Kaspersky: Spam and Phishing in Q3

Kaspersky released the findings of spam and phishing in Q3 2014.
  • Spam accounted for 66.9% of all email traffic in Q3. That is 1.7 percentage points (p.p.) less than in Q2
  • The US (14% of spam), Russia (6.1%) and Vietnam (6%) were the three biggest sources of spam in Q3
  • The ranking of malicious attachments detected by Kaspersky Lab products in spam was topped by Trojan.JS.Redirector.adf – a Trojan that redirects users to a malicious page. This malware scored 2.8% of detections reported by mail antivirus.
  • Andromeda malware, which hands criminals stealthy control over victim PCs, led the ranking of the most widespread malicious families: almost 12.35% of all malicious software detected by Kaspersky Lab technologies in spam belongs to this family. Second place is held by the Zeus/Zbot family that targets online banking users, with 10.59% of detections by mail antivirus.
  • Phishing that targeted online financial services accounted for 38.23% of all detections registered by Kaspersky Lab products. That is 13.39 p.p. more than in Q2
  • Phishing against banks showed the highest growth rate in the financial category: + 6.16 p.p.
  • The vast majority of phishing detections in the payment systems category were targeting users of PayPal (32.08%), Visa (31.51%) and American Express (24.83%).
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