Kaspersky: US, Vietnam, China top spam sources in Q3 15

Kaspersky: US, Vietnam, China top spam sources in Q3 15

Kaspersky: US, Vietnam, China top spam sources in Q3 15

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The United States, Vietnam and China have been identified as the three top countries that produced spam emails in the third quarter of 2015.
According to the Kaspersky Lab’s latest report, Spam and Phishing in Q3 2015, the US remained the largest source of spam in Q3, with 15.34 percent of spam originating from the country.
Vietnam was second with 8.42 percent, compared to 3.38 percent in the previous quarter. China was the third largest source of spam in the quarter accounting for 7.15 percent of spam, and its share remained unchanged from the previous quarter.

[blockquote right=”pull-right”]“The report also shows that a new phishing email trick became popular in the quarter. In order to bypass spam filters, the text of the email and fraudulent links were placed in an attached PDF document rather than in the message body.” [/blockquote]

Basil Udotai (standing), speaks on cyber threat issues at the Technology Times Outlook Review of Nigeria Cybercrimes Act 2015, held recently in Lagos.
Basil Udotai (standing), speaks on cyber threat issues at the Technology Times Outlook Review of Nigeria Cybercrimes Act 2015, held recently in Lagos.
Russia, which was in second position in Q2, dropped its share 2.03 percent to 5.79 percent, pushing it to the fourth position. It was followed by Germany at 4.39 percent and France at 3.32 percent, both of which changed only slightly since Q2.
The report also shows that a new phishing email trick became popular in the quarter. In order to bypass spam filters, the text of the email and fraudulent links were placed in an attached PDF document rather than in the message body.
Another type of spam email seen offered a selection of brides (mainly from Russia and Ukraine) to foreign suitors. After replying, targets were sent further spam emails and some ‘brides’ asked for money to visit their ‘suitors.’
Kayode Oladeinde Technology Journalist at Technology Times. Mobile: +234 (0) 7031526929

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