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The Kaspersky Lab latest report reveals spam in the second quarter of 2015 was dominated by letters based on real events
WOBURN, MA – August 17, 2015 – /BackupReview.info/ — Kaspersky Lab announced the Spam and Phishing in Q2 of 2015 report, which discovered a marked increase in the use of world events in spam emails in attempts to extract personal data and voluntary donations from victims worldwide. Events that were highlighted included, the earthquake in Nepal, the presidential election in Nigeria and the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Although the percentage of spam in email traffic decreased by 5.8 percent from the previous quarter (from 59.2% to 53.4%), Q2 2015 spam emails were more focused on current events to lure victims. Some spam included fake messages asking the recipients to make a donation to help the victims of the earthquake in Nepal. In other mass mailings, fraudsters tried to lure recipients with the sum of $2 million, which the newly elected President of Nigeria was allegedly ready to send the user as compensation. Additional mailings included fraudulent notifications of being chosen through a lottery drawing for tickets to watch the Olympic Games in Brazil, 2016. These mailing were an attempt to persuade recipients to provide spammers with personal data to receive the prize.
Darya Gudkova, Head of Content Analysis and Research Department, Kaspersky Lab said, “During this quarter we saw spammers use tragic events to trick consumers. It’s a tactic that fraudsters have used before, but with events like the Nepal earthquake being covered widely by media worldwide, these messages are likely to resonate with sympathetic recipients. To protect themselves, people should not open emails from unknown senders and remember not to click links in these emails, or open any attachments. With some fraudsters using tactics to make the name and address of the sender look more legitimate, this is more important than ever.”
Countries targeted by malicious mailshots
The USA (5.03%), which was traditionally the country most often targeted by malicious mailshots, was in fourth place. In addition, Russia (4.74%), which came only 10th in the previous quarter, climbed to the fifth position.
Sources of spam by country
Spam in email traffic
Malicious attachments in email
For the full ‘spam and phishing in Q2 of 2015’ report, click here: https://goo.gl/WTwiAv
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Source: Kaspersky Lab
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