Growing Spam in 2015
Growing Spam in 2015
Spam Explosion of 2015 Early in 2015, China overtook America as the world’s largest producer of spam and South Korea took the lead for the highest level of spam per person . The amount of overall spam, however, is exploding this year. In January 2015 alone, UK based VPWsystems recorded six times as much spam as the previous month. Spammers have become more skilled at using new domains as well as impersonating big domain names like Amazon or Paypal. Most spam generally has bright pictures and advertising with one or more links and very little text. In the first quarter of this year, the three most targeted organizations were Facebook, Google, and Yahoo respectively.
Attacks of May 2015 Spam attacks grew by an unprecedented number between April and May this year. The malware attacks in particular grew over 927.4%, an increase greater than a factor of 10 . Hackers have been consistently using a wide variety of methods including fake order statements, phone bills and delivery notifications. Common spam mail this year has included counterfeit luxury items, casino spam and pharmaceutical offers. Attackers will often take advantage of large, popular events to encourage unsuspecting victims to click on the fraudulent emails. London’s Summer Olympic Games, for example, spurred a significant rise in spam levels.
How should you treat spam? You can always forward deceptive or unwanted spam to the Federal Trade Commission, the sender’s email provider, and your own email provider. The FTC is required to regulate and define the primary purpose of emails, and the agency’s contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org. They receive about 300,000 new spam samples each day and use them to make cases against the spam senders. Your email provider can help prevent you from receiving similar mail in the future by allowing you to mark messages as junk mail. If you are able to determine the email provider of the sender, then it is important to notify them as well. Virtually all reputable mail providers and internet service providers want to limit spam.