Symantec: Spam 92 Percent of All E-Mail

Kara Reeder

InformationWeek reports that as of July 2010, spam made up 92 percent of of all e-mail messages, up from 89 percent a year ago, according to a new study by Symantec.


Symantec also uncovered a new type of attack that spoofs an e-commerce website's "live chat" feature in an attempt to snag a person's login ID and password for the legitimate e-commerce site.


The phishing site involved bogus chat sessions to help the page look more authentic, trying to give customers the impression that the phishing website was interactive.


There is some good news, however. Spam containing a phishing attack dropped by 5 percent from June to July of this year. Also, the number of unique phishing websites declined by 60 percent from June to July. Still, Symantec saw the number of unique URLs used in phishing attacks increase by 10 percent.

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