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Remember the Nigerian 419 scam about a lost fortune and how someone representing a bank wants to share the bounty with you? Now Nigerian spammers are taking advantage of the political disturbance in Syria and are now trying to scam people by using some kind of reference to Syria in spam mails sent worldwide. The spammers used reference of Syrian and UK banks and sent messages in the names of representatives from banks, humanitarian organizations and private individuals, Kaspersky Labs‘ September report on worldwide spam mails suggests. Also Read - 4% Indian users hit by banking Trojans in 2018: Kaspersky Lab
These mails contain messages based on the unrest in Syria and ask for donations and help from the email account holders. These spammers use a guaranteed-reward based bait to target these email users, and promise a hefty reward for replying with contact and other important details. Some of these emails were sent using the names of ordinary Syrians, made frequent use of words like turmoil , crisis or revolution , and had various themes.
Besides, the report also suggested that spam distribution in India has increased by 2 percent to reach 5 percent of the total global email spam, making it the fifth most spam distributing countries than being the eighth earlier. Also, with about 10 percent, India has been reported to be the fourth most malicious email-targeted countries and the Trojan-Spy.html.Fraud.gen has emerged as the most malicious attachment in email to affect a system. Earlier report by the company suggested that nearly 52 percent of computers in India were affected by viruses that were spread by either offline file sharing and external devices like DVDs and USB drives.
Reportedly, China with 22.2 percent and USA with 18.3 percent remain on the top two slots in distributing spams and malicious content worldwide, and accounted to 40 percent of the total spams. South Korea stood third in the list, followed by Taiwan and India on fourth and fifth positions respectively. Also, in terms of regions, Asia contributed to 59 percent of the regional spam source, up 4 percent from the previous month, and North America 20 percent and Eastern Europe with 12 percent stood on the second and third places respectively.
Reportedly, the total percentage of spam in email traffic averaged 66.2 percent, down 1.4 percent than earlier. Another finding of the report suggests that social networking sites are the most attractive targets for phishing attacks, followed by emails and IMs, and search engines.