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The experts at Kaspersky Lab have summarized spammer activity for 2013
Malware was primarily used to steal valuable data in November
October saw spammers exploiting the themes of upcoming holidays, the names of well-known telecommunication service providers and the conflict in Syria.
The percentage of spam in total email traffic during the third quarter of the year came to 68.3%, down 2.4 percentage points from the second quarter.
The ongoing conflict and complex political situation in Syria have created the perfect conditions for new ‘Nigerian’ scams.
In August, unsolicited emails made up 67.6% of all global email traffic, according to Kaspersky Lab figures.
The results of spam monitoring in July point to a lack of variety among malware targets — nearly every malicious program was after personal user data.
In Q2 the percentage of spam in total email traffic increased by 4.2% from the first quarter of 2013 and came to 70.7%
According to Kaspersky Lab, the percentage of spam in email traffic in June was up 1.4 percentage points and averaged 71.1%. Malicious attachments were found in 1.8% of all emails, a drop of 1 percentage point compared to the previous month
In May, the percentage of spam in email traffic was down 2.5 percentage points and averaged 69.7%
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