Spam accounted for 66.9% of all email traffic in the third quarter (Q3), according to a newly released report from Kaspersky Lab.
India ranked 6th in source of world's spam, and sent about 3.43% of unwanted mail during this period. The top three biggest sources of spam in Q3 were the US (14% of spam), Russia (6.1%) and Vietnam (6%).
Spammers used the launch of iPhone 6, and the Ice Bucket Challenge initiative to promote junk mailings in the third quarter.
Trojan.JS.Redirector.adf, a Trojan that redirects users to a malicious page, topped the ranking of malicious attachments in spam.
"With the number of threat vectors increasing alarmingly along with the rise of cybercriminal activities, it is imperative that Internet users in India protect themselves with genuine Internet Security or Anti-Virus software," said AltafHalde, managing director, Kaspersky Lab - South Asia. "With regards to spam, we now expect to see a sharp rise in the percentage of spam dedicated to Christmas and New Year festivities until it reaches its December peak."
Phishing against online financial services in Q3 accounted for 38.23% of all detections registered by Kaspersky Lab products.
32.08% users of PayPal, 31.51% of Visa and 24.83% of American Express users were targets of phishing.
An increase in Apple-related phishing detections are linked to the launch of new products, such as new MacBooks and iPhone 6.
The most widespread malicious family was Andromeda malware and the second place is held by the Zeus/Zbot family. Andromeda hands criminals stealthy control over victim PCs, and Zeus/Zbot targets online banking users.
"Although we've seen a small decrease of the amount of spam in email traffic, some warning trends are still clear," said Tatyana Shcherbakova, senior spam analyst at Kaspersky Lab. "We detected a lot of malicious attachments targeting users' private data, including financial information, and the number of detections of phishing web pages that target users' money grew significantly. We expect that these trends will continue into the fourth quarter."
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