Symantec’s State of Spam and Phishing report reveals a significant surge in phishing, with an overall increase of 38.56 per cent in February. Phishing websites created by automated toolkits increased by a massive 50.33 per cent in the same month. In an earlier report, Symantec found that these attack toolkits had become more accessible and relatively easy to use. The increase in phishing attacks is evidence that they are being utilised much more widely.
The month also saw an 8.7 per cent increase in spam volume. This was the first time that average daily spam volume increased since August 2010. Overall, spam made up 80.65 per cent of all messages sent over the internet in February.
The monthly State of Spam and Phishing also found that 419 category spam messages saw a five per cent increase in February. The 419 category refers to advance fee fraud scams and the increase is attributed to an increase in spammers exploiting current events, like Egypt’s revolution and Libyan unrest.
Other trends highlighted in the report include:
* Examining “BRIC” for Spam
* 3D Secure Passwords for Recharging Mobile Airtime
* Mass Phishing on Credit Card Services Brand Using Fake SSL
* February 2011: Spam Subject Line Analysis