14 June 2011 | Category: Software
Spam goes down after the botnet Rustock, responsible for producing a large percentage of spam, was taken down.
Last year, spam used to take up about 89 percent of email messages. After the Rustock botnet was taken down, spam went down this year to about 75 percent.
Even with Rustock no longer on the map, cybercriminals continue to use spam to launch their operations. Current events and headlines, such as Bin Laden’s death, were used as baits to get people to open spam mail. Ploys include tricking email users to click on links claiming to show videos of how Bin Laden was killed. Symantec announced that this spamming scheme spiked a couple of days after Bin Laden’s death.
According to uSwitch.com, Britain was plagued by over 111 million spam text messages and mail per day. Phishing is another ploy used by cybercriminals. People enter their account information and password on fake websites that mimic other existing sites.
Spamming, aside from being used worldwide, is now also multilingual. Portuguese, Spanish, and Italian spam mail, among others, are among the popular languages used in spam emails.