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Symantec Says 92-Percent of All E-mail is Spam, Phishing Attacks Declining

junk mail in trashThe amount of spam sent across the world may be growing, but global phishing attacks, at least, seem to be diminishing in number. According to a new report from Symantec, 92-percent of all e-mails sent across the Web today consist of spam, up from 89-percent one year ago. Also, as times have changed, so too has the content of most junk mail. A year ago, most spam subject lines were related to Barack Obama or Michael Jackson; In June of '10, the World Cup dominated, with BP-related subjects repeatedly popping up during July.

As Information Week explains, Symantec has also discovered a new strain of spam that disguises itself as 'live chat' invites from e-commerce websites. Once a targeted user takes the bait, spammers can often access his or her log-in information. "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," reads the report.

The good news, though, is that phishing attacks have declined by 5-percent between June and July of 2010, with the number of unique phishing attacks dropping by 60-percent. The number of non-English phishing sites, however, grew by 15-percent over the same time period, with French and Italian scams leading the pack. It's probably a good idea, then, to always keep your guard up -- and to brush up on your elementary Italian, too. [From: InformationWeek, via: Engadget]

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