reappear in spam messages and revealed the top 10 subject lines used by spammers
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