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Spam and phishing in Q3 2015

In Q3 of 2015, the percentage of spam in email traffic accounted for 54.2%. The holiday season saw an increase in tourism-related malicious spam. Cybercriminals sent out fake notifications from well-known booking services, airlines and hotels, as well as emails from individuals. They typically included attached archives with different Trojan downloaders.

The Shade Encryptor: a Double Threat

A family of ransomware Trojans emerged in late 2014/early 2015, and quickly established itself among the top three most widespread encryptors. This threat has been assigned the verdict Trojan-Ransom.Win32.Shade according to Kaspersky Lab’s classification. The original name given to the encryptor by its creator is not known.

Spam and phishing in Q2 2015

In Q2 2015, the percentage of spam in email traffic accounted for 53.4%. The USA (14.6%) and Russia (7.8%) remained the biggest sources of spam. China came third with 7.1%. The Anti-Phishing system was triggered 30,807,071 times on computers of Kaspersky Lab users.

Spam and Phishing in the First Quarter of 2015

The share of spam in email traffic in the first quarter of 2015 was 59.2%; the percentage of spam gradually declined during the quarter. Spam traffic included a large number of mass mailings with Microsoft Word or Excel attachments containing macro viruses.

Your Tax Refund with a Data Kidnapping Twist!

Knowing that many are on the lookout for emails from the Internal Revenue Service concerning pending refunds, criminals have crafted some of their own.

Don’t Feel Left Out: Ransomware for IT Security Enthusiasts!

It’s getting dark outside and our favorite mail client beeps with excitement for a new missive in our inbox, something interesting perhaps?

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