Facebook, one of the most popular phishing targets

Facebook has become one of the most popular phishing targets in the world, according to Kasperky Lab who compiled a report on the evolution of spam for the first quarter of 2010, highlighting the growing popularity of social networking sites for phishing.

The percentage of phishing emails in the first quarter 2010 averaged 0.57% of the total volume of mail traffic.

Spammers have learnt to exploit the new Internet platforms such as blogs and social networks for their own ends. The saturation of the spam market has led to a halt in the growth of the volume of unwanted emails in mail traffic, having stabilized at around 85.2% in the first quarter of 2010. This figure coincides with the final result for 2009.

The key sources of spam in the world are United States (16%), India (7%) and Russia (6%).

Romania took the seventh spot in the list, with 4% share in total spam. Another major trend the report draws attention to is the migration of spammers from China’s .cn domain to the Russian .ru zone in the first quarter of 2010. This was caused by a tightening of the domain registration rules in China. Russian domains are attractive to the fraudsters because of their more relaxed legal requirements.

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