According to Kaspersky lab report on spam monitoring, India holds account for 3.4% of worldwide spam distribution and is ranked among the top 10 countries with 1.6% of spam sent to European users.Mentions Altaf Halde, Managing Director, Kaspersky Lab – South Asia, “Spammers are becoming more intelligent in masking their messages. Internet users in India should start taking their digital security seriously, with the number of threat vectors increasing alarmingly along with the rise of cybercriminal activities. With regards to spam, the government should initiate spam laws that will deter spammers from making India their safe havens.” South Korea remained the leading source of spam sent to European users (48.6%) in February.
The spam monitoring report for February revelaed that a lot of malicious attachments in February’s spam came in emails allegedly sent by women who wanted to make new friends in the run-up to Valentine's Day. Some attackers went even further by trying to hook recipients with the promise of explicit photos in archives attached to messages. There were also more conventional malicious mass mailings imitating fake notifications from popular social networking sites, including Facebook.
The proportion of spam in email traffic in February increased by 4.2% points compared to the previous month and averaged 69.9%. February’s spam was dominated by Trojans, as the cybercriminals’ mass mailings targeted credulous users with a Trojan-Dropper. Yet another malicious program imitated fake notifications from major social networking sites. Messages allegedly sent on behalf of Facebook informed recipients that a lot had happened on friends’ news feeds since they last visited the site and they were prompted to open the attached archive to find out more.
Meanwhile, ‘Nigerian’ scammers could not pass up the opportunity to exploit the situation in Ukraine. They cited some familiar stories about unfortunate tourists in Kiev who had all their money stolen, followed by a request for financial assistance.