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