- Pump and dump spam, also known as penny stock spam, one of the most popular topics among spammers between 2006 and 2008, made a forceful comeback in Q1 after having all but disappeared in previous years. In March 2013, pump and dump spam dominated the list of spam topics. Eighteen percent of the top 25 spam emails (with a combined volume of 46 percent of all spam) were pump and dump mailings. The trick was the same as in previous years. The emails advertise cheap shares with very small trading volumes, indicating there was significant earning potential in them. If only a few recipients can be fooled into buying the stock, the value will rise significantly and the spammers who have bought shares at the lower price can cash in.
- Current news events were extensively used to lure email users to Web sites infected with malware. Fake email news alerts allegedly coming from CNN or the BBC exploited breaking news stories, such as the election of the new pope and the financial crisis in Cyprus. They linked to Web sites carrying the Blackhole exploit kit.
- The United States was the largest source of spam in the first quarter of 2013, topping the list of spam senders with a share of 9.1 percent of the overall volume. The United States was followed by Belarus (6.5%), Spain (5.6%), Argentina (5.0%) and India (4.3%).
Commtouch Q1 Internet Threats Trend Report Highlights Strong Increase In Spam And Dangerous Email
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