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IBM Study Finds Less SPAM, More Phishing

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An IBM study reveals that there has been a dramatic decrease in SPAM emails over the last few years, however an increase in phishing, especially with social media sites. Speculation that spammers and fraudsters have just changed their tactics. According to the IBM study, called the “X-Force Trend and Risk Report for 2011”:

The IBM report states: “The volume of email attributed to phishing was relatively small over the course of 2010 and the first half of 2011, but phishing came back with a vengeance in the second half, reaching volumes that haven't been seen since 2008. Many of these emails impersonate popular social networking sites and mail parcel services, and entice victims to click on links to Web pages that may try to infect their PCs with malware. Some of this activity can also be attributed to advertising click fraud, where spammers use misleading emails to drive traffic to retail websites.”

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