Antivirus and security software company Kaspersky Lab reported good and bad news Thursday in its latest look at the state of spam and phishing all over the world. The amount of spam and phishing attacks being generated remains steady, but malicious email attachments are increasing, the most popular of which are banking Trojans.
The percentage of spam in email traffic rose only 0.1% in July and averaged at 71.2%.
Malicious attachments were found in 2.2% of all emails, an increase of 0.4% compared to the previous month. The level of phishing decreased by more than half compared with June, and averaged 0.0012%.
The most widespread malicious program in email in July was Trojan-Spy.html.Fraud.gen. The program creates HTML pages that imitate banks' registration forms and are used by phishers to steal users' online banking credentials. Several other common banking malware strains used in email were in the Zeus/Zbot family. These Trojans are also designed to steal users' confidential information, including credit card credentials.