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Vendor efforts fail to reduce spam levels

Spam levels remained unchanged in spite of aggressive efforts taken by security vendors to cut the amount of junk e-mail, according to a report by Symantec.

Spam levels remained unchanged in spite of aggressive efforts taken by security vendors to cut the amount of junk e-mail, according to a report by Symantec.

‘The State of Spam' monthly report stated the amount of spam sent in April remained at an average of about 65%, a figure consistent with previous months.

However, image spam reduced to 27% in April, compared to 37% in March. The report also highlighted several emerging trends in spam, including company character assassination spam.

In a recent spam attack analysed by Symantec, a popular American fast food company was targeted. The e-mail offered US$500 worth of this company's food and also disparaged the company's food and general reputation.

Other techniques included images upload-hosting solutions and 419 spam (named after an article of the Nigerian Criminal Code).

The report said the images upload-hosting solution was used in a stock spam attack targeting a free legitimate image upload solution.

The 419 spam has been primarily used to defraud individuals by using stories about African dictators and sale of African reserves.

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