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Email Threats Trend Report

Panda Security and Commtouch have jointly issued an Email Threats Trend Report for the second quarter of 2008. Here are the major findings of the report, as released by the two companies:

  - Spam levels throughout the second quarter averaged 77%, ranging from a low of 64% to a peak of 94% of all email towards the end of the quarter
  - Top domains hosting zombies include: Telecom Italia, Brasil Telecom, and Verizon
  - 10 million zombie IP addresses are active each day, on average
  - United States dropped to 9th place in number of zombies globally. Turkey is #1 with 11% of all zombies
  - Pharmaceutical spam is the most popular topic, comprising 40% of all spam
  - Phishing scams took advantage of the higher education community, as well as Google adwords users
  - Spammers experimented with vertical display in Chinese-language spam

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