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WOBURN, MA – March 12, 2015 — /BackupReview.info/ — Kaspersky Lab found that for the fourth consecutive year, malicious programs designed to steal account logins, passwords and other confidential data remain the most widespread type of malware distributed by email spam. Findings from the Kaspersky Security Bulletin: Spam in 2014 show that the most common malicious spam is often distributed via phishing email and is designed to look like a web page where users are asked to enter confidential data.
Additionally, the Kaspersky Lab experts found that the proportion of spam in email was 66.8 percent in 2014, which is 2.8 percent lower than the previous year. The reduced level of spam emails could be related to the fact that the advertising of legal goods and services is migrating to more effective legal platforms.
Additional findings from the report include:
Fake notifications from mobile applications
“Fake bank notifications are among the most common types of malicious spam or phishing attacks. Recently, we have seen noticeable changes in the structure of some phishing email. In 2014, spammers began to complicate the design of fake messages by adding more links to official resources and services of the organizations from which they claim to be sending their bogus notifications. Obviously, the attackers hope that an email with a few legitimate links would be recognized as legitimate by users and spam filters alike. Meanwhile, the email contains a single fraudulent link that either redirects users to a phishing site or downloads a malicious archive,” said Maria Vergelis, Spam Analyst at Kaspersky Lab.
To learn more about spam in 2014, please read the blog post available at Securelist.com
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