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Symantec Releases Results of October Intelligence Report

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Symantec recently released the results of its October intelligence report. The report found that spammers have established a genuine URL shortening service that is publicly available and will generate real shortened links. This was all found in spam emails.

About 92 percent of the spam emails contained the URLs and the use of the shortened links make it difficult to block the messages based on fingerprinting the URL. In total, 80 URL shortening sites have been operating and using a similar naming pattern.

“It is possible that spammers are setting up their own URL shortening sites since legitimate URL shortening sites, which have long suffered with abuse, have slightly improved their detection of spam and other malicious URLs,“ said Paul Wood, senior intelligence analyst at Symantec.

“It’s not fully clear why the sites are public. Perhaps this is simply due to laziness on the spammers’ part, or perhaps an attempt to make the site seem more legitimate,” he added.

The report also highlighted the trend of a decease in malicious activity as compared to the year before. The ratio of spam in email traffic decreased 0.6 percentage points while phishing email activity diminished by 0.07 percent.

Email-borne viruses in email traffic decreased 0.11 percent and web-based malware threats decreased 4.3 percent.

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