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.

video.yahoofinance.com@c03e16d8-a5a2-3a47-bec2-76373c96d33a_FULLAttacks 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 spam@uce.gov. 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.

no-spam-1055089-mSpam Solutions There are several steps can take to limit the amount of junk mail that makes its way into your mailbox. First, be sure to choose a unique email address. Spammers will go to extremes to get their messages out including sending out millions of emails to random addresses. If you have an email that is easy to guess, then you may end up on the list of probable combinations that are hit with all kinds of spam. Most email providers allow you to set up an email filter that can prevent spam from entering into your inbox. You should also check the privacy policy of websites that you provide with your email address. Some companies will legally sell your email address to others and ultimately spammers. One great option is to create two email addresses, one personal and one for online accounts, to limit your personal inbox from being flooded with unwanted messages. Most importantly, try not to publically announce or list your email address on social media. Spammers are skilled at tracking publically listed email addresses.