The Deadly Duo: Spam and Viruses, March 2003
Spam attacks are up by nearly 4 percent in the last month, but the proportion of unsolicited adult-oriented e-mails remains unchanged.
|Monthly 2003 Spam Category Data|
|Type of Spam||February||March||Change|
|Source: Brightmail's Probe Network|
Brightmail defines the categories as follows:
- Internet- or computer-oriented e-mails are those that advertise related products or services, such as Web hosting, or design.
- The health category offers health-related products or services, such as herbal remedies or medical treatments.
- Leisure-related messages are those advertising prizes, awards, discounted travel, online games and casinos.
- Scam messages contain fraudulent or intentionally misguiding content.
- Spiritually oriented messages include offerings for psychics, organized religion, and astrology.
- Adult-oriented spam refers to offerings for offensive or inappropriate material, intended for persons over the age of 18.
- "Other" encompasses miscellaneous messages that do not pertain to any of the specified categories.
- Financial marketing messages are those that make reference to money, the stock market, credit reports, loans, and investments.
- Product-oriented messages advertise general goods or services.
Compounding the spam problem is the proliferation of e-mailed viruses. According to Central Command, Inc., new troublemakers emerged in March Worm/Ganda and Worm/NiceHello.
Worm/NiceHello is an Internet worm that e-mailed itself to all addresses found within the MSN Messenger contact list. The e-mail contents are written in Spanish.
"Central Command saw no major changes in this month's Dirty Dozen," said Steven Sundermeier, product manager of Central Command, Inc. "Remarkably, the Internet worms Worm/Klez.E and Worm/Yaha.E have remained number one and two, respectively, for the past five months. This is a clear indication that many users continue to ignore the importance of installing and maintaining up-to-date antivirus software."
|March 2003 Dirty Dozen|
|1.||Worm/Klez.E (includes G)||21.6%|
|Note: The table represents the most prevalent viruses
for March 2003, number one being the most frequent.
|Source: Central Command, Inc.|