Kaspersky Lab has reported that the percentage of spam in email traffic in June 2013 was up 1.4 per cent and averaged at 71.1 per cent. Malicious attachments were found in 1.8 per cent of all emails, a drop of 1 per cent compared to the previous month. Last month, spammers actively used the name of Steve Jobs, Apple’s founder. The heading of the unsolicited email invited the recipient to get to know the secret of the famous businessman’s success, but the body of message contained an advert for free training sessions. Its organisers promised to teach everybody how to make a profitable business out of a hobby. In addition to the offers of training courses, a number of spam messages offered huge discounts on Apple devices. To make the mailing look more legitimate, the spammers entered the name of the company in the ‘From’ field, though the email address has nothing to do with Apple. Yet another theme exploited admission to US universities, as well as offers of online education at the user’s convenience. These emails often included links to pages with application forms for courses. The addresses of the web pages vary from email to email and are often created on the day the mailing is sent. A significant part of the world’s spam came from China (24 per cent) and the US (17 per cent). South Korea was third with 14 per cent of all distributed spam, and remains the leading source of spam sent to European users (53.3 per cent.
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.