Rate of Malicious Spam Increases in Q3
Think you’re seeing fewer unsolicited Viagra and work-from-home offers hitting the inbox? That’s likely true: the incidence of spam waned in the third quarter of 2013 according to Kaspersky Lab. However, the percentage of it that was malicious increased.
For total email traffic during the third quarter of the year, a majority (68.3%) was spam – a bad number by any estimation. But that’s actually down 2.4 percentage points from the second quarter, Kaspersky said in the report. The unfortunate thing, however, is that the proportion of malicious spam grew more than 1.5 times.
Malicious attachments were detected in 3.9% of all emails – 1.6 percentage points more than in Q2 2013. These messages carried a range of malicious programs, mostly user logins, passwords and confidential financial information.