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Symantec State of Spam Report - December 2009

Symantec State of Spam Report - December 2009
  • 15 December, 2009 16:40

<p>Symantec State of Spam Report - December 2009</p>
<p>Here is the December State of Spam Report:, and Podcast:, from Symantec. This report reviews spam activity throughout the month of November.</p>
<p>A close observation of spam tactics in Asia Pacific this past month revealed some interesting highlights:</p>
<p>• The average size of spam messages has increased in November, with over 71 percent of spam messages having an average message size between 2kb to 5kb.</p>
<p>• The 5kb to 10kb message size category decreased by 18 percent in November. This change corresponds with a decrease in attachment spam.</p>
<p>• Internet spam decreased by four percent and now accounts for 35 percent of all spam messages.</p>
<p>• Seasonal and retail spam continues in the lead up to Christmas and Symantec has identified the top 10 seasonal spam subject lines observed between October and November.</p>
<p>• Asia Pacific, Japan and South America dominate as the primary origin regions of spam, with Asia Pacific and Japan currently accounting for 26 percent and South America 25 percent of all spam.</p>
<p>• Malware writers continue to spread malware by tapping into current issues to scare internet users, such as the recent swine flu pandemic and a new wave of attacks on social networking sites.</p>
<p>Special Spotlight: 2009 Year in Review</p>
<p>• Spam volumes averaged at 87.4 percent of all email messages in 2009.</p>
<p>• Spam peaked at 95 percent of all messages at the end of May 2009.</p>
<p>• Region of origin for spam continues shifts towards Asia Pacific and Japan and South America.</p>
<p>• Image spam re-emerged at levels not observed since early 2007 and accounted for over 22 percent of all email spam in mid-2009.</p>
<p>• Celebrity spam attacks including Michael Jackson’s death showcased the imagination of some spammers. At its height, Michael Jackson spam easily exceeded President Obama-related spam and accounted for under two percent of all spam messages.</p>
<p>The Future of Spam: 2010 and Beyond</p>
<p>• 2010 will be another active year for spammers.</p>
<p>• The distribution of spam emails is set to continue as long as distribution channels remain relatively cheap, botnets continue to be active and shift locations, and spammers develop new and innovative ways to attempt to bypass anti-spam filtering.</p>
<p>If you would like more information on the December State of Spam Report, please contact the representative below.</p>
<p>Media Contact:</p>
<p>Almira Anthony</p>
<p>Max Australia</p>
<p>+61 2 9954 3492</p>

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