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Spam and Fraud Activity Trends

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Spam and Fraud Activity Trends

Fraud activity discusses phishing and spam trends. It also discusses activities observed on underground economy servers because this is where much of the profit is made from phishing and spam attacks.
organization by mimicking (or spoofing) a specific, usually well-known brand. Phishers attempt to trick users into disclosing personal data, such as credit card numbers, online banking credentials, and other sensitive information, which they can then use to commit fraudulent acts. Phishing generally requires victims to provide their credentials, often by duping them into filling out an online form. This is one of the characteristics that distinguish phishing from spam-based scams (such as the widely disseminated “419 scam1” and other social engineering scams).
Spam is usually defined as junk or unsolicited email sent by a third party. While it is certainly an annoyance to users and administrators, spam is also a serious security concern because it can be used to deliver Trojans, viruses, and phishing attempts. Spam can also include URLs that often link to malicious sites that, without the user being aware of it, attack a user’s system upon visitation. Large volumes of spam could also cause a loss of service or degradation in the performance of network resources and email services.
1http://www.symantec.com/connect/blogs/419-oldest-trick-book-and-yet-another-scam