Kaspersky Lab has released a report about the evolution of spam in the month of August. As per the report, the US ranks first among countries which are sources of spam distributed around the world, while the UK now leads the ranking based on the number of mail antivirus detections. Apart from this the month also witnessed the increase in phishing activities with 32 million detections.
The Kaspersky Lab also registered 32,653,772 detections which is 12,495,895 detections more as compared to the previous month. The main reason of this growth is caused by the summer slowdown in the demand for advertising spam. Australia tops the list of phishing attacks followed by Brazil at number two with 19.5% of attacked users. It was followed by the UK (15.2%), Canada (14.6%) and India (14.5%).
Speaking about the findings, Tatyana Shcherbakova, Antispam Analyst, Kaspersky Lab, said “In August, we recorded a significant 62% increase in the number of phishing attacks. This is probably due to a seasonal decline in the demand for advertising spam. To keep making money cybercriminals have switched to other types of spam, including phishing scams. By faking messages from well-known services, social networks or financial organizations, phishers significantly improve the chances of their spam being successful. To avoid becoming a victim, remember these simple rules: check the sender address and be particularly careful with messages containing attachments. It’s better to contact the company directly than trust an email and lose your personal data.”