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Spam and Phishing Landscape: December 2009 

Dec 14, 2009 12:00 PM

Notable highlights this month include the continuing shift of the region of message origin to APJ and South America, and changes in the average size of spam messages.
•    The EMEA region has been firmly displaced as the primary region of origin for spam—the APJ region has obtained that mantle. The APJ region currently accounts for 26 percent of all spam, which is a nine percentage point increase since June 2009.
•    With respect to the average size of spam messages, 71.08 percent of messages now have an average message size between 2kb – 5 kb, while 19.53 percent have an average message size between 5kb – 10kb.
•    With respect to spam categories, Internet spam decreased by four percent and now accounts for 35 percent of all spam messages, with leisure and fraud increasing by three and two percent, respectively.

Click here to download the December 2009 State of Spam Report, which highlights the following trends:

•    Special Spotlight: 2009 Year in Review
•    Jingle Bells – No Recession for Retail Spam
•    Region of Origin for Spam Continues to Shift to APJ and South America
•    H1N1 Flu – A Scare Reused To Spread Malware
•    Irish Under Attack as Spam Emails (Turscar ríomhphoist) in Irish Emerge!
•    November 2009: Spam Subject Line Analysis
•    Fake Airline Ticket Spam Taking Off During The Holiday Season
•    Spam Spotlight: Regional Spam Trends APJ

In addition, the December 2009 State of Phishing Report has also been made available here and highlights the following trends:

•    Symantec observed a six percent decrease from the previous month in all phishing attacks
•    Twenty-five percent of phishing URLs were generated using phishing toolkits, a decrease of 24 percent from the previous month
•    A 26 percent decrease from the previous month was observed in non-English phishing sites
•    More than 122 Web-hosting services were used, which accounted for 10 percent of all phishing attacks, an increase of 16 percent in total Web host URLs when compared to the previous month

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