Spam in July: Facebook coming under increasing attack from phishers

01 Sep 2010
Spam News

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces the publication of its monthly report on spammer activity for July 2010.

Throughout the month, the share of spam messages in mail traffic averaged 82.9%. Links to phishing sites were found in 0.03% of all email traffic. The most popular social network Facebook usurped eBay’s 2nd place ranking in the list of organizations most often attacked by phishers. Facebook accounted for 12.81% of phishing messages, more than three times as much as in the previous month. The e-commerce business PayPal remained in first place after being targeted by over half (53.48%) of all phishing attacks.

Organizations targeted by phishing attacks in July 2010

The USA and India maintained their leading positions as the most popular sources of spam: they distributed 1.5 times as much spam compared to June (17.2% and 9% respectively). Europe caused the most noticeable change in July’s rating with the UK, Germany and Italy all making it into the Top 10. The total volume of spam originating from their combined territories increased by 50 percentage points compared with the previous month. Two newcomers to the top twenty were high-tech Hong Kong (17th place with 1.8%) and Taiwan (19th place with 1.3% of spam).

The full version of the spam report for July 2010 is available at