- 14 January 2010 16:49
Symantec State of Spam Report - January 2010
Here is the January State of Spam Report: http://eval.symantec.com/mktginfo/enterprise/other_resources/b-state_of_spam_report_01-2010.en-us.pdf, and Podcast: http://www.symantec.com/podcasts/detail.jsp?podid=b-january_state_of_spam_2010, from Symantec. This report reviews spam activity throughout the month of December 2009.
A close observation of spam tactics in Asia Pacific this month revealed some interesting highlights:
The average size of spam messages shifted in December, with a seven percent increase in the 2kb- 5kb message size category, while the 5kb-10kb message size category decreased by 6 percent.
Health and product spam categories have increased and now account for 52 percent of all spam messages.
Seasonal and retail spam loaded with malware continued throughout December and there were numerous spam messages pretending to be holiday greeting cards from financial institutions.
Spammers have been taking advantage of various “freeweb” services in an effort to bypass filters, and
Symantec has been closely monitoring spam which purported to be from Amazon.
Nigerian and online pharmacy spam continued, as highlighted by Symantec’s top ten subject lines used by spammers.
Symantec observed an unusually large increase in the volume of spam containing hijacked IPs. Known as “Dotted Quad” spam. Symantec predicts this type of spam will continue.
If you would like more information on the January State of Spam Report, please contact the representative below.
+61 2 9954 3492