In February, spammers continued to use the news of the earthquake in Haiti and the recent earthquake in Chile as another vector to utilize. Scam and phishing messages accounted for 19 percent of all spam in February, which is 2 percentage points lower than in January, but nevertheless an elevated level.
In addition to spam tactics involving current events, this month’s report also highlights international threats. While spam is truly a global problem affecting all countries, the report showcases spam and phishing threats in four high growth, emerging countries often referred to as the “BRIC”: Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
For these discussions and much more, download the March 2010 Symantec State of Spam & Phishing Report [PDF], which highlights the following trends:
• Still No Sympathy From Spammers
• Affected by Recalls? Spammers Want to Know
• Will the Trend Continue?
• International Spam & Phishing Roundup
• Phishing the Brands of Online Auction Marketing Tools
• February 2010: Spam Subject Line Analysis