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Study: Spam is More Malicious than Ever

Date: January 25, 2009

Spam, especially junk e-mails with malicious links or attachments, continues to be a huge IT headache. Spammers are also getting more creative in their attempts to find victims, utilizing popular sites such as Facebook and Twitter, according to a report from U.K.-based security firm Sophos this week.

The consultancy published its latest spam trend report and said new figures reveal that spam is still causing problems for computer users. In the fourth quarter of 2008, Sophos research found one in every 256 e-mails contained a dangerous attachment in October. In November, that figure improved to one in 384. December saw a huge decline: Just one in every 2000 e-mails contained a spam. Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said it is possible the drop-off may be related to the shut down of the McColo...
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