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Spam and Phishing Landscape: January 2011

Created: 13 Jan 2011 • Updated: 16 Mar 2011
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Even spammers take a holiday break after all.

Spam made up 81.69% of all messages in December, compared with 84.31% in November. We have been tracking the decline in spam for few months now, and there were several interesting developments in this area.

Some botnets went virtually silent around the Christmas holiday, but the break did not last very long. On January 10, the botnet activity returned and we saw a spike in spam volume. There is also an interesting relationship between the uptick in spam to ‘.ru’ domain URL spam messages. To find out more, click here to download the January 2011 State of Spam & Phishing Report, which highlights the following trends:

·         Did Spammers Take a Holiday Break?

·         Spammers’ New Year’s Resolution

·         New Bait Found in Social Media Phishing

·         Adult Scams Masquerade Indonesian Facebook