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Symantec: Phishing Rises, Spam Drops

Monday Oct 18th 2010 by Kara Reeder

Phishing attacks rose 52 percent in September from August.

A new report from Symantec found that while phishing attacks have seen a sharp increase, spam levels are at the lowest levels since 2008.

According to InformationWeek, the report, which examined September 2010, found that spam made up 89.4 percent of all e-mail, compared to 92.5 percent in August. However, phishing attacks rose 52 percent in September from August. Symantec attributes this rise to increases in automated toolkit attacks and unique phishing websites.

One possible reason for the decline in spam is the recent arrests made by the FBI and other countries.

 

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