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Symantec October Spam Report

  • 09 October, 2009 10:32

<p>Here is the October State of Spam Report from Symantec.</p>
<p>This report reviews spam activity throughout the month of September.</p>
<p>A close observation of spam tactics in Asia Pacific this past month revealed some interesting highlights:</p>
<p>• Spam averaged slightly over 86 percent of all email messages in September 2009</p>
<p>• When compared to August 2009, there was a nine fold increase in spam containing malware during September 2009</p>
<p>• Internet spam increased by three percent during September averaging 32 percent of all spam</p>
<p>• Financial spam decreased by 3 percent in September to account for 17 percent of all spam</p>
<p>• While Christmas and Halloween spam continues, these ‘holiday’ spam campaigns are diversifying. Recent attacks have targeted Diwali, the Indian “Festival of Lights”, and the Chinese Mid-Autumn Moon Festival</p>
<p>• Russian spam volumes showed fluctuations with peaks occurring on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays</p>
<p>• Degree spam messages have evolved and are now directing recipients to specific courses including policing, nursing and teaching. It is interesting to note that these careers are generally stable in the current economic environment</p>
<p>If you would like more information on the October State of Spam Report please contact one of the representatives below.</p>
<p>Press Contacts:</p>
<p>Jasmin Athwal</p>
<p>Max Australia</p>
<p>+61 2 9954 3492</p>
<p>Debbie Sassine</p>
<p>+61 2 8220 7158</p>

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