Spam continues to dip but malware marches merrily on
Posted in: Legal, Privacy & Security at 22/02/2012 16:03
Spam may be down, but cybercriminals are keeping busy launching more sophisticated attacks, according to McAfee's latest Threats Report.
Looking at 2011's final quarter, McAfee found that spam hit its lowest level in years, especially across popular targets such as the U.K., Brazil, Argentina, and South Korea. But the U.S. and Germany saw their rates inch up slightly.
McAfee: Spam in retreat in UK
Spam hit its lowest level in years in the final quarter of 2011, especially across popular targets such as the UK, Brazil, Argentina and South Korea, McAfee has reported.
However, the US and Germany saw their rates inch up slightly. And although spam levels have declined overall, junk mail is still a clear danger because of the increase in spear phishing, or more targeted attacks. In years past, spammers sent their payloads to a slew of random addresses, hoping to ensnare at least a small percentage of users. But now address lists are more accurate, McAfee said in its report.