Email spammers often try to take advantage of current news and to impersonate legitimate news sites (usually CNN) in order to bypass spam filters and convince recipients to click on a malicious link or open a malicious attachment.
Italian researchers that have previously unearthed the big business behind fake Twitter followers have now calculated that Facebook spammers are raking in as much as $200m every year.
According to Kaspersky Lab, the percentage of spam in email traffic in June was up 1.4 percentage points and averaged at 71.1 per cent.
The FTC has moved to shut down an international network of scammers that sent millions of unwanted text messages to consumers, using the lure of "free" gift cards and electronics to entice consumers into an elaborate scheme designed to take their money and target them for illegal robocalls.
Sophos has published the latest 'Dirty Dozen' of spam relaying countries, covering the second quarter of 2013.
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