Dynamic Business Logo
Home Button
Bookmark Button

Swine flu sees increase in spam levels

Symantec’s May 09 State of Spam Report has revealed that spammers are taking advantage of worldwide events, such as the swine flu and Mother’s Day to infiltrate people’s email inboxes.

The report highlights that spam levels increased with the swine flu outbreak, in particular concerning health related spam emails. The report noted that the spam emails talked about medicines that could be used to fight the flu with dangerous URLs directing to various pharmacy sites. Symantec also detected a number of emails being circulated with a malicious PDF attachment that promised to answer questions about the Swine Flu.

In a similar vein, Mother’s Day attracted the attention of spammers across the globe, who used the day as a way to distribute their spam wares.

Products that were spam-advertised included Mother’s day include flowers, photo frames, jewelry, gift cards, kitchen related products, and the ever-present weight-loss products.

Symantec have warned users to be extra vigilant when opening attachments or clicking on URL links.

People who read this, also liked:
Spam: serious virus or poorly-executed marketing strategy?
Internet fraud increases as economy slows
Internet security threatened as malicious activity grows

What do you think?

    Be the first to comment

Add a new comment

Jessica Stanic

Jessica Stanic

Jessica has a background in both marketing and journalism and is dedicated to making the website the leading online resource for small to medium businesses with ambitions to grow.

View all posts