During Q1 we continued to see abuse of the Gmail name by spammers who use fake Gmail addresses in their emails. The Q1 2010 trend report analyzes the percentage of spam that actually does emanate from Gmail.
Other highlights from the Q1 Trend Report include:
- Spam levels averaged 83% of all email traffic throughout the quarter
- An average of 305,000 zombies were activated daily to inflict malicious activity.
- While Brazil continues to produce the most zombies, its numbers decreased in the first quarter. In Q4 2009, it was responsible for 20.4% of global zombie activity. In Q1 2010, that number dropped to 14%.
- Sites in the “sex education” and “games” categories topped the list of Web categories likely to host hidden phishing pages.
Analysis of the GlobalView cloud-based database (that powers our URL filtering solution) allowed us to produce a top 10 list of popular blog categories. Once again entertainment (music, television, movies, reviews, etc.) is the most popular topic for blog creators.
Read about these trends and more by downloading the Commtouch Q1 Internet Threats Trend Report.