2007 Yearly report of Spam

Taipei–January 08 , 2008–2007 is Big for the "Spam industry". Various types of spam emerged, all control spam acts was developed, is developing and will be developed among many countries. With the Internet scam sophisticated, the roles of hackers and Spammers were overlapped. From the point of view of Cellopoint Global Anti-spam Center, spam in the past year continued to change and it should not be underestimated. From the proportion of 2007, the overall volume of spam accounts for about 70 ~ 80 percent of all email amount.

Spotlights:

  • Image spam evolution: JPEG to PDF spam and it follows with MP3 spam and the latest video spam. Wave after wave of spam emerged, but the total is on a downward trend.
  • Mail fraud and phishing continued to increase: According to statistics, it consisted about 10 percent of overall spam.
  • Pump-and-dump spam: Grab money directly from the user accounts is not easy, but rumor mongering is not too difficult. Spammer can gain a great profit by pump-and-dump small equity shares in OTC market. Sanctions not act on the victim's credibility and even made companies cease trading.
  • Social engineering spam: The festival greetings, MP3 download, gossip, and other acts of imitation normal mail messages subject to entice people open mail then to implant Trojans.
  • Dictionary attacks: To obtain a valid e-mail addresses to deliver spam.

Actions against spam:

Since the United States CAN-SPAM Act passed, 2007 is a growing year for law enforcement, such as: the FBI Bot Roast action, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission Operation Spamalot. They arrest many spammers, and sued them under judicial procedure. One hacker needs to face up to 110 years in prison. Criminal law may more effective than civil compensation. But these arrests not include China and the Russian's hackers; the cross-national cooperation is still inadequate.

2007 in review

Image spam was popularity in 2007, and spammer developed a number of new spams, including the use of Botnet (zombie network), audio and video and Google search strings. Pump-and-dump spam gradually replaced traditional phishing letter. The amount of profit was growing higher and higher. In the United States, spam has caused hundreds of billions of dollars in losses. As spammers becoming more sophisticated, spam defense will be even more difficult for law enforcement agencies and businesses and also relate to the capabilities of anti-spam vendors.